Among the large and growing choice of Bangkok’s al fresco rooftop restaurants Red Sky enjoys one of the best locations. Right in the heart of the downtown shopping district, you get a wonderful bird’s eye view of this fast changing city from a breathtaking perch 55 floors in the air. At this level you’re above pretty much everything in the city.
The seating is arranged on a wooden deck, in a hemisphere around the bar. Perspex walls ensure the view is unhindered. The best seats, though, are reserved for drinkers on the next level up, where chairs and loungers hug the perimeter in a full 360 degree circle overlooking the huge drop into the nighttime air.
The restaurant recently welcomed a new chef, in Hugo Coudurier, who previously worked for Michelin-starred Guy Savoy in Paris and in Las Vegas, at Caesar’s Palace. But Red Sky retains its billing as ‘chic urban bistro’, which translates as French classics, some with tweaks, prepared with top grade produce.
There’s a fine choice of seafood, including Oscietre Caviar (B3955++/30 grams) with a shot of frozen Absolut vodka, and good sharing options in Seafood On Ice (B5555++), including salmon caviar, lobster, oysters and king crab, among others; and the Red Sky Surf and Turf Tower sags with Wagyu rib eye, Alaskan king crab and US scallops (B5555++).
A good starter is Butter Roasted Nova Scotia Lobster Vol au Vent (B895++), in which the pretty pink lobster meat topped with salad garnish rises from light open pastry sitting in a pool of lobster bisque foam.
We followed with Wagyu Beef Tenderloin Rossini (B2155++), made with charcoal grilled US beef, foie gras, truffle, and the sweet earthy elements of wild mushrooms and Madeira sauce.
They claim 300 wine labels, which is long enough to include bottles from Holland, Uruguay and Brazil. There are 17 by the glass, including champagnes and desserts (B390-B490++), plus two “great wines”, in this case Joseph Drouhin Chablis (B600++) and Brio Cantenac Brown (B680++). Bottles start at B900++, and you can pick up a ’98 Chateau Margaux for B51600++. Cocktails start at B390++ and rise to B1350++ if you want champagne in them, and there a raft of heavy hitting spirits that runs up to Remy Martin Louis XIII at B5500++. Desserts also cover traditional French bistro fare such as Profiteroles with Warm Chocolate Sauce (B355++), Wild Strawberry Gâteau (B295++) and Valrhona Chocolate Fondant (B395++). A seasonal section to the menu changes every month, based on what produce is available in France.
Red Sky is impressive for first dates, proposals or business and it’s just a short walk from the Sky Train station if that’s your preferred transport. Sit outside for the best views – a jazz trio plays out there Monday to Saturday – but there’s also more dining space inside, which is handy when it rains. And it’s a great place to linger over post dinner drinks. Until 1am if you’re in the mood.
Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama I Rd | 0 2100 6255
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