BANGKOK’S Pratunam district is the heart of the city’s retail and wholesale garment industry, where thousands of shoppers flock each day to snag bargains on clothes and accessories in malls such as Platinum and CentralWorld and the warren-like markets of Siam Square. But sartorial appetites aren’t the only tastes catered for here; shop around and you’ll discover the area is full of dining gems, too, like this new restaurant at the recently opened Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok.
Located on the 20th floor, just below the hotel’s trendy rooftop bar called Walk, Chili Hip serves up creative Asian and Thai cuisine in an al fresco setting bolstered by impressive city views.
Taking a laid-back approach to the dining experience, it’s a place where diners in shorts and Tshirts are welcomed just as much as high-rollers in suits. And the focus, simply, is ensuring diners have a good time sharing and experiencing the cuisine and drinks on offer.
The same can be said of the soups and mains, with highlights such as Tom saep phak gad khao tao hoo (Hot and spicy cabbage soup with tofu and egg), and Gaen khiew wan gai (Green curry with braised chicken breast. B190++). And we really liked the restaurant’s more creative dishes, especially the Nong gae toon si-ew lae krueng thes (Slow-cooked lamb shank with soya sauce, lemon garlic and ginger in its juice. B460++).
To wash your food down, the restaurant offers a range of innovative cocktails including, among the usual options, Icy Hype Cocktails, featuring classic cocktail recipes made using Nikki Pure Rice Spirit (B299++ each) and signature, chilli infused blends (B300++ each) such as Tom yam on the rocks (vodka, lime juice, syrup, fresh galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and chilli). Wines, meanwhile, range in price from B900++ to B3,300++ per bottle; and start at B190++ per glass. Local beers are B125++ per bottle.
To finish your meal, don’t miss the Chili Dome, a thin chocolate dome filled with spicy chocolate mousse served with almond croquant and raspberry jelly (B240++) – simply delicious!
Chili Hip is open daily 5pm-11pm.
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, 567 Ratchaprarop Rd., Makkasan, Ratchathewi
Tel : 02 625 1234 www.centarahotelsresorts.com