SOME dining experiences are just perfect for treating visitors from out of town to. Case in point: the new ‘Thai Gourmet Inspiration’ menu offered at Mode Sathorn Hotel’s chic Thai restaurant, Rice & Chilli.
Available every Friday from 6.30pm-11pm, this ‘all-you-can-eat menu’ takes diners on a gastronomic journey through Thai cuisine and all its vibrant flavours – sour, salty, spicy, sweet – and offers a myriad of appetizers, hot soups, curry, main dishes and desserts, from which guests can order as many as they like.
“We want diners to be able to see the cooking as it happens, to see the chefs preparing their dishes, and to see the bartenders mixing cocktails,” says Khun Kla. “So, aside from our usual dining tables, we also offer counter-top seating in front of the kitchen where diners not only witness their food going from pot to plate, but also receive celebrity-style treatment too.”
Dining at the restaurant’s counter-top does indeed have a touch of the VIP experience about it; mixologists blend unique cocktails inspired by Thai flavours right in front of you; the brigade of chefs acknowledge your presence and genuinely want to know you’re enjoying the experience; and the attentive service staff ensure you’re never without water (always needed after a few spicy bites).
You can, of course, opt to sit at one of the restaurant’s usual dining tables (arranged in a single row before a floor-to-ceiling glass window offering striking views of Sathorn and the adjacent Surasak BTS station), but you’d be missing a treat.
Dishes like Fresh Tasmanian salmon in premium fish sauce with a little touch of chilli; Stir-fried New Zealand mussels with chopped garlic, coriander root and chilli powder; and Deep-fried marinated chicken wing in turmeric, Thai garlic, sea rock salt and black peppercorn, impress with their rich flavours and elegant presentation. Ditto the Spicy prawn soup and Coconut chicken soup, which come served at the same time in espresso cups and go remarkably well together.
With so many delicious options on offer, it’s difficult to know where to start. Just make sure you save room for the signature Massaman Nong Gae, though. Featuring premium Australian lamb shank in a rich peanut gravy with pearl onion, cherry tomatoes and balls of sweet potato, it’s simply delicious.
If only all meals could be as great value as this
Rice & Chilli, Mode Sathorn Hotel. Open Tues-Sat (Closed Sun-Mon). Lunch from 11.30am-2pm; Dinner from 6.30pm-11pm
Tel: 02 623 4555 ext. 1091