You know the drill. It’s Friday night, and you’re having an absolutely fabulous evening of cocktails and conversations, when the late night cravings begin to strike. Understanding this, Yào Rooftop Bar enters the drink and dine scene with proof that you can enjoy a five-starred rooftop experience, and generous servings of really good food, all at the same time. Through a wide selection of authentic dishes that go from exciting fusion flavours to midnight dim sum, bar bites are taken to a whole new level at this high-rise venue, set on the 32nd floor of Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse.
With 360-degree views of Bangkok’s glittering skyline, the old town, and even the Chao Phraya River, Yào Rooftop Bar makes a great spot to unwind and while the night away, enjoying late bites and Oriental-inspired cocktails. As we inch closer towards Chinese New Year, here are the key reasons why lovers of Chinese cuisine should definitely check out this buzzing rooftop.
The Sunset Platter
It’s got everything you need and more.
If, like us, you find typical bar bites tasty but a tad far from filling, you’ll most definitely love Yào Restaurant & Rooftop Bar’s Sunset Platter. Available daily from 5-8pm, the set comes with generous portions of truly divine bites, meant to be enjoyed as the sun dips beneath Bangkok’s stunning cityscape. Expect a selection of classic post-drink cravings — think grilled beef and pork skewers, along with an impressive seafood selection that includes sizeable scallops, oysters, prawns. Escargot is also available in the platter, for those looking to spice things up a little on their night out.
THB588++ for the sunset platter, THB1,588++ for the platter and a bottle of wine.
The Juicy Pork Belly
Among other divine but guilty-pleasure options.
Regulars at Yào Restaurant & Rooftop Bar will know that among their list of must-tries, the pork belly reigns supreme. These juicy, indulgent bites come served in perfectly cut squares of rich, fatty goodness that pair perfectly with the fizzier options on the drinks menu. With a melt-in-your-mouth kind of softness, and sweet sauce lathered on top, this is a dish to opt for if you’re looking to really treat yourself.
THB588++ for a medium serving, THB888++, for a large serving.
The Midnight Dimsum
We all know how hard it is to find good dimsum at one in the morning.
When it comes to late night cravings, dimsum ranks pretty high on the popularity list — unfortunately, to find quality dimsum at one in the morning can be an arduous task. Thankfully, Yào Restaurant & Rooftop Bar offers their impressive range of dim sum until two in the morning — made using the best ingredients, guests can heartily indulge in these delectable bites, together with the bar’s Orient-inspired cocktails, and front-row views of Bangkok’s sparkling skyline. Go because you can order your shrimp wontons past midnight, and stay because the selection comes with exciting twists that you won’t find anywhere else — cue peking duck rolls with caviar hoisin sauce, and foie gras dumplings. If you’re looking for something more filling, the delicious hand-pulled noodles with spicy minced pork is a must, while the fried calamari with spicy mala holds a very special place in our hearts.
Think: Instagrammable and Oriental-inspired.
Drinks typically make or break a bar, and on this front, Yào Rooftop Bar does not disappoint. Heavily inspired by Oriental flavours and an artful use of spices, the signature cocktails list all contain referential nods to Chinese culture. For a classic must-try, opt for Shanghai, The City “Upon the Sea” (THB318++), which offers a tasteful blend of white rum, lychee liqueur, butterfly pea and lime juice.
Fans of sweeter concoctions should definitely try ‘Lights up on China Town’ (THB388++) — absolut vanilla vodka, melon and pandan syrup, grenadine, lime juice, and soda — while those who like their drinks strong can go straight for the ‘Dynasty Negroni’ (THB398++), which is basically a negroni, served with five spice infused beefeater gin, in a quaint Chinese tea-pot setup.
The kind of atmosphere that makes every night feel like it’s Friday.
Generous servings of great food and fascinating botanical cocktails aside, Yào Restaurant & Rooftop Bar stands out for a great ambiance that combines both fabulous decor — think chic and contemporary Chinese stylings in a laid back but refined atmosphere — and unbeatable panoramic city views. With an unobstructed vantage point that overlooks everything from Silom and Sathorn to even the Chao Phraya River, this is the kind of view few other Chinese can offer. Music-wise, the evening begins with modern Chinese beats punctuated by the occasional traditional number, while later into the night the tunes gradually blend into more mainstream dance beats.
Yào Rooftop Bar is open daily from 5pm-2am. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2088 5666, or visit yaobangkok.com.