The lounge above a French restaurant, Brasserie Cordonnier, on Sukhumvit Soi 11 has recently been transformed into a wine bar and shop nestled in a French-inspired leafy loft in the heart of Bangkok.
When the brasserie first opened late last year, patrons were treated not only to a sumptuous homecooked French menu but also the unique experience at Sole Rouge Lounge on the second level that invoked a Sex and the City spirit with a display of 400 pairs of shoes and dainty cocktails. Now the space has been transformed into a leafy, industrial-style loft that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into an overgrown abandoned building in France.
The Bar Upstairs has a high ceiling, lots of green and comfortable seating dotted around a space ideal for a more private gathering. The bar also has a wine-tasting area where patrons can engage in a tasting session or simply taste the wines before purchasing the bottles.
The extensive wine list features an ever changing array of over 150 international labels. The wines are complemented by French comfort dishes by Executive Chef Clement Hernandez, offering home-made terrine, imported cheese, cold cuts, light bites as well as hearty, filling dishes. From the snack and appetizer menu, recommended dishes are the delectable croque monsieur with Emmental cheese and mornay sauce and the succulent and lean beef tartare, using Australian wagyu rump steak and porcini oil. Another must-try for cheese fans is half-baked camembert au lait cru, where the heart of the cheese is slightly baked till creamy and addictive. The dish comes with a variety of French bread.
The Bar Upstairs also serves several mains, including pasta dishes, organic mussels, sautéed cod and Australian black Angus sirloin. There are also several dessert options to end the meal with. We particularly like the light and nutty pistachio crème brulee and the sensational apple tarte tatin.
If you’re in a group of three or four, it’s best get a Chef’s Picnic Basket that comes with cold cuts, baguettes, cheese, terrine of the day, dessert and salad. Ask the bar’s sommelier for the best wine selections to pair. Sharing options for cocktails are also available at one or a half litre.