Cellar 11

Posted on January 22, 2014

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Bangkok’s newest wine bar and bistro is tucked away in a sub soi off Sukhumvit 11, located behind President Solitaire Hotel. A purpose built three storey house with the all-important generous on-site parking. Their customers drive significant motors and would rather park themselves than trust valet parking.

Entering the house, guests enter the enoteca, the floor to ceiling library of bottles of wine on both sides. In the centre, the heart of the house, is a communal table for twelve. Most nights you will see Ittichai “Big” Benjathanasombat, Managing Director, holding court discussing wines with guests and friends.

“My friends and me like to hang out in wine bars but couldn’t find the right environment that was pouring the wines we wanted to drink,” says Ittichai. “Whether it’s for a business meeting or relaxing leisure time after work, it’s so much better to spend it with a glass of good wine in hand. We drew on our collective experiences of the different wine bars we have visited around the world. My goal was to create a comfortable environment that wine lovers in Bangkok, residents and visitors will feel is their second home.”

Behind the enoteca is the more formal, yet comfortable, dining room. There is an a la carte menu which offers mainly French and Italian cuisine as generally that is perceived as the most wine friendly food. Dishes such as pan-seared Canadian lobster with mixed salad and balsamic reduction; pan seared Hokkaido scallops with sautéed mushrooms, and warmed cannelloni filled with Korobuta pork ragout. Simple, honest quality bistro cuisine. More often, customers will order dishes that aren’t necessarily on the menu but best suites the wines they are drink; the chef is very accommodating.

This is first a wine bar, second a bistro. Here, it’s all about the wine. They have an extensive list with over 1,000 selections available for customers to try and taste unusual wines from unusual places around the world. Being serious about wine, it’s essential to offer the most extensive selections by the glass with four Enomatic wine dispensing systems; each storing eight bottles offering a variety of 32 different wines which change on a monthly basis. The selection ranges from THB 50 a sip to THB 3,500 a glass. It may be outrageous, but investing in professional wine dispensing facilities make it possible to taste wines that normally are never poured by the glass. Never forget tasting leads to selling so it is commercially justifiable, even if it is a touch indulgent.

The house also has three wine thematic rooms, something unique here in Thailand. In the underground cellar, the Moet & Chandon Grand Cellar mirrors the one at their chateau in Riems, France with a single dinner table for ten. The other two are on the second floor. The Robert Mondavi Room is exclusively for their wines from Napa Valley and the Grange Room is dedicated to the premium label from Penfolds in Australia. There is a private dining room with its own kitchen and a separate cigar lounge.

Their most recent addition is the leisurely Superb Sunday Brunch served from 11.30am – 2.30pm. As a pre-lunch appetiser on the buffet, an all you can eat salad selection of cold cuts, cold seafood plata, a selection of imported cheeses and pasta cooked a la minute. A four course a la carte menu with a choice of six dishes in each course for just THB 1,250++. Free flow red, white and sparkling wines are THB 500++.

Cellar 11 Wine Bar & Bistro
71/1 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Tel 0-2255-5833/5
http://www.cellar11.com

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