A landmark on the local dining scene for over four decades, Fireplace Grill at the InterContinental Bangkok continues to delight with superior grilled meats, fresh seafood, and seasonally changing menus complemented by a wine list that ranges from a 2004 vintage Château Margaux at B81000 a bottle to more modest offerings priced around B1000+.
Softly-lit interiors, high-backed chairs, starched linen table cloths, unobtrusive yet efficient staff… Fireplace Grill has all the attributes you’d expect in a renowned steakhouse, not least a superb selection of aged and chilled cuts from some of Australia’s top meat producers.
This bastion of beef and French classics is now under the stewardship of Austrian Chef de Cuisine Sebastian Reischer, who says his goal is to “blend traditional and modern grill techniques to create time-honoured flavours characterised by a distinctive lighter, healthier touch.”
It is a concept borne out in his recommendations for an appetiser, Beef Tatar with Smoked Salmon Crème and Caviar (B800). Fresh and tender with a lingering subtle smoky-salty flavour, it is accompanied by pieces of grilled toast to add textural crunch. As a counterpoint he also suggests Pan Fried Scallops (B1000), sweet, plump morsels of goodness served with cauliflower espuma, crispy cauliflower, chorizo, and a tangy Parmesan crunch.
At this point dedicated carnivores will be perusing the menu’s steak offerings with a critical eye, and they won’t be disappointed. The choice runs from a 400-day Stockyard Wagyu tenderloin (B4000, 200g, marble score 8+) and a 500-day Tajima Wagyu sirloin (B3000, 300g), to a Riverina grain fed Angus rib eye (B1800, 200g) and a Darling Downs Wagyu flank steak (B800, 200g), with a number of cuts in between. Whichever you choose, these steaks are cooked to succulent perfection based on individual preference and served with a choice of wild mushroom fricassee, Shiraz glace, peppercorn sauce, and Béarnaise or Café de Paris butter.
Of course, not everyone is a beef eater, and there are plenty of delicious main course options beyond the bovine. Particularly good is 48 Hour Braised Pork Belly (B900), a tender piece of Chicharron pork served with pan-roasted scallop, crispy Chorizo, apple mustard and sticky jus. Also worth trying is Challan Duck (B1600), confit-style rose pink pieces of duck breast beautifully presented with chickpea puree, a duck glace, and crispy salty pieces of duck skin.
A perennial favourite with the city’s foodies, Fireplace Grill hasn’t lost its magic touch.
InterContinental Bangkok 973 Ploenchit Rd | 0 2656 0444 ext.5505
Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, daily 6.30pm-10.30pm.
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