Garden in the sky serving up sexy Thai tapas
“Street food is the Thai version of tapas,” proclaims internationally-acclaimed Banyan Tree chef Renu Homsombat, “but I wanted to make them a bit sexier!” From the ball-shaped glasses to gold leaf garnishings, the recently opened Saffron Sky Garden is serving up tantalizing Thai nibbles that are hard to resist.
Perched on the 52nd floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel, and featuring a large leafy green tree in its centre, Saffron Sky Garden both literally and figuratively adds a breath of fresh air to the Sathorn area with its urban garden design and casual, laid back atmosphere.
This garden in the sky offers stunning vistas overlooking almost all angles of Bangkok. Large bed-like grey lounge chairs adorned with bright coloured pillows provide the perfect spot to lay back and unwind while taking in the pink-hued sunsets that kiss the sky during this time of year.
Located adjacent to the hotel’s award-winning Thai restaurant Saffron, the sky garden too offers a specially-created menu designed by chef Renu. To start, from the ‘Modern Thai Sreet Food’ menu, Yum Makeua Puu comprised of grilled eggplant, crab meat salad, and coconut, and topped with gold leaf and caviar, whets the appetite nicely. Larb Nude Pla Muek Tod, spicy squid with larb spices and a spicy chili mayo sauce, and Keaw Kaprao Gai, crispy wontons filled with spicy chicken kaprao, followed. Simple but packed so full of flavour, they both disappeared within minutes.
Next, to our pleasant surprise, was Pho Pia Massaman, thinly rolled Massaman filled spring rolls served on a bed of cinnamon. Perfectly crisp and golden brown on the outside with the rich, creamy flavours of Massaman curry on the inside. The last of the starters was Nua Kum Wan, inspired by the street food dish Khao Kar Moo. This bite-sized dish is comprised of slow-cooked beef topped with fried shallots and coriander and a sweet longan stuffed with a pickled shallot. Perfectly combining buttery soft with crunchy textures and sweet and sour flavours.
All dishes from this menu are priced at B380 and are served from 6pm to 12:30am. À la carte dishes from Saffron’s menu are also available on request, and are served from 6pm to 10:30pm. On the lighter side, Yum Pla Salmon (B530) offers seared Tasmanian salmon, pomelo, a coriander and mint salad, topped with millimetre-thin crispy pork skin and a spicy citrus dressing. But the Tom Kha Cappuccino Doksnow Hoi Shell Yang (B350) was a showstopper, combining the traditional coconut broth with scallop, sesbania flowers, galangal, and Kaffir lime leaf, topped with frothed broth, gold leaf, and a chili-dusted seared scallop.
The Thai-inspired cocktails are a must-try and are priced at B490 each. For something sweet the Purple Royale offers a mix of tequila, rum, Maraschino liqueur, butterfly pea syrup, grapefruit, lemon, and tonic. Or if you prefer something more bitter, the Jungle Bird blends Bacardi, Campari, pineapple juice, lime juice, and sugar syrup.
By Kelly Harvey
Saffron Sky Garden
52F, Banyan Tree Bangkok
21/100 South Sathorn Rd.
Open daily: 5pm-1am
Tel: 02 679 1200