7 restaurants with a new course menu you need to try
A course menu is supposedly one aspect of culinary culture that some of us may not get the whole essence whether because of an unfriendly price or a shockingly miniature amount of each dish. Despite all that, this haute cuisine tradition is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience we all need to have, mainly just to get the taste of how food and art are combined to create a wonderful culinary journey that will blow your mind. And since many resetaurants in the city have competed to come up with the best course menu to impress all diners after the pandedic has soften a little. Some are not that pricey, while some can shock you pretty hard, but all in all, pick the one that says you the most—beef omagase, seafood, Thai, western, and fusion! They have 'em all, and here goes the list.
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Moo Pai Kai Ma
Moo Pai Kai Ma is the latest undertaking by the renowned Water Library group, but unlike the fancy, fine-dining establishments it has put out in the past, this new eatery is more casual, serving comfort Thai food with western tweaks. The menu lists dishes that all Thais are familiar with. The signature moo pai or Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs (starts at B390) comes as an 800-gram knockout that’s cooked using the sous vide technique before its grilled with a homemade barbecue sauce. Meanwhile, the kai ma (roasted chicken, starts at B490) is a delicate treat that the restaurant makes fresh every day. But our top pick, which you should definitely try, is the Crab Pasta (B1,299), a dish with an explosively flavorful sauce made with black pepper, shrimp fat and aromatic spices. Diners also have an array of Isaan fare and street food regulars to choose from, like Stir-fried Rice Vermicelli with Water Mimosa and Prawns (B159), Thai Papaya Salad with Three Kinds of Shellfish (B159), and Fried Rice with Spicy Fermented Fish Relish (B129). If you’re a regular at Water Library, then you’ve probably tried one of its tantalizing desserts, which are also served here at Moo Pai Kai Ma. Try the Coconut Cake to finish off your meal. (You’ll thank us later.) Moo Pai Kai Ma welcomes visitors from 11:00-14:30 and 17:30-22:30 every day. Delivery is also available. For more details, drop them a call at 09 5072 7777
Plenty of establishments have recently sprung up in Langsuan following the rise of Sindhorn Village. One of them is Enzo’s, located right across the grand multi-use complex. This new eatery is proud to stake a claim in the city’s comfort food scene. Chef Lorenzo dela Cruz, who was once the corporate chef at Bitterman and Meatchop and for whom the restaurant is named, is behind a wide range of offerings that incorporate elements from culinary cultures around the globe. Four main categories make up Enzo’s menu: small plates, pastas and salads, rock grill and BBQ, and desserts and pastries. The highlights of the first group are the chicken wings (B250), which are seasoned with Jamaican spices, and the chef’s pride—a delicious beef tongue sandwich (B225) that comes with a house-made barbecue sauce. The second category includes a scrumptious pasta carbonara (B280) that comes with a rich and creamy sauce made with duck egg, and Enzo’s Caesar Salad (B220), which is served with bits of back-fat bacon. Two of the most recommended dishes from the grill and BBQ menu are the Wagyu Hanger Steak (B780/300g) and the Line Caught Indonesian Barramundi (B550). Both come with flavorful sauces and sides. This Langsuan newbie also serves aromatic house blends and pastries from 11 in the morning, and well-concocted cocktails from late afternoon onwards. Though it just soft-launched in mid-September, Enzo’s seems to be thriving. Apparently, its cozy, stylish vibes paired with its bold all-day fare are a hit among residents of this upscale neighborhood.
Lhorlao Home Kitchen
“There are actually loads of Sichuan eateries in the city, but none of them do what we do,” Suppasin “Win” Jongjeamdee and Paramee “Tuck” Thomchotpong, the two founders of the new delivery-based Sichuan restaurant Lhorlao Home Kitchen, affirm. Win and Tuck were once exchange students in Sichuan, China where they discovered the province’s reputation for numbing hot cuisine. Having developed an intense gusto for Sichuan fare, they couldn’t help but flame this passion once they got back to Bangkok. And so Lhorlao Home Kitchen was born. The name is a combination of “Thonglor”, where the kitchen is located, and “lao”, the Chinese word for restaurant. Lhorlao offers what you can basically find in most Sichuan eateries, but here it’s done with much love and care. The ubiquitous mapo tofu (B180) stays true to its origins with a mildly spicy sauce on top of scrumptious pork and tofu, whereas other Sichuan stars like kung pao chicken (B220), Sichuan dry-fried green beans (B160), and twice-cooked pork (B230) all give the familiar zing and tongue-numbing hit of mala, one of the signature flavors of Sichuan cuisine. The delivery service also has more creative dishes. There’s a grilled 250-gram pork glazed with five spices and mala sauce (B290) that will surely appeal to meat lovers, and Lhorlao’s Chinese Stir-Fried Tomatoes & Eggs (B150), which can be considered equivalent to the stir-fried chicken with sweet basil that’s common in many Chinese households. But of all the dishes its offers, Lhorlao recommends its Spare Ribs and Potato Stew (B290) the most. This Chinese stew has soft-to-the-bite pork ribs and big potato chunks that soak up an aromatic and delicious sauce. It’s a bit heavy, but definitely one you need to try. To a certain extent, dining in a traditional Sichuan eatery may not be a pleasant experience. They’re usually cramped and busy and have so many things going on. With Lhorlao, you can escape the chaos but have your share of spicy Sichuan flavors in your own home. Lhorlao Home Kitchen is open daily during 10:30 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 21:30 only for delivery, which you can order via LINE MAN, Grab, and Gojek. Drop them a call at 09 9093 9797 for more information.
Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE
Pixelated skyscraper King Power Mahanakhon has recently welcome its new undertaking fellow Mahanakhon CUBE, a six-floor building in an—obviously—cube shape that gather all exciting things for passersby in the busy area of Silom and Sathorn. To make a grand opening of the CUBE, the crew just launched ‘Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE’, the newest eatery hub of eight legendary street food restaurants and three Michelin-recommended restaurants. Nearby residents, office workers, and the urban crowd in the area will get to relish in a variety of mouth-watering dishes from the legends of street food with the likes of Yih Sahp Luhk, Pinn, Kor Moo Rama 5, Limlaosa, A Na Mai Noodle, Pa Hong Thai Dessert, Chumpol Patonggo, and Boon Lert. There’s more to this hip food court. Four Michelin-recommended eateries also join the hub in churning out scrumptious menus, and the names are Maverick Suki, Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu, Phed Phed Hey!, and Nai Ek Roll Noodle. Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE features an air-conditioned space with 200 seats, enhanced by wonderful designing from Lolay, Benzilla, BeerPitch, Pim and Gongkan to celebrate the victory of Thailand’s art and culinary scenes. This makes sure all guests will get to eat amazing food while taking some cool shots of awesome art in this emerging venue. Come visit the newest food hub in the city right now, so you won’t miss the trend, and thank us later. Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE opens daily from 10:00 to 20:00. For more information, please visit this link or call 0 2677 8721.
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Insects may just be the food of the future, says Exofood
Entomophagy or eating insects is nothing new. People across the globe have been ingesting these little critters since the beginning of civilization. They crop up in a range of amazing dishes in some parts of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Thais are not strangers to cooking insects, either. The streets of Bangkok and other provinces are lined with stalls peddling deep-fried crickets and silkworm seasoned with soy sauce and spicy black pepper. While locals rarely bat an eye, the sight of piled-up cooked insects are still a surprise to many Western tourists, who usually react to the thought of snacking on these critters with a raised eyebrows or a barely concealed shudder. But the joke may just be on them. Food experts have long extolled the fact that eating insects are actually beneficial to one's health. Insects are a rich source of nutrients. A single cricket, for one, is a complete source of protein and essential amino acids. Worms, grasshoppers and another 1,000 to 2,000 species (yes, even cockroaches) also provide amazing nutritional benefits. All these raise the possibility that insects may just be the food of the future. The very near future, in fact, if you listen to the folks behind Exofood Thailand. Four masterminds behind Exofood ThailandTanisorn Vongsoontorn - Time Out Bangkok Co-founders Athivach “Boom” Pongsattasin and Chonticha “Tuk” Sujitalom, executive consultant Charee “Ree” Boonyavinij, and operations director Parit “Pee” Niruttisard are the masterminds behind the progressive company that’s aspiring to redefine the concept of entomophagy. By putting up an insect farm, and doing extensive research and experimentation, Exofood Thailand is repositioning bugs as an alternative source of protein and nutrition. And not just for human ingestion, but also as food for exotic pets. Many exotic animals are highly sensitive especially when it comes to nourishment. And most of them eat bugs. “It shouldn't be just any insect, but the right, nourishing ones,” says co-founder Boom, who reveals that the idea of an insect farm came to him when he was trying to source food for his own exotic pet. “I just wanted to feed my freaky-looking friends nutritious and sanitized food, and keep them healthy.” Vertical insect farmTanisorn Vongsoontorn - Time Out Bangkok The idea soon grew to include breeding insects for human consumption. “The first stage is to standardize insects to reach human-food level,” Boom continues to explain. “Completely innovative ready-made food for animals is our next plan. But our ultimate goal is to make insect-inspired cuisine for humans.” The company is hinting at crafting a scrumptious treat that has insects as its main ingredient. Tanisorn Vongsoontorn - Time Out Bangkok And it seems like they’re on the right track. Exofood is built to look like a lab and a vertical farm, where hygiene and temperature are highly supervised. “Our farm is unlike any other traditional livestock farm. Since we’re working in a closed space, we need to control the potential possibilities by managing the atmosphere to be as professional as it could be. Visitors must put on the provided sanitary shoes and wash their hands.” Insect-based dessert boxTanisorn Vongsoontorn - Time Out Bangkok In putting up Exofood Thailand, the foursome is also hoping to save the world. Operations director Pee relates that consuming insects instead of livestock is more environmentally-friendly since insects have 80 percent edible parts while mainstream meat sources only have 40 percent. This repeats what the Institute of Food Technologists claimed in a report in 2014. Insect-based dessert boxTanisorn Vongsoontorn - Time Out Bangkok Compared to cattle, pigs and chicken, insects also require less feed, less water, less land, and less energy to produce. Growing insects for mass production also generates substantially lower environmental pollutants and greenhouse gases. Insect-based dessert boxTanisorn Vongsoontorn - Time Out Bangkok “Once we reach our first goal of producing food-grade insects, we plan to achieve the next phase, which includes assimilating insects for better environmental sustainability and food waste management," Boom says. "Food waste can be easily reduced by the help of our little friends. We have been working on how to effectively extract organic protein that can help cut down food waste while protecting the environment.” These are a lot of plans for a journey that has just begun, but the Exofood founder and the rest of the crew are keeping their minds and options open. “We have a lot more to explore.”
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Guests are taken to a whole new world at REI Bar, the newest bistro in the heart of Old Town Bangkok. Behind grills and a thin wall of glass is a futuristic space where Oriental-inspired images are projected on concrete walls and neon-lit LED lamps cast an eerie glow. The food, just like the vibes, also have a show of cool. Michelin-starred chef Andy Yang is behind REI’s culinary offerings, serving up dishes like cheek of buri (Japanese amberjack) grilled with soy sauce (B315) and spicy salmon salad (B195). Other recommended small bites are the tako wasabi (B115), grilled pork jowl marinated in fish sauce (B175), and the REI fried chicken (B295 for 10 pieces). Every dish is meant to be paired with a cold beverage or one of REI’s signature cocktails. Guests are welcome to chillax on the ground floor, but small groups can reserve a private corner on the second floor, which looks down on the crowd below. Live music goes on full blast every Friday and Saturday night. There aren’t too many bistros with a modern futuristic vibe in Bangkok, which makes REI Bar unique and a definite must-visit.
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