Fall in Love with These Star Dishes at First Sight and First Bite
Enjoy gourmet dishes at Michelin-starred restaurants with special offers from Citi credit card.
28 February 2018
For over a century, the Michelin Red Guide has been a bible for lovers of good food, and with the publication of the Michelin Guide Bangkok, gourmets in Thailand’s capital can now indulge their passion for top-notch cuisine at a variety of selected restaurants. The chefs at each of the recommended locations use their flair for presentation to guarantee that diners fall in love with each dish at first sight, and their skills of culinary preparation ensure that everyone falls in love again at first bite. So, fellow foodies, prepare to treat your eyes and taste buds to an unforgettable experience at Bangkok’s top dining establishments.
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The Restaurant: Chef-owners Duangporn "Bo" Songvisava and Dylan Jones have built Bo.lan on the key principles of seasonality and sustainability. The comprehensive, seasonally rotating set menu allows diners to enjoy Thai food in all its main forms, namely soup, stir-fry, curry and relish, as well as desserts. They use only local ingredients and usually they state the origins on the menu.
Love at First Sight: One of the most attractive items on the menu is a nam prik, in which herbs, vegetables and many forms of local plants are carefully plated alongside the relish. Currently, a relish of salted fish is served with assorted local greens and deep-fried quails.
Love at First Bite: The hot and sour soup of house pickled pak song mustard greens with young pork ribs and ocean fish is served with pickled vegetables. The mild spiciness and memorable combination of ingredients make this a truly comforting dish.
Bo.lan - Sukhumvit Soi 53, Bangkok, 02-260-2962, Sat-Sun noon-14:30, Tue-Sun 18:00-01.00 (last order 22.30)
2. Chim by Siam Wisdom
The Restaurant: A traditional Thai house is the ideal setting for Chim by Siam Wisdom. Chef Thaninthorn Chantrawan not only conjures up familiar Thai staples on daily basis, but also recreates some rare finds and presents them with a bit of a Western touch. Recommended items are the tom yum pla chon from an old recipe, where rice is also added to the thick and herby spicy broth, and ped ron lui suan, duck leg confit with herb salad.
Love at First Sight: Chim’s version of mango sticky rice comes with an unconventional look. Slices of yellow mango sit atop the sticky rice and a scoop of coconut ice cream is presented on the side. The chef also adds some flowers and herbs to add a dash of color to the dish.
Love at First Bite: The tom yum pla chon comes from an old recipe, which is now not easy to find. Rice is added directly to the broth, which ticks all boxes for a satisfying treat: thick, herby and spicy.
Chim by Siam Wisdom - Soi Sukhumvit 31 Yeak 4, 02-260-7811, Mon-Sun 17:00-22.30
The Restaurant: Located on the 25th floor of The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Elements offers superb city views as well as top-notch cuisine. In the open kitchen, French culinary techniques are applied to premium ingredients from around the world, and presented with a Japanese touch, in the form of miso, yuzu, matcha and nori. Head chef Antony Scholtmeyer offers a true France-meets-Japan experience.
Love at First Sight: Appetizers like white asparagus and smoked tofu can really stimulate the appetite simply by looking at it. The dish comprises an elegant white color from the asparagus and smoked tofu puree, while the onsen egg yolk, salmon roe and soba wafer add a warm tone to it.
Love at First Bite: The combination of Hokkaido scallops and foie gras in itself is not new; it is widely popular, which is proof of a great pairing. But here, the chef takes it to another level with shimeji-scented miso consomme, a clear but bold statement of Japanese flavor.
Elements - 25th floor at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Wireless Road, 02-687-9000, Tues - Saturday 18:00 -22:30
4. J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain
The Restaurant: The proud recipient of Michelin stars in France since 1986, chef Jean-Michel Lorain now also works his culinary magic in Bangkok. His style of giving modern touches to French classics shine through in his elegantly plated dishes. Head chef Amerigo Sesti takes care of the menu, making sure that chef Lorain’s philosophy is followed closely and that the best local ingredients are incorporated.
Love at First Sight: Every dish here is a fine-dining masterpiece, but the most delicate offering is razor clams in their gelée with savoy cabbage and sea urchin cream. Within the confines of a razor clam’s shell, the chef carefully arranges each ingredient to perfection.
Love at First Bite: The tender pan-seared Kamui beef fillet served with carrot and apple purée and rosemary jus has stolen the hearts of many diners at the restaurant. A serving of caramelized beef, black on the outside and pink on the inside, takes center stage and is perfectly complemented by the puree and the jus.
J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain - U Sathorn Hotel, Soi Sathon 1, 02-119-4899, Opens Daily except on Tuesdays from 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 22:00 and Sunday Brunch 12:00 - 15:00 on the last Sunday of the month, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jaime-bangkok.com
The restaurant: Dutch chef Henk Savelberg received the coveted Michelin stars at four different restaurants before moving his namesake restaurant to Bangkok. Savelberg’s food is refined, combining premium ingredients and perfected skills with delicate flavors that are not solely Eurocentric. The chef incorporates local flavors in a dish like grilled North Sea turbot fillet, served with pumpkin, apricot, pistachio, yuzu and green curry foam.
Love at First Sight: The beef tartare is a remarkable showcase of culinary art presented within the limit of one circle. Delicate dices of Simmentaler beef are arranged in a circle, topped with attractive herbs and microgreens, and accompanied by a scoop of potato ice cream topped with tzar caviar.
Love at First Bite: The combination of roasted lamb fillet with confit potato, green asparagus, peas, lardon du colonnatal and lamb sauce is an inspired and winning formula. The lamb is cooked to perfection, yielding a succulent texture, while the remaining ingredients complement the meat with delicate flavors.
Savelberg - Oriental Residence Bangkok, Wireless Road, 02-252-8001, Mon-Sat, Lunch 12.00 - 14.30, Dinner 18.00 - 22.00
The Restaurant: German twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring reinterpret German cuisine in a unique and modern way, while still keeping the essence of traditional dishes. The set menu lets you explore Germany through a variety of small bites that combine eye-catching presentation with appetizing flavors. If you like heartier dishes, you can also opt for 7 day-aged Hungarian duck smoked in hay from the a la carte menu.
Love at First Sight: It’s hard not to love the small appetizers and snacks. Served early in the meal, these bite-sized dishes serve not only to grab diners’ attention, but also to change perspectives towards heavy and hearty German food.
Love at First Bite: For this highly original dish, the Sührings age Hungarian duck for a whole week before smoking it in hay, which gives it an appetizing aroma. The duck is roasted to perfection, so that the skin is crispy while the flesh is still pink and tender, and as a final touch, it is served with tangy lingonberry jelly and a delicious duck pasta.
Sühring - Soi Yen Akat 3, 02-287-1799, Open daily 17:30-21:30
7. Upstairs at Mikkeller
The Restaurant: The experimental cuisine in this cozy chef's table-style restaurant is prepared by Dan Bark, whose resumé includes the sous-chef position at Chicago's now-defunct three-Michelin-starred Grace. Tucked in a peaceful alley in Ekkamai, Upstairs is nestled above the famous Mikkeller beer bar, making it a perfect place to pair craft beers with fine dining. The food follows the progressive American route, with diverse ingredients and modern techniques, resulting in sophisticated flavors.
Love at First Sight: The duck course is prepared with orange, leeks and black olives, creating a blend of colors and ingredients that is irresistible.
Love at First Bite: The ikura with blueberry, hibiscus, and thyme is an unusual combination of ingredients that produces a delightful texture and luscious taste.
Upstairs at Mikkeller - Ekkamai Soi 10 Yeak 2, Ekamai road, 091-713-9034, Open Wed-Sat 18.00-22.00
Each of these restaurants has its own style and a unique approach toward food preparation and presentation. With the tempting offers available to Citi credit card members, it's time to taste the dish that will make you fall in love at first sight and at first bite, so book your table now. Bon appetit!
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