Hidden inside the new five-star Kimpton Maa-lai Bangkok hotel on Soi Langsuan is a cocktail bar with a backstory.
Cosmopolitan cocktail bar and restaurant Ms. Jigger cuts a sleek profile within the luxury hotel’s lobby. Fans of the hotel’s always-packed Bar Yard – plus those with a soft spot for Italian cuisine and quirky yet classy cocktails – may want to shortlist this place.
Step through the vanilla-colored curtains, and you’ll be greeted with debonair, wood-clad decor. It’s the fictional home of itinerant spirit Ms. Jigger and exudes exclusivity and sophistication tailor-made for a fancy Friday night out, a la “Sex and the City.”
The marble tables, white leather chairs and hardwood floors warn that this place is for dignified grown-ups. Lining the bar’s back shelves, or the “Spirits Library,” is a collection of bespoke, single-batch and rare spirits. Taking center stage is a floor-to-ceiling wine cooler stocked with organic, biodynamic and Italian wines.
Pretend you’re in Italy with a bruschetta starter of homemade ricotta spianata Romana (THB290), toasted sourdough bread slathered with housemade ricotta cheese, spicy salami, and chopped parsley. Then move on to the toothsome meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and pecorino cheese (THB320) or the arancini funghi selvatici e tartufo (B390), with three crispy nibbles of risotto rice with wild mushrooms and black truffle.
For pizza, opt for the hand-tossed, 24-month parma ham (THB470), served with rich mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and salty slices of parma ham. Heartier dishes include the lamb rack (THB720), cooked medium with an herb crust, roasted potatoes, sauteed spinach, and mustard sauce.
The cocktail menu appears as a vintage map detailing the narrative behind each creation. Terra Abruzzo (THB340) is an aromatic blend of Alpine gin, pine liqueur, green chartreuse, rosemary, and raspberry oleo. For something light and refreshing, try Nuitee a Paris (THB370), a floral concoction of cognac, elderflower liqueur, and lemon. Divine Proportions (THB420), on the other hand, is a stronger, spruced-up Negroni mixed with Italian bitters. You can also opt for a range of classic cocktails, customarily offered either shaken (lighter, usually with citrus) or stirred (heavy on the spirits).
Ms. Jigger is on the ground floor of the Kimpton Maa-lai Bangkok hotel in Soi Ton Son. It opens 11:30 to 2:30pm for lunch, then 5:30pm until midnight every day except Tuesday.
G Floor, Kimpton Maa-lai Bangkok
Soi Langsuan 2, Lumphini, Pathum Wan
11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-midnight daily (except Tuesday)
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