Looking for a rooftop meal at great value? Then it’s time to leap to Leapfrog
WHEN most people think of rooftop bars in Bangkok they usually think of the tried-and-tested venues such as Vertigo at the Banyan Tree, or Sirocco at Lebua. But there are plenty of other rooftop bars in town which are well worth a visit, including the trendy Leapfrog Restaurant and Bar at Ramada Encore Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 10.
Located on the hotel’s eighth floor, Leapfrog may not boast the same heady heights as found at the restaurants mentioned above, but it still offers a chic dining atmosphere, stunning views of Chuwit Park, and very good value for money.
Stlylishly decorated, the restaurant wouldn’t look out of place in any of New York’s trendiest districts. The indoor dining room is decked out with modern furniture, has glass walls looking directly into the hotel’s saltwater pool, and has another window looking into the kitchen where chefs can be seen hard at work cooking a wide range of fusion dishes. Diners can even go casual and enjoy their meal in an alfresco area decked out with comfy couches.
IT’S A DEAL
The Frog’s Trees Tapas deal offers a choice of 3 tapas items for B390 and 5 tapas items for B575. Highlights include Marinated ‘Bilbao baby octopus, Wild frog’s legs tempura ‘Thai style,’ and Salmon bites spicy dip. Every Mon, Salsa Bachata Night with DJ Pepe offers drinks at B150 with complimentary nachos
In charge of the kitchen and responsible for most of the recipes is Executive Chef Bunmee Nueangchaiyos. Using the experience he gained working for restaurants overseas and in Thailand, he produces exciting new dishes which he calls ‘CalifornAsian’ cuisine – food which takes Californian cuisine and gives it an Asian twist.
While there are plenty of standalone dishes to choose from, the best way to eat at the restaurant is by selecting its new three-course dinner menu, which is great value at B990 per person and even better value if you dine as a couple – 50 per cent discount!
The menu features delicious starters such as Ahi tuna salad with balsamic reduction; mains like Slow-cooked lamb shank with pommes croquettes; and devilish desserts with tantalizing names – Sexy cheese cake, anyone? Other popular items on the menu include Caesar salad with salmon skewer, Wild barramundi with baby vegetables, and Peach melba dessert.
To wash down the food there are plenty of signature cocktails to experience, and these are available in three sizes: L for B320, XL for B550, and XXL for B999. Our fave is the Honey Bunny (B320), a tasty blend of vodka, parfait d’ amour and mixed berries, served in a fish bowl.
Open 6pm-1am Ramada Encore Bangkok
21 Soi 10, Sukhumvit Road (BTS Asoke)
Tel: 02 615 0999