Chef de Cuisine Mirco Keller and general manager Oliver Kramny make a formidable team at Water Library's original Chamchuri Square location. On the one hand is a talented young chef who honed his skills at the 2-star Michelin restaurant of Tim Raue in Berlin, while Kramny – who heads up all Water Library's outlets in Bangkok and Yangon – is a well-known personality on Bangkok's upper-crust restaurant scene (he was previously in charge of fine dining and wines at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok for three years). It's therefore little wonder that Water Library has acquired a loyal following of discerning local and visiting epicureans with a penchant for the sublime.
Built around a show-stopper circular bar, crisp white linen-clad tables are spaced far apart to allow for a sense of exclusivity and elegance. The same can be said of the cuisine; elegant and refined, prepared with only the freshest and best quality seasonal ingredients. For lunch, diners can choose between a two-course or three course menu (890 and 950 Baht per person, respectively), while for dinner, apart from the à la carte menu, there's also a signature five-course tasting menu (2,800 Baht per person) and five-course seasonal tasting menu (2,800 Baht per person, and 1,900 Baht per person extra for wine pairing). We recommend these menus because they have been specially crafted to showcase the best of produce available and the kitchen's culinary flair.
A contemporary plating technique makes for dishes that are a sight to behold – sans any sign of pretentiousness. Must-try's include: Boston Lobster with Gnocchi, Lemon, Green Asparagus and Oscietra Caviar; Pan-Seared Perigord Foie Gras with Miso Sauce, Mango and Balsamico Caviar; and Wagyu Beef Cheek with Apricot, Celeriac and Madeira Wine Reduction. If anything, the restaurant's location is a bit odd – hidden away in a corner of a retail mall – but it delivers an authentic, memorable dining experience with intense flavours and quality produce that sings on the plate.