Three romantic dinner deals that will make you swoon this February 14th:
Valentine’s at Attitude
Romantic dinner with a stunning river view
Stylish, sultry, and sensual, Attitude Rooftop Bar & Restaurant will have you hungry for love come February 14th. Specializing in modern cuisine, this romantic restaurant is taking Valentine’s Day dinner to new heights, with sparkling city views, champagne, and delicious seafood specialties.
Located atop the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel—just a 15-minute shuttle boat ride down the Chao Phraya River from the Saphan Taksin pier—and situated 26 floors above the city, Attitude offers unparalleled views of the river and the city skyline in the distance. Being located downriver also gives it the added benefit of being somewhat removed from the city, transporting you away from bustling Bangkok for the night.
Spread across the hotel’s rooftop area, with differing moods and styles all along its length, Attitude is comprised of: the Infinity Pool Deck; The Green; the Outdoor Bar; the Champagne Bar; and the Dining Room. Playful white wicker tables and chairs grace the Outdoor Bar area, where cool breezes keep things comfortable. Inside, low-hanging glass ball chandeliers in the Champagne Bar, and ornate chandeliers made of wicker baskets in the Dining Room, elegantly bring the East and West together. Meanwhile, gold trimmings, warm woods, and plush velvet and leather chairs add a modern-day minimalist sophistication.
Helming the kitchen is Australian-native Chef de Cuisine Andrew Cole, who has specially crafted a Valentine’s seafood platter filled with the foods of love and paired with a bottle of critically acclaimed Billecart Salmon—described by wine expert James Suckling as one of his “favourite champagnes across the board”.
A starter of fresh oysters served on a bed of sea salt and topped with Beluga caviar whets the appetite nicely. The sweetness from the oysters hits the palette first, soon followed by the salty taste of the sea from the sea salt. For mains, a feast from the sea is presented in the form of two platters, one hot and one cold. The cold platter presents a fusion of Thai and Western cooking, and highlights include a layered beef, seared eel, and avocado tartare topped with Salmon roe and a raw egg hidden inside the beef layer—giving the meat a creamy, rich texture. There’s also sweet Thai lobster and avocado salad, a seared black cod and avocado salad topped with crunch pork crackling, and crab croquettes served on a bed of sweetcorn salad. The hot platter, by contrast, comprises both seared and grilled seafood dishes including Maine lobster, Thai tiger prawns, Hokkaido scallops topped with edible gold leaf, Scottish salmon, black cod, and tuna.
A glistening sugar heart, filled with raspberry mousse and accompanied with raspberry sorbet and fresh berries, makes for a beautiful and light after-dinner treat for you and your special someone. The full meal is priced at B9,999++ per couple, inclusive of one bottle of Billecart Salmon champagne. For reservations, email: [email protected].
By Kelly Harvey
Attitude Rooftop Restaurant
26F, Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel
257 Charoennakorn Rd.
Open daily: 5:30pm-1am
Tel: 02 431 9100
Valentine’s at Vertigo
High-altitude fine dining taken to exhilarating new heights
For those who considered for even a moment taking your V Day date to a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller Vertigo, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak—shame on you! Yes, it’s a great film but no, classic noir cinema is no way to celebrate such a beloved and romantic occasion. Fortunately for those romance challenged movie buffs whose good intentions might not go over well with their significant other, Banyan Tree Bangkok’s high-in-the-sky rooftop restaurant Vertigo has come to the rescue, with a ‘Valentine’s Day Set Menu’ that takes high-altitude fine dining to exhilarating new heights.
Set at a vertiginous 61 floors above Sathorn Road, this award-winning restaurant is about as al fresco as it gets. The under-the-stars venue features unobstructed 360° views of the city’s architectural wonders to one side, and a scenic bend in the mighty Chao Phraya River to the other.
It is amid this stunning, sky nestled setting that Vertigo celebrates everyone’s favourite cherubic matchmaking archer, with a Valentine’s Day set menu for two, priced at B12,900++ per couple. This February 14th feast embraces the romantic holiday spirit with an uncommonly dreamlike ambience and meticulously prepared European style fine cuisine.
The dinner starts off with smoked Pacific halibut with grapefruit and avocado—a light and refreshing (in a California cuisine kind of way) dish which features blinis and vodka crème fraîche to slather onto the savoury mini-pancakes. Meanwhile, the pan seared foie gras is brown crusted and seductively butter-textured within; its earthy finish harmonizing masterfully with the spiced citrus purée, dried figs, and balsamic glaze.
Next up, the croquettes of slow-cooked Iberico ham and pea shoots is a tantalizing comfort-food dish which delectably showcases the legendary regional Spanish cured pork made exclusively from pedigree Iberian black pigs.
For the main course it’s a matter of surf OR turf this time round, as diners are offered a choice of either the Black Angus beef tenderloin with red wine and mushroom sauce—the succulent, respectably rare prime cut just melting under the knife—served with a creamy-smooth basil parmesan mashed potato, snap-crisp sautéed French beans… OR a baked red snapper fillet in lemon and chive butter sauce—the firm yet tender deep water fish accompanied by wilted baby spinach and a tomato-Kalamata olive couscous that gives the dish a zesty, ethnic cuisine-influenced flavour profile.
A climactic Afters Course arrives as a classic panna cotta served in a slick martini glass. The creamy custard is delicately crowned in lavender chocolate and blueberry gelée, with a sculpted white and dark chocolate garnish that provides a sweetly dramatic aesthetic flair.
Service is exceptional, with discrete, helpful, and utterly professional wait staff, whose precision food delivery timing and graceful flourishes—such as the dramatic, simultaneous removal of the classic domed plate covers—that add a tangibly refined element to the overall dining experience. To make your reservations for an unforgettable February 14th, email: [email protected].
By Chris Micheal
Vertigo Restaurant & Bar
61F, Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel
21/100 South Sathon Rd.
Open daily: 5pm-1am
Phone: 02 679 1200
Valentine’s at Red Sky
Breathtaking, decadent, and sublime… and that’s just the food
It is said, that the true purity and depth of love is only ever wholly understood when it is put to the test. And this February 14th, for B14,555++, the ‘Valentine’s Day Degustation Menu’ at Red Sky might just be that token of unencumbered fealty your lover requires.
From the 55th floor of the Centara Grand at CentralWorld hotel, the panoramic views of the city below are breathtaking. You’ll definitely want to come just before the sun has begun to set, and start the dance of seduction by the magic of the fading light. As the DJ slows down the tempo and the music takes on a jazzier depth, cling closer to your love as you sip a glass of Mumm no1 champagne, and watch as the daytime frenzy gives way to the nighttime afterglow.
Separate the wheat from the chaff as you open up your palates to the queen of caviars, Oscietra. Served with the silkiest and smokiest of salmon slithers, it is lighter than air—nutty but wonderfully adorned with surprising nuggets of piquant horseradish.
If you’ve never tried them before—which you should have—then come just for the Gillardeau oysters alone. The knockout dish of the night, they come served in their ubiquitous branded shells, alongside shredded pieces of Alaskan king crab, tomato jelly, and fennel cream. Plump, smooth, but with only hints of brininess, there’s magic in each bite.
Love belongs to the seas and the oceans, it would seem, as the half Brittany lobster and black winter truffle are up next on the menu. The avocado coulis adds a wicked unctuousness that marries well with the fleshiness of the lobster meat. While the fresh crunchiness of the snow peas provides a masterful balance to the earthiness of the black winter truffle. It’s all very decadent but every bite is clearly a labour of love and a show of mastery from the renown French Chef Christian Ham, a master chef with a CV that includes a number of three Michelin-starred restaurants.
With starters done, gorge yourself next on the first main, foie gras, quince, and beetroot. Buttery, creamy, but seared to perfection, the ingredients are metaphoric testaments to the fact that love can bring together all kinds of odd couples. The snow fish, meanwhile, is lighter than air and speaks of a simplicity in flavour that clearly would be impossible to emulate.
As the meal draws to an end, staring into the eyes of your paramour, it’d be impossible to not have a craving for something sweet to seal two lover’s lips. The red velvet cake is light, tender, but with a titillating almond crisp base, amoretto and hints of alcohol in the centre, all of which leaves you wanting more.
Call this February feast the ultimate act of devotion if you will, but it’s definitely an experience to remember.
By Zipporah Gene
Red Sky Rooftop Bar
55F Centara Grand at CentralWorld
999/99 Rama 1 Rd.
Open daily: 5pm-1am
Tel: 02 100 1234