The Capital by Water Library is the latest restaurant in the ever-expanding portfolio of the Water Library, a group of restaurateurs currently taking the Thai capital by storm. Prior to this latest opening in Sathorn, the prolific brand had already established fine dining spots in Thonglor and Chamchuri, as well as a couple of more laid back bistro-style venues at Central World and Central Embassy.
Located on the third floor of the Empire Tower in the middle of Bangkok’s Central Business District (Sathorn), The Capital by Water Library promises great value, with a three-course lunch at 790 baht, premium steaks starting at 750 baht and wines from 890 baht a bottle.
With a sizable menu of quality yet affordable steaks, pastas, burgers and grilled seafood all coming in generous portion sizes, The Capital by Water Library can be seen as a move away from the refined, exclusive dining scene that the group has in the past been famous for. Decor is just as impressive as the food, inspired by early 20th century American banks, complete with glass panels stretching over the roof, a swathe New York-style bar and a private vault-style meeting room at the back.
Splashing out a little bit more than their 200g tenderloin entry steaks, we opted for their 350g US Black Angus Rib Eye (1,750 baht) which was cooked to absolute perfection, seared on the outside and pink throughout the middle. Served with their signature roasted potatoes with Wagyu dripping and a side of asparagus, this was plenty for one hungry person. Other offerings from their meaty line-up include Striploin steaks from America, Japan and Australia, as well as 750g Porterhouse and pork chop options definitely recommended for sharing.
Probably not the best restaurant in Bangkok for vegetarians, meat remains the focus even in their lighter offerings such as the rich and sweet Wagyu Bolognaise (420 baht), whilst their Maryland crab cake (390 baht) and sashimi style yellow fin tuna (350 baht) make up a seafood-heavy list of starters.
The rather economical lunchtime deal at The Capital by Water Library is further proof that this normally ultra-exclusive brand (their degustation menu at their Thonglor outfit will set you back nearly 10,000 baht) is beginning to appeal to the general public, rather than only the rich. The three-course ‘business lunch’ menu is 790 baht per person, and although you won’t get any prime cuts for this, you can bump up and get a ribeye included for 200 baht extra.
Drinks wise, the list of signature Martinis (245 baht) fits perfectly with the classic 1930’s New York vibe that The Capital goes for, and you also get one of their signature ‘Gimets’ (Bourbon, lime juice) for free when you come for dinner.
Find The Capital by Water Library on the third floor of the Empire Tower, three minutes walk from Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain Station near Sathorn Road.
The Capital by Water Library
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11:30 - 24:00
- Location: The Capital by Water Library, Empire Tower/F3, Narathiwas Road, Bangkok
- BTS: Chong Nonsi
- Tel: +662 286 9548