Soak up the views, enjoy frosty beers and cocktails at the area’s best beach bar
by Mick & Di, The Food Lovers
It’s been about nine months since the newly revamped Bang Saray Beach Club flung open its doors to old and new friends. Since then it has garnered a host of “likes” and become one of the neighbourhood’s most popular meeting places due to its bright and breezy ambiance, tasty menu and the infectious enthusiasm from its manager, Alan Mehew.
However, restaurants these days cannot rest on their laurels but must continually be evolving and coming up with new ideas; regulars need feeding fresh concepts and new customers need tempting with innovative culinary notions. To this end, an Italian Evening was planned. Starters, bruschetta, minestrone and a cold cut selection were on offer for the extraordinary (special night) price of B.100. This was followed by spaghetti carbonara, penne Bolognese and pizza (all at only B.200) with the manager’s homemade tiramisu completing the menu at B.100.
The antipasti was well assembled with the cold cuts offering an excellent salami Milano and a top-quality Parma ham accompanied by cornichons and bread. This was Mick’s choice and he found the quality top-notch and the price exceptional value. I opted for the bruschetta which came in four toasted garlicky paninis molton and yummy topped with extra virgin olive oil, slices of tomato, parmesan cheese and a crowning black olive. Our friend decided on the minestrone soup and was delighted. A garden of neatly cubed vegetables in a vibrant homemade tomatoey soup proved to be a first-class rendition of the classic soup and one that he would be delighted to reorder at the next opportunity.
Next up were the pasta and pizza choices and our table tasted all three. A classic carbonara was rich and creamy; the Bolognese adhered to the classic principles, and the pizza, topped with a rich tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms and ham, very tasty indeed. All received kudos from our table. The dolce was homemade tiramisu. There are as many recipes for this dreamy dessert as there are Italian grandmothers and this one was squisito; a fluffy cloud of silky cream and sponge punctuated with zings of strong espresso, it sweetly brought down the curtain on this, hopefully, first of many international themed dinners.
It may have taken a while for the food to get to some tables but once there all comments were favourable. The popularity of this restaurant had resulted in an unexpectedly massive turnout so perhaps “reservation only” would be the way to go for future events.
The a la carte menu at the Bang Saray Beach Bar covers the gamut of all-day dishes expected at a modern beach bar. The full Monty of an English breakfast (B.280) has masses of fans beating a path to this door while the athletes jog down the beach to enjoy the healthy approach with Greek style yoghurt topped with muesli and fresh fruit (B.150) while the “continental” is packed with toasted sourdough bread, preserves and freshly steaming coffee. Seriously, what could possibly compete with taking your breakfast overlooking the bay of Bang Saray with the waves gently lapping at your feet and your eyes feasting on the panoramic vista of sun, sea and sand beyond?
There’s something to please everyone on this contemporary menu from the tasty chicken liver pate with brandy, the Australian Angus beef burger or the New Zealand lamb burger to their vibrant salads and Thai favourites.
And then there’s their hard-to-beat Sunday barbeque (B.299). They have a professional state-of-the-art BBQ pit equipped with four different types of BBQ. It is fired up every Sunday from around midday and runs until sunset or when the food runs out. It’s a full feast of BBQ items and side dishes including a much loved house special of crispy pork belly.
The Bang Saray Beach Club is a leisure destination to suit all the family with a menu that hits the right notes, and a bar serving local and imported beers, signature cocktails and an extensive wall of wines at reasonable prices. This beachside gem needs to be discovered, so the next time you’re in the area do travel the extra kilometer and see for yourself exactly what it has to offer.
Turn off Sukhumvit Highway through the arch of Bang Saray and carry on through the mini roundabout until you see a temple on your right. Take the road directly in front of the gates and follow it through until you reach a white wall on your right with the Bang Saray Beach Club logo and there you will see the entrance to the club.
Bang Saray Beach Club
Open daily from 11:30 am to 10 pm
Tel: 063 306 4656
Ample parking provided