Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is delighted to announce that The Bamboo Bar has been ranked the No.9 in Asia by Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 and is the ‘Best Bar in Thailand’ as only bar in the kingdom to have reached the Top 10. It is a testament to the Bamboo Bar team’s tireless efforts and innovative use of Thai ingredients in the latest iteration of the signature cocktail menu created by Jamie Rhind, Bar Operations Manager.
Before joining the Bamboo Bar in 2016, Jamie was taught under the leadership of Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale, with their unique and exceptional approach to bartending and mixology. He has worked at London’s most celebrated bar, The Artisan, where he was part of the team who clinched the Number One position for four consecutive years from The World’s 50 Best Bars during his tenure there.
He is supported by the Head Bartender, Ms. Pinsuda (Ann) Pongprom. She joined ‘The Oriental Family’ in 2014 and since then her budding career has taken her to the U.A.E, Singapore and Phuket while representing The Bamboo Bar. She is a top 4 finalist in the DIAGEO Reserve World Class Thailand competition, also came in top 3 in Thailand’s National Flair Competition in 2016. In 2017, she picked up the “Rising Star” award at ‘The Bar Awards’ in Bangkok.
Together, they have created a new signature cocktail menu for the coming year that draws inspiration from Thailand’s Thailand’s five regions. Titled ‘COMPASS’ the menu celebrates the unique attributes of these regions – each of which has its own distinctive tastes in food, drink and lifestyle – taking guests on a journey around Thailand as they enjoy the country’s finest live jazz.
Most iconic perhaps is ‘Get the Mortar’, inspired by Thailand’s north-eastern region ‘Isan’. It is made with Barrelhouse 53 Vodka, clarified tomato juice, papaya compote, lime juice, sugar and chilli, and pays homage to the most famous Isan dish of them all: Papaya Salad or ‘Somtum’ in Thai. The mortar is typically used to mash the ingredients together and children throughout Isan are always delighted to hear the words: ‘Get the mortar!’
A separate selection of specially created alcohol-free drinks are also available. This is accompanied by delightful live jazz from Nikki Kid, the latest American singer to headline the band this summer. The signature cocktails start at THB 420++ per glass, available every Sunday to Thursday from 17:00 to 01:00 hrs. and Friday to Saturday from 17:00 to 02:00 hrs.
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