May 11, 2018
Intriguingly billed as an Italian restaurant “and entertainment centre” you might forget for a moment that you’re in the Orient at Spasso. From the heart of the fancy Grand Hyatt, the resident Italian chef provides a range of regional specialities from his homeland, from pasta to pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. The hotel even has its own farm, supplying salad for the buffet. And the anti pasta lunch goes on all day. By night, the focus shifts from the Italian food to the two circular bars, where staff whip up a range of creative cocktails. The space is fun, lively and crowded and usually packed on weeknights with a post-work crowd of execs who come for good cocktails and loud chat. The chat tends to get louder when the local band performs covers from 9pm and although there’s minimal dance space, after a few Mai Tais most regulars are shaking their tails. Known as something of a pick up joint, there’s also likely to be a fair smattering of beautiful Thai girls, dressed up to the nines in cocktail dresses and making eyes at potential suitors over a glass of wine. The prices are fairly steep, and a rigorous dress code is in place, so your wallet and wardrobe will need to be up to scratch. If you come for dinner, take a seat at the intimate dimly-lit bar counter, order a Scotch and soda, and ask for some stock advice from the ex-pat suit standing next to you.