Dining with a view: Bangkok's best sky-high restaurants
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Even with fab company, lovely decor and great service, having a bird's-eye view of the city at your feet never hurt anyone on a dinner date -- save maybe their wallet. Whether you're craving good 'ol hearty burgers or dainty molecular treats to go with the supersized panorama, here are 12 of Bangkok's finest view purveyors, listed in no particular order.
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Lying in the famed shadows of Banyan Tree's rooftop Vertigo restaurant, the hotel group's signature Saffron eatery quietly serves up sweeping panoramas from its 51st to 52nd floor perch to view-hunters in the know. The restaurant offers authentic Thai dishes, with the a la carte choices including classic appetizers, Thai "yum" salads, soups and curries, with convenient set menus for bring-it-on diners. Full length windows hold in the air-conditioning, good for offsetting the spices while giving unobstructed views of the Chao Phraya River and city skyline. The attached Latitude Lounge & Bar on the lower floor offers just as good a vista as Moon Bar (can you really tell the difference between a view from the 51st or 61st floors?) with a fraction of the camera happy tourists.
At 25 years of age, The Landmark might not be the sexiest hotel around, but its Rib Room & Bar on the 31st floor serves up some serious meat to go with the encircling city skyline. Hard-core carnivorous calling cards include the 1.5-kilo Tomahawk rib bone for two, Wagyu beef spare-ribs and 400-day Australian grain fed beef. Having said that, the "Millionaire Salad" (with Maine lobster, pan-fried foie gras, salmon caviar and 25-year-old balsamic dressing) gives the meats an unashamed run for their money. There's also spit roasted chicken, Maine lobster, lamb and other meat and seafood on offer, along with two vegetarian dishes that look awfully lonely on the menu. The extensive wine list leans heavily on the red side; a sommelier is on hand to guide you through the private selection of vintages to go with your meat fest.

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