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Thai with a Michelin touch, French by a 25-year-old gastronomical wizard and seafood royalty top the list of best additions to the city's dining scene
Bangkok's best new restaurant -- Recommended: La Table de Tee
La Table de Tee, which opened late last year, might be the only restaurant in Bangkok to offer "chef’s table"-style dining.
"Dangerously talented young chef Tee Kachorklin adds unexpected Thai influences to classic French cuisine in this small, friendly restaurant," says writer and food critic Tim Footman. "The fixed menu takes away the agony of choice."
Tee decides what guests will eat, offering a different fixed menu every week, with no a la carte options.
The 25-year-old, who learned his trade at top restaurants in England, seems to have taken a few tips from groundbreaking conceptual chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adriá.
Each dish begins with the idea of an unlikely pairing, such as prawn and truffle, or piglet and lime.
A meal here is like a dinner party at the home of a gastronomical wizard, with all the decisions left up to the host.
69/5 Sala Daeng, Silom. BTS: Sala Daeng. Tel: +66 (0)2 636 3220. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Bangkok's best new restaurant -- Recommended: Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
One of two Thai restaurants on our "Best New Restaurant" list with a Michelin credential, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin was dreamed up by chef Henrik Yde-Andersen of Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Kiin Kiin, and Thai gastronomist Lertchai Treetawatchaiwong.
Molecular gastronomy and deconstruction are among the buzz words used by foodies to describe Sra Bua's unique creations.
Science aside, our Best Eats judges say the food is just plain fun.
Some of the more interesting dishes at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin include the "gang dang" frozen red curry with lobster salad, tom ka cornette (that's right, curry soup in ice cream cones) and orchid salad with grilled beef and spicy marinade.
It's about time Bangkokians were given a restaurant that takes Thai cuisine to a new level.
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 991/9 Rama 1 Road. Tel: +66 (0)2 162 9000. Lunch: Open Monday to Friday from noon-3 p.m. Dinner: Open daily from 6-11 p.m., www.kempinski.com
Bangkok's best new restaurant -- Recommended: Nahm
Thai-style fine dining with attention to detail, top ingredients and authenticity, Nahm hasn't been around for six months, yet already it's providing one of Bangkok’s most memorable culinary experiences.
Head chef David Thompson, who received a Michelin star for his London-based Thai restaurant of the same name, opened this branch in the Metropolitan Hotel just a few months ago.
"Hats off to Australian chef David Thompson for having the chutzpah to bring his Michelin-starred menu of passion-driven, delectable Thai creations from Nahm in London back to its source of inspiration in Bangkok," says Thai 101 publisher Mason Florence. "The 1,500 baht per person chef’s tasting menu makes a superb introduction to the inspired Thai culinary journey that David has been traveling for years."
With recipes based on archaic Siamese cookbooks and passed down in “funeral books," you will receive both perfect renditions of Thai classics such as tom yum goong as well as fresh surprises difficult to find outside the Thai home.
Metropolitan Hotel, South Sathorn Road. Tel: +66 (0)2 625 3388. Open daily, 7-11 p.m., www.metropolitan.bangkok.como.bz
Bangkok's best new restaurant -- Winner: The Seafood Bar
Not willing to settle with the success of just one restaurant, noted seafood importer and Oyster Bar owner Billy Marinelli recently opened a new place.
The Seafood Bar is a bigger version of his first baby, featuring even more fresh seafood from around the world.
"The Seafood Bar is a perfect Western-style alternative in Bangkok for utterly fresh seafood and shellfish, both raw and cooked," says Best Eats judge Florence. "Billy Marinelli has been importing fresh seafood to Asia for over 20 years, and now has a shopfront at the Seafood Bar to showcase his products. Don’t miss their tasting tiers."
Expert panelist Tim Footman has his own advice: “Marinelli’s latest venture offers delicious grilled and pasta options, but your best bet is to plow through the seafood platter, which is groaning with the best oysters, crab, clams and anything else that looks good off the boats. The Sunday all-you-can-eat lunch is especially good value.”
The Seafood Bar has won the hearts of expats from the U.S. East Coast, as it serves delicious Atlantic offerings such as live Maine lobster and creamy New England clam chowder.
Unlike many high-end restaurants in Bangkok, The Seafood Bar doesn't drown the flavors of its seafood with unnecessary sauces or peculiar combinations. Dishes are kept blessedly simple.
41 Somerset Lake Point, Sukhumvit 16, Sukhumvit Road. Tel: +66 (0)2 663 8863. Open daily, 6-11 p.m. (Closes at 10 p.m. on Sunday.) Open for lunch, noon-3 p.m on weekends.