Red sky at night, diner’s delight
For Bangkok’s sky bar aficionados there is one rooftop wonder that, with its spectacular 55th floor setting and 360-degree vistas, arguably impresses more than any other. Looking out from higher than the incredible skyline horizon, you can almost reach the sky at Centara Grand’s Red Sky, and the impact has all the hallmarks of a glamorous, hip and Hollywoodesque hangout. It’s an extraordinary venue for diners and cocktail lovers that celebrates the beauty of Bangkok’s cityscapes in all their brilliance.
With al fresco dining and a bar above, Red Sky boasts a refreshingly straightforward menu of mainly meat and seafood dishes. The lasting flavour of the restaurant is of classic tastes and well-presented dishes. There is no attempt to reinvent or redefine menu items which, at times, can be comforting while at others perhaps a little unimaginative (given the setting it might be expected for the menu here to go a little beyond traditional limits).
The Red Sky surf and turf tower (B5,955) is an iconic signature dish for pairs to share. The two tiers of luxury seafood and gourmet meaty morsels create an extravagant, theatrical centrepiece. Perfect to order as a romantic gesture, it possibly looks more ravishing than it tastes, although the Australian Wagyu ribeye and lamb chops are succulently served with grilled Maine lobster, giant Andaman prawns, US scallops and Alaskan king crab.
The truffle-infused Wagyu beef tenderloin “Rossini” (B2,155)—the meat imported from Australia—is served with foie gras, wild mushrooms and Madeira sauce. This is a good and tasty choice for beef lovers who do not want to pay the higher prices demanded for Japanese Wagyu. Meanwhile, the Dover sole “Meunière” (B1,655) is roasted with a caper, shallot, and parsley butter, and is a lovely dish that is beautifully cooked and a wonderful complement to the beef course. For dessert, the Warm apple crumble (B355) with vanilla ice cream is pleasant enough, whilst the Dark chocolate sphere (B395) is velvety and rich.
With food quick to cool down due to the breeze on high, there is temptation to finish up dishes quickly. However, an exhilarating glass elevator ride up two floors leads to the funky beats of the CRU Champagne Bar and its stunning cocktails. One of these made-to-order Instagram stars is served in an iron cage, whilst another green concoction comes with a floating rubber duck, and another with an ice nest filled with pomegranate-seed ‘eggs’ inside.
The menu at Red Sky enshrines it as a member of Bangkok’s exclusive gourmet restaurants club, but it is the skyline, the quirky cocktails at CRU, and the fun atmosphere that make it soar sky high. Red Sky at night is a sensory delight, and dinner simply adds to an already spectacular experience.
By Nadia Willan
56F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld
99/ 999 Rama I Rd. | Open daily: 4pm-1am
Tel: 02 100 6255 | www.centarahotelsresorts.com/redsky