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Blue Velvet Has a Funky, Cool, Medieval Vibe

Author: Anonym/Wednesday, February 16, 2011/Categories: Food & Restaurant Reviews

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Blue Velvet Restaurant & Bar is a one of a kind dining experience with a funky medieval theme and an extravagant venue. The Thong Lor area is well established as a dining mecca in Bangkok and Blue Velvet is a hip and cool addition. Owned and operated by the same people who run Café Chili cafechilli.com in Siam Paragon, Blue velvet is a trendy “Japanese, Italian, Thai” fusion restaurant.

The most striking part of Blue Velvet is the venue itself. The restaurant is a two story “castle” complete with drawbridge and moat. Inside there is a fabulous dungeon theme with comfortable leather couches, soft velvet chairs, “distressed wood” tables and the signature “Blue Velvet” curtains hanging from stained glass windows. The manager, Mr. Boonsong Meetaboon stated that “Blue Velvet is not fine dining, but it is a beautiful place to come and relax and drink and eat interesting food”. He went on to say that the restaurant opens at 1800, but most guests do not arrive until later in the evening after 2100. “It is a good idea to come early and eat and then stay on into the evening to enjoy cocktails”. The main dining area is set up like a lounge with high back chairs and low wooden coffee tables. It is dominated by the unique light bulb ceiling fixture which is an interesting conversation piece over the bar. The upstairs level has even more seating areas, another full bar as well as a massive party room that can be booked in advance for private parties. The music is a groovy mix of “chill out” funk and blues and Blue Velvet has a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night. They also feature fully stocked bars with a good selection of beer, international wines and top-shelf spirits for sale by the bottle and the glass. The corkage fee is 500Baht and the kitchen stays open until midnight.

The menu at Blue Velvet is manageable, with a good selection of appetizers, soups, salads and main courses. The Thai chef was trained in Italy and Japan and the menu reflects his eclectic approach to dining. A favorite is the Spaghetti Sai Aow with Shrimp Garlic Chili Sauce (280Baht) which was a superior fusion dish. It contains chewy pasta, Thai basil and sautéed garlic that are expertly married to lemongrass, chilies and Northern Thai sausage. Provocative and complex, this delightful dish can only be described as Thailand on a plate. Another highly recommended dish is the Grilled Sirloin with Pon Sue Sauce (390Baht). The beef is not the highest quality, but it was perfectly seared and served rare. The taste was light and refreshing and the steak was swimming in a mild soy and vinegar sauce that perhaps had just a small touch of sweet mirin. Another dish to try is the Lamb Osso Bucco (450Baht) which was quite tasty although it was not tradionally prepared. The lamb had a nice aroma, was fork tender, and the tomato sauce had chilies added to it which gave it a nice kick. The pasta was cooked al'dente and overall it was a successful dish. Other popular menu items include the Chicken Green Curry Lasagna (250Baht), The Miso Broiled Lamb Chops (350Baht) and the Mexican Pizza (180Baht).

Blue Velvet is more than just a place to eat, it’s the kind of place where you meet friends and spend the evening. Come for the opulent medieval design; enjoy the comfy, cozy furniture, the low lighting and the funky music. Admittedly Blue Velvet is a bit pricey and it is probably not the place to go if you are on a tight budget. Blue Velvet offers appealing fusion food, powerful cocktails and an interesting dining experience at a cool restaurant and bar that has a great vibe.

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