Long Table Sky Bar in Bangkok
Amazing views from a restaurant that is almost a Rooftop0
Long Table is not quite sky scraping, but what it lacks in stature it makes up for in every other area by serving Thai food that tastes delicious and looks amazing, cocktails that err on the right side of sweet and a view that makes you forget that this isn’t a rooftop. In fact, after an evening spent watching the sunset with a Bangkok Cosmopolitan in hand followed by a three-course meal enjoyed lounging in one of Long Table’s cosy booths, I can honestly say there is no cooler sky bar in the city. With two for one offers on drinks from 17:00 till 19:00 every evening and decently-priced food, a visit here won’t break the bank either.
Long Table Bar and Restaurant is located a few minutes from the start of Sukhumvit Soi 16. If you are walking from the BTS at Asoke or MRT at Sukhumvit it will take less than ten minutes to walk here. You won’t miss it, there is a huge sign plastered to the outside of the building and one that points the direction at street level. Head through the lobby of Colum Serviced Apartments and take the lift up to the 25th floor. There is a dress code, so no flip-flops or shorts and vests for guys or the only view you will get is the lift.
It may look like you’ve stepped off onto a spaceship, but just round the corner you will find the longest table in Thailand, and catch your first glimpse of the city below through the double height floor to ceiling windows. The dining section of Long Table is decorated in warm honey, cream and scarlet tones, whilst the bar area has a more edgy vibe, with neon reds and sleek marble. It’s such a refreshing change to the other rooftops in town.
Even on a weeknight the outdoor terrace is buzzing with people who have come to make the most of the famous Bangkok sunsets and the drinks offers. With a selection of wines, beers and cocktails on the buy one get one free menu, Long Table is a great place to start any evening. If you want one of the coveted tables near the glass balcony you should book ahead, as it can be popular with the after-work crowd and those in the know. Their signature cocktail is the Bangkok Cosmpolitan the twist being the citrus-infused vodka and Cointreau blend, you can really taste the orange undertones coming through. Unlike the sickly sweet versions that seem to be flooding bars around Bangkok this is a serious drink, with just the right balance of booze and fruit.
The menu is Thai fusion so if you are a fan of local food there will be dishes that you recognise, at least in writing. Because here, nothing looks quite like you imagine it to, and we really appreciate the chef’s innovation. Our starter was five deep fried tiger prawns lined up in a row, served on a fried betel leaf, with crispy, browned lemongrass sprinkled on top. You then drizzle them in a sweet sour tamarind sauce. Each dish that arrived at our table was pleasingly aromatic, and the flavours were distinctly Thai. We followed up with a clear spicy Thom Yum Talay, the lemongrass broth filled with prawns, squid, crab meat and salmon. A real plus point for Long Table is that they are really considerate when it comes to spice levels, if you mention to the staff that you aren’t a fan of hot food, or you want extra chilli then the chef will alter your dish.
Both main courses we tried have their roots in Thailand, with Pla Ka Pong Thod Krob Kub Yum Mamuang (fried sea bass with green mango salad and sweet tamarind chilli sauce) a personal favourite. Using a quality piece of fish really added to the dish, and it was curled into a swirl and surrounded by neat stacks of juicy mango salad, but sadly not quite enough chilli sauce for my liking. The fusion of lamb and som tam (papaya salad) was a surprising one, because the salad’s appearance was so unlike those I have seen in Thailand and the flavour combination is very unusual. The meat was perfectly charred, again cooked to your request and the salad was refreshing and spicy, and although I liked the components, this was the only time in the evening where fusion didn’t quite work its magic.
Dessert in east is very different to in the west, but if you are a fan of the classic mango and sticky rice that is sold all over Bangkok I really recommend trying it at Long Table. Served on a cloud shaped plate, the rice and fruit is separated into perfect mouthfuls and served with extra miniature balls of mango and kiwi fruit, the addition of which really takes the edge off the sweetness. Another dessert for those with a sweet tooth is the almond and white chocolate pudding, although this is definitely a dish to share and ideally accompanied by a black, rich coffee. Staff and service were excellent, we didn’t feel rushed at any point and they were extremely accommodating when it came to our personal tastes. Long Table is definitely my top recommendation for those who are looking for a modern rooftop with a difference.
Long Table Sky Bar
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 until 02:00 (dinner served until 23:00)
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asoke
- Address: 25th Floor, 48 Column Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 16