Either at 661 Silom’s outdoor or indoor bar, Dom Pérignon Champagne Lounge, or steakhouse restaurant, you’ll be surprised one way or the other.
By Utku Tansug
Next to Silom Road’s hustle and bustle lies the Baan Silom courtyard, surrounded by a number of restaurants and cafés. With an inviting outdoor bar, the recently opened 661 Silom (661, Baan Silom Building 3, Room A3, B3, Silom Road Silom, Bangkok, 02 266 8661, www.661silom.com) immediately catches the attention of the discerning urban dweller.
Start your evening by enjoying some people-watching from the courtyard, and choose from among a varied selection of signature cocktails, such as Eden’s Garden or the good old mojito, but made “the 661 way.” If you are there between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., your early arrival will be awarded with an extra drink each time you order one.
“Meet” constitutes the initial theme by which 661 Silom invites its commensals to gather around one of its spaces on the ground level. Opposite to the outdoor bar, there is an identical indoor version. Choosing a corner that matches your mood is easier than choosing among its select gourmet bites, however. The Meet menu involves a unique—often courageous—blend of meat or fish with assorted sauces. How do the marinated prawns wrapped in Chinese noodles served with plum chili jam sauce sound? Or the roasted duck spring roll with hoisin sauce, and the beef satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salsa served on top of a baguette?
The menu offers modern European food with a smart and delicate Thai touch from by Chef McDang. As each bite stands elegantly on the platter as the masterpiece of a craftsman, one can easily sense the pleasure of exquisite dining.
To really treat yourself, check the glorious Dom Pérignon Champagne Lounge, also located on the ground floor. The champagne glass chandelier replete with 201 champagne glasses creates the perfect exclusive ambience in which to sip a glass of Dom Pérignon vintage or rosé.
After fulfilling the mission of the restaurant’s first theme—and having “met” your friends—you will want to go up the stairs to the upscale steak house on the first floor, bound in Italian-produced leather, and trimmed in a deep wood. Welcome to the “Meat” section of 661 Silom’s “Meet&Meat” duality! Here you can have a trip around the world enjoying some of the best food specialties and beef cuts.
Start with a burrata, creamy Italian mozzarella, with Spanish jamón ibérico, and try the Kobe-Gyu, the Japanese delicacy beef seared on a single side.
611 Silom is rightfully ambitious when it comes to meat. The very best beef from prime beef-producing areas of Argentina, Spain, Japan, and France comes to your table under a variety of names such as flank, rump, or brisket, depending on which cut you prefer. Probably the most interesting side dish is the mashed potatoes, which has a potential to overshadow the steak itself. The secret lies in a full hour of hand-whipping to achieve its creamy, addictive texture and taste.
Although a visit to 661 Silom is better experienced when embracing the whole Meet&Meat concept, each of the restaurant’s components can nonetheless be enjoyed separately and promises to surprise you in a particular way.