Bangkok’s Latest Rooftop Hotspot
In a city renowned for its slick rooftop bars and restaurants, anyone new entering the field had better have a great angle, let alone a great view, and ever since the advent of Astrid Y Gaston into the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List in 2011, the buzzword in foodie circles has been ‘Peruvian’.
Step forward then, Above Eleven. Perched 33 floors above Sukhumvit’s thrumming soi 11, with its ravishing, glass-wrapped and wood-decked, west-facing terrace affording stunning city sunsets, and chef Omar Frank Maruy’s kitchen turning out pitch-perfect Nikkei cuisine (a 120-year old Peruvian-Japanese fusion), Above Eleven has got something potentially rather unique.
In keeping with the casual bar/restaurant vibe, the dishes tend to be small, tapas portions, although there are main courses for sharing too – we love the Seco de Cordero, a richly aromatic stew of lamb shanks braised for 3 hours in beer, cumin, cilantro and earthy aji amarillo chilli.
With Ceviche, causa, anticucho and spicy rolls – the menu reads like a Peruvian comfort classics list, and when taken in tandem with a few signature, pisco-based cocktails like the Chilcano, a warming, shard-sharp mix of pisco, lime juice, ginger ale and fresh ginger, you’ve got the makings of a Peru-fect party.