Jamon Iberico, Manchego cheese, cold tapas and delicious sangria – here is a list of the best Spanish restaurants in town for fans of flavorul small plates and generously topped paella. Don’t forget to also check out our list of Bangkok's best European restaurants.
The best Spanish restaurants in Bangkok
Still a new kid on the block, Islero’s modern Spanish cuisine is known to strike awe. Chef Eduard Borsch deconstructs elBulli’s avant-garde cuisine into more accessible dishes that still truly represent Spanish eating culture. A stand-out has to be the homemade canned shellfish, inspired by Spain’s canned-food culture and manifested in three creations: chewy razor clams slow-cooked in citrus juice, garlic shrimp with paprika, black pepper and salt foam, and slow-cooked mussels in olive oil, black pepper, vinegar and salt foam.
Toro at 72 Courtyard is a casual dining place that serves Spanish tapas with a sprinkling of local tastes. Here, you can have everything from pintxos (typical small snacks from Northern Spain) to hot or cold tapas such as the moreish hamachi crudo (B450), a raw-fish plate served with sesame crema, sea grapes, pickled burdock and cilantro. Outside the regular menu, Toro Bangkok head chef Zach Watkins creates special dishes that explore local ingredients and create more heightened dining experiences. There’s the chargrilled pork jowl (marinated with onion beforehand) with Romesco sauce and a twist of hazelnut (B350).
From not so many Spanish cuisines in Bangkok, we can assume that they are not as popular as other international restaurants, and that makes it so hard to find an original Spanish taste. So Santiago Codina Ylla, the founder of Hola, had an idea to start a restaurant and introduce traditional dishes to Thai people. Hola means greeting, or simply hello in Spanish and as its name suggests, he aims this restaurant to be like a great gathering place for family and friends. The welcoming interior makes us feel like sitting in a living room. On the wall, many Spanish footballers’ autograph are hanged (some of them are his friends, cool!). When there is a big match, Hola becomes so crowded from Spanish cheering. Catalan chef Marc Font is not your average chef because he was trained by Joan Roca from El Celler de Can Roca, a three-star Michelin restaurant and a Catalan cuisine expert, Jovani, and became a chef in many restaurants and hotels before moving here. So food here is various and all tastes original. You’d start with their appetizer or just landing Spain with Iberico Ham Jabugo, the best and most expansive ham in the world (one of everyone’s food bucket list). They also recommend Shrimp with Garlic served in a tiny hot pan which goes very well with bread. You know a Spanish meal will never be completed without Paella and it comes in many tastes and sizes for you to pick. Wrap it up with
Chef Daniel Bucher, a former chef de cuisine at Reflexions at Plaza Athenee, prepares modern-meets-classic plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes include paella de Mariscos, Spanish hot dog and arroz Cremoso. Drinks range from imported wines from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, to vermouth, to quality spirits like Martin Miller’s Gin.