A fine dining experience is not just about top quality food. Having the best chef means a lot less if you have dirty forks and inattentive servers. To me, there are many more elements that constitute an unforgettable dining experience, Water Library Chamchuri epitomizes what fine dining experience is all about. Stepping into the restaurant, huge cylindrical tree-like shelves showcasing bottles of water from around the world will immediately catch your eyes. This spectacular display echoes the name of the restaurant. The ambience of the restaurant is relaxed and unhurried, which is further enhanced by the harmonious background music that does not overpower diners’ conversation. The decor is simple and clean, with a touch of contemporary elegance. If you go there for lunch, the natural sunlight penetrating from the wall-like windows gives you a cozy mood for your meal. Being wallowing in such dining environment, I am ready to order.
When I comfortably sat at my table, a water menu was presented to me. It contains a choice of more than 10 kinds of water. To my surprise, the price for each bottle of water was not too expensive, around 200 to 300 baht. Besides the water menu, a menu of various kinds of beverages was also presented. On the day of my visit, I chose a healthy smoothie with passion fruit. I like it a lot as it was not sugary but very refreshing. After choosing your drinks, my friends and I were introduced to the set lunch menu by the server. There are 3 courses in the menu – starter, main course and dessert, but I was impressed by the selections for each course they provide in the menu. Say, the starter. There are 3 cold starters and 4 warm starters for you to choose. Each of them is so distinctive from one another in term of culinary skills, taste and appetite preference of the diners. As there were 3 of us, we intentionally ordered 3 different courses.
Before our starter, we were served with hot, aromatic French croissant. This imported little dough of bread tasted very fresh and deliciously nice. The croissant is fluffy and full of buttery scent but not unctuous at all.
Home made tofu with foie gras – shiitake emulsion, bonito and leek: it was a East meets West creation with impressive culinary skills. The rich creamy foie gras sauce matched so well with the smooth, delicate tofu. With the shiitake, bonito and leek on the top, the whole dish was flavourful with layers of well-blended ingredients.
Seared US scallop with garlic and lemon: it is one of my recommended starters. The presentation of the dish was artistic, which had successfully stimulated my appetite by sight. The scallop was impressively big. With the fried garlic on top, the aroma of the dish was irresistible. Eating it with the green lemon sauce delighted my taste buds immediately. The scallop was cooked just right so it was tender and juicy. The creamy sauce didn’t overpower the original flavour of the scallop. Every bite was so satisfying!
Tenderloin of Yarra Valley lamb with beans and fig: the lamb, though didn’t look big, was so tender without any gamey smell. The sweetness of fig was well-matched with the lamb, enhancing its taste and texture.
Water Library Chamchuri
Address:Chamchuri Square 2nd floor, Samyan – Bangkok
Tel.: 02+66 (0)2 1605188
Open Hours: 11:30am – 02:00pm for lunch and 06:00pm – 10:30pm for dinner daily