Park Society Restaurant at Sofitel So Bangkok
Dining with a view
Park Society Restaurant at Sofitel So Bangkok manages to deliver what so many other rooftops don’t: excellent food, an amazing view and a sense of exclusivity. Serving international food expertly handled by an Australian chef, this feels like a restaurant for a special occasion, with a modern, romantic design. The location on the corner of Sathorn and Rama IV Road may not look like much from ground level, but we really recommend getting here before sunset, because this may be one of the only views in the city that looks as good before the sun goes down as it does after dark, with the green tapestry of Lumpini Park spread out below. Park Society is open every evening, starting at 17:00 for drinks and 18:00 for dinner.
Upon arrival at the 29th floor of the hotel, take a left for the restaurant and a right for the open air bar. Book ahead to guarantee one of the tables that run along the floor to ceiling windows that line the north side of the restaurant, these are easily the best seats in the house, and thankfully there is at least half a dozen of these coveted spots. The restaurant really has been designed to bring the vista indoors: the roof is lined with a reflective panel and the walls are polished gold. Once the sun goes down the lights of the buildings are mirrored all around the restaurant. The rest of the decor is kept simple, with black marble floors, cream table linens and comfortable bucket chairs lined in nude velvet.
It is customary to enjoy an aperitif and the view before dinner at a Bangkok rooftop. Signature cocktails at Park Society include a watermelon and basil margarita, refreshing and not overly sweet with a strong flavour of Thai herbs and a mai tai So Style – rum served with three vials of juice, pineapple, butterfly pea and orange, which can be blended to create a drink exactly to your taste. The stand out for me was the Rose Martini, blending together lychee and rose water, to create a sweet, pale pink concoction with a kick of alcohol, garnished with a single red petal. Speak to the very charming maitre d for advice on wine pairing suggestions, a guy who really knows his stuff and is passionate about the menu. There is a selection of 12 wines by the glass and bottles start at around 2,000 baht.
For something extra special, book the chef’s table, where the chef will create a dream menu with the fresh ingredients displayed in the glass fronted fridge in the kitchen, or let him show off his skills with a carte blanche option that allows him to pick and create something unique.
But there are great creations on the a la carte menu too. One glance and there is no doubt that the quality ingredients are carefully sourced, besides every name is its provenance: duck from Chiang Mai, truffles from France, and tuna takati from Japan. Every month there is a specially created 5 course set menu along a different cuisine.
We started with the foie gras three ways (800 baht), a clever twist on the usual fine dining starter – an interesting medley that combined a modern ginger snap, ice-cream and confit, foie gras royal and the classic pan seared slice, served with a pear puree. Cooking with similar elements right the way through the trio but creating three very different flavours and textures gave this familiar favourite an edge of surprise. The lobster tortellini with crab (600 baht) was a great marriage of the two sea creatures, served with mushrooms and seasoned with pepper, which gives extra warmth to the dish. We followed this up with another triad, this time with lamb (2100 baht) as the focus: loin, rillette and roulade served with potato maxim, miniature vegetables and a truffle sauce. The meat had an intense, rich smoky flavour and the variations meant that it wasn’t just the quality but also the technique that was impressive.
The Mizayaki Tenderloin (3,999 baht) is another highlight on the menu, an extremely rare type of wagyu. If there were such a thing as steak Olympics, this beef would take home the gold. It melts in your mouth and is complemented by the creamy truffle mash. Desserts were just as a delightful. The award winning berry soufflé is fluffy and fruity, served with a bold dark currant sorbet. The chocolate fondant is one of the best versions we’ve tried, rich but not to point that it prevents you from looking forward to every mouthful before you have finished the last and served with vanilla ice-cream flecked with real beans.
Park Society at Sofitel So is one of those restaurants that you want to lounge in, bask in the luxurious glow of the gold tinted walls, savour every bite and chat with friends a bit longer than usual over a glass or two of wine.
Park Society Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 for drinks – 18:00 – 22:00 for dinner
- Location: Sofitel So Bangkok (on Sathorn Road), 2 North Sathorn Road , Bangrak , 10500 Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 624 0000