SET over three levels on top of the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, The Roof restaurant has done a sizzling trade the past few years with its stone-grill menus – an interactive dining experience which sees patrons cooking meats and seafood on super-heated natural volcanic stones directly at their tables. But don’t think this alfresco venue with superb views is all about grilling and broiling and sputtering steaks – gourmet French fare is now also at the forefront.
His premise is wonderfully simple: Take traditional French comfort food – think casseroles and escargot and rich cuts of meat – and give these dishes a gourmet spin.
This results in new menu highlights such as Veloute, pan seared foie gras, smoked wagyu beef, black truffle, and Madeira oil (B690++); Beef bone marrow with walnut mushrooms, parsley, and chlorophyll citrus (B420++); and Mushrooms & snail Fricassée in cassolette (B430++).
Spread on homemade bread (which has a deliciously crispy crust) the beef bone marrow is a real treat; unctuous and rich and full of flavour. The escargot and mushrooms are tough without being chewy, and the Veloute is so moreish you’ll want to lick the bowl.
Also recommended is the Roasted veal chop served with foyot sauce [a variation on the classic Béarnaise sauce made by adding meat glaze], artichoke heart, pan-seared foie gras, market garden vegetables, and light black truffle gravy (B1,890++), in which all flavours – the earthiness of the veggies, the mineral tang of the meat, the buttery essence of the foie gras – combine to wonderful effect. Not a fan of veal? Opt instead for the Madeira steamed organic chicken breast served with parsnip mousseline, a light mushroom gravy, and black truffle essence (B650++), or Blanquette of salmon with Pommery mustard white wine sauce (720++).
Finish your meal with Warmed apple pie flambé Calvados, soft Chantilly, and vanilla (290++) and don’t forget to team everything with one of the restaurant's many wines or signature cocktails – including boozy concoctions served in giant glasses for two or more people to share.
The Roof is open daily 5pm-11.30pm.
Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, 865 Rama1 Rd. (Within walking distance of National Stadium BTS).
Tel: 02 217 3070 www.siamatsiam.com