Vertigo is a bar and restaurant sitting on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel and boasts of the highest bar in the Asia Pacific. The elevators whisks you up to the 59th floor afterwhich you have to manage two narrow staircases to reach Vertigo. The view which opens up once you reach the topmost floor is amazing. It was a clear night and you can see the whole Bangkok cityscape below you. The restaurant was a helicopter pad before and as such, is a narrow place with just the railings to separate you from the edge.
We opted to try out the degustation menu to have a sampling of Vertigo’s food.
Amuse Bouche – Melon wrapped in ham ???
Fresh American Oyster, Citrus Coriander Mojo – Nice clean taste to the oysters. There was a ‘sea’ taste to the oysters.
Marinated tuna tartar, Avocado Tomato Sour Cream Salmon Roe
Javanese oxtail soup, nutmeg fried shallot
Foie Gras Creme Brulee – Better Foie Gras creme brulee than what we had in Cav. This had the right balance of cream on it.
Lemongrass skewer tiger prawns, garlic chili scented angel hair pasta, shitake mushroom – First serving we had was way too salty and we had it returned to the kitchen. Second serving tasted better.
Yuzu Vodka Sherbet
Broiled Maine Lobster, Chardonnay cream sauce, truffle potato ravioli, chinese spinach
Cardammon scented oven roasted rack of lamb, green pea puree, meditarranean vegetables
Black forest trifle, cherry sorbet
Menu : 3600++ Baht
Summary : One of the must to see places in Bangkok for the experience. Breathtaking views… I felt that I could reach for the stars. Tastefully decorated, dim-lighted that a torch is needed to read the menu. It’s also amusing to have the food cooked a floor below and hurriedly brought to the table covered in those large silver dome covers to keep it from getting cold. The food itself wasn’t anything outstanding, it’s overpriced which you can actually skip. Grab a cocktail or two (which we should have done) and you can enjoy the place away.
Rating : Love it —> for the ambience, I would go for the cocktails next time
Food : Nothing exceptional for the price. Come here and have cocktails to enjoy the view.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
21/100 South Sathon Road
Tel : +66 2 679 1200