Located on the 39th floor of the Sathorn Square Complex, Ku De Ta is a massive lifestyle complex that provides opportunities to drink, dine and have fun whilst surrounded by opulent elegance. It also affords some of the city’s finest views.
Executive Chef Jonathan Maza, with experience throughout the world and most notably with Nobu Matsuhisa, explains what he does at Signature in the following way: “The concept for Signature is to trace our roots back to Japan, where much of our inspiration lies, and to also plant our feet throughout the Asian-Pacific region. By carefully blending the distinct, regional flavour profiles of various Asian cuisines, we create something entirely new, yet reassuringly familiar.”
The relatively short menu is divided into cold, tempura, small plates/sides and hot dishes. These are meant to be shared and are brought to the table progressively so that each can be enjoyed without distraction.
From the cold section we tried several items, but were most enamoured of the madai ceviche (B400), cubes of red sea bream blended with young coconut and a tad of pomegranate flavoured amazu sauce. The tropical fruits provide an appealing accent rather than masking the flavour of the fish. Another inspiring dish was the hamachi nahm prik (B500), Japanese yellowtail energised with cilantro vinaigrette and Thai spices.
Tempura is often a dud in Bangkok because too much time elapses between cooking and when it arrives at the table. Not so at Signature. It is cooked and almost instantly appears table-side. For a real treat try the aori ika tempura (B450), Japanese cuttlefish with chili de arbol and tarragon ponzu.
Of the hot dishes, perhaps our favourite was tiger prawns served with shitake corn succotash and creamy dashi broth (B650). Succotash is a native American dish, but it melds extremely well with the tiger prawns. Equally enjoyable was the organic free range chicken with pickled heirloom carrots and a jus made with fermented red Korean miso.
As you might expect, the drinks list is impressive. There is as comprehensive a selection of Champagne available as can be found in Bangkok and the well-chosen wine list highlights new world selections. There is also a choice of rare sakes and a fascinating selection of cocktails, many taking their inspiration from Japan and Thailand.
If you are looking for a special night on the town, Signature has definitely got to be high on your list.
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Signature Restaurant (KuDeTa)
39/F Sathorn Square, Sathorn Rd | 0 2108 2000 | kudeta.com/bangkok/signature.php | Mon-Sat, 6pm-10pm