Recently we decided to check out Crave @ Aloft Bangkok to see why it has been creating quite a buzz. Located on the 8th floor of Aloft Bangkok in Sukhumvit soi 11, Crave is a colorful hip restaurant with modern interior design: high-ceiling, tall glass walls and an open air terrace that overlooks the view of the Sukhumvit soi 11 area. Its spacious dining area is cozy and a great place to relax with friends and family.
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Crave has over 3,000 bottles of wine with more than 250 labels at a very competitive price, starting from 450 Baht ++. Ordering wine here is also very trendy; customers are able to browse the extensive wine lists by using an iPad provided at the table. For the night, we order Pinot Noir 2007 from Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon – it’s a nice wine with aromas of roses and cherries.
It is quite hard to pinpoint the type of cuisine Crave serves because of the playful style of the chef. Chef Nine Nachart Tengkanokkul, the Executive Chef, intentionally blends Thai, Chinese and Western tastes together. For starters we tried: 20-minute cured salmon with ginkgo nuts and micro sprout served with Thai-Style dressing, a blend of garlic, chili peppers, and lime juice (300 Baht).
Creamy potato soup with young coconut flesh and lotus seeds (190 Baht).
For the main course, we ordered Kurubota black pork tenderloin served with sweet quince jam, sautéed bell peppers and pasta (490 Baht). Normally we are not a big fan of pork but Kurubota tenderloin, baked to perfection, was very succulent and delicious.
Steamed snow fish with prawn stuffing served in hot and sour Sichuan soup with quail eggs and crab meat (650 Baht). The silky texture of snow fish will actually make you Crave for more.
Create your own pizza, half tom yum goong (the renown shrimp sour spicy lemongrass soup) and half Parma ham and rocket (320 Baht). Thin, crispy and delicious.
The last of our main was three lightly breaded Australian lamb chops served with sweet grilled pears and caramelized shallots (990 Baht). The lamb chops were well cooked and tasty. However, the shallots were a bit undercooked.
We ended our meal on a high note with a jumbo choux cream – chocolate Kalua ice cream and almond cookies covered with whipped cream (190 Baht).
Besides the a la carte menu, Crave also offers daily breakfast and lunch buffet at a very competitive price.
Sukhumvit Soi 11, Khlong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110. For more details call: (66)(2) 207 7080