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