It’s been a while since rooftop bars were strictly limited to the banks of the Chao Praya, to the gleaming skyscrapers dotted around Sathorn and Silom. Indeed, they’ve already spread far and wide, allowing drinkers to admire the capital’s skyline from several different corners. And now, with the opening of Walk atop the Centara Watergate Pavillion, just north of Petchaburi Road, the rooftop bar conquers yet another frontier.
Walk – named to reflect its high-fashion ambitions – is certainly sleek enough and well-lit enough to resemble a runway, its hard lines and glowing surfaces making the most immediate impact. Set back from the square bar that occupies pride of place, sofas line the perimeter, attracting a young, chatty crowd, a mixture of locals and visitors.
When it comes to the cocktails, Walk doesn’t pull its punches, embracing a chilli theme wholeheartedly. Spice is no guarantee to work in a cocktail – it’s a powerful flavour that isn’t necessarily easy to balance, which is what drinkers expect from a quality cocktail. At Walk, the addition of chilli works best in when it is properly leavened by lighter, fruitier flavours. For example, the Spicy Mojito (all B300) blends Havana Club, cane sugar, mint leaves, lime and soda water. The chilli provides an explosive first mouthful but the drink’s base then delivers a subtler second and third stage.
Equally, with the Tom Khar Martini, white rum and Malibu are offset by the coconut rum and galangal – it works surprisingly well, given galangal is not an easy ingredient to bring into a cocktail.
Once you’ve built up an appetite over a few cocktails, it’s worth exploring the bar snacks. The vegetable samosas with mango chutney and yoghurt dip (B180) offer a satisfying mouthful with a few different flavours in play, while the Vietnamese spring rolls (B150) have that fresh, clean taste. If you’re after a more substantial meal, try the Thai-style fish and chips (B150), a red snapper served with chilli. The adventurous seafood continues with the coconut prawns with sweet chilli (B450), combining coconut and vanilla with a prawn that has some impressive colour. And, of course, it’s hard to resist a wonton, served here with pork and lemongrass (B180).
As a new arrival, Walk is still building its crowd and exploring its concept but already offers a distinct take on the rooftop bar.
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