June 27th, 2012
The stylish Sofitel So Bangkok towers prominently over the adjacent greenery of Bangkok’s much beloved Lumpini Park. The striking architecture and inspired interiors of the newly opened urban design hotel evoke an intriguing and luxurious atmosphere of sophisticated enjoyment. Creating a series of surprising and innovative dining and drinking experiences was an essential aspect of the overall urban lifestyle concept of the new hotel. A variety of venues- including the MIXO social lounge on the 9th floor lobby level, The Water Club adjacent to the stunning outdoor infinity swimming pool, and the fine dining of Park Society offer an alluring selection of dining and socialising options.
Located on the 29th floor of the hotel, Park Society takes the fine dining experience to elevated levels with its spectacular views, and the superb cuisine created by the culinary team under the direction of award-wining Chef Paul Smart. Flowing seamlessly from the elegant interiors of the dining room, Park Society extends outside onto a stylish open-air terrace lounge setting where guests can enjoy their libations in the warm evening air – embraced by the sweeping views across Bangkok’s skyline. Resident DJs play chill out tunes, and the terrace hosts regular parties and special events. And rising above Park Society on the 30th floor is HI-SO – an exclusive rooftop series of luxurious private cabanas where guests are served either dinner or drinks by personalised butlers- at the breathtaking apex of Sofitel So Bangkok.
The glass fronted Park Society dining room cantilevered out from the main hotel tower for dramatic views
Park Society combines an elegant indoor dining room with an open-air rooftop terrace lounge
The sleek reception area for Park Society
The moment of arrival at the 29th floor reception for Park Society entices guests with a sleek decor dominated by black mirrored surfaces. Sliding glass doors on one side lead to the outdoor terrace, and opposite, the passageway to the dining room takes a path leading past the glass fronted wine cellar, and subsequently, the gleaming showcase kitchen. The dining room is an intimately scaled space, enclosed by full height glass windows on three sides. Tables extend the full length of the glass facade providing diners with dress circle views over Lumpini Park. At one end of the room, a semi-private dining table stands in the corner space that protrudes out from the main building profile- almost floating above the street below.
The passage to the main dining room at Park Society leads past the showcase wine cellar and the open kitchen and chef’s table
The chef’s table seats four guests at a sleek brushed stainless steel table embellished with the daily fresh produce
The main dining room at Park Society- contemporary elegance with superb views
Window front tables present panoramic views over Lumpini Park and the urban skyline
Semi-private table set into the glass encased corner section that is cantilevered out from the main building
The glass enclosed main dining room overlooks the open-air outdoor lounge
The cuisine served at Park Society is “modern international” with the culinary team under Chef Paul Smart creating a market-style concept that can be prepared individually to the tastes and desires of diners. The menu is updated and printed daily according to the availability of the freshest seasonal ingredients. Designed by Chef Paul Smart, the menu features an A la Carte selection of dishes; the Fresh Daily Products selection; and a Tasting Menu that includes free flow of Deutz Champagne.
Highlights from the A La Carte selections include- 2 Ways of Lamb from New Zealand- roasted lamb loin, lamb leg rillette, baby artichoke, garlic & rosemary jus; Carnivore Du Jour- slow cooked pork belly, herb gnocchi, apple puree & port wine jus. Representative of the Fresh Daily Products selections are dishes such as Fresh Catch of the Day fish, Pigeon from France; and Wagyu Rib Eye from Australia.
Desserts include the delectable Souffles; Chocolate Lava Cake served with caramel ice cream; and Fig Tart Tatin with ice cream & berries. The So Cheese is a special selection of French cheeses designed by Executive Chef Nicolas Vienne.
The culinary team at work in the showcase kitchen, with the chef’s table in the foreground
Foie Gras- Slow cooked foie gras, toasted brioche, fig jam and baby leaves. Entree selection from the A La Carte menu.
Lobster from Canada- Grilled whole lobster with asparagus, baby vegetable & bisque foam. Selection from the Fresh Daily Products menu.
Raspberry So’ffle- served with white chocolate sauce. From the Desserts of the Day selection.
Park Society- the open-air lounge & bar
The terrace at Park Society provides panoramic views over Lumpini Park and the city skyline
Looking down onto the terrace lounge and bar at Park Society
The outdoor terrace of Park Society- with HI-SO cabanas on the roof above the restaurant
The rooftop of Sofitel So Bangkok- with Park Society and directly above- the cabanas of HI-SO
HI-SO- exclusive rooftop cabanas
HI-SO makes an impact at the apex of the hotel tower roofto
HI-SO : the open-air rooftop space features a series of private cabanas for dining or after-meal drink
The private cabanas provide comfortable sofa seating and service from a dedicated butler
The series of rooftop cabanas and open-air seating of HI-SO- with the dramatic exposed steel girders
Spectacular views from the corner table at HI-SO
Park Society & HI-SO at Sofitel So Bangkok
Address: 29th floor, Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok. 10500 Thailand
Access: A few minutes walk to either Saladaeng BTS station or Lumpini subway station
Reservations: +66.2. 624 0000
Facebook Page: SOSofitelBangkok
Opening hours: Daily 6:00 pm ~ 01:00 am