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Address:335, Soi Thonglor 17, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 18:00-00:00

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Say hello to the recent F&B addition to the rooftop of The Commons that will have you migrating from the ever so popular Market on the ground floor all the way up to the top.

Think of it like an experimental haven for Chef Johnny Liu -- the same man behind the kitchen of Roast -- where he and a talented team of staff have created a concise menu of bar plates and snacks that will be in constant change. Quality ingredients, a depth of flavour and simple elegance has put Barisa on our radar as a serious foodie destination and no doubt, this makes it much more than just any ordinary rooftop bar. What they're serving up is new and exciting -- and the modern and casual atmosphere they've designed to match the food is a rare find, especially in this part of the concrete jungle.

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A serious snack-fest to consider

THE SETTING

Lamb tenderloin.

 

Say hello to the recent F&B addition to the rooftop of The Commons that will have you migrating from the ever so popular Market on the ground floor all the way up to the top.

Think of it like an experimental haven for Chef Johnny Liu -- the same man behind the kitchen of Roast -- where he and a talented team of staff have created a concise menu of bar plates and snacks that will be in constant change. Quality ingredients, a depth of flavour and simple elegance has put Barisa on our radar as a serious foodie destination and no doubt, this makes it much more than just any ordinary rooftop bar. What they're serving up is new and exciting -- and the modern and casual atmosphere they've designed to match the food is a rare find, especially in this part of the concrete jungle.

THE MENU

Well-curated is how we would describe it. It's got a few dishes that'll pique the appetite of modern diners like us, but (cleverly) there are also got some dishes that your parents would be familiar enough with to order. You know, not everybody gets excited when they hear the word "yuzu".

Start with their Spreads (B250++). Three gorgeous-looking dips are served on a paddle: Greek yoghurt, hummus and roasted eggplant. Perfect for sharing, it also comes with some fluffy house-made pita bread.

The heat of Bangkok may leave you craving a little refresher so do opt for Fresh oysters (B150 for one piece/B850 for six) -- shucked Barron Point oysters drizzled with grapefruit yuzu mignonette and shiso. It packs a lovely crunch, has a light and bright flavour and is a delicious cold appetiser that sets your tummy ready for the mains to come. Not a fan of raw oysters? They also have a fried version -- and the crunchy cornmeal crust and creamy coriander remoulade is just to die for.

There are lots of highlights in terms of crafted bar plates and one which really stood out for us was the Grilled chicken (B150). Alright, we know that chicken isn't really the type of meat anyone raves about BUT this piri piri marinated spicy little thing that comes with smoked tomato sauce packs a savoury punch that'll make your palate do a dance every time you take a bite.

Chocolate ombre.

The roasted octopus (B250) is also worth ordering; there's a nice contrasting texture of crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside; a sharp and tart tangerine sauce; and, a smokiness from the bacon bits -- isn't that what foodie dreams are made of?

For something a little more substantial, the Lamb tenderloin (B200) is rather beautiful; succulent and simply seasoned with salsa verde, chili oil and a dash of citrus yoghurt. It's wonderful to see that this wonderful meat is treated with utmost respect, with its quality shining through due to the fact that it isn't heavily drenched in sauce.

Don't skip dessert. There's only two options, so we're pretty sure you can handle it. The Mojito ice cream sandwich (B150) is comprised of house-made sweet mint and rum ice cream, lime cake and lime curd. A little sour, a little sweet and a hint of alcohol -- perfect for those who want to round off their meal with something not too heavy or rich.

Chocoholics, however, should not miss the Chocolate ombre (B200) which is made up of five different types of chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge cake, hazelnut sandies and salted hazelnut ice cream. A cocoa-coma might be on the cards with this one -- don't say we didn't warn you

Drinks-wise, there's wine, craft beer, mocktails and cocktails. Lychee & rose (B280) is a fruity and fragrant concoction of gin, pale ale, Aperol, orange liqueur and lemon. Smooth and sultry, it's the perfect drink for a hot Bangkokian sundown. On a sour note (but no less delicious) Grapefruit (B280) combines gin, Cointreau with elderflower and grapefruit granita to create a sharp, slightly bitter taste that has a hint of floral sweetness, making it a beverage you can sip on all night.

Rose & lychee.

INSIDER'S TIP

Make sure you book a table. Barisa is only open on weekends (for now) and it gets pretty busy. Best table? There is a small lawn area with low tables and bean bags, perfect for lounging and chilling out.

VALUE & VERDICT

We can't stress this enough but Barisa is a must if you're around the area. We're seriously digging their laid-back approach, fantastic dishes, banging cocktails and the reasonable prices. It's like going to a friend's backyard party -- but with better string lights and pretty much everything else. g

Mojito ice cream sandwich.

 

Oyster.

BARISA

CRAFTED BAR PLATES & DRINKS Fri-Sun 6pm-midnight, Top Yard, The Commons, Thong Lor Soi 17, www.Fb.com/barisabkk, 094-657-8755

Location

335, Soi Thonglor 17, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

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