Cuisine: Western (Pub & Bistro)
Map: Minibar Royale @ Citadines Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok - มินิบาร์ รอแยล @ ซิทาดีนส์ สุขุมวิท 23 กรุงเทพ
Price: THB450 per person without alcohol (what I paid for)
Visited: 6 March 2011
Value for Money: 5/10
Minibar Royale @ Citadines Sukhumvit 23 is a pub & bistro style cafe which is famous for its wide range of drinks and liquor as well as Western style dishes. Being located in the centre of Bangkok, I must say that this cafe is convenient to travel to: car parking available for those who drive, BTS and MRT Asoke Stations also nearby. Minibar Royale is decorated to resemble the Paris style brasserie a and New York cafe with cozy ambient. Furnishers are mostly in red oak from chairs, tables to doors. There is also a small bar at the back end and a Jazzy band introducing cool music surrounding. Outdoor seats are also available for those who prefer fresh air.
|Minibar Royale @ Citadines Sukhumvit 23|
First to arrive for the lunch was Minibar Creamy Clam Chowder. Ordinary creamy clam chowder with strong garlic flavour and fresh clam. Personally, I would prefer it to be thicker (4/10).
Meat Crab Cakes (crab meat patties with garlic mayonnaise sauce) was made from good quality of ingredients. Soft but firm, yet well fried and not oily (5/10).
|Minibar Creamy Clam Chowder|
|Meaty Crab Cakes|
This was followed by Eggs Benedict (poached eggs on baguette with home-smoked salmon and citrus hollandaise). Impressed with delicious french fries and creamy runny egg yolk (6/10).
Eggs-in-a-Hole French Toast with Crispy Bacon and Sauteed Mushroom was a bit oily and soft. There was some sweetness from honey. This would be much better if the french toast was crisp (4/10).
|Eggs-in-a-Hole French Toast w/t Crispy Bacon & Sauteed Mushroom|
Rigatoni, Crispy Ducky Confit, Garlic, Dry Chili, and White Wine was ok. Rigatoni was well cooked, however, duck meat was a little tough. Nevertheless, the balanced flavour compromised the overall picture: strong garlic taste with a touch of chili scent (5/10).
|Rigatoni, Crispy Duck Confit, Garlic, Dry Chili and White Wine|
Last was Pan-fried Red Snapper with Cajun Style Cream Sauce. This might not be a splendid dish but it was delightful. Snapper was well fried with tenderness. Cream sauce was nothing unique but lightly salted spinach matched well with the fillet (5/10).
|Pan-fried Red Snapper with Cajun Style Cream Sauce|
Thinking of a place to hang out with friends, having a pint of beer, a glass of wine or even signature cocktails with enjoyable food in a good price, Minibar Royale @ Citadines Sukhumvit 23 is surely one of a good option. Given its almost 24 hours opening time, you could hardly find anywhere in the centre of Bangkok like this cafe. It is also a chill place to relax during weekend: having a good cup of coffee on a bright Sunday, what more would you want.
Minibar Royale @ Citadines Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok
37/7 Citadines, Soi Sukhumvit 23
North Klongton, Vadhana
มินิบาร์ รอแยล @ ซิทาดีนส์ สุขุมวิท 23 กรุงเทพ
37/7 ซิทาดีนส์ ซอยสุขุมวิท 23
Open Hours: Breakfast 06:30am - 10:30am (for hotel guests), Lunch & Dinner 10:30am - Midnight daily
Tel: +66 (0) 2261 5533