FEATURING a unique blend of classic dishes from France, Italy and Thailand, and owned and operated by well-seasoned chef Laurent Scire – who counts Michelin-starred restaurants among his former workplaces – Blend Bistro & Wine Bar is all about top quality comfort food and tasty tapas served at reasonable prices in a welcoming, stylish environment.
Located opposite Sukhumvit Soi 22 in a narrow building with polished concrete walls, black leather furniture, and hanging vintage bulbs, the restaurant takes everything Chef Laurent has learned over the past 30 years – both in terms of food and service – and presents it with panache.
Dining takes place at well-dressed tables but there’s nothing fussy or pretentious about this place. Many customers arrive simply to enjoy a reasonably priced beer or wine at the first-floor counter bar, or out on the terrace; or simply to enjoy one of Blend’s many tempting promotions, such as Tapas and one glass of sangria for B250++, or a set four-course dinner menu, each course served with wine, available every Friday night for just B1,000++ per person.
Signature dishes include New Zealand lamb shank, slowly braised with penne gratin (B595++); Blanquette de veau – French veal ragout (B590++), and Spicy handmade Italian pork sausages with mashed potato and salad (B289++).
Also recommended are Soft shell crab salad (B290++); Tasmanian salmon with cherry tomatoes, capers and basil (B490++); Massaman curry with Kurobota pork tenderloin (B390++); Australian beef carpaccio (B320++); and the Blend signature selection – a large platter of classic cold cuts and cheeses (B590++).
Tapas is available for lunch and dinner, including Frogs legs ‘Provencal’ style (B280++), Calamari and prawn tempura (B250++), and Duck rillettes (B180++). Fresh oysters are shipped in twice a week from France and the USA (starting from B360++ for three).
Blend has a very good wine list, with labels from Italy, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Argentina. Bottles range in price from B950++ to B5,200++. All classic cocktails are just B290++. Local beers start at just B95++, imported bottles at B180++, and wine by the glass at B180++.
Blend Bistro & Wine Bar, 533 Sukhumvit Rd., (opposite Sukhumvit Soi 22). 02 258 8808. Blend-bistro-bkk.com