Barsu has been open for almost two years and is located in the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Hotel which is next to the Asok Skytrain station and Sukhumvit subway station. This is a high-
end club for the over-30 gang so if you’re looking for a rave don’t bother stopping here.
There are different formats on every night but the main music menu here covers up-tempo
world music and soul, funk, rock from the 70s and 80s. The music volume isn’t overpowering
so you can talk, and yet on the small dance floor it’s loud enough to make you feel like
you’re in a disco. Must be some great sound engineering here.
It’s a pretty elegantly designed pace with some little nook-like spaces on one side of the club
that offer a degree of privacy if you want it. The room is circular in shape and not really
large, being dominated by a large circular bar in the middle. There’s also an intimate wine
area off to one side and an open kitchen where the chefs prepare some delicious food that
was designed by Yves Mattagne, a world famous chef from Belgium.
I can attest to the quality of the food, having dined there on a number of occasions. You
don’t really dine here, though, as much as graze. The food is mostly little tastes of this and
that that is very exquisitely presented in a finger food format. Designed for sharing, this food is
a new generation style of culinary treats and includes sushi, tempura, yakitori, fresh oysters,
seared fish and meats, tapas, wapas and some sweets also. The dishes that I’ve tried here
have all been delicious and inventive and I found a scallop creation to be particularly good,
the Seared Scallops with Wasabi Flavored Mash. Also try the Duck Liver on Tuna Maki, Chilled
Tomato Soup with Olive Oil and Basil Sherbet, among many others.
The atmosphere for dining matches the casualness of the menu, too, as there are no real
dining tables here. You eat whenever you want and as often as you want. If your tastes are
similar to mine you’ll be looking at the menu a lot. The combinations that are presented on
this menu are really quite inventive and definitely unique.
If you’re into great mixed drinks there’s a very capable and award-winning barman here,
Filippo Baldan, who can take care of anything you want. I’m not myself, but they do have
one of my favorite beers here – Chimay Red from Belgium, one of the best in the world. And
make sure if you come here that you’re properly attired. There’s a dress code that’s
enforced. This is a good place to get away from the kids, eat some great food and
appreciate some music from another generation.