A unique place in Bangkok, Belga Rooftop Bar and Brasserie sits between Sukhumvit Soi 13 and 15 on 32nd Floor at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel.
Belgium may be a small country in northern Europe but it has made a major contribution to the global hospitality sector with its specialist dishes and an amazing repertoire of beers.
Belgium is known as a country for great chocolate, waffles, fries with beer. Actually, Belgium cuisine is widely varied with significant regional variations and some of them also include by neighbor countries i.e. France, Germany and the Netherlands.
Name of Belga is inspired by a former unit of currency in Belgium that was the equivalent fo five Belgian francs – the cost of a beer in local bars the time.
Best time to come here is around 18.00 hrs. We recommended you to book a table for a sunset cocktail on the panoramic terrace that provided guests with stunning sunset views over Bangkok.
Dining tables can be booked close to the opened-kitchen so then you can see the chef in actions.
The copper beer taps are positioned at the heart of the brasserie.
A selection of Belgian beers with 30 bottled brands and 11 draught beers are served on tap, which some are available exclusively at Belga. These include fruit beers that have become very popular. Beer served in Belgium varies from pale lager to amber ales, lambic beers, Flemish red ales, sour brown ales and stouts, produced by over 200 breweries for national and international distribution. Many beers are served in their own distinctive glassware to retain individuality and identity.
The well-stocked bar specializes, naturally, in Belgian beer. The eleven draught beers include four that are only available at Belga. The Bar also stocks bottled beers that represent the many different types that are brewed in Belgium.
Peter Laird – Master of Beer and Ceremonies and the team are very helpful to suggest and recommend the beers.
Guests are invited to sample each month’s special beer as a complimentary welcome to the restaurant. However, if you are not a beer drinker, Belga wine cellar is well-stocked with popular labels from new and old world vineyards. There is also an ample choice of cocktails.
Belga reminds you about the mood and tones of “Brasseries” in Belgium. The dark wood finishes with impressive tapestries.The atmosphere, warm lighting, the sound of people enjoying food, beer, laughing and fun conversations.
Belgian cuisine with menus featuring dishes such as Moules Marinière with Pommes Frites (mussels and fries), Carbonnade (Flemish beef and beer stew) and Croquettes de Crevette (North Sea shrimps deep-fried in breadcrumbs).
A combination of traditional Belgian beer and cuisine attracts people around the globe. Belgians love to add mayonnaise to their favorite dishes. “Maître Mayonnaise” Nong Makham who mixes fresh, home-made mayonnaise with flavors chosen by the guests at each dining table.
Belga acclaims having taken great care to select potatoes that produce the best fries. They experimented with a number of imported varieties before settling in the type of potato that produces the next texture and flavor.
At Belga, they take care of their fries very serious. Mussels will be sourced globally to the prevailing seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres.
Chef Nico sources fresh mussels every week mainly from France, Netherlands, USA, Ireland, Spain and more!
He also searches for the varieties of potato that make the best fries. Some potatoes are good for roasting; others make the excellent mash. After extensive research and experimenting, I located varieties in France and the Netherlands that are the best for making our very special fries,” he added.
Waffles and delicious chocolates
Interestingly, Belgian beer was recently added to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage and this emphasizes the importance of brewing to Belgium and its people.
Getting There:5 mins from BTS Asoke Station
Address: BELGA Rooftop Bar & Brasserie: 189 Sukhumvit Rd, Between Soi 13-15, Bangkok