For the world’s most prestigious superstar chefs, our little town of Bangkok has become a powerful magnet, and this month many acclaimed kitchen talents are being drawn to Thailand’s chaotic culinary capital. Of course, our own resident chefs are also constantly enticing diners with new and exciting gastro events, and the month of March promises a number of intriguing homegrown chef evenings as well.
Superstar Chefs at the 137 Pillars Organic Gourmet Festival 2020
When: February 27–March 8
Bangkok’s luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars is, for the second consecutive year, presenting the 137 Pillars Organic Gourmet Festival – a gourmet food and drink extravaganza. One of the highlights of the festival is the stellar lineup of gala dinners, with Michelin-starred chefs, who will put the spotlight on Asian cuisine and sustainability. The four fabulous chefs include: David Thompson of Hong Kong’s 1-star Aaharn restaurant on February 28th (THB 7,000++ per person); Thaninthorn Chatrawan of the 1-Michelin-starred Chim by Siam Wisdom (THB 6,000++ per person); Malcom Lee of Candlenut – the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant – on March 6th (THB 6,000++ per person); and Masafumi Hamano of the 2-Michelin-starred Au 14 Février Saint-Amour-Bellevue on March 7th (THB 7,000++ per person).
For reservations call 02 079 7000, or email: email@example.com.
Chef Masashi Yamada at Shun by Yanagiya
When: March 2–3
Masashi Yamada, the third-generation chef-owner of Yanagiya in Mizunami (Japan) will cook two dinners at Shun by Yanagiya, Bangkok recently opened irori-style restaurant (where the meal centres around the traditional Japanese irori, or sunken fireplace). Yamada san’s visit will give diners in Bangkok a rare chance to try the food of the family-run 2-Michelin-starred Yanagiya, which is famous for its traditional cuisine, using highly seasonal ingredients sourced from the mountains north of Nagoya. The restaurant is especially known for its wild game like duck, boar and bear, not to mention wild unagi caught in local rivers during spring. During his visit, Yamada san will present a tasting menu specifically designed for this occasion with dishes not typically found on the menu of Shun by Yanagiya. Two seatings are available, at 6pm and at 8.45pm, and the price is THB 8,500++ per person.
Shun by Yanagiya is located on the 3rd floor of Donki Mall (107, Sukhumvit Soi 63). To make a reservation, call 097 854 2222, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chef Saurabh Udinia at Karmakamet Conveyance
When: March 5–6
Entitled ‘A Journey through India – Past and Present’ these two very special 4-hands chef collaboration dinners taking place at Karmakamet Conveyance feature the combined talents of Chef Saurabh Udinia and Chef Jutamas “Som” Theantae. Chef Saurabh hails from Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, one of Mumbai’s premier restaurants, and he and chef Som will be preparing an Indian-Asian inspired collaborative feast consisting of 10 courses. Highlights from the portion of the dinner representing the cuisine of Masala Library include: Naga pork with stewed bamboo and mizo beans; caviar Malai prawns with pink peppercorns; wok-tossed mussels and squid; Thankkali Thokku snapper and tempered idiyappam; and braised lamb chops, in a maple and kokum glaze. Meanwhile, highlights from the Karmakamet Conveyance contribution include: boiled banana, string beans, and grated fresh coconut, with South Indian herbs and coconut yoghurt; smoked black cod and Kalimpong cheese mousse with Thai black rice crisp; bamboo steamed chicken with blood rice; and Jubeli caviar with saffron aire.
This 10-course menu is priced at THB 3,500 ++ per person, with champagne pairing also priced at THB 3,500 ++ per person. First sitting is from 6pm to 8:30pm, second sitting from 9pm to 11pm. For reservations call 02 004 3997, or email: email@example.com
Chef Davide Garavaglia at Mia
When: March 11
The first in a series of collaborations under the name “Friends of Mia” warmly welcomes chef Davide Garavaglia, the former chef de cuisine of Mirazur – a three Michelin-starred restaurant in southern France and number 1 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list. Incidentally, chef Davide recently moved to Bangkok for the opening of Côte by Mauro Colagreco located at Capella Bangkok, a new age urban resort that will open along the iconic Chao Phraya river this year. As a sneak preview of what foodies have in store, chef Davide will be at Mia restaurant for an unforgettable one-night-only collaboration with resident chefs Pongcharn ‘Top’ Russell and Michelle Goh. Diners will be treated to a special tasting menu of modern European cuisine with Mediterranean influences, with dishes specially created for this event. In addition, sommelier Guillaume Celante will be putting together a magnificent curated wine pairing list to complement the evening’s edible offerings.
The 8-course set menu is priced at 3,650++ baht per person, with wine pairing offered at an additional 1,600++ baht per person. Staggered seating starts from 6pm. For reservations call 02 258 6745 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Kittichai’s Chef’s Table at Khum Hom
When: March 20
Bangkok’s Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, the elegant health-focused retreat at Nai Lert Park, recently opened Khum Hom, a beautifully designed fine dining lunch and dinner spot that uses fresh regional produce in their updated classic Thai recipes. Multi-talented Thai celebrity chef Ian Kittichai – the man behind the Issaya Siamese Club, among other fine dining institutions – is responsible for producing the fabulous, health and wellness-focused gourmet menu here, and on March 20th he’ll be personally hosting an exclusive multi-course dining experience, available with carefully selected wine and champagne pairings. Selected menu highlights include: Prachuap Khiri Khan grilled white fishcake with dried chili paste, kaffir lime leaves, and preserved pepper sauce; hedgehog and king oyster mushroom salad, with cashew nut, chili and mint dressing; Samut Sakhon grilled jumbo prawns, basted with coconut sugar and served with shrimp relish; and tender beef short ribs, simmered in yellow curry and served with preserved heart of palm.
The evening begins with a 6:30 pm welcome reception by Chef Ian. The price is THB 2,500 ++ (with wine pairing add THB 1,100 ++). To make a reservation call 02 666 3333.