Water Library Brasserie is all about classic French food in a posh and elegant surrounding. Sounds pretentious, but we promise you not. No dress code, no fuss and definitely not pretentious, all in the heart of Bangkok city. The place offers you a piece of the French lifestyle without blowing the budget.
The entrance, adorned by an arch to resemble the Eiffel Tower, says it all. At Water Library Brasserie, it's about quality food while experiencing the true Parisan lifestyle. Also, as their name suggests, a wall full-on with an array of water selection greets you a few steps into the restaurant, which is divided into four section, including the back of the house, which promises you a view of Bangkok's skyline.
From the menu, be sure to try the Cold Pasta as an appetiser. The dish features capellini, seaweed and lobster, tossed in truffle oil, making the dish extremely flavourful and aromatic. Good for sharing, and with generous chunks of lobster meat that adds on to the al dente texture of the capellini, this dish in our opinion, is a must-try. If you prefer salad, the Duck and Mango salad served with smoked duck breast is a good alternative to start your meal at Water Library Brasserie.
From the seafood menu, be sure not to miss out on the highly raved about Chilean Seabass, served with bacon mushroom ragout and ponzu butter sauce. Rated as the most popular dish at Water Library Brasserie, this dish initially originated from Water Library Chamchuri, the fine dining wing of Water Library's group of restaurant. The flavour from the bacon added a good savoury touch to the dish without overpowering the freshness of the fish. From the meat section, the Duck Leg Confit with potato risotto and baby carrots fared pretty well on our tastebuds. The meat was fork tender, with a golden crispy skin on the outside.
For dessert, be sure dive right for the Apple Tart Tartin, which takes 35 minutes to prep. Be sure to order beforehand, so that you don't wait too long. As soon as it is served, cut right into the piping hot buttery puff pastry filled with caramelised apples, and don't forget a bit of vanilla bean ice cream. To describe it in short - a party in your mouth.
Water Library Brasserie is a place we highly recommend, and has definitely made it onto our favourite list of restaurants in Bangkok. The prices are slightly higher than most restaurants, but the quality ingredients that they use for their dishes will assure you that every bit you pay for it worth it.
Water Library Brasserie
Central Embassy, 5th Floor
1031 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
+66 0 2160 5893
This was an invited media tasting.