Good company, bottles of red wine and a perfectly cooked piece of steak. There’s not much more you can ask for in a big city. Steak has long been considered a power player meal, often featured in Hollywood as the ideal setting for brokering deals, off-the-record meetings or a celebration of some kind. A meat and grills restaurant still holds that certain old school magic, and with steak, we feel it’s best to stick to the classics.
BANGKOKNew York Steakhouse has been hosting family dinners, business lunches and special occasion meals in its dark wood furniture, dimly-lit dining space for years. Dining here transports you to a more aged Manhattan, with leather chairs and a generally smoky atmosphere. The steaks are a staple on the menu, and you typically choose from a variety of US, Australian and Japanese imported beef. The classics are what makes this place work, from a classic martini to its warm complimentary bread appetiser with garlic butter. Start your meal off with an onion soup or Caesar salad, and gradually make your way to the beef selection, from US prime filet mignon to Tomahawk Wagyu, cooked to your liking.
Make sure to push through to dessert! The chocolate lava is always a household favourite.
Address: JW Marriott Hotel, 4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02 656 7700
For the more intrepid diners, try the tasting menu with an optional wine pairing selection. Embark on a culinary journey with the lobster for starters, escalate to the foie gras and finish off with a beautiful filet of beef or turbot. Fireplace Grill also offers a reasonable business lunch menu for those days you want to avoid the stacks of paperwork waiting at your desk.
Address: InterContinental Hotel, Ploen Chit Rd, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 656 0444
There’s also a killer city view to go with your meal - that part is complimentary.
Address: The Landmark Hotel, 138 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02 254 0404
For dessert, we would certainly say order the warm sticky date pudding with heated butterscotch sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Address: Soi Pipat 2, Convent Road, Silom,Bangkok 10500
Tel: 02 238 0931
The beef here is typically cooked on a grill or soap stone, and finished in Lenzi’s wooden oven. Choose from the Agnello alla cacciatora-roasted Tasmanian grass-fed lamb racks, sprinkled with rosemary and shallots cooked in red wine sauce. The La Florentina is a grilled Queensland 270-day grain-fed Black Angus beef T-bone steak, perfectly-cooked and ready to be shared as is Lenzi’s Tomahawk. If you have any appetite left from the pasta, a grilled Australian Wagyu which can probably feed the entire table is a must-order.
Address: 69/1-2 Ruamruedee 2, Witthayu Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 001 0116
The restaurant is known for its steaks, seafood and classic martinis- a winning combination if you ask us. For an ideal meal, start with a set of oysters (six or 12), then slowly work up your appetite from a Caesar salad or a steaming bowl of soup, to the highlight; surely from the beef section of the menu. The Côte de Boeuf (prime rib) is perfect, best enjoyed medium-rare, slightly crispy and well burnt on the outside, soft and pinkish on the inside and be prepared to savour the melt-in-your-mouth experience. The New York striploin can be enjoyed solo, with an option between US and Australian beef. The large beef selection here is carved tableside, ensuring an intimate, exclusive dining experience. No meat dish is complete without side dishes, so we’d recommend the gratin and asparagus to even out the heaviness of the beef plates.
Address: Bliston Suwan Park View, 9 Soi Ton Son, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 658 6288
Choose between the tasting menu or à la carte, but if you’re with a hungry group, we recommend you go for steak. High quality, imported meat is the highlight here, particularly the 40-day aged Prime Rib from Portugal (advisable to pre-order with your reservation). The Portugal import is grass-fed, coming from a dairy cow of ages between 13-20, with its flavourful taste and heavenly natural fat. There’s also the Australian Wagyu, Tomahawk and Striploin and with the cattle having been raised on a natural vegetarian diet, impressive marbling comes with this breed. Enjoy the imported beef with a curated selection of side dishes, ranging from grilled asparagus to sautéed mushrooms.
Address: 1098 Rama IV Rd, Khet Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 02 286 8833
There’s also plenty of grill and fish options from the à la carte menu, ranging from the baked Japanese sea bass to Klong Phai Farm Chicken. If it’s a dinner party, share the Australian Wagyu Tomahawk (1.5kg), which should be the highlight for the evening. Another recommended sharing plate is the Prime USA Ribeye, served with vegetable cocotte and truffle mashed potato. We think you may as well go all the way and order up a feast. After all, you only live once.
Address: Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 254 6250
PHUKETBampot is a classic British eatery on the island, with a range of traditional dishes in an urban, industrial setting, from the fish pie to the whole Andaman sea bass. The menu is presented on a clipboard, and diners are also encouraged to peruse the extensive cocktail menu. We heard the bartender serves up seriously impressive creations from the well-stocked bar.
They take their meat here seriously too; the 600g black Angus filet, served with peppercorn sauce, or the Wagyu beef is ideal for a Friday night treat if you’re looking for an alternative to southern Thai cuisine. We’d also try the perfectly glazed honey pork belly too. Actually, we’ll have them all.
Address: 19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110
Tel: 093 586 9828