Thursday, August 27, 2009

Zense Restaurant, Bangkok

I read about Zense from Bangkok Tatler just before I went to Bangkok. It's new, it's hip and sounding rather enticing, I thought we should pop by to check it out. Went over on our last night in Bangkok, we wanted to pamper ourselves with a nice, long relaxing dinner before we leave ;)

Zense is located on the 17th floor of Zen Shopping Centre, right in the heart of the city. When the lift doors opened, we were greeted immediately by it's trendy interior..
It was very spacious, techno music filled the air and we thought we stepped into a club instead.hehe. Quick look around, we saw the inside bar, lots of beds, large beanies seats... and we finally saw some elegant dining area but we were only drawn to have our dinner alfresco. It was a balmy, breezy night..we should be dining alfresco, dont you think?
The alfresco area was wide and spread along the building, with different corners for your choice of dining pleasure- you can choose the cushioned rattan with dining height tables, have dinner in bed, sink into a large beanie cushion with low jap style tables or at the high bar area. Take your pick :)

Zense serves 4 cuisines- Thai, Italian, Japanese and Indian. Hmmm, tough choice but we went for italian since we OD-ed on thai for that many days..haha
We ordered a few stuff to try, since we have been eating the whole day- we were not that hungry :p

Started with fresh bread with lemon butter and our order of Grissini Parmaham (RM27)
We enjoyed the bread and the grissini parmaham was warm and crisp. The parmaham saltiness goes well with the grissini..nice to nibble while we chatted.
Though Zense looks chic and expensive, it's actually affordable classy dining but the waiters didnt really followed the serving rules here.. mains were served before we finished our starters :(
The Ravioli Neri (RM39) looked dark and mysterious..
This was absolutely scrumptious! The filling of chopped lobster was aromatic, the squid ink ravioli were meltingly smooth and the accompanying sauce was velvetly rich, but not cloying. Loved it.
Risotto Scoglio (RM43)
This risotto needs time to really enjoy its full flavours. The rice was still grainy and feels compact- the sauce slowly seeps deeper into the rice with every mouthful I took. The seafood aroma was evident in the rice- I could just eat the rice without the seafood. Delicious.
Alas, I wondered if we spent too much time enjoying the first 2 mains that we totally forgotten about our Pizza Diavola (RM29)..
We were happily cam whoring (or was that just dragon girl? :p), taking in the panaromic view and drinking...and we finally decided to have the pizza. We ordered an italian sausage pizza.. but was suprised that it looked like meatballs instead. Closer inspection confirmed that it was baby meat balls. The pizza was rather chewy at the base and the meat balls were salty. The girls were not impress, this was just mediocre at best. Oh well.
The cheeky bartender offered a pose without us requesting...
Panaromic skyline of Bangkok- though not as high as Sirocco's and Vertigo's
What a lovely way to unwind and to end our last night in Bangkok- with the soft jazz at the back ground and the cooling breeze brushing my skin. I know I will be back yet again. Wait for me Bangkok :)

Zense is located at Zen Shopping Centre, Rajadamri Road, Bangkok. For more information and much better pictures, click here. Thanks EL for the pictures!

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18 Comments:

Anonymous SF said...

What a coincidence, was in BKK for an overnight trip and we came here for dinner. AND they ordered the Parma ham and grissini too!!

Food, I agree, is very reasonably priced. But service is bad, as in they are no where near the level of a supposedly fine dining place!!

28 August, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

SF: oh you were there too?? haha.. i dont think this place is fine dining anymore, wth the hoards of tourists coming here without knowing it's fine dining. the service was ok for me the whole night (well not much attentiveness overall) except when we asked for the cheque- they didnt seem to want to give it to us! hehehe

29 August, 2009  
Anonymous Bangkok Hotels said...

Very interesting blog. Food looks very delicious. Yummy!!!!!

31 August, 2009  
Blogger Simon Seow said...

I like the look of the Ravioli Neri. Looks so chewable.

01 September, 2009  
Blogger UnkaLeong said...

Ah zense...Food is a little pricey, but the view is great!

01 September, 2009  
Blogger CUMI & CIKI said...

yea, i heard more and more hotel top dining/drinking party places in bkk huh since sirocco etc? cannot wait to check out zense!

01 September, 2009  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

i wanna go back soon too! :)
you should've recommended me these places ma ... :)

01 September, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

bangkok hotels: thanks for popping by!

simon: hahaha not chewable but more like melt in mouth types ..

unkaleong: yes, we liked chilling there, lovely view indeed. food price on par with KL prices i guess..

cumi&ciki: another one to add to the list? yeah, BKK got quite a number of such restaurants eh?

j2kfm: aiks, i have not been so i didnt dare to recommend- was afraid it was pricey and tasted real bad. but turn out ok, so you can try it on your next visit ;)

01 September, 2009  
Blogger Extreme Power said...

Classy indeed. Will get my bkk friend to bring me there.

13 September, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SC
chanced upon your blog from j2kfm's blog cause i am looking up infor on bangkok food...
about this zense restaurant, do u know if children are allowed? if yes, r they allowed to be at the outdoor seating area? thinking of bringing my children there to celebrate my eldest son's bday when we visit bkk in dec this year...
btw, have u tried the baiyoke sky buffet? someone recommended that i should bring my family there cause children may not be well received at Zense. but reviews about baiyoke sky buffet are not all good..
thks v much!
regards
octopusmum

16 October, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

octopusmum: yes, kids are allowed. i was sitting alfresco and both my left and right were family with children. young ones and teenagers. not dangerous for them to sit outside though it's 17th floor coz the railing's high. quite a selection of finger food too to fill kids. you may want to go before sunset so you can enjoy the change of skyline (and colours)
i've not tried baiyoke sky buffet, but yes, i've heard the same as you- the food is not too good.

18 October, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SC
thks! good to hear that kids are allowed and best of all, we can be seated at the outdoor seats! btw, do u think it is necessary to make a reservation for the outdoor table?
thks
regards

18 October, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

the restaurant is huge, so i dont find it necessary to make reservations (unless it's close for private function). i went on saturday evening without reservations, there were plenty of seats available.

18 October, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI SC
thks v much!
sorry to bother you again, i read about your yummy eats at Mango Tango. My kids love mangoes so am thinking of going there. is it located in a building? how do get there , say from main entrance of siam paragon?
thks
regards
octopusmum

19 October, 2009  
Blogger sc said...

no worries about it. mango tango is located opposite siam paragon (the area is call siam square). just cross the road ( i usually cross using the siam station connecting bridge)and take the stairs on your right to descend. walk on and look for Soi 4 (Road 4), mango tango's at that street, on your left. make sure you try the mango pudding, the fresh mangoes and the puree. nice. the ice cream's not as nice as before though.

19 October, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi SC

thks for the directions and telling me which one to try! can't wait!
regards
octopusmum

20 October, 2009  
Anonymous connie said...

hi.. u should really try zanotti at saladaeng next time in bangkok.. its really fine dining but price wise is not too exhorbitant.. service is top class and attentive.. plus they dont serve ur mains before u finish your starters!! food is great as well...

22 February, 2011  
Anonymous connie said...

oh ya.. mango tango has shifted to soi 5 ya.. no more at soi 4..

22 February, 2011  

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