If you haven’t been to Bed Supperclub in a while, you may notice a distinct change when you enter.
“We’ve been open for nine years and we’ve had a full restaurant this whole time, but that’s been the biggest misconception about us because the club is so popular. We are making an effort to promote the dinners and have seen a good response,” said Justin Dunne, general manager at Bed.
Previously, diners could enjoy a meal in the white room, but clubbers could hang out in either section, so they would be wandering in and out of the white room, tieing up waiters while you were trying to eat. So a meal didn’t really feel like a special occasion when Larry the Lounge Lizard was poppin a bottle and his collar.
No more, as the room on your left is reserved for diners from 7 pm to 11 pm nightly, usually with a show. Currently that show is Circus Eclecticus, which features dancers and gymnasts gyrating, posing and contorting to the crowds delight. Later this month it will give way to a Thai version of the opera Carmen.
The food is first rate. Bed added multiple ala carte choices to its traditional set menus (999 baht for 3 courses, 4 courses for 1750 baht), and you won’t be able to move after your dining experience has come to a completion. Highly recommended are the roast shiitake and abalone mushroom broth with foie gras foam and the coriander wonton salad with roast duck, mushrooms and soy-mustard sauce. While some appetizers like the salmon and oyster tartar with avocado sauce, tobiko caviar and crisp nori let the secondary ingredients overwhelm the salmon, the meaty black olive and pine nut-crusted lamb rack with smoked tomato compote and creamy garlic polenta or the Australian beef tenderloin with a peppercorn-herb crust and brandy cream sauce are so lip-smacking they will have you mopping the sauce up with bread. Another nod goes to the roast peanut praline-banana bar with salted caramel ice cream and dark chocolate sauce.
KohSpot feels the wait staff is one of the best in Bangkok. They might not be able to give you a wine recommendation, but they are attentive without being intrusive. That means no awkward hovering or starring while you are enjoying your meal. Sure you might see some models struggling to hold themselves upright, but you could also see a bachelorette party wearing schoolgirl outfits or a guy wandering around in a polar bear costume. The point is that the people watching isn’t’ half bad at bed. If you see Justin, ask him about his passion project, www.bangkokhaunt.com, which is dedicated to bringing haunted houses, ghost tours and vampire proms to the capital. Righteous!
The slogan for Bed is “Something is Happening,” and this is true both in the literal sense, as in Bed hosts several events regularly. But it is also accurate in terms of starting the conversation on performance art, nightlife experiences and what a restaurant and club should aspire to be in a burgeoning metropolis like Bangkok. KohSpot has given Bed some stick in the past for pretending to be New York chic in the middle of Bangkok, but the goal of any restaurant/club is to create a memorable evening, not clock you at the door for a hipster secret handshake. KohSpot approves of Bed’s transformation.
Even if you’re not crazy about Bed as a club, give the restaurant a try as it really is a classy evening. Reservations are recommended.
Bed Supper Club
Location: 26 Sukhumvit Soi 11, most of the way down the soi on the right-hand side, just before you get to the T-intersection for QBar.
Mass transit: BTS Nana
Hours: The kitchen is open 7 pm-11 pm Tuesday to Sunday.