22 Kitchen & Bar Bangkok has replaced the longstanding French fine-diner D’Sens on the top floor of Dusit Thani Hotel in Silom, bringing a refreshing change to one of the capital’s grandest hotels with its creative menu of Pacific fusion flavours, served as mains or tapas-style bites at the bar.
Twenty two floors up (hence the name), the old, staid decor has been swapped for some bright turquoise and cream furnishings to evoke a distinct coastal theme. The whole feel is relaxed and fresh, in-fitting with the seafood-heavy menu that encompasses flavours stretching across the Pacific from Peru, to Mexico, Japan and Hawaii. Another winner here is the view, overlooking the greenery of Lumpini Park and Bangkok’s CBD from the (almost) floor-to-ceiling-windows.
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In the kitchen is Hawaiian-born chef Nikolas Ramirez, who made the move to Bangkok at the end of 2014 after earning a name for himself in Santa Barba. His passion for creative, fusion flavours is evident in an often mind-boggling combination of citrus, spices and textures, such as his intriguing kim chi quesadillas (260 baht) or confit pork tacos (280 baht), which swap the traditional crispy taco shell for Chinese style bao buns.
For anyone new to Peruvian food, dining at 22 Kitchen & Bar Bangkok gives you a running start. The Peruvian ceviche sea bass (540 baht) is cooked using the acidity of a zesty marinade rather than heat, and comes with a milky sauce, topped with crunchy calamari. These complex flavours are also evident in the Peruvian seafood paella, (normally served alongside a whole fish), combining fresh yellow chili, dried red chili and a hint of cumin. The end result is a dish which looks Spanish, tastes Indian yet apparently originates from South America.
The most Japanese-inspired dish of the night, the Hamachi with miso broth (580 baht), was one of our favourites. The yellow-fin fish is only lightly seared to retain its sashimi-like like texture and freshness, and it’s all well-balanced without ever going overboard with the thickened miso broth and crispy garlic on top.
Other seafood treats at 22 Kitchen & Bar Bangkok are the ‘sunny side up scallops’ (280 baht) with spicy aioli and ponzu, and the youthful chef also serves the French imported and locally sourced oysters in a number of interesting ways.
Deserts at 22 Kitchen & Bar Bangkok maintain the menu’s savoury elements, for example, the chocolate mousse (250 baht) comes with Thai spice and yellow bean, whilst the sweetness of the strawberry cheesecake is counterbalanced with black sesame.
The short but quality cocktail menu is worth exploring too, comprised of both classics and signature mixes like the Passionate Thunderball (350 baht), a blend of gold tequila, passion fruit and chili. At the moment these are buy-one-get-one free from 17:00-19:00 daily, and girls drink free every Thursday from 19:00-23:00 with a live DJ playing in the bar area.
Find 22 Kitchen & Bar Bangkok on the 22nd floor of Dusit Thani Hotel on Silom Road, directly outside Silom MRT Station and about 5 minutes’ walk from Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain.
22 Kitchen & Bar
- Opening Hours: Bar 16:00 - 24:00 daily, Dinner 18:00 - 22:00 daily
- Address: 22/F, Dusit Thani, 946 Silom Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2200 9000 (#2345)