Friday, January 30, 2015


Nothing quite beats the romance of sky-high dining with a tantalizing to match. Located on 61st floor,” Vertigo” has been named after Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller. This elegant restaurant sits on a former helipad (now rooftop) and comes alive at sunset for a matchless view of the Thai capital. To sit we had three options, a private party lounge, Moon Bar under a canopy of stars and a dining courtyard. We chose the latter. It was simply amazing to look around at glittering landmarks of Bangkok like the Grand Palace, Royal Chapel, Chao Phraya River, Wat Pho Temple, National Museum and the Emerald Buddha. Ordering the meal is easy with recommendations from the waiters. As we waited for our food we dug into the fresh, warm breads and olive oil. The lobster bisque was a delight with its slivers of fried shallots for added flavour.
The spicy Thai tuna ceviche was wonderfully married and to die for! The Rosemary Scented Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb is a specialty here. Roasted for over 6 hours, a generous portion is served with Tabouleh and capsicum, complimenting the tender meat. Another specialty is their fork-tender, pan-fried tenderloin of Black Angus beef with tarragon, sabayon and balsamic sauce.
Dessert was a dip into the pool of divine decadence. In essence, there is no wrong menu choice- the Vertigo chefs consistently offer superlative cuisine. We enjoyed the attentive service as we dined while taking in the interesting mix of people around us with our wine selected from over 200 labels. For its renowned hospitality in the skies and engineered seclusion from city noise, it isn’t a wonder that Vertigo has won a number of worldwide awards.
Banyan Tree Bangkok, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Thungmahamek, Sathon,
Bangkok, Thailand; Tel: +662 679 1200. Timings- 6.30 p.m. – 11 p.m. (The Moon Bar is daily open during 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.)

published in Statesman