Magic Mimi: A rooftop homage to the South Beach lifestyle, Mimi’s serves up American comfort food, signature cocktails, and live DJ music.
By Mahmood Hossain
To truly enjoy the electrifying energy of Miami, without booking a flight to Florida of course, one can take a short trip to the 25th floor of dusitD2 Samyan Bangkok, as its rooftop provides the setting for the vibrant dining and bar experience that is Mimi’s. The Bangkok skyline is enough to entice visitors to not only enjoy the views but also to share a dining space that exudes fun and entertainment. On our recent visit, the party vibes were effortlessly delivered, and we wholeheartedly embraced them.
From the logo font, colour scheme, and overall interior/exterior design choices, there is no mistaking that Mimi’s possesses nearly every element of a lit Miami night. I felt that the only things missing were Miami Heat jerseys, the aroma of Cuban sandwiches and coffee, and DJ Khaled in the background obnoxiously shouting, “Another one!” Putting aside my desire to sport an all-white linen suit and live out my Miami Vice (1984-1990) fantasies, Mimi’s provided the most welcoming and joyous energy, as you would expect from a venue channelling the essence of possibly America’s most vivacious city.
As expected, there are details of Art Deco, intimate lighting, colours, and sounds befitting the summery, tropical climate ambience. Mimi’s live DJ, playing all the chart-toppers, only enhanced the experience; given the atmosphere, it was difficult not to move and sway with the beats. My colleague and I couldn’t help but bust a move or two, with respect for the entire team at Mimi’s. Their warm and jubilant approach to welcoming us, as well as the impeccable service they provided while keeping up the fun factor, should be acknowledged and appreciated.
FOOD AND DRINKS
Now to the nitty-gritty. We were hoping the food and drinks lived up to the overall experience. We were relieved to find that Mimi’s has both style and substance; the décor impressed and the menu appropriately followed suit. It should be noted that the menu is a no-fuss list of selections comprised of familiar (both veg and non-veg) items that hit home for people who have experienced the American melting pot. However, it does come down to the preparation, presentation, and of course, the taste.
We started off with something light and appetising, starters that eased us into the meatier dishes of the evening. On one end, we had the Classic caesar salad (THB 220), drizzled with croutons, bacon bites, and parmesan cheese. On the other, Truffle fries (THB 200) with parsley, truffle essence, and yet again, more parmesan; tastier with every bite. For a little more heft, Mimi’s served us a plate of Carne asada tacos (THB 350), grilled steak with crispy corn taco shells that reminded us of backyard BBQs of old. Taking it a step higher, the Fish burger (THB 450), filled with a batter-fried sea bass fillet with tartar sauce and the usual condiments with a side of fries, brought a curveball to our pallets. In a good way, of course. And if we weren’t spoiled with flavours of classic Americana already, we also took a bite out of their juicy Cheeseburger with bacon (THB 480) – presented with wagyu beef patties with tomato, pickles, crispy bacon, and cheddar cheese, with a side of fries.
After being generously filled, we were treated to their cocktails and mocktails, which coincidently stole the show. First, the mocktails took the stage with the Bikini beach (THB 240), a glass filled with orange juice, cranberry juice, peach syrup, and lime juice; and the White sand (THB 240), a mix of coconut juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, and coconut syrup. Both drinks were incredibly refreshing, and ideal for high-temperature party environments. Mimi’s cocktails, however, took things up a notch. Generous and edgy with the alcohol, the new stars on the menu (all THB 320++) had us in a right tizzy. These comprised of Gone – Tennessee whiskey, Angostura bitters, syrup, and steak & butter fat-wash; Cruel Summer – blended scotch, Aperol, sweet vermouth, aromatic bitter, and soda, an appropriately-named and bittersweet ending to our visit; and the Last Kiss – gin, strawberry cream liqueur, and vanilla cordial. The latter was especially difficult to put down, with its sweet allure and seductive level of gin.
The Fowl chicken wings spicy home recipe (THB 220) and its arsenal of sauces was the clear winner. Look forward to the Tennessee ranch, honey mustard, Miami cocktail, lemon dill aioli, blue cheese, Texas Rangers, Buffalo BBQ, and more, just to dip your heart out! Sure, you’ll have to get your fingers dirty on this one, but it’ll be worth it with its delicious combo of flavours.
25th floor of dusitD2 Samyan Bangkok
333 Si Phraya Road, Si Phraya, Bang Rak
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
Open daily from 5pm to 12am
Tel: 02 211 3333
Instagram & Facebook: @mimisbangkok