Hitting the Culinary Heights
In a city that has its fair share of outstanding roof-top restaurants, Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar on Sathorn Road remains a premier hot spot for al fresco dining. Perennially popular with the capital’s glitterati, expats and well-heeled tourists, the lofty 61st floor eatery offers jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the city skyline.
Romantic in the extreme, the venue fills pretty quickly between 6pm and 6.45pm, as patrons arrive to catch cooling breezes and watch the sun go down over a few drinks before enjoying a meal under the stars. Hence, bookings are highly recommended.
Prices here are what you’d expect given the spectacular location, and not to mention the fact that you are drinking and dining in a well-established 5-star city hotel (which is also why a dress code is in operation, so no shorts, flip-flops or sleeveless tops, please).
Begin your evening with a cocktail or two alongside the beautiful people at the elevated Moon Bar. Recommended is the signature Vertigo Sunset (B540++), a heady concoction of Malibu and pineapple, cranberry, and lime juice. Also excellent is the Thai Sabai (B540++), made with local Mekhong whisky, lime juice, basil leaves and soda.
When the time comes to adjourn to your table for dinner, start with spicy Thai tuna ceviche with avocado, cilantro and shallots (B750++). Prepared with cubes of lean tuna and chunky pieces of avocado, it has a wonderful, tangy sweet and sour sharpness. A good counterpoint is Angus beef carpaccio with parmigiano and black truffle (B900++), which provides earthy, robust flavours that balance out the tartness of the ceviche.
Vertigo has a fine selection of main courses, particularly grilled offerings encompassing various cuts of imported steak and healthy fish, pork and chicken dishes. Flamegrilled lamb rack with minted potatoes and wild mushroom ragout (B2200++), one of the outlet’s signature dishes, is satisfyingly rich and filling. Pasta dishes feature large on the menu too, and mushroom and spinach cannelloni with red pepper, basil salsa and truffle oil (B650++) makes for a fine vegetarian option. In terms of fish, try the wild trout salmon (B1450++), which has a wonderfully subtle buttery flavour.
A pioneer of the roof-top dining scene in Bangkok, Vertigo nevertheless wears its preeminence lightly, retaining a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe. Whether for post-work drinks or an intimate dinner with stunning views, doubtless it will continue to be a top-of-mind venue for years to come.
21/100 South Sathon Rd | 0 2679 1052 | banyantree.com