Er leuchtet hell auf der Sukhumvit

Auch ohne großen Trommelwirbel in den Medien hat die Moon Glass Social Bar schnell eine Gästeschar erobert und vermehrt. Das passiert schon mal, wenn angenehmes Ambiente auf kulinarische Kompetenz trifft. Anders ausgedrückt: Hier sitzt man gerne, und hier schmeckt`s. „Hier“ heißt: etwa 100 m entfernt von der Sukhumvit Road in der Soi 53.

Tatsächlich aber ist das „Moon Glass“ kein echter, sondern eher ein verkappter Neustarter im gastronomischen Wettbewerb Bangkoks. Der moderne Ableger des Jahrzehnte alten und unverändert populären Restaurant „Baan Kanithha“. 250 Menschen finden Platz im „Moon Glass“, draußen im Schutz alter Seidenakazien und klimatisiert unter Dach.

Die Küche, so sagen die Experten, bietet zeitgenössische europäische Küche im Brasserie-Stil, veredelt mit einem innovation Thai-Touch. Da ich mich nicht zu den Foodies zähle, überlasse ich den relevanten Erfahrungsbericht dem Profi von der Bangkok Post (siehe unten). Ihm lief beim Schreiben erneut das Wasser im Mund zusammen, den Lesern soll es genau so gehen.

Eine seiner Empfehlungen bestätige ich aus eigener Erfahrung voll inhaltlich, mit der Betonung auf voll: Zum Dessert nnimm bitte das „Norwegian Omelet“ für 220 Baht. Eine flambierte Schaumspeise in Kugelform, mit gemischten Früchten und einem Vanilleeis tief drinnen zum krönenden Abschluss. Danach konnte ich mich eine halbe Stunde nicht mehr bewegen. Aber dieses Risiko würde ich jederzeit wieder eingehen. Zumal einige ausgezeichnete Cocktails die bewegungslose Zeit prima vertreiben können, ich erwähne nur den „tropical slap“ und den „flip man walking“.

Nun aber rein in die detaillierte Expertise – Vanniya Sriangura heißt der journalistische Gaumenkitzler der Bangkok Post:

„It’s always a good idea to kick off your culinary call at Moon Glass with some of its starters. From a decent-sized list you will find the likes of deep-fried chicken cartilage with fresh chilli sauce, calamari with balsamic tomato-tartar sauce, tom yum goong Caesar salad and foie gras with pomegranate-passion fruit sauce, among several others.

We opted for one of the best-selling options, pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with white truffle oil sauce (390 baht). Placed on a bed of sauteed spinach, four giant-sized scallops, slightly grilled to retain their supple chew and naturally flavoursome taste, were complemented by a generous offering of truffle-infused cream sauce that’s so addictive we could hardly stop cleaning the plate with the bread. That evening the complementary platter included a sourdough bun, focaccia bread and extra thin pizza bread crisps accompanied by house-blended garlic butter.

The next dish, listed on the menu as the steaming pot of mussels (390 baht), is equally popular. Diners get to choose their preferred broth, from natural mussel juice with basil, fresh tomato sauce, creamy broth and light mushroom-garlic broth, in which French bouchot mussels will come bathing.

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Compared to the larger counterparts from New Zealand, the European thin-lipped blue mussels provided a sweeter, more delicate mouthfeel and harmonised perfectly with our choice of mushroom-garlic broth. The piping hot pot of shellfish also came with a bowl of French fries.

To our amazement, we found this trendy gastro bar offers one of the best paellas in town. Moon Glass’ version (390 baht) presents Spanish saffron rice nicely cooked to exhibit a pleasingly firm, almost al dente texture, with tiger prawns, scallops, neat morsels of squid, black olives and boiled egg wedges.

From the selection of main courses, a staff member suggested that we try duck confit with red wine sauce, truffle risotto and vegetables (490 baht). It was a large portion of double-cooked duck leg, of which the meat was tender yet still offered a gratifying chew, with caramelised shallots to lend a pungent sweet taste as rocket leaves helped add a bracing mustardy touch. Also notable was the toothsome and appetisingly gooey cheese-filled truffle risotto rice. Should you look for a delightful fish dish, order sea bass fillet with lemon sauce (420 baht).

Other than the charming cuisine and inviting atmosphere, another factor that has secured Moon Glass on my personal favourite list as a great place for mingling is the drinks. There’s an impressive collection of cocktails — classic, modern and house-blended — on offer.

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Girls and the girlies at heart

Girls and the girly at heart can’t miss Harvest Moon (280 baht). A glass of the impressively perfumed, pink concoction arrived on a bed of potpourri with a lemon wedge on the side offering me fantastic feminine bliss in terms of visibility and palatability.

Offering a chilled blast of mint enhanced with a light fruity tang for those who don’t drink alcohol was the Alpine Witch Virgin (180 baht), a blend of Swiss herbal mint syrup, lychee juice and lemon juice with fresh raspberry and mint leaf, which also proved delightful.

At Moon Glass, a mouthwatering variety of sweet treats are available from its sister bakery shop nearby. Choices range from a ready-to-eat selection in a display fridge or made-to-order delicacies on the menu. The Norwegian Omelet (220 baht), presenting flambéed meringue globe stuffed with sponge cake, vanilla parfait and mixed fruit, was delectable.

Service by a team of knowledgeable staff was pleasant and professional. The food came out impressively quick.“

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