Ekkamai has just upped its gourmet game in welcoming the newest rooftop restaurant and bar in town. This week, we ventured to the sixth floor of Tha City Loft Hotel to indulge in some pretty spectacular Eurasian dishes with panoramic views of the capital’s skyline acting as our backdrop: we are talking about Nowhere in Bangkok, Thailand.
When patrons imagine rooftop bars in Bangkok, they usually muster up the most luxurious of venue they can possibly imagine and top off the picture with pricey drinks and well-dressed customers. This is not the case at Nowhere. The new restaurant and bar is somehow able to revert from uppity and instead embody cool, with accents of hanging foliage and greenery offset by light wooden furniture to help soften the otherwise edgy arrangement.
The architecture of the new venue is the first aspect of this eatery that will both surprise and entice visitors upon arrival. Concrete stairs leading to nowhere (as its name suggests) greet visitors and are both an architectural wonder as well as a functional entity as it also acts as a table and shelving unit.
The seating arrangements are conducive for large groups, making it an excellent venue to frequent for a night out with friends, a lunch with co-workers, or an evening with the family. The attention to detail is impressive, with every aspect encompassing Nowhere’s hope of being the perfect socialising space for diners.
Turning the vibrant pages of Nowhere’s menu is as enticing as reading a good book. Each page features a dynamic photo spread of their signature dishes, with each course meticulously explained in both Thai and English. What sets its menu apart, however, is its ability to fuse each dish flawlessly without one particular flavour or origin of cuisine taking over the entirety of a course. The menu was made under the concept ‘crafted/casual/curated.’ The idea was that only the best-selected of ingredients and flavours from around the globe would be featured on their menu and then it would be up to their excellent culinary team to craft each item into a delectable dish inspired by European and Asian gastronomy: they have certainly exceeded. Recipes inspired by Mexico, Milan, the Middle East, and more all make appearances on this fresh and tasty menu.
One dish that stood out for its unique intermingling of exciting ingredients was the watermelon salad (฿240). The tasty appetiser, otherwise known as tang mop ha haeng, is one Thai dish that is a rare find on menus around the country. Nowhere is bringing this salad back and with vengeance, using their signature recipe to add an additional twist to the dish. The pumpkin pizza (฿420) is a culinary highlight, while the mushroom puttanesca (฿320) is a rare Italian-inspired treat gracing the menu.
If diners are unsure about which enticing dish to choose from, just look for the smiley face next to a meal: that means it is recommended by the culinary team at Nowhere. The menu also calls upon different unique traits in every diner to help them select which item they wish to indulge in. For example, the braised rabbit leg in miso strew (฿980) is recommended for those diners who love exotic food. Because of its exciting blend of cuisine, there is sure to be an item on the menu for every type of diner, as well.
Last but not least, we must not continue our culinary journey without mentioning the desserts at Nowhere. While diners will be tempted to ignore their expanding stomachs and continue to indulge until the last dish is scraped clean, be sure to save room for dessert. Our favourite was the apple crisp (฿229), a warm, baked apple served with cream cheese, crumbling oats, vanilla sauce and salted caramel ice cream.
Each drink on the menu was created to pair perfectly with one of the culinary items on it, as well. Diners can choose the cocktail that best enhances their dishes or stray from the food pairing path and try a refreshment of their choosing. Enticing favourites include the ‘where are you tonight,’ a tasty amaretto sour that is best paired with the watermelon salad. The 'julep of nowhere' has hints of Chorizo and is flat-washed in bourbon. Those looking for something a bit sweeter may instead opt for the white wine based Mediterranean sangria that best pairs with the pumpkin cheese fondue (฿420) or the Cajun salmon steak (฿620).
If you are looking for a rooftop venue without Bangkok’s rooftop prices, Nowhere is the venue to frequent. Even without the incredible views, this venue would be worth visiting just to try the cuisine alone. While traditional dishes will always hold true to their worth, it was great to dine somewhere where every dish was unexpected and surprising each and every bite. This new eatery has outdone itself, and we will frequent as soon as our palates are hungry for something different. We suggest heading to the restaurant just before sundown to catch a glimpse of the city before it gets dark. Be sure to check out their website to see when it is they will hold their monthly sunset society party.
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Hours: Monday-Friday from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.