A new social (way to) order
Sofitel So Bangkok’s elegant Park Society restaurant dons the mantel of hip-haute hangout with a gallery of mesmerizing new dishes and companion-friendly sharing menu options. And while the post-internet idea of the word “share” usually involves mobile phones and online ‘friends’, here sharing is reintroduced as an exclusively human endeavour.
Chef Joost Bijster, the new chef de cuisine, brings a wealth of experience working in Michelin-starred kitchens in his native Netherlands, and has personally cooked for such luminaries as Jenifer Lopez, the Jackson brothers (minus MJ) and ex-Police frontman Sting, as well as members of Holland’s royal family.
For (actual) starters, Chef Joost goes all east-west with the signature Risotto Tom Yum (B550), featuring a rich T-Y sauce and tiger prawns embellished with billows of coconut foam, and the Lobster ravioli (B650) featuring a delicate pasta pouch in truffled spicy crab sauce with bisque foam. The substantially sized Pan seared Hokkaido scallops (B720/3-pc.) were as tender and flavourful as expected of this distinguished appellation, while the Burrata cheese (B590) bundles burst on the tongue like velvety-smooth cheese bombs, garnished with glistening black coins of balsamic jelly. The generously thick Pan seared foie gras (B750) comes on a pedestal of toasted brioche, enswirled with ribbons of red-berries compote and fruit bits.
Apropos Bangkok’s searing summer temps, Chef Joost has thoughtfully whipped up a few lighter-fare options as well, such as the refreshing Garden salad (B320) of quinoa and raw veggies in a lemon dressing, and Salmon tartare (B460) in creamy wasabi-mustard sauce.
Main dish highlights include grass-fed Tasmanian Cape Grim sirloin (B2,000) in red wine sauce, a two-day marinated, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass (B1,600) in yuzu sauce and pumpkin puree, and the Crispy veal loin and foie gras (B1,100) with pumpkin and roasted veg in Merlot jus.
There’s even a 5-course Dutch set-menu (B2,900 per person) featuring specialties like Poached sole fillet (in… yes, Hollandaise sauce), Veal entrecote with an impossibly creamy Pomme fondant side, plus the world renowned Dutch treat Stroopwafel with ice-cream.
And just when you feel like Monty Python’s Mr. Creosote, as he implores “I couldn’t eat another thing”, out comes a “wafer-thin mint” of an afters menu that includes a thrillingly chilled Lemon yogurt with bits of freeze dried strawberry, a sweets-suite rightly dubbed ‘Chocolate Textures’, and a decadent Banoffee cup with a honey-caramel and meringue topping.
And now here’s the truly unique aspect of Park Society’s recent menu makeover: guests can order a la carte, or from the whole-table sharing menu, offering six-, eight- or 12-dish sets at B2,000/2,600/3,600 per person. Park Society calls it ‘social dining’, and it’s ideal for everything from a heartfelt get-together of BFFs, to an intimate dinner for two.
Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road
Tel: 02 624 0000
Open daily: 6pm-10:30pm (bar till 2am)