Char is all about fine dining with a view. A view of the twinkling lights of Bangkok, a city known for its rooftop bars.
While Char’s rooftop bar itself is worth a visit, despite its rather diminutive size, the restaurant below is where I like to hang out in air-conditioned comfort.
It was made all the more memorable on my most recent visit because I was flying solo, enjoying a 3-course BK Restaurant Week menu.
A 3-course that was more like a 5-course thanks to the amuse bouche and the free 2nd appetizer I received on account of having paid for the meal with my Citibank card.
There is something to be said about dining solo. Especially as a foodie. With just yourself and the plate in front of you, you can fully concentrate and savour each moment. And the seat I had was just perfect – a corner seat with a view for me to gaze upon as I pondered each dish.
Trust me, I do not normally get the chance to pay full attention to what I am eating when I dine with others, so to me, this was a food geek’s luxury.
Let’s start with Char’s amuse bouche. I could really taste the essence of tomato in that little pop of meringue. Next a simple grilled baby corn with a rich coffee cream sauce. Finally, a croquette with a pickled beetroot flower – mmm, good way to kickstart the evening.
(See, normally I can’t recall any of the amuse bouche I have had, even at 3-Michelin-star restaurants. Too busy socialising with my fellow diners. Restaurant critic – fail.)
The 1st appetizer – a Roasted Cauliflower Ravioli. Little parcels filled with a sweet, smooth puree. The miso beurre blanc sauce was rich and had lovely sweet and citrus notes but the smoked sunchokes – wow, you could smell it a mile away, added a good aroma to the dish.
Next appetizer, the Sweetbreads à la Nantua. Not that I am a fan of offal, but this trip in Bangkok I wanted to challenge myself, so I was jumping at any opportunity to select offal on the menus.
Well, at Char, the sweetbreads are fried so crispy, you don’t really feel like you’re eating something offal-like. The accompanying brown butter and lemon sauce is a good dip to swirl the sweetbreads in and the Spanish sweet prawns is a delightful addition to the dish.
Still being “brave”, I chose the Fire-roasted Thai Wagyu Bone Marrow for my main. Also because it came with gnochetti, I thought it might have been a dish with just bits of marrow in the sauce.
But no, it was a marrow, almost the size of my forearm, that arrived. Still, the amazingly rich jus with the hot basil sauce for the pasta and the crumbed marrow made the dish altogether rather moreish and I recall dunking some one my bread in the sauce, trying to scoop up everything.
The final course suffered from the fact that I was already full, so I couldn’t finish the Thai Tea Cheesecake. That said, this was the weakest part of the meal for me, anyway. I think they could have upped the thai tea flavour in the cake.
It’s all wrapped up at the end with a few petits fours.
Char is definitely a place I would recommend to anyone visiting Bangkok and looking for good, European fine dining with a view. Remember to ask for a seat by the windows.
And I would recommend Hotel Indigo Bangkok in a heartbeat as well. Its location at Wireless Road, walking distance to Ploen Chit BTS and Central Embassy/Central Chidlom shopping malls, and surrounded by some of Bangkok’s best restaurants (Saneh Jaan, Paste – both Michelin-star restaurants) make it a great place to stay.
More reading: Check out my article on where to Eat, Stay and Relax at classy Wireless Road.
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