Perched 47 floors above Silom, and enjoying fabulous 180-degree city views, Cloud 47 is a rooftop bar and bistro without any pretensions – cargo shorts and flip-flops are right at home in this casual, easy-going venue. Spanning half of the entire top floor of United Center, Cloud 47 offers seating for 450 people, although the most desirable tables are naturally those with a frontrow seat overlooking the city’s skyline.
The dinner menu is a mix of Thai and Thai-fusion dishes. On our visit we tried the Fresh Salmon with Spicy Sauce (B180), served with a traditional green chilli seafood sauce, as well as a lightly fried Chicken Cordon Bleu (B280), stuffed with ham and mozzarella cheese. Finally, we sampled the Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut (B580), one of the most popular dishes on the menu, featuring a crispy exterior and soft, juicy meat inside.
To attain this unique combination of textures, the dish is cooked in three stages: first boiled, then roasted and lastly deep-fried. The pork is also served with the green chilli seafood sauce. The venue strikes us less as a culinary destination and more as a place for friends and co-workers to unwind after sundown. The space is comfortably decked out in white cushioned stools, with white neoclassical pillars stretching up to the roof.
Even the pool table is covered in white panelling. The mood changes drastically as vibrant coloured lights fill the space. Splashes of purple, yellow and green – along with disco strobe lights dancing on the walls – give the chilled-out place a more of a dynamic vibe.
Live musicians and DJs perform seven nights a week, but they play tunes that are distinctly laid-back. The music always remains at the perfect volume for not drowning out conversations. But the real entertainment highlight here – if a bit gimmicky – involves a flying angel inside the two-storey, glassed-in wine cellar.
Suspended from the ceiling by wires connected to a harness, she swoops through the air to retrieve bottles of wine, her little show concluding with a bit of aerial acrobatics. Cloud 47 offers more than 250 different wine labels from all over the world. The bar also offers a selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
Cloud 47 47F United Center Building, Silom Rd | 091-889-9600
facebook.com/thecloud47 | 5pm-1am