Where else in Bangkok can you find yourself dining under artificial trees, feasting on exotic Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, navigating through a grassy maze, and standing over the best urinal in town?
The contemporary Above Eleven rooftop bar and restaurant, located atop Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, is a complete in-the-park experience. You start at the leafy grapevine-covered entrance to the lift, ascend to the 33rd floor where you cross through a maze, before reaching the tree-covered dining area. Inspired by New York City’s Central Park, the high-rise dining venue aims to create a relaxed environment for guests without the all-too-common air of pretentiousness that we often experience in places carrying a similar price tag.
We started the night with a classic Peruvian cocktail, a pisco sour, which is made with the only item in the place that is imported from Peru — pisco, a colourless grape brandy. The first dish, created by Peruvian chef Omar Frank Marui, was a colourful kani causa, a bright-yellow egg-shaped mash potato topped with shredded crab meat, quail egg and avocado served with a Japanese-style mayonnaise and a thick huancaína sauce made of cheese, onions and yellow aji chillies. Our main course was truly exceptional, lamb shank cooked for three hours and served with white rice and beans. As owner Rohit Sachdev describes it, ‘It’s like an Indian guy got lost in Peru.’ Following his insider tip, we added some sliced shallot garnish and freshly made red chili sauce for that extra Peruvian touch.
We couldn’t help but notice the lift was a bit sparse, but that's not all that has yet to be completed. According to owner Rohit there are at least 40 more unfinished details that an unknowing eye would never notice. Since the canopy hasn't been installed yet, we recommend waiting until there’s proper rain protection before making a trip to the only rooftop park in Bangkok serving Peruvian food.
33/F Fraser Suites Sukhumvit
Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11
Tel. +66 2 207 9300
18/06/2012 - 11:57