On the 20th floor of Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel, the al fresco rooftop eatery Chili Hip attracts a connected young clientele with its upbeat DJ tunes, casual, minimalist décor and reasonable prices. For partygoers, it is also a one-stop shop as the swanky lounge bar Walk is located one floor higher, accessible by an outdoor staircase.
Chili Hip enjoys wide, unobstructed views from its perch over Pratunam, and the menu consists mostly of authentic Thai and Asian flavours. There is almost no covered seating, so bear that in mind when the rains come. The restaurant does offer one private, four-seat, air-conditioned room enclosed in glass walls, perfect for a small party. A different DJ
plays at Chili Hip every night of the week, spinning everything from hip-hop and R&B on Fridays and Saturdays to more laid-back soul music on Sundays.
Menu standouts include the spicy salmon tartar with fried sticky rice (B260). The fish is prepared with just the right mix of lime, chili, mint and coriander, while the sticky rice adds a nice texture. The hot kimchi and tofu soup is another notable choice, not too spicy but with a deliciously sour broth. The steamed seabass fillet with coconut likewise draws high praise, recalling a good tom kha soup, only with less liquid. Sticky rice cakes again provide a nice substitute to a side plate of rice. But the best dish, in our opinion, is the duckstuffed ravioli with red curry sauce, a selection that should be ordered “extra spicy”.
Chili Hip also boasts a sizeable (and, we might add, eclectic) cocktail menu, including a few concoctions that are downright novel. Tom Yum on the Rocks is less adventurous than you might assume, more like a mojito with a chilli kick. The drink is made from vodka, lemon juice, fresh galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, and the salt- and chillirimmed glass ties it all together. Other interesting localthemed cocktails include a Tom Kha Martini and a Prik Nam Som. There is also a large standard cocktail menu, including perennial favourites like margaritas, Singapore Slings and Cosmopolitans, along with a reasonably priced, and wellrepresented, wine list.
Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel, 567 Ratchaparop Rd
02-625-1234 | centarahotelsresorts.com | 5pm-11pm daily