By : MELISSA RICHTER
26 March 2019
When it comes to classic steak houses that never go out of style, Madison at the Anantara Siam in Bangkok is in a class all by itself. Contemporary and chic, it evokes a sense of expectation and sophistication, and their top-notch, service, spirits, and beef are just about as good as it gets in this city. The name like the decor is a subtle nod to Madison Avenue in New York City, and its open concept, warm color palette in muted gold tones with pops of red and dark wood accents and inviting gas fireplace all gives the resonate with pleasantly masculine overtones.
Open for lunch and dinner, the first thing you notice upon arrival is the intoxicating aroma of grilled meats. They have updated the menu recently under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Nico Merton, who put more of a focus on light dishes, seafood and high-quality steaks from Japan than in the past.
We started off with a trio of French Oysters on the half shell by David Herve along with the Lobster Bisque and a crisp glass of Rheingau Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Trocken, 2016 from Austria. We next indulged in a shared order of their divine Roasted Rougie Foie Gras w/ Caramelized Onion Compote and a refreshing Avocado & Rocket Salad that is studded with sweet and juicy bursts of sweet ripe heirloom tomatoes.
For the first time ever, Madison is now showcasing dry aged beef, along with their exceptional Australian Black Angus, USDA Prime, and several Wagyu options. “The pleasure of eating dry aged beef is like no other”, shared Chef Nico,“Recognized as the ‘King of meats” our dry aged beef is hung for a minimum of four weeks in a microclimate where we control the temperature and humidity. It makes the meat extraordinarily tender with an intense flavor to enjoy”. We recommend the 360 days aged Wagyu Prime Rib. Weighing in at 500 grams it has a marble grade of 5+ and is grilled over lava stones to preserve its natural juices. We ordered ours with a side of Grilled Baby Asparagus, a bevy of assorted Sautéed Mushrooms and a Baked Potato that came with all the fixings. The medium rare beef was aptly presented with a choice of artisan sea salts, fresh grated black pepper and some sauces and condiments that I found to be a bit superfluous, as the meat stands alone in its simplistic perfection. It is best enjoyed without sauces or fanfare so that the focus is on the robust and juicy beef.
Madison also has some great desserts like Chocolate Melt or Baked Alaska, but I preferred to end the meal on a light note with an Irish Coffee and "I Like Berries", which was a light and refreshing bowl of mixed fresh berries, with a soft sponge cake and raspberry sorbet. After dessert, I highly recommended that you saunter outside to Aqua bar which stays open until 2 AM, and enjoy a cocktail, single malt scotch or cognac along with a bespoke cigar from Character Cigar bar which is also located in the adjacent courtyard. Madison the type of place that you want to visit time and time again and it offers an upscale evening where the best of everything is at your fingertips.