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Higher Steaks: Christian Caluwaert Fires Up a Masterful New Menu for Madison at Anantara Siam Bangkok

One of Bangkok’s most venerated steakhouses, club-like carnivore’s haven Madison at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has launched a new menu that honours grill house traditions while offering a portal into the world of the restaurant’s new Chef de Cuisine, Christian Caluwaert.

Designed by New-York-based architect Tony Chi over two decades ago as a playground for the elite, Madison combines the effortless style of Manhattan with references to Bangkok’s golden age to create an elegant meat-focused establishment in the heart of the buzzing business district of Ratchaprasong. Recently renovated, Bangkok’s finest steakhouse retained its gentlemen’s den ambiance, serving perfectly rendered steaks in the soft glow of flickering candlelight.

Born in Thailand and raised in Belgium, Madison’s new Chef de Cuisine Christian Caluwaert has worked in some of the finest kitchens of Brussels, Paris and St. Tropez learning the ropes from the industry’s heavyweights, including his mentor Michelin-starred Chef Vincent Maillard and Chef Frederic Vardon in whose celebrated restaurant Le 39V in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle Christian worked as Chef de Cuisine. For the past seven years, Chef Christian has been based in Thailand delighting Bangkok’s food connoisseurs with his reinterpretations of classic French and steakhouse fare.

Chef Christian’s new menu for Madison capitalises on the restaurant’s storied past offering such steakhouse staples as his signature slow-cooked wagyu brisket. Reflecting his passion for authentic American barbecue, the black pepper-rubbed dish is slow-cooked for 48 hours and served with mustard BBQ sauce and creamy potato salad. Equally mouth-watering are Steak Diane – Jack’s Creek pure Black Angus tenderloin flambéed with cognac and served with mustard and Paris mushrooms; Ibérico Joselito pork cheeks slow-cooked in red wine gravy sauce and served with seasonal root vegetables; and the signature tomahawk steak – an eye-catching bone-in ribeye char-grilled to perfection.

Crustacean lovers will find plenty to be excited about as well. From Boston lobster grilled with garlic herb butter to the exquisite dover sole meuniere, Chef Christian’s seafood menu is tight and focused with every dish packing maximum flavour. Paying tribute to Madison’s New York-inspired décor, the dessert selection features such American classics as key lime pie with Chantilly cream and Graham crackers, baked New York cheesecake and a delightful peach and passion fruit cobbler with white chocolate nitro ice cream.

Guests can choose to experience the new menu in the marble-clad lounge where handsome leather armchairs are arranged around Bangkok’s only wood-fired fireplace; in the main dining room that nods to Thai culture and hospitality with luxurious flower arrangements; or in the elegant private room that seats up to 16 guests.

Chef Christian’s six-course degustation menu, priced at THB 2,990++ per person, offers a chance to sample some of Madison’s signature dishes, with an option to pair them with fine wines for an additional THB 1,590++.

Madison is open Monday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm for lunch and 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner. To learn more about Madison or to make a reservation, please call the team on +66 2 126 8866 or email dining.asia@anantara.com.

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