With restrictions on both wining and dining now a thing of the past (at SHA certified restaurants, at least), Bangkok’s fine dining establishments are back in action. From recently opened venues, to more established restaurants with wonderful new tasting menus – which they’ve certainly had plenty of time to work on – here are four fabulous fine dining spots that come highly recommended.
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‘Flavours of the North’ at Maze
Born and raised in Chiang Mai, Chef Phattanant “May” Thongthong is the culinary mastermind behind Maze, a beautifully designed fine dining spot in the Phaya Thai area. Her recently unveiled 11-course ‘Flavours of the North’ tasting menu (THB 2,900++ per person) more than delivers on its promise, serving up wildly imaginative creations that are rooted in the traditional recipes of Lanna cuisine – something you won’t find anywhere else in Bangkok. Standout dishes include: nam prik noom mousse with Hokkaido scallops and scallop chips; salt-aged seabass poured over with a cucumber-mint emulsion; sai ua squid with northern curry paste and yoghurt garlic aioli; and khao soi “ravioli”, utilising your choice of either Wagyu beef or confit duck. The two desserts are also a standout, with the spicy Chiang Mai dark chocolate with raspberry being the meal’s marvellous finale. Ample seating is available in the main dining area and private rooms, but true foodies will want to book one of the half dozen kitchen counter seats, with a front row view of the chef and her team in action.
For more information and reservations, visit Maze.
Seafood and champagne at Oysterman
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 49, Oysterman is a recently opened seafood and champagne bar, brought to you by the folks behind Pruek Cruise. As the name they’ve chosen suggests, oysters feature prominently here – freshly shucked, served on ice, and best enjoyed with a bottle of Cristal, Dom Pérignon, or Krug. However, other sophisticated seafood is also available on Chef de Cuisine Feay Chalermkiat’s compact but concise menu, including de rigeur items such as Royal Oscietra and Beluga caviars, as well as delicious entrées such as: Cajun-style pan-roasted seafood on Jasmine rice; Galician-style grilled octopus tentacle served on a bed of buttery mashed potato; tender Dover sole pan-fried in lemony French butter served with loads of fresh capers; Canadian lobster thermidor; and Devon crab direct from France. The décor at this intimate, 25-seat restaurant matches the timeless elegance of the edibles, with minimalist white walls, a marble topped bar, red velvet dining chairs, classic silver cutlery, and elegant dark wood accents.
For more information and reservations, visit Oysterman.
‘Taste of Mia’ at Mia
The talented husband-and-wife chef team of Pongcharn “Top” Russell and Michelle Goh continue to present brilliantly conceived dishes that marry subtle Asian flavours with French gastro techniques. Their latest set menu, entitled ‘Taste of Mia’, is a thrilling 5- or 7-course journey (THB 2,850++/3,550++) that begins with an artful quartet of amuse bouche starters: crispy rice cakes with beef tartare, duxelle tartlets with hollandaise and truffle, tuna Niçoise salad in a chickpea puff, and bite-sized foie gras domes with mulled wine and ginger. Next comes the superb Hokkaido scallop, served with apple dill sorbet, yoghurt dressing, and 6g of caviar (optional), which is followed by such delights as cured Hamachi (with ricotta, tomato dashi, and wasabi “snow”), and your choice of either A4 Wagyu chateaubriand (with mushroom emulsion and pomme soufflé), or juicy pork done four-ways (served with winter kale and parsnip). Finally, a divine dessert of black fig pain perdu with pistachio and fig leaf ice cream winds up the night. The expertly curated wine pairing is also highly recommended (3 glasses THB 990++/5 glasses THB 1,890++).
For more information and reservations, visit Mia.
New Tasting Menu at Savelberg’s New Location
After closing his one-Michelin-starred restaurant in the Netherlands, Dutch chef Henk Savelberg moved his eponymous operation to Bangkok. In October of 2014 he opened Savelberg on Witthayu Road, and that restaurant also garnered recognition from the Michelin authorities, receiving a star each year from 2018 to 2021. However, longtime fans will now have to travel to a different part of town to experience Chef Henk’s culinary creations, as Savelberg recently relocated to a charming private house in the trendy Yen Akat area. The new, slightly smaller location boasts an elegant, modern décor which, in turn, perfectly suits the elegant, mainly French-focused dishes that make up the current 6-course tasting menu (THB 4,000++). Definite highlights include the tender lobster with green beans, lobster caviar, and truffle dressing, the fabulous pan-seared langoustine with cucumber brunoise, yoghurt foam, and cucumber granita, an indulgently large serving of foie gras, paired with sliced fig, balsamic, and cranberry, and the chef’s signature pan-seared Anjou pigeon with mashed seaweed potato, grape and vanilla sauce.
For more information and reservations, visit Savelberg.