A hidden tropical playground amid Sathorn’s concrete jungle.
The buzz: The people behind Revolucion Cocktail have opened up their backyard to become Sathorn’s unlikely tropical escape. Blue Parrot takes a more family-oriented route, opening from 11:30am six days a week to offer a brunch-y vibe and a health-conscious menu amid palm trees and faux grass.
The decor: Like something plucked straight out of Phuket and squeezed in between gray high rises. Behind tiki-looking wooden-panel doors, you’ll find a yard brimming with coral reef-inspired colors, a pool and even a petanque strip. The open-air setup lets you kick back on a sunbed or in a mini cabana, while there's a dedicated play area to keep the little ones occupied. A dimly lit bar area adds a touch of maturity thanks to a dark mahogany counter top and earthy tones.
The food: Taking cues from his homeland, French chef Nicolas Valanchon keeps things light and easy with the likes of grilled king mackerel vierge (B270) served with to-die-for pomme dauphine (crisp potato puffs). The freshness continues with a line of chilled soups such as zucchini and basil with avocado tartine (B180) and carrot with garlic cream cheese tartine (B180), each served in an ice bath. Heftier picks include dry-aged pork (B270) with creamy wholegrain mustard. For a sweet finish, squeeze in some pistachio custard (two pots of vanilla, pistachio or chocolate for B140) or chocolate mousse (B180).
The drinks: Fruit-forward concoctions like the sweet, pastel pink R&G (rose wine spritzer mixed with grapefruit puree, B220) and decidedly more tart Pomegranate Sensation (fresh pomegranate with gin and tonic garnished with black pepper, B260) are just made to be enjoyed poolside.
Why we'd come back: Dipping your feet in the water along with a cocktail and plate of nibbles (or a kilo of that pomme dauphine) makes putting up with squealing toddlers worth it. Siriya Suriyanon