Sirocco is the world’s highest open air restaurant with panoramic views across Bangkok. recently made even more famous for its inclusion in scenes from a 2011 comedy. I can safely say that the restaurant was on my radar way before it featured in The Hangover 2. A movie of that genre certainly wouldn’t influence my dining plans anyway. What drew me to Sirocco was its sheer indulgence.
When you make the decision to go abroad for Christmas and New Year, you have one of two options – to slum it and backpack around or really spoil yourself and go all out. I chose the latter with a stay at Lebua at State Tower. Firstly, State Tower is a skyscraper with apartments, offices and retail. It is also home to the Lebua and Tower Club at Lebua.
The hotel itself has all suites occupying 21 floors, so it’s a jump up to the 63th floor for Sirocco the restaurant and cocktail bar.
When you come out of the lift and enter Sirocco, it is truly overwhelming. If you have a fear of heights, this is a no for you. A sweeping subtle spiral staircase with amazing views brings you down to the restaurant as you feel the wind flow through your hair. The staff are welcoming and as you dine with them, you realist that this is a place that takes itself seriously. The service is smooth – something the most impressive I have received.
The Sommelier was really helpful without being pushy. It can be off putting when they try to steer you to the most expensive wines instead of listening to your needs. Our choices of white and red ended up perfectly complimenting our food.
The dishes started with rock shrimp ceviche, apple and avocado gazpacho, yuzu and gold sorbet. Then Hokkaido scallop with caramelized pumpkin, celeriac puree and pata negra ham. Barolo wine braised veal breast, on a bed of black truffle risotto. Brittany wild sea bass with artichoke raviolo, citrus lobster and mousseline. Angus beef rossini, foie gras, truffled potato puree, spinach and forest mushrooms. For dessert it was caramelized apples, ginger, soya milk ice cream and caramel sauce. What a foodie extravaganza and I can confirm that every course tasted even better than the previous one. You could really get used to this type of dining if it wasn’t for the price tag – THB 5,800.
For a special occasion Sirocco is up there if you are in Bangkok. The mind blowing views across the Bangkok skyline, the slick service, good wine pairing and amazing food is worth it.
Lebua at State Tower
1055 Silom Road