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“A Bangkok gem”

Water Library Chamchuri
Ranked #238 of 10,950 Restaurants in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $150
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Siam
Description: A restaurant as an ideal, is an open place. Open for new impressions, great food and beautiful wines...good friends, smiles and laugher accompanying a meal. At Water Library Chamchuri we want our guests to experience all that by offering fine cuisine and attentive service, without any stiffness and formality, but in style and with class. In the heart of Bangkok's Business district, next to the famous Chulalongkorn University, Water Library is the perfect location for your business lunch or a dinner with friends. Led by German Chef Mirco Keller the kitchen offers a set lunch, and a la carte as well as tasting menu for dinner on highest level of contemporary fine dining. General Manager Oliver Kramny ensure a perfect and yet personal service, and a wine list with over 370 labels, mostly offered at retail prices, will make your dining experience remarkable.
Ocean Grove, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Bangkok gem”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Dinner at the Water Library was the highlight of our trip to Bangkok. Travelling with friends from the US we dined at the Water Library restaurant at Chamburi Square. We chose the Chef's menu and enjoyed every bite - the dishes just kept on coming. The food was amazing and the wines selected by our host were great accompaniments to the meal. Of course we also tried from the water menu! Definitely a place to visit for a high quality wining and dining experience in Bangkok.

  • Visited October 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
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English first
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Tried many restaurants in Bangkok and this is abt the best I have come across. They have 2 branches - Thonglor and Jamjuree - later could spell differently.

Ordered the lobster and it was worth the additional money paid.....never had lobster so fresh like it and so well presented. Sauce is amazing....they called it fusion but I called it good food.

Other dishes were good as well. Highly recommended and you have to try it to know the difference.

  • Visited October 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Menu Dégustation”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

General comments - the Chumchuri branch at night is quite magical; my previous visits were always for lunch and I found the décor a little unrefined in the harsh light of day through the expansive surrounding glass windows. With the excellent lighting, the dining room at night is a totally new experience. The staff were attentive but not intrusive, and the manager Mr Kramny was very charming and welcoming.

Menu Dégustation

Scallop tartar - was interesting but perhaps not a complete success. The scallops were fresh and deliciously delicate but I found the watermelon granita too sweet and overwhelming and the rouille too robust for the delicacy of the tartar.

Atlantic Cod – was perfection. The fish was outstandingly fresh and perfectly cooked. The beurre noisette perfectly prepared, the mix of earthiness from the porcini was well balanced by the sweetness of the carrots and peas. The truffle addition to the vegetables only added to enhance all the other flavours.

Foie Gras –the main ingredient was of the highest quality and perfectly cooked and the bed of grain was a very well chosen counterpart to the richness of the foie gras; however, I found the pineapple too sweet and lacked the necessary acidity for such a rich dish and the parmesan drops (no froth) were too rich and flavoursome and competing with the main ingredient of the dish.

Berliner Senfei – was a confused dish. The mustard sauce was too sharp; the beetroot was served as a sorbet in a separate dish which did help balance the flavours and the Beluga Caviar was completely wasted on this dish because of all the other flavours. The egg yolk which should have been the star of the dish was rather lost.

Wagyu beef cheek – the meat was excellent and perfectly cooked, the Madeira sauce was well reduce and the flavours intense and well balanced and perfectly complimented the meat and the truffle shavings on top of the beef added depth and balanced the dish. The celeriac purée was delicious and the flavour well choosen. But I was not sure why the dish had apricot purée which added an unnecessary sweetness to the dish which the well balanced Madeira sauce has already provided; more celeriac purée would have provided a better accompaniment.

Strawberries – the fruit was fresh and ripe but not exceptional. The whole dish was not a success, however with too many elements trying to elevate a plate of fresh strawberries into a desert. The warm milk was served on the side and had an intriguing fragrance, was it perhaps infused with truffle?) From previous visits to The Water Library I have had their Tarte Tatin which in my view is one of the finest I have ever had anywhere in the world so this Fresa! was a great disappointment.

The overall impression is that the kitchen selects the highest quality ingredients and cooks them to perfection but sometimes the concepts of the dishes need a little more consideration and perhaps to recognise that knowing when to stop adding another element to a dish can add to the refinement and balance of the dish.

Visited September 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
855 reviews
538 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
“Grown up Bangkok In Thonglor”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

When I say grown up this place has a serenity and quality of service that is different from all the other "of the moment places" in Thonglor that seem to think quality doesn't matter if you are hip.
The Water Library Thonglor is set to become a Bangkok Institution.
Great Service and drinks

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank pemblin
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Bangkok
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Best dining in Bangkok.”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

After having so many friend recommend me this place in Chamchuri Square, I finally made it last Saturday. I was a little "curious", after having read the last review, and I agree in one point. The location in the shopping centre Chamchuri Square is really not ideal. But I must say once you are in the nicely done restaurant you forget about that, as it is de facto the best dining experience by far I had in Bangkok over the last years.

The restaurant had a relaxing atmosphere, even it was packed. The service was attentive without being always next to you, and all staff I spoke to could speak English. Most important the Sommelier of course ;)
we had a glass each of Grand Cru Champagne to start with (550.- thb per glass), then a bottle of fresh NZ Sauvignon Blanc (1,600.-) and a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino 2005 for 3,000.-. And after reading through the very nice wine list I can say that this is one of the best value wine lists in Bangkok, and a really good and informative wine service by the young sommelier who recommended wine according to our taste without "pushing" for expensive wines.

The food was modern fine dining without being heavy or "Thai style". European cuisine on a high level (and as I found out the chefs are German and Swiss). We had 2 courses each. various starters - seafood, foie gras and some soup, and all the same main course which was beef tenderloin.

All dishes were very nicely presented and the quality was very high. For 2 courses the charge a flat rate of 1,750 thb no matter what you choose, and I think that this is very reasonable considering the standard.

As for the service, Manager is the former Maitre of Le Normandie at the Oriental, and the service is alike - if not better, as less stiff and formal than in the French fine dining pendant at the river...

All in all we had a great dining experience and the only thing we didn't find appealing is really the location, and will next check out their new restaurant and Bar in Thonglor...

  • Visited August 2012
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