Pandanus Bar/Bistro Review
Even though BKK’s nightlife is going through a serious slump at the moment, the same couldn’t be said for restaurants and Pandanus (50 Soi Nunta, Sathorn 1) has proved that all is healthy in the restaurant market.
So many venue’s let their initial appearance look mundane and prefer to concentrate on the food. Whilst this isn’t a bad thing, a little design and creativity gives that important first impression a massive boost. Pandanus’s architecture has been tastefully done, with the Bistro on the bottom floor and the bar at the top.
The bar reminded me of a NYC bar, especially found in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and makes use of light and textures to create area’s where you can hide in the shadows or be seen in full limelight. As for the drinks, the emphasis seems to be on the cocktail menu, which is perfect for those who want some taste in their life other than Johnny Black and soda water.
The bistro has been designed with light in mind and makes use of white and pastel colours where possible. The food is Thai, but with some serious hints of European and American influences along the way. We had the soft-shell crap to start and gai med ma muang (chicken with cashew nuts) and brown rice. The price is very reasonable and this makes it my new local restaurant.
Overall Pandanus gets my pick of the month award for the whole dining and entertainment package. Not only is the bar enjoyable, the decor of the bistro and the available food makes it a venue where spending a few hours is a joy.
With Valentines Day coming up, you couldn’t go wrong with taking your loved one here!