The old Bed Supperclub is well at truly dead. Long live Chi. Zipporah Gene find out why…
As you walk up the mosaic inlaid steps, pass the giant framed doors, the only word that comes to mind is – cool. There’s a certain attention to detail here that you’d be bonkers to miss. From the strikingly ornate dragon that dominates the main dining area, to the wonderful mural that lines the lower corridors. Chi delivers that funky, orientalist vibe worthy of a Bruce Lee movie set. It flirts between the border of kitsch and cool, with carefully coordinated sights that really make you want to explore more.
If you’ve been to the previous Bed supperclub, you’ll be familiar with the layout, but this new space is an entirely different beast. They’ve gutted the interiors and placed, in it’s stead, ample lush seating, three wonderfully imposing bars and even found the time to add in some state of the art tech. It’s clear they’re not holding back the punches, with their wonderfully crisp DJ sound systems and wicked cool 4K projector. It’s all gloriously intimidating.
If that wasn’t enough, they’ve even managed to, in collaboration with the world famous Blue Elephant, to come up with a menu that perfectly embodies all that you can smell and see around you. Aptly titled Mana, meaning divine nourishment, it covers all the senses and caters to even the fussiest of eaters.
The set menu is a simple five course affair, which allows you to mix and match between Fire (meat), Water (seafood), and Earth (vegetable). Ever-changing, and predominantly focused on fresh, locally sourced produce – the menu aims to impress.
The sous vide beef salad, with the confit quail egg and mixed wild greens was both tender, earthy and daring. The portion may not look like much, but the beef, cooked beyond perfection, is both hearty and filling; it really does the trick as the opening number for Fire menu.
The Foie Gras tortellini was my absolute favourite. A darling to your taste buds, it’s both decadent and down to earth all at the same time. The pickled daikon is a pleasant surprise and the krachai broth managed to tone down both the richness of the foie gras and the usual guilt of duck, whilst keeping it all quite light and refreshing.
Half way through the menu is the sparkling fruit. It is an entirely novel idea that I still struggle to describe. Even though I can’t quite put my finger on it, these champagne-like, infused grapes completely refresh your taste buds and carefully carry you on your journey. It all has a haute appeal to it, but the setting is far from snooty.
By the time the Chicken Roulade came out, I have to admit that I was already well and truly stuffed. Yet, the lovely black rice risotto made a change to the usual unctuous taste I’ve come to associate with risottos; it had an altogether more palatable appeal. The sauté greens were beautiful and I found myself wishing I had more room for this.
They say the best is always saved to last and the Banoffie-ish was well and truly delicious. The added rosemary and chocolate really added a new dimension to the taste. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It was gorgeous.
Chi feels like the new kid at school, who hasn’t quite realised just how cool he is. He’s got the latest kicks, and is shiner than a newly buffed car. I speak from experience when I say, befriend him quick – before he finds out you’re not as cool as you say you are.
Set price for the Mana dining menu is 1,800 Baht per person (plus service charge) inclusive of tax. For more information, or to reserve, please call: 02 102 0013
32/8 Sukhumvit Soi 13
All words and pictures by Zipporah Gene – www.shedoesliving.com