Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Bangkok, so there needs to be some sort of added attraction or attention-grabber to make an evening stand out. Medinii, located 35 floors up in The Continent Hotel, has just the right eye-catching features to do so.
While the restaurant serves buffet breakfasts along with stellar buffet lunches during the day, it's the evening where this sky-high restaurant comes alive.
As the sun goes down and the sky turns to blue hour, the lights go on over the city and the tables at Medinii, which front giant plate glass windows, afford a dazzling panorama of it all, both across and below.
Blue hour over Bangkok at Medinii — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
The Continent Hotel is designed based on the owner's love of travel, with different floors having different country and continent themes, while other parts of the hotel hone in on worldly elements.
Medinii, meanwhile, focuses on the desert, with warm tones and endless vistas.
It's not just the view that one comes here for, though. The menu has a large array of Italian favorites, both a la carte or else as part of an all-you-can-eat extravaganza.
Signature pasta at Medinii — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
The restaurant offers an outstanding value free-flow pizza, pasta and wine, along with one main course and dessert – all for just 999 baht per person.
There are six or seven varieties of pizza and pasta to choose from, and they're planning to introduce a selection of salads to the offer, as well.
"Fish glue," a unique creation of salmon and sea bass melded together — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
The most unique standout on the menu is the "fish glue," which might not sound incredibly appetizing, but actually it's a Michelin-starred technique in which a piece of salmon has been fused together with sea bass, offering the best of both.
At Medinii, it's served up on a bed of spinach and vegetables, with an accompanying salsa and white wine sauce, something you won't be finding on the average Bangkok menu.
The pizzas here are tasty, not quite up to Peppina status. But then again, you don't get jaw-dropping views or all-you-can-eat with your burrata cheese plates there.
You can get combo selections like half Hawaii (with pineapple) and Paradiso (lots of mushrooms and cheese). Also cool are the pastas, which arrive with a greeting etched on the plate in sauce, and they have selections like a creamy penne Putanesca or tomato-based Carbonara.
Delicious caprese with buffalo mozzarella at Medinii — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
Other menu standouts include the lovely caprese salad, made with fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes, served along with rocket leaves.
By the time you start adding up the endless glasses of good white and red wine (or selected beers, cocktails and soft drinks for the non-wine-partakers), it all makes for one very satisfying night out high above the crowds.
Don't forget to leave room for some tiramisu for dessert!