At the risk of sounding like I've substituted my love life with eating, I say we're constantly on the lookout for the "whole package" when it comes to finding the right restaurant, much like the quest for Mr or Miss Right.
We want a place that isn't just easy on the eyes but also has something deeper to offer when you really get involved. And when you do, you keep coming back for more, and it becomes a relationship of sorts. Unfortunately, the search for the right restaurant sometimes results in something you're happy to spend only one night with.
Bottoms Up officially opened earlier this week and while drinkers should find it a good hangout (like its name suggests), I doubt serious eaters will drink to it, judging from the dishes I've tasted.
The atmosphere is of high priority here and much effort obviously went into creating the vibe in this industrial yet classy and vibrant venue. The visual feast of artistic murals and paintings is plenty and the spacious place is divided into three zones.
The "Artist Bar" is where you can drink international draft beer and signature cocktails over barrel tables under a chandelier while a live band performs. The "Wine Station" area has a more luxurious club feel and features a large wine selection. It features dispensers that allow you to buy wine by the glass (B140-260; prices subject to tax and service charge) via a card. A bottle of vino starts from B750. My favourite area is called "Dining Gallery" and the showpiece is a painting on canvas that mocks the Last Supper where the apostles are replaced by well-known artists.
Posers should scout the place to find a backdrop for their Instagram pictures. There are so many choices of Dutch courage to help you channel your inner model should you need one. While you may pose under the influence here, be sure not to drive later or else you'll end up like Giftza.
The artistry doesn't stop there as the menus are also well-designed, unlike some places that offer A4 pages stapled together. Mushroom cream soup (B125) is worth musing over. This creamy and aromatic soup tastes like a hot shitake smoothie in a very positive way. The side of garlic bread adds crunchy contrast to the mellow soup.
General's grilled chicken (B195 for half, B380 for full) makes only a small impression. While I like fusions such as Lay's cheese-and-chilli-paste chips, I find nam prik-infused chicken and shitake gravy on top to get along OK. I might have liked it more had the taste of the chilli paste been stronger. Golden french fries are crisp on the outside while giving salty cut to the juicy chicken.
Fish & chips with tartare sauce (B220) offers two well-fried big fillets. The batter is hot and crisp while the delicate flesh inside almost melts in your mouth. The accompanying tartare sauce complements the mildly sweet fish with just the right amount of acidity without taking over.
Beef medallions (B380) offers big pieces of beef with mashed potato and mixed vegetables. The meat on its own tastes rather bland but the gravy somewhat saves it.
What I think about What you think (B260) is that it's a beautiful and sexy cocktail, with a price to match. This girly drink looks good enough to be a prop for your photo-taking. You'll have to get past a layer of tiny bits of ice before a sweet and scented liquid delights you. While What you think is designed to be for her, Catto up cafe martini (B180) is perhaps meant for him. It combines coffee and cocktail to produce a curious effect. It has a strong side from the mix of liquors and a soft side from the syrup and milk foam.
Apple fritter with vanilla sauce (B160) looks great and tastes decent. Sweet and sour pieces of apple contrast with the colder vanilla sauce which is a little too runny.
While I have no problems raising my glass to the atmosphere of Bottoms Up, I've had some thumbs-down moments with what it offers on the plates. If you're a foodie with discerning taste who wants something more than a one-night stand I suggest you keep looking. Posers and drinkers, however, should check it out.G
Bottoms Up - Wine, Beer & Bistro Bar European/Fusion
11am-midnight 888 Soi Thararom 2, Thong Lor 02-365-0839-40 tinyurl.com/9e3nx7d
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- Writer: Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
Position: Guru Reporter