after a temporary dip, asia once again is the new frontier and the hospitality industry is developing at an accelerated pace in many key cities across the continent. recovering from both economic and political turmoil, bangkok is back on top and has seen many cool new openings of late. one of the most striking new arrivals in town is ku dé ta, a cluster of swanky restaurants, bars and clubs, perched high up on two expansive floors of the towering sathorn square building. this is indeed a branch of the eponymous venue in singapore, and exudes a similar ambiance - crafted by new york-design practice avroko - that reels in a well-heeled demographic of globe-trotting bon vivants. ku dé ta is about living the high life in a lavish setting. well, make that plural. to begin with, there are no less than seven themed bars. ku bar is an intimate japanese aperitif bar and perfect to meet up with friends before having dinner at the adjacent japanese restaurant or go clubbing. cocktails here have a focus on japanese spirits and asian flavours.
the soundgarden is a more upbeat venue as it features live music gigs - from rock to jazz, blues and lounge acts - and other performances. nestled inside of the soundgarden, is the rather stunning amber bar, which as its name suggests features a custom-crafted bar top made of blocks of translucent, fossilised amber resin. overlooking the 39th floor club lounge below, aviary is the bar extension of the aforementioned club. it's flight-themed and architecturally crafted to appear as if it’s floating above the main dance floor. this bar arguably is the most exciting of all of ku dé ta's spaces. and not surprisingly, it's exclusive to members and special invited guests, serving experimental cocktails that are available nowhere else on the planet. in the making and opening early next year is the grill bar. so what's for dinner? gourmets can choose from three sophisticated restaurants, each with a different setting and cuisine.
there's signature, ku dé ta's showpiece dining venue. executive chef jonathan maza has crafted a innovative menu rooted in japanese cuisine but with asian flavours blended in. as its name already implies, the more informal izakaya resto is also inspired by the land of the rising sun and its traditional rustic eateries in particular. albeit that here at ku dé ta it's captured in a setting that's a tad more vibrant. it features the time-honoured methods of robatayaki charcoal grill-fire cooking, and the place comes with an open kitchen, the freshest imported fish, japanese beer on tap and an elaborate sake menu. opening early next year is grill, a contemporary seafood + steak reaturant, and located adjacent to the namesake bar. ku dé ta's cocktail service at each of the bars is supervised by the nordic bar syndicate, a copenhagen-based collective of mixology experts.
and once you've explored this establishment's sophisticated wining and dining, it's only logical to extend the fun in similar fashion onto the dance floor of club lounge, a swanky, dance club with a state-of-the-art sound system, multi-level dance platforms and banquet seating areas. for those who like to splurge incognito, there's the members club, a special private club with an exclusive v.i.p. policy. this spot is in fact a walled-off, unseen room with a strict bottles-only and no-photos policy, featuring its own smoking lounge, a secret entrance, and specially attended staff, and will also open early next year. location: sathorn square building, 98 thanon sathorn nuea, 39th + 40th floors [chong nonsi].