DINE OUT: Five hotel restaurants with alfresco dining

7 Oct 2009

Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar, Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand

Where is it? 61 floors above the bustling streets of Bangkok on the rooftop of Banyan Tree Bangkok.

Fast facts: Despite being opened for a good number of years (but managing not to be overshadowed by rivals such as Sirocco in lebua at State Tower), this open-air restaurant/bar/lounge continues to entice guests with the views of the Bangkok's sparkling nightscape. Diners come here for barbecued seafood, washed down with champagne, wine and cocktails. No flip flops, singlet or (fashionably) ripped jeans – but a smart casual dress code is required.

ToTT’s and Roof Terrace, The Excelsior Hongkong

Where is it? On the 34th floor of the Causeway Bay-located Excelsior hotel, offering views of Victoria Harbour and the city skyline.

Fast facts: ToTT’s (Talk of The Town) launched its outdoor roof terrace extension in September 2009. Apart from the views, diners can also indulge in ToTT’s lobster burger and seafood pizza, as well as Latin-themed cocktails, exotically named Caipirinha d’Uva and Pineapple Batida. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner plus Saturday and Sunday champagne brunch, while the bar and lounge receive guests from 5pm (or from 6pm on Sunday). Live entertainment starts at 10pm.

Oasis, Grand Hyatt Singapore

Where is it? Level five in the Terrace Wing of the hotel on Scotts Road.

Fast facts: What’s charming about this poolside restaurant (open 9am to 10pm) is its tranquil greenery setting, reflecting Singapore’s “garden city” theme. And what’s more, the dress code is casual – perfect for enjoying a barbecue buffet dinner and free flow of beer while soaking in the starlight. 

The Park Terrace, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, UK

Where is it? In London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, overlooking the parkland.

Fast facts: This open-air restaurant features an English country garden setting with teak furniture and quarried Portland stonework. It caters for all-day dining from May 1 through September 30. During the summer, a Terrace Butler provides sunscreen cream, cold towels, water spray and a sunglasses cleaning service.

Shanghai Terrace, The Peninsula Hotel Chicago, US

Where is it? On the fourth floor of the prestigious hotel in downtown Chicago.

Fast facts: Dim sum and other dishes from Shanghai and southern China are served in this restaurant with a setting reminiscent of a 1930s supper club. Views of the city overlooking North Michigan Avenue are available from a terrace offering additional seating during the warmer months.

Julian Tan

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