Over the past few years, the phenomenal expansion of stylish wine bistros offering low-priced wines has brought oenological aspirations to the mass market. That's a step in the right direction for our gastronomic culture, of course. Yet, in the midst of this "cheap-wine, we-love-you" evolution, more discerning Bangkok oenophiles may have been wondering if there will be a place as visually modish for them to call home.
Opened four months ago, Cellar 11 Wine Bistro introduces Bangkokians to yet another milestone in wine appreciation. Backed by investors with deep pockets, this stand-alone establishment combines the vivacity of contemporary wine bars with a high-mind gratification of premium wine.
The wine bar-cum-restaurant occupies a lavishly renovated, two-storey house on a one-rai plot. The swanky main eatery on the ground floor is decked out to highlight the glamour and innovation of the viticultural sphere. The second floor features two spectacular private chambers: the 20-seat Robert Mondavi room, and the attic-like Penfolds room. The real atmospheric climax, the Moet & Chandon cellar, is magnificently set underground.
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