Dinner with kids in Bangkok: Felicita Rooftop Bar and Grill
Bangkok has a miriad of places to eat, ranging from Asian cuisine to the most sophisticated Western offerings.
During two weeks in Thailand, we mostly went with Thai cuisine, but one evening, when we were exploring vibrant Sukhumvit Road, we stopped at Felicita Rooftop Bar and Grill , serving Mediterranean cuisine with a fantastic view over Bangkok.
As outside space is dedicated mostly to bar guests and it was duly filled by couples on a date, we chose to sit inside the air conditioned room with mesmerising blue design.
The staff was immediately on the case with our kids, asking them questions on how they like Bangkok and offering pencils and paper to distract them, while we get on with the menu choice.
And there is a big choice to make: there are starters, soups, pastas, main courses and salads.
We were honored as Head Chef Julien came out and talked us through all the options we wanted to try.
Julien is trying to cultivate no-miles policy with his ingredients and started working with local suppliers, who were ready for the challenge of growing western vegetables and producing Italian cheeses.
I actually did not realise that one should not expect to go to a supermarket and easily pick up all the ingredients for a Western meal in Bangkok. As there are so many products available in UK shops, it is something that we take for granted , however some of the specific ingredients have to be flown in.
Kids had their own special menu and they had fun choosing their own meal. The dishes were plentiful and beautifully presented , even for the kids.
For starters, we decided to try burrata with mediterranian vegetables and gravadlax with apples, walnuts and ricotta. Burrata was amazing – soft inside, while slightly pickled onions with cherry tomatoes and pesto complimented the cheese perfectly.
It was difficult to make the choice when it came to main courses, but finally we settled on pork belly cooked for 7 hours, pumpkin risotto and lamb stewed with vegetables on a bed of mashed potatoes.
Claudio voted for risotto, but I am usually not a big fan of this dish as I have tried it many times and it is just not something that I would like to order in a restaurant.
Pumpkin risotto at Felicita blew me away: it was like eating a cloud, so light and slightly sweet from pumpkin and cream flavours.
The pork was outstanding as well, as it was served with a sweet glaze and the meat was so tender it just melted in your mouth.
Claudio complimented the lamb too, but risotto and pork were a real show dishes for us. It was as much taste as it was the lightness and flavours of the dishes, which I did not expect.
We did not have any space left for the dessert, but Letitia had, so she ordered a warm cookie and ice cream. My respect goes to Chef Julien, who did not use a ready made goods, the cookie was baked to order and it was still warm and gooey when it arrived at the table.
After dinner we managed to sit outside for awhile and enjoy the view and a cocktail. I loved how much care went into each drink, whether it was a simple fruit juice or an apple martini.
The service was impeccable and it is been a while since I have been to a restaurant, where staff proactively anticipated what we wanted, rather than just reacting to our requests.
Both Claudio and I and the kids loved Felicita Rooftop Bar and Grill. Letittia kept asking me whether we were coming back there the next day.
The restaurant is easily accessible from Sukhumvit Road and it is only a short walk from Nana station.
Our visit was hosted by Felicita Rooftop Bar and Grill, but all opinions are my own.