From recently opened venues, to more established restaurants with wonderful new menus to explore, there’s lot’s going on in Bangkok’s dining scene at the moment. Here now are some of the best dishes from four fabulous dining spots, offering a mix of haute cuisine and casual fine dining.
(Hero and Featured Image Credit: Maison Bleue)
‘Sustainable Wisdom of Thai Herb Samrub’ at R.HAAN
With two-Michelin stars to its name, R.HAAN leads the way when it comes to exploring the deepest levels of traditional Thai cuisine. Chef Chumpol Jangprai’s newest tasting menu entitled ‘Sustainable Wisdom of Thai Herb Samrub’ is an imaginative 8-course feast (THB 3512++ per person) that is as delicious as it is IG-worthy. The journey across Thailand begins with five bite-size amuse bouche starters, cleverly arranged on a powdery map of Thailand. From the superb black sausage with organic chicken and chicken liver (representing the North-East), to the fiery fish liver terrine with turmeric mango chutney (representing the South), it’s a flavourful prelude of what’s to come. Other highlight courses include the squid ink with coconut and galangal cream cappuccino, the siphon-prepared tom yum goong soup, and the Korat striploin (Wagyu A5) served with nam jim jaew and pumpkin purée, which arrives at the table encased in a transparent serving bell fill with marijuana smoke. Finally, for dessert, a choice of the elaborately deconstructed mango sticky rice, or a Chiang Mai chocolate pod served with Thai ice cream. Optional course-by-course wine pairing is also available.
For more information and reservations, visit R.HAAN.
Italian-American Delights at Tony’s
Somewhat newly arrived on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is Tony’s. And for those wondering who “Tony” is, it’s owner and Executive Chef Anthony Burd, who arrived in Bangkok in early 2020 to take over the kitchen at La Scala, at The Sukhothai Hotel. With this most recent venture, this talented New Jersey native is fulfilling his long-held dream of creating his own restaurant, where he can showcase fresh interpretations of Italian-American cuisine, as well as variations on traditional recipes. And while classic spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce is forever tempting, the impressive menu also includes recommended highlights such as: tender grilled octopus on a bed of potato risotto; sorpresine (egg-yolk pasta) with a yummy spicy tomato vodka crème sauce; roasted baby chicken (half) with garlic gnocchi, spinach and lemon butter; and a variety of wood-fired oven pizzas (try the ‘Bangkok Hot’ with fennel salami, meatballs, mozzarella, rocket salad, and pickled chilies). There’s also some cool cocktails to choose from, as well as wines and beers, and if you’re a sweet tooth you’ll definitely want to order the double chocolate tiramisu for dessert.
For more information and reservations, visit Tony’s.
French Café Favourites at Maison Bleue
If you visit the spot where Karmakamet Diner used to be – behind Emporium on Soi Methi Niwet – you’ll discover it’s now home to the delightful Maison Bleue. This recently opened, upscale French-style café, with indoor and outdoor seating, is helmed by Jakthong “Mademoiselle Mumu” Ubolsootvanich, formerly of Let Them Eat Cake. Interestingly, brioche bread serves as the base for many dishes on her delightful menu, including the yummy brioche mousseline cube, best enjoyed with jams or onion marmalade. Rounding out the remainder of the tempting brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert offerings you’ll find everything from Eggs Napoléon III – poached egg on puff pastry with green apple sauce, hollandaise, and honey-glazed pork belly – to a superb duck confit served with candied ginger, side salad, and ginger jus. Don’t miss the signature French toasts (pain perdu), the most popular of which is the Ispahan Brioche French Toast, served with rose-flavoured custard, raspberry coulis, rose-flavoured Chantilly cream, grilled lychee, chocolate ganache, and chocolate-almond crumble. As for beverages, choose from exquisite Mariage Frères teas, gourmet specialty coffees, bubbly Italian sodas, and more.
For more information and reservations, visit Maison Bleue.
A New Menu at HERE
After Chef Garima Arora closed her Michelin-starred Gaa restaurant, she opened HERE, an all-day, casual concept eatery set on the first floor of a 60-year-old Thai house on Sukhumvit Soi 53. And while Chef Garima is focusing her energies on the new iteration of Gaa (located up on the house’s 2nd floor), the kitchen at HERE has been given over to Head Chef Saurabh Sachdeva, who has been honing his culinary skills at luxury hotels is Asia for the past 16 years. His wildly eclectic new menu blends Indian, Thai, and several other nationalities, with definite highlights being the corn bread with curry leaf and Chiang Mai tomatoes, the pulled mutton mangsho with dhaka paratha and pickles, the massive tandoori eggplant, and the peri-peri chicken served with salad greens, pickles and raw papaya relish. Seafood lovers take note: his clams in green chili coriander are utterly addictive. There’s also several Indian-style desserts to choose from, and a half-dozen cool cocktails with cheeky names like Lick It You’ll Love It, Honey Boo Boo, Kokum Get It, and Thonglor Girl.
For more information and reservations, visit HERE.