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Setting a Standard

Jafri M
Jafri M • 5 min read
Setting a Standard
The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon has elevated its culinary reputation with the delectable Three Of A Kind lunch experience
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Conveniently nestled within Bangkok's bustling Central Business District, the 155-room Standard Hotel offers a vibrant setting, surrounded by the energy of Silom and Sathorn. Its proximity to the Old Town, Lumpini Park and the Chao Phraya River ensures that guests can easily explore the city’s cultural and natural attractions.

Notably, the hotel is snugly ensconced within one of Bangkok’s most prominent buildings, the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper. Designed by world-renowned German architect Ole Scheeren, the soaring, pixelated-like structure has made it a striking, popular landmark. 

The American hotel brand is known for its artsy, playful interiors and warm hospitality, and the Thai Standard embraces this ethos with gusto. Its interiors, created by Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, offer whimsy and fine detailing. The hotel’s check-in area perfectly exemplifies this engaging design philosophy, with shelving laden with arty objects and comfy colourful sofa seating. Quirky and whimsical artworks vie for attention within the gallery-like space. Add an energised soundtrack with a cool vibe, making checking-in almost fun.

My expansive corner suite with a balcony is modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows. It is awash in a flood of natural light, soothing shades of white, taupe and grey, and it has a visual scatter of mustard and deep green. Curvilinear accents on mirrors and door frames add whimsy. A soothing high-rise retreat with panoramic city views indeed.

For food and drink options, the Standard proffers quite a variety. The Parlor is perfect for cocktails, live music and socialising, while Tease is the unexpected and quaint tea room. The Standard Grill celebrates steakhouse classics, while Mott 32 features award-winning Chinese cuisine. And for culinary highs set at soaring rooftop levels, Ojo is a Mexican-inspired establishment overseen by one of Mexico’s best young chefs. Sky Beach, the highest alfresco rooftop bar in the Thai capital at 78 storeys, offers bites, cocktails and tipples.   

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Three Of A Kind lunch

The Standard’s latest offering, the Three Of A Kind lunch concept, is a delectable lunch-hopping experience where diners can explore and indulge in diverse cuisines across three of its establishments. More than just the food, the splendid interiors of the different dining spaces also make for an enthralling visual feast.

The lunch fest begins at 11am, and we opt to start about half an hour later. An early breakfast is advisable, and even then, it’s best to go easy on the food. 

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The first stop for appetisers is Mott 32 Bangkok, at level 2. The elegant interiors emanate a splendid old-world Eastern vibe, showcasing wood, metal, rattan, calligraphy and floral embellishments. The cuisine is principally Cantonese, with influences from Beijing and Szechuan. The set-menu appetisers, meant for sharing, include firm favourites like siu mai, crab claw egg-white dumplings, and marinated cucumber and garlic. Crispy pork belly, BBQ Pluma Iberico pork and cold-range chicken black truffles are also popular with diners. The delicate balance of flavours is very much in evidence, the dining group declares with satisfaction.

Do partake of the innovative signature cocktails. Clay Walls, for instance, embraces rum, Hwa Tiao, lemon and Makrut lime leaf cordial. Forbidden Rose is an infusion of vanilla-infused pisco, passion fruit, lychee, chilli, lemon and flower, while Nashi consists of pear sake, vodka, Thai basil and lemon.  

The Standard Grill, on the fifth floor, is the next stop for the main course. The grill has a classic New York City vibe, a sleek bar area, comfy booth seating and penny flooring. The grass-fed, aged beef and produce-focused offerings complement the cocktail list, inspired by the 1920s New York prohibition era and Bangkok in the same era. 

The Three Of A Kind grill menu offers Copper Tree Farms Chateaubriand, charcoal rotisserie chicken, Kurobuta pork chop and red snapper. Diners select one meat dish, which is accompanied by charcoal-grilled tiger prawn and a choice of sides. Options include mixed leaves with Cabernet vinaigrette, roasted baby carrots with bourbon and almonds, and potato mille-feuille. We concur that the meats are cooked just right, being nicely tender and juicy. 

Signature cocktails

The cocktail menu is well-crafted, and its signature cocktails sound irresistible. The Times Square Tonic, for instance, is a spirited concoction of vodka, lemon thyme shrub, blue curaçao and sparkling tonic. Chinatown Sidecar celebrates cultural diversity with its infusion of cognac, lychee, Chai tea and lemon.

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Finally, we head to Ojo for dessert. At 76 storeys high, the restaurant offers stunning, sweeping views of Bangkok. But equally riveting are its interiors, all space-age retro glamour in shiny gold and soft pink. 
The desserts make their mark, too. Bite-sized Petite Fours of Madeleine, canele and Mexico chocolate tart are exquisite. The Arroz Con Leche offers nicely balanced sweet sensations, while the Mexican digestifs of tequila and espresso make for a splendid finish to our lunch fest.

Cocktails include El Pato, essentially mezcal, ginger, yuzu, lime and coconut milk, as well as Purple Paloma, tequila Curado Espadin, lime, agave, salt and grape soda.
With an abundance of great food and cocktails, attentive service and fun lunchtime companions, the entire experience is utterly memorable. A leisurely culinary adventure over three hours long? Recommended, and pace the lunch as you like. 

The Three Of A Kind lunch package is priced at THB2,550++ ($94++) per person, including unlimited water and soft drinks. An additional beverage package can also be enjoyed alongside the lunch, starting at THB1,500++ ($55++) per person with unlimited, selected cocktails, spirits, wine and beer. 

For more information, call 02 085 8888 or get your tickets at https://bit.ly/3ROhsrk. You can also message the hotel on Line OA @TheStandardBangkok

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