Tucked into its dedicated space out the front of the Athenee Residence, Hyde & Seek has cultivated its own niche as a superior gastrobar that delivers on both its drinks and food. The cocktails, in particular, draw a varied after-work crowd to the stools that surround the chunky bar.
And the drinks here are made with real flair. Try the Day Dreams, which combines Ketel One vodka, maraschino liqueur and water melon, with a fruity frozen crumble – or ‘snow’. Or the Naughty Little Girl, a mixture of Gordon’s gin, homemade wine, Grand Marnier, citrus and bitter orange. It’s an old-fashioned tipple with a modern twist and presentation.
And, naturally, with such an extensive cocktail list, there needs to be some substantial food to soak up the booze. Hyde & Seek’s menu veers toward gourmet bar food with a modern European bent, executed in a straightforward but superior manner.
For example, the Bangers Inc (B210), a plate of pork sausages served with a Dijon-yoghurt sauce and horseradish, is the kind of snack you might expect a chef to knock up on a Sunday afternoon after cherry-picking the tasting bits and pieces from a farmers market.
Among the salads, the My Way; English or Not (B210) combines egg-purse, apple-wood lardons and cinnamon vinaigrette. There’s also a hint of truffle, completing a uniquely rich set of flavours in this kind of dish.
Another stand-out starter is the duck leg confit (B280), topped with tamarind glaze, seasonal greens and chilli. There’s a hint of Thai flavours here, a welcome nod to the locale, offset by Hyde & Seek’s very British decor.
You’ll need an appetite for the mains, though, as they pack some punch. The Yankee beef burger (B395) combines a Wagyu patty, cheese, caramelised shallots and parmesan bun. It’s a seriously satisfying burger, the toppings never overshadoweing the quality of the cut. Equally indulgent is the pork belly (B395), lovingly braised for 12 hours so that it almost resembles a smoked ham. It comes topped with maple brine, creme fraiche and a confit of pears.
If you’re not full, which is hard to believe, the Macchiato Sundae (B210), with coffee ice cream, candied pistachio and Kahlua cream, is a stand-out dessert.
Hyde & Seek
GF Athenee Residence, 65/1 Soi Ruamrudee
02-168-5152 | hydeandseek.com | 11am-1am