Love it for its energizing atmosphere or loathe it for its mall-like sensory overload. Regardless of opinion, Groove is a hectic, here-to-stay hub for Bangkok’s hungry and thirsty hordes. The bar and dining mini-mall by the side of CentralWorld pulls the post-work, retail-loving, and pre-club crowds into its air-conditioned Rathchaprasong embrace, with the promise of good food and refreshing drinks galore.
Peek-a-Boo, from Bangkok’s renowned Hyde & Seek portfolio, fits Groove’s city-hip vibe perfectly, with its chilled-out, relaxed ambience. Once inside, away from the busy doorway, Groove slips away and the world of Peek-a-Boo is revealed. High ceilings, wooden decor, leather sofas in the middle, and hanging vintage-style light bulbs create a space that works for a couple’s night out or chatty throngs of friends.
Asahi Super Cold and Hoegaarden, as well as Leffe Brown, complement the refreshing international flavour of the food menu, which is ideal for sharing, grabbing a simple bite, or even diving in to a restaurant-style main. The French wine-by-the-glass is smooth and served at just the right temperature, showing that, behind Peek-a-Boo, restaurant experts with an eye for detail lurk.
While the food is good, it’s not amazing, but it doesn’t have to be. The menu is just part of Peek-a- Boo’s attraction, and the whole is better than the sum of its parts. A DJ in a wooden booth plays mellow beats, channelling weekend energy every night of the week. Charismatic bartenders take centre stage, performing a spectacular show of cocktail alchemy with dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and heat guns; try the smoking mango and sticky rice flavoured Nam Doc Mai (B325) and the Black Hawk, a toasted fruit and whisky creation (B325), for two examples.
Peek-a-Boo’s signature dish, its award-winning Wagyu burger and fries (B385), lacks substance, and the baby back ribs (B395) in cider brine and smoked paprika are flavoursome, but a little robust. However, the pizza tortilla, a cold, shared appetizer (B275), with smoked salmon, poached prawns, mascarpone, and lemon and basil aioli, is truly delicious.
Peek-a-Boo has all the elements of an effortlessly hip bar-bistro. While certain elements of the design and menu may feel a little formatted, it’s a formula that works. Some may flock to only the finest of fine dining, but ultimately what many are seeking is a much more entertaining and atmospheric experience. For that, Peek-a-Boo’s dramatic cocktails, accessible menu, and DJ tunes deliver.