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Photograph: Courtesy NirasRiver prawn

Owners of Bangkok’s award-winning restaurant Le Du are opening a new restaurant in Hong Kong

The new Thai restaurant promises to offer the same authentic taste and essence of Michelin-starred restaurant Le Du

Tatum Ancheta
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Tatum Ancheta

Renowned Thai chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn, known in the region for his contemporary and innovative approach to Thai cuisine, is setting up shop on the seventh floor of K11 Musea this June to introduce his new restaurant Niras. 

The new restaurant is named after ‘niras’ or ‘nirat’, a form of Thai poetry that celebrates travel, adventure, and romance. It will mark the first time that chef Ton and his business partner, Rungroj 'Tao' Ingudananda, bring the taste and essence of their acclaimed Bangkok restaurant, Le Du - crowned no.1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 - overseas. According to chef Ton, cooking is his poetry, and it's his way of showcasing Thailand's diverse and vibrant cuisine to the world. Therefore, naming the restaurant Niras felt appropriate.

Photograph: Courtesy NirasBanana prawn with seaweed and spicy beetroot

Niras aims to embody the same cooking philosophy as the famous restaurant Le Du, offering classic Thai dishes with international influences, using only the best seasonal ingredients. The culinary team at Niras is led by head chef Mai Naruemon Ratiphuthilap, who brings eight years of invaluable experience from Le Du, and second head chef Bua Sarocha Rajatanawin, formerly of Siwilai City Club and The House on Sathorn at W Bangkok. Together, they will create a Thai fine dining experience with lunch and dinner tasting menus that change with the seasons. 

Photograph: Courtesy NirasNiras chefs Mia Naruemon Ratiphuthilap, Ton ThiTid Tassanakajohn, and Bua Sarocha Rajatanawin

Among the dishes on offer are seafood dishes like river prawn served with rice and tom yum, crab with mushroom and homemade sriracha, and oyster with pork blood served with Northern spice. Meat dishes include duck with potato in Massaman curry and beef with fennel and holy basil. Guests can also enjoy Thai staples like mango sticky rice.

Photograph: Courtesy NirasCrab, crab roe, chinese olive and house made Sriracha

The restaurant will have a seating capacity of sixty, which includes three private rooms. These rooms will have banquettes and intimate two-seat tables, and will be situated amidst an elegant interior design with green and gold accents. The centrepiece of the design will be a glass chandelier hanging over a seating area with four sofas.

Niras is located at Shop 704, 7/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Pre-booking will be available from Thursday, May 25. Call them via 39053022 for more details, and follow them on Instagram at @nirashongkong for updates. 

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