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Tonight’s Bangkok Fatty Youtube episode is a feature on Bangkok’s only craft beer and fine dining pairing program at Upstairs at Mikkeller. The Bangkok branch of the Mikkeller has dedicated it’s 2nd floor to letting Chef Dan Bark (formerly of Chicago’s Grace) experiment with high end ingredients. The experience comes with a hefty price tag and is definitely a splurge, so if you’re just curious about the bar read more details about my last visit.
I’m proud this is the first fine dining video because it’s so different from what’s current available in Bangkok. The formal dining scene, especially the wine pairing dinners around town can be pretty stuffy. Upstairs at Mikkeller instead is pretty laid back, the Chef is working hard a few feet away, and after the meal they encourage you to ask questions of the young chef. Most importantly, there attitude towards the delicate and beautifully presented food was refreshingly inelegant, instructing diners to go all hulk smash on the dishes, vigorously mixing them before eating.
Here’s a list of Mikkeller beers at the pairing when I visited:
Get Wit or Die Trying
Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter
Santa’s Little Helper
I really had a great time at Upstairs at Mikkeller and I gave an extended summary at the end of the video. However, I recognize this isn’t for everyone. The biggest of the negatives for this kind of experience is definitely the hefty price, 4,900 baht per person for 10 courses with beer. The menu distributed at the dinner was also pretty unhelpful, describing each course with a few sparse ingredients (although this is kind of typical of American fine dining and forces you have to ask your server or the chef questions). I can understand, however, how some guests spending that much money would want to have as many details about what they’re being served in advance as possible.
I admittedly didn’t like all of the courses. A playful corn course with grapes, hibiscus, popcorn, and coriander seemed weird to me, but then again I take issue with everyone doing strange things with sweet corn (Thais love it btw…). Also the Spontanframboos beer served with the incredible duck consomme course is pretty awful on the first sip, because it’s so sharply acidic. And finally even though I thought the experience was pretty laid back, I can’t say the same of some of the other guests who seemed pretty snooty. Not strange for fine dining in Bangkok, but pretty striking when compared to the lively, unpretentious crowd downstairs. I want to imagine after a few beers everyone upstairs chillaxes and becomes more like the folks downstairs, but when I visited that was mostly just me!
Make a reservation for your chance to experience this incredible meal. Remember the courses and beer on offer are subject to change and the menu featured here is from shortly after their opening last October. Upstairs at Mikkeller is only open on Friday and Saturdays, and you can find the Mikkeller bar using the instructions below.
Upstairs at Mikkeller
Address:Mikkeller, 2/F, 26 Ekkamai Soi 10, Lane 2
Directions: Take BTS Ekkamai and walk, bike, or taxi to Ekkamai Soi 10 and go into the second small street. When you go around the corner you’ll find the Mikkeller driveway on the right hand side of the street.
Phone Number: 02 381 9891
Hours: 6pm – 10:30pm, Friday and Saturday
Price: 4,900 THB per person
Facebook Page: https://web.facebook.com/upstairsatmikkellerbkk/
Note: This meal was complimentary and you can find my original review for Lifestyle Asia here at Upstairs at Mikkeller, Craft Beer and Fine Dining.