The growth of dining options in Bangkok continues to amaze. Lady Brett on Sathorn Soi 12 proclaims itself a New York-style tavern and it fits the bill perfectly. It’s small (35 seats), dimly lit, and simply, but elegantly, furnished – a formula found throughout countless neighbourhoods in New York State.
The owners describe their menu as ‘rustic’, however ‘simple but elegant’ is a better description. The lax tartare broed (B120), enjoyed with a pre-dinner cocktail, is a case in point. It consists of raw chopped salmon in a lemon-mustard marinade with dill and parsley served on a dark baguette croûton – a delicious start to the evening. Equally impressive are the giant scallop carpaccio (B420) and Beef Tenderloin – grass-fed Ku beef from Kasesart University served with blue cheese crostini and raspberry vinegar pearl onion.
Executive Chef Patrick Marten’s dinner menu is brief but cosmopolitan. A stand-out item is BBQ pork ribs, a half rack served with roast thyme, pineapple and buttermilk onion rings. But the dish that really catches the eye is the baked Phuket pink snapper (B395) with sundried tomato couscous, zucchini, roast sage-marinated eggplant and tzatziki, a remarkably compatible group of ingredients that make taste buds swoon.
Like any authentic tavern, drinks play as big a role at Lady Brett as the food. On Tuesday – Sunday, there is a ‘buy 1 get 1’ happy hour from 5-7pm featuring either pale or dark Beer Lao (B150); Charlotte Street hardonnay/ Semillion or Shiraz/Cabernet (B295) and a selection of dynamite cocktails. Standards like a Mojito or Moscow Mule (B330) are well-executed, but it is the house concoctions like the apricot julep cocktail (also B330), a heady combination of bourbon infused with apricot, spearmint and sugar, that really hit the mark.
On Saturdays and Sundays brunch is served from 11am-3pm. It features a special menu of items including mango apple pancakes with green tea butter and caramel sauce (B255) and a chilled asparagus frittata with garlic crostini, saffron aioli, roasted peppers, rocket leaves and Parmesan cheese (B210).
By the way, if you love to drink and snack in a hideaway, along the side of Lady Brett there is a passageway. Follow it to small door (watch you head) and climb the three floor leading upstairs to U.N.C.L.E. (United Nations of Cocktail Lovers Everywhere), an amazing little place with premium cocktails and some great items for grazing.
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149 Soi Sueksawittaya, Sathorn Nuer Soi 12 | 0 2635 0405
ladybrett.com | Tue-Sun 6pm-1am; Sat-Sun 11am-3pm