What’s New in Bangkok: Ojo and Sky Beach

These two sky-high venues at The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon promise refined contemporary Mexican cuisine and killer cocktails with a view.

Left to right: Ojo’s Chiang Mai Salad; a dining nook at the same restaurant. (All photos courtesy of The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon)

Crowning the landmark King Power Mahanakhon tower, and located a whopping 78 stories above the buzz of Bangkok, Sky Beach debuted just this week — making its mark as the highest rooftop bar in Thailand. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to midnight, it’s just the place to enjoy American-style bites and late-night drinks while admiring the 360-degree views of the Thai capital’s glittering skyline. Potted palm trees and retro decor abound; patrons can sit back against candy-striped cushions and chill out to a soundtrack of downtempo beats.

Tipples here have been curated by the property’s beverage manager Milk Thanaworachayakit, himself an accomplished mixologist. The aptly named Bird’s Eye View, a tequila-based cocktail steeped with fresh mango and citrus, gets its heat from the fiery bird’s-eye chili. Styled as “frozen pink snow,” the All-Day Frosé combines Aperol, Lillet Rosé, peach, and lime to combat Bangkok’s sweltering summer heat. For something boozier yet fruity and refreshing, the Wet Gold cocktail offers a heady combination of aged pineapple rum, Dolin Rosso, and Campari to add a touch of bitterness.

Two floors below, Ojo serves up next-level Mexican food in a whimsical yet glamorous setting. Literally “eye” in Spanish, its name symbolizes the all-seeing eye of a higher power, acknowledging both Mesoamerican folk culture and the restaurant’s position overlooking the city from its perch 300 meters above the ground. The jaw-dropping interiors were the work of Ou Baholyodhin, one of Bangkok’s most respected designers; he was inspired by a journey he took across Central America where he observed the convergence of indigenous culture with European, African, and Asian influences. Ojo’s jewel-toned aesthetics take their inspiration from Latin America’s wealth of precious metals and gemstones, and the decor contains subtle references to the mysticism of the ancient civilizations of the region.

The retro-glam bar at Ojo.

Sweeping views of Bangkok await at the main dining room.

Inside the 76th-floor lift lobby leading to Ojo.

Left to right: Chef Francisco “Paco” Ruano; mushroom tétela at Ojo.

As for the food, The Standard has teamed up with one of Mexico’s most exciting chefs, Francisco “Paco” Ruano, to challenge preconceived notions of Mexican cuisine not just in Bangkok but in Southeast Asia as a whole. The chef and co-owner of Alcalde in his home city of Guadalajara, Ruano has scooped up awards for transforming and reinventing traditional fare into contemporary masterpieces. Leading the culinary team is chef de cuisine Alonso Luna Zarate, who was instrumental in establishing a sustainable supply chain for the restaurant.

Chef Paco’s menu takes guests on a journey through techniques and flavors of Mexican cuisine previously unknown in Thailand. Inventive snacks include ceviche-like aguachile with fresh tiger prawns, while more substantial dishes include chicken and green mole, fish zarandeado with fried shallots and grilled lemon, and slow-cooked short rib birria — an ancestral stew prepared with aromatic spices and herbs. Patrons who have a sweet tooth will love the desserts like dark chocolate tamales; Ruano’s version of tres leches cake soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream; and his signature vanilla cream rice with cinnamon ice-cream.

Ojo is open every day for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and dinner from 5:30 pm to midnight. For more details on the restaurant and Sky Beach, visit standardhotels.com/bangkok.

The bar at Sky Beach, Thailand’s highest rooftop drinking destination.

Left to right: Quirky decor at Sky Beach; alfresco drinks with a view.

Sky Beach by night.

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