The month of March is finally here, and since the dining situation in Bangkok is remaining fairly stable, it’s a great time for foodies to take advantage of all the city has to offer. This week, our trio of restaurant recommendations highlights one brand-new dining spot, alongside two well established dining spots with something new to offer.
(Hero image: Karifurawa, a new menu highlight at Elements, Inspired by Ciel Bleu)
New menu and new chef at Elements, Inspired by Ciel Bleu
The newly launched ‘Spring Guestronomic Set Journey’ is the perfect reason to revisit the Michelin-starred Elements, Inspired by Ciel Bleu restaurant, located on the 25th floor of the The Okura Prestige Bangkok hotel. This new menu has been crafted by Chef de Cuisine Gerard Villaret Horcajo, who recently joined the team in Bangkok from sister restaurant, Ciel Bleu (the renowned Michelin two-star restaurant at Hotel Okura Amsterdam). Chef Gerard’s dishes reveal his extensive gastronomic experience, whilst focusing on seasonal specialties with a ‘from nose to tail’ philosophy, resulting in sophisticated French cuisine laced with Japanese touches. Each superb menu item represents the light, dainty and refreshing flavours that best showcase the spring season, and diners can indulge in such delicacies as: ‘Fruit de Mer’ with seaweed, avocado and sudachi; Lobster with garden herbs, ninjin and tomato; ‘Karifurawa’ with aka miso, black truffle and beurre noisette; and ‘Kagawa Olive A5 Wagyu’ with pommes dauphine, shallot and Awabi Take. The Ku-Ki Experience (4-courses) is priced at THB 3,800, the Chikyu Experience (6-courses) is priced at THB 4,600++, and the Mizu Experience (8-courses) is priced at THB 5,900++.
For more information and reservations, visit Okura Bangkok.
A modern take on traditional Chinese at Hei Yin
Authentic Cantonese cuisine has come to the 3rd floor of Gaysorn Village with the recent opening of Hei Yin. Dedicated to presenting a modern take on traditional Chinese, the restaurant uses premium ingredients – mostly imported direct from Hong Kong – and employs a team of seasoned chefs who have experience working in 5-star hotels from around the region. The spacious, modern interior includes four uniquely decorated private dining rooms, while the expansive menu lists well over 100 tantalising items. Highlights include the signature lychee wood roasted Hong Kong-style suckling pig, the braised fish maw soup with abalone, sea cucumber and dried scallops, and freshly baked desserts such as Hong Kong egg tarts, Huangqiao-style sesame cake, and baked snow bun with almond milk cream. And, rest assured, there’s also a wide selection of freshly made Hong Kong-style dim sum delectables, ranging from dried scallop dumplings with shrimp and pork, to steamed crab meat dumplings with spinach and crab roe and pork dumplings.
For more information and reservations, visit Hei Yin.
Praya Kitchen presents a family-friendly ‘Thai Temple Food Fair’
Families with small children looking for something a bit different should check out the ‘Thai Temple Food Fair’ at Praya Kitchen (located on 3rd Floor at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse). Throughout the months of March and April, this dining deal is available for buffet lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and as a buffet dinner Thursday through Sunday, and is priced at THB 1,688++ per person (50% discount for children 4-12, while children below 4 eat free). Enjoy fun activities, cheerful colours, and heaps of local delicacies while basking in a comfortable hotel atmosphere with 5-star service. Thai street food classics on offer include: Stir fried lotus stem with shrimp paste; Spicy crispy rice ball with fermented pork; Stir fried squid egg; Ratchaburi Tom-Yum noodle with egg; Mala BBQ skewers; Seafood and meats grilled a la minute; and desserts such as pandanus coconut dumpling. In addition, tuck into some not quite so traditional dishes, such as foie gras served with puffed rice crackers and tamarind sauce, and keep in mind that each diner will receive a complimentary grilled half lobster with spicy green mango and lemongrass sauce.
For more information and direct reservations, visit Praya Kitchen.