AT 6.45pm, 38 floors above Asok junction, the inner-workings of Bangkok are laid bare for all to see. The roads, no longer just thoroughfares for cars, become vibrant veins of red and white light as commuters head to and from the city’s commercial heart. Buildings fire up like neurons revealing just how vast and complex the metropolis is, and the sun, a tangerine smear on the horizon, slips unconscious into the night. It’s a heavenly view indeed ‒ and, at Axis & Spin, it’s just one of the highlights on offer.
Expert mixologists create a wide range of tempting cocktails, ranging from tried-and-tested classics such as Long Island iced tea (B300++), to ‘Prohibition-era’ cocktails like Mary Pinkford (B280++) and unique signatures such as the vodka-based Hello Kitty (B400++).
Anyone who’s visited The Continent Hotel’s popular Italian restaurant, Medinii, will be familiar with the cuisine on offer ‒ a wide selection of authentic Italian dishes with just a dash of Asian flavour. In fact, since Medinii has now adopted a buffet concept full-time (see What’s Cooking, page 32) much of the restaurant’s former à la carte menu is now served exclusively at Axis & Spin.
Pasta fans will love the Carbonara (B420++), a thick and creamy triumph which has plenty of flavour without being overly rich, and the Aglio E Olio (B350++), which has a tongue-tingling blend of garlic, spicy chillis and sundried tomatoes.
For fish, the Crisp-skinned Pacific Ocean snow fish (B890++) is a highlight, coming with potato fondant, and baby carrot with Bordelaise sauce; and the Tasmanian wild salmon (B790++) is tasty too, featuring a deliciously meaty portion of fish with sautéed vegetables and berry sauce.
If you prefer traditional Italian staples you’ll find a great selection of salads, pizzas, pastas, and risottos to choose from. And meat lovers shouldn’t miss the Beef tenderloin steak with ratatouille and chargrilled Wagyu striploin‒ a melt-in-the-mouth treat of top grade beef topped with foie gras.
Axis & Spin is open daily 6pm-1am and is within walking distance of Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT stations. Enjoy two-for-one selected drinks every Tues-Sat between 1pm-8.30pm; and the same deal until 1am on Sun-Mon.
The Continent Hotel, 413 Sukhumvit Road. Open 11am-1am ☎ 02 686 7000 :thecontinentdining.com :facebook.com/AxisandSpinBangkok