PM2.5 is back. With the increasing haze, pollution, and health concerns, now marks a good time to avoid being out and about, and instead enjoy the perks of staying in. Thankfully, with the sudden rise of food delivery services, and the likes of Food Panda, Grab Food, and Line Man, being at home no longer means you have to forgo the tantalizing gourmand options that wait outside — and by that we don’t mean just your usual burger to-go.
Going above and beyond your typical stir-fry or quick junk-food fix, Bangkok now has an abundance of upscale, fine-dining options that you can have delivered straight to your door. Whether you’re looking for some proper Thai fare prepared using premium ingredients and age-old recipes, or have plans for an evening of haute French cuisine, these are the five delivery options to take note of during this spell of staying home-bound.
What to Expect: Supanniga Group has recently announced the launch of Sood Kua, a new delivery service that specialises in Supanniga-style dishes based on Khun Yai Somsri Chantra’s crab roe and roasted salt chili mix (kua prik gluer). Expect delicious Trad dishes prepared using rare recipes, featuring some of the best ingredients available — think himalayan salt and bird’s eye chili with garlic lime, roasted in a flaming hot wok with a protein of choice. The ready-to-eat delicacies are delivered straight to whichever doorstep you choose, in environmentally conscious packaging that preserves both taste and temperature.
We recommend: Crab roe with Trad-style roasted salt and chilli mix on white rice (THB185). Opt for fried rice instead of white if you prefer your food extremely flavourful, and if you can’t quite seem to pick, why not get a combination of everything?
The combo of crab roe, minced shrimp and minced pork with the special chili mix (TB145) is also worthy of mention. All prices include either fried or boiled duck egg.
How to Order: Sood Kua serves as Supanniga Group’s direct delivery service. You can order through LINE @supannigagroup, or by visiting supannigagroup.com.. Of course, if you prefer sticking to your apps, the dishes are also available on Grab Food and Line Man.
For more information, call 0 2714 7608.
It’s Happened to be a Closet
What to Expect: Popular among Bangkok’s epicurean gourmands — not to mention familiar faces in the fashion scene — It’s Happened to be a Closet offers a menu of delightful Western comfort dishes that range from oyster, to salads and an impressive pasta selection. Known for fanciful, generous portions that are as flavourful as they are surprising, the dishes on offer are also perfect for days when you want to get cosy and enjoy the pleasures of staying in.
We recommend: Black squid ink pasta with seafood (THB590), for a delectably tasteful experience. The lobster dishes — for instance, the fried chilli and lobster pasta (THB2,250) — are also a good idea, for those looking to indulge in a little feast.
How to Order: Dishes from It’s Happened to be a Closet can be ordered by adding their official LINE account @HappenedToBe/23. Likewise, dishes can also be delivered via Grab Food.
For more information, call 08 1565 2026.
Water Library Brasserie
What to Expect: A pretty classic name in Bangkok’s upscale dining scene, Water Library is recognised for being a pioneer of using local, seasonal flavours with a contemporary, European twist. At Water Library Brasserie, food hits a sweet spot between haute French fair, and comforting bistro food. Signatures like the wagyu beef tartare and angus ribeye maintain a constant standard of exceptionally good, while there’s something about the coconut creme brûlée that has us craving more.
We recommend: The seared wagyu tomahawk (THB3,890), tenderly cooked to perfection. Here’s the thing about Water Library — you need to go for the bold, to get the very best. If you aren’t much of a beef eater, the lamb rack (THB990) is also a pretty impressive alternative, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the lobster bisque soup (THB390).
How to Order: Dishes from Water Library Brasserie, along with 1881 by Water Library, can be ordered online and delivered to your doorstep via foodpanda.co.th.
For more information, call 09 4703 7777.
What to Expect: Indus has been at the peak of northern Indian fine-dining for quite some time now, serving up classic favourites that range from biryani to sumptuously grilled meats. Though Indian cuisine is typically known to be heavier and rich in flavour, food here manages to lighten things up with a refreshing twist, while still maintaining a sense of authenticity. Whether you’re looking for a well prepared chicken tandoori, or want to spice things up with a full-on tasting menu, Indus is, and has consistently been, ready to impress
We recommend: Butter chicken (THB390). Yes, we know it’s a tad cliche as far as Indian food staples go, but there’s hardly anything wrong with going for the classics — and at Indus, it’s the way these familiar dishes are so well-executed, that brings it all its charm. If you’re looking for something a little more inventive, the mutton vindaloo (THB550), or a serving of khatte baingan (THB320) also hits the mark.
How to Order: Dishes from Indus can be ordered online via foodpanda.co.th.
For more information, call 0 2258 4900.
What to expect: After nearly 30 years spent at the helm of Mandarin Oriental’s Sala Rim Naam, chef Vichit Mukura now heads the bright and brilliant Khao. All about traditional Thai dishes made using ingredients sourced locally, food here brims with authentic flavours and culinary prowess that chef Vichit himself has honed over 35 years spent in the kitchens.
We recommend: Crab red curry with betel leaves (THB739), for a rich, flavourful and exquisite experience of Thai fare. If you’re looking for something quick and simple, but still full of quality, get the crispy rice noodles (THB343), while the pomelo salad with chicken and prawns (THB385) dances a delightful line between sweet and sour.
How to Order: Dishes from Khao can now be ordered online and delivered to your doorstep via wongnai.com.
For more information, call 0 2381 2575.