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Bangkok Night Bazaar

March 28, 2013
Asiatique / Brasserie 9

With last year’s unveiling of Asiatique, a bustling night bazaar on the banks of the river Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s night owls gained an after-dark go-to in a sprawling complex designed to look like a traditional pier, with rows of warehouses and refurbished early C.20th architecture from the former shipping port.

Spread over 28 acres, Asiatique has been divided into four zones for easier navigation: there’s the fashion-focused Factory District, historic trade and souvenir central Charoenkrung District, and the two main dining areas, Town Square and Waterfront. With a staggering total of 1,500 shops and 40 restaurants (as well as the tourist-attracting sky wheel), it’s an exciting one-stop culture spot, ideal for a spring evening wander.

For your post-retail meal, there’s a myriad of global cuisines to sample, but you can’t do better than modern French restaurant Brasserie 9 – boasting prime real estate on the waterfront, it offers unrivalled river views as well as a menu of reinterpreted bistro classics, all dished up by Chef Raphael Kinimo, who hails from Lyon and has worked under several Michelin maestros including Paul Bocuse and Joel Robuchon.

Don’t miss the Charolais tenderloin with béarnaise or the indulgent Crepes Suzette with Grand Marnier – in those moments you can almost mistake the Chao Phraya for the picturesque river Saône. Santé!

2194 Charoenkrung Rd /
open 5pm-2am daily /
http://www.thaiasiatique.com
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