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The Glass Bangkok

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Address:8/8 Civic Horizon, Soi Sukhumvit 63, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Tel:+6621088982

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 06:30-00:00

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Judging from the number of restaurants with the word “wine” in their names, it seems many Bangkokians have accepted Jesus juice into their lives. The Glass Bangkok is a new member to that sector, honouring the vessel rather than the liquid itself. Drinkers at this French bistro can get the same value for their baht whether they’re guzzling wine by the glass or bottle. The centrepieces of the establishment are four high-tech dispenser machines, measuring 36 wines in 3cl, 6cl and 12cl pours. This way, you can sample from different bottles — red, white, rose or organic — without putting a dent in your wallet (prices start at B50). The floor-to-ceiling windows allow entry to an ample amount of natural light, while the high ceiling adds a spacious feel to the modern dining area. The crowd here consists of Thais, Japanese housewives and expats.

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The Glass Bangkok

French

8/8 Civic Horizon, Sukhumvit Soi 63, BTS Ekamai Exit 1

6:30am-midnight

02-108-8982

www.theglassbangkok.co.th, fb.com/TheGlassBangkok

THE SET-UP

Judging from the number of restaurants with the word “wine” in their names, it seems many Bangkokians have accepted Jesus juice into their lives. The Glass Bangkok is a new member to that sector, honouring the vessel rather than the liquid itself. Drinkers at this French bistro can get the same value for their baht whether they’re guzzling wine by the glass or bottle. The centrepieces of the establishment are four high-tech dispenser machines, measuring 36 wines in 3cl, 6cl and 12cl pours. This way, you can sample from different bottles — red, white, rose or organic — without putting a dent in your wallet (prices start at B50). The floor-to-ceiling windows allow entry to an ample amount of natural light, while the high ceiling adds a spacious feel to the modern dining area. The crowd here consists of Thais, Japanese housewives and expats.

THE MENU

Each dish comes with a recommended wine, but of course you don’t have to go by the book. The Big cold cut platter (B690++; B990 with two glasses of wine) is meant to be shared, but you may want to hog it all to yourself. Seven types of charcuterie products and two condiments are neatly laid out on a wooden serving board. We are happy with the spicy chorizo, salty serrano ham and delicate pork rillettes, but we still haven’t acquired a taste for black pudding. Although it looks somewhat messy, 6 Escargots garlic and parsley butter (B490) is quite appetising. The juicy snails are drenched in aromatic and tasty sauce. The accompanying bread, however, has a crust that was harder than the snails’ shells. Sauteed frog legs (B590), another French classic, reminds us of chicken wings. They do taste like chicken, in our opinion, but with a clean smell. The flesh is also chewier. Don’t judge us too much, but we really dig the Home-made foie gras terrine (B490). The rich, buttery and considerably thick terrine is easily spreadable on a slice of artisan bread, which contains fig. Add the mango/ginger jam for a refreshing contrast or sweeten it up a bit with onion jam. We could have used another slice or two of bread in this dish, though. Parmentier duck confit (B490) is another highlight. Topped with mashed potato/pumpkin, the shreds of duck are succulent. The side salad is dressed in vinaigrette, with a hint of mustard. 

INSIDER TIP

Luc Busin, the restaurant’s owner, is from the Champagne region of France. He’s the fourth generation of a family of champagne and winemakers, and The Glass is his first restaurant. Besides wine-pairing dinners, you can also enjoy breakfast here (6:30-11:30am). Choose between Breakfast a la Francaise (French-style breakfast, B340) or the larger option — Breakfast Original (B570), which includes everything in the former, as well as eggs with toast, Toulouse sausage and potato sarladaises. If you want bang for your baht, we suggest the lunch set (11:30am-2:30pm), which comes as a two-course (B299) or three-course (B399) option.

SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENTS

These days, you can’t take a bite of your food or a sip of your drink until someone takes a picture. So a group shot of you and your friends happily clinking wine glasses should garner you a few likes. Don’t post a picture of you chugging from the bottle, though. Keep it classy. 

VALUE & VERDICT

Due to its varied offerings, The Glass is a good option for those who want to enjoy a wine dinner in a relaxed setting with more freedom (instead of a fixed menu and wines from certain brands). We think it’s a suitable place for a date, as well. If you want to appreciate different wines in one sitting without having to pay a fortune, The Glass should be easy to swallow. G

- Pornchai Sereemongkonpol

Location

8/8 Civic Horizon, Soi Sukhumvit 63, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

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