The dust has settled again since the recent unveiling of the winners of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, and with 9 Bangkok restaurants making the cut – and 4 other Thailand-based restaurants in the 51 to 100 ranking – there’s obviously going to be a wait. very long lists of some gourmet restaurants in the coming weeks. However, there’s still so much about the city’s food scene just waiting to be explored, so approach it with an open mind… and an empty stomach.
(Hero image: Nusara crab curry on crispy betel leaf, with charcoal-grilled horseshoe crab roe)
Nusara takes its place among the top 10 restaurants in Asia
In 2021, Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn’s new restaurant Nusara earned #20 on Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants list. This year, Nusara made it into the top ten, landing 10th place on a list that saw Chef Ton’s other restaurant, Le Du, take 4th place. For those who haven’t tried Nusara yet, the 12-course dinner menu (THB 2,990++) is equal parts bold and delicious; still remaining recognizably Thai, but throwing culinary curve balls when it comes to ingredients and cooking techniques. And while many menu items change and evolve – as seasonal produce changes – a few remain constant, such as: fiery crab curry served on crispy betel leaf topped with charcoal-grilled horseshoe crab roe ; sushi-style crab paddy eggs over steamed rice garnished with Thai chimichurri; smoke Tom Kha Pla featuring fresh gourami; and a dessert of fresh sago and coconut topped with grated chestnut. Meanwhile, the meaty main course of the meal is served Thai kaiseki style and currently includes beef cheek, braised squid, Wagyu beef with chili and cumin, and the chef’s delicious peanut relish. Nam Prik.
For more information and reservations, visit Nusara Restaurant.
Capella’s Phra Nakhon restaurant welcomes a new female chef
On March 8, Capella Bangkok commemorated International Women’s Day by announcing that Kannika Jitsangworn would be the new head chef at Phra Nakhon, the fine Thai restaurant by the river. Chef Kannika’s international career spans over two decades and since 2017 has worked at the prestigious Amanpuri Phuket. For her new role at Phra Nakhon, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge of Thai cuisine, especially spicy southern dishes – her yellow coconut crab curry (THB 890++) and her Gaeng Som (700++THB) with Phuket pineapple and fish of the day, both deserve a warning of three peppers on the menu! Other noteworthy à la carte items include: Ayuthaya Goongpao (THB 1,200++), huge grilled prawns with traditional Thai seafood sauce; Tom Yum Pla Mapraw On (480 THB++), Rattanakosin-style hot and sour soup with sea bass, young coconut and straw mushroom; and Pla Ob Tra Krai (THB 860++), old fashioned cooked sea bass served with herbs and a spicy mixed chilli dressing. If you still can’t decide, try the excellent ‘Sam Rub Dinner Set Menu’ (THB 2,500++) with optional wine pairing (THB 1,300++).
For more information and reservations, visit Phra Nakhon.
Check out the new menu highlights at Cantonese restaurant Wah Lok
Located on the 2nd floor of the Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, the Cantonese Restaurant Wah Lok is a majestic 200-seat restaurant that elegantly combines tradition and modernity. both in terms of design and cooking. After recently celebrating their second anniversary in February and their inclusion in the Michelin Guide Thailand 2022 in December, the kitchen team decided to update their menus with some delicious new dishes. The restaurant’s already extensive Dim Sum selection has added two more mouth-watering dishes – delicious steamed spinach and minced shrimp dumplings (THB 160++), and delicious fried shrimp wontons served with mayonnaise ( THB 160++) – while the main menu now tempts with high-end dishes such as: braised fish maw and bamboo mushrooms stuffed with minced prawns in an abalone sauce (THB 1,100++); Tiger prawns sautéed in soy sauce (THB 780++); Braised snowfish with eggplant and homemade tofu (THB 620++); and a selection of live seafood including Alaskan king crab and geoduck, all prepared to each diner’s preference. Wah Lok is currently open for lunch and dinner, six days a week.
For more information and reservations, visit Wah Lok.