Chef Chumpol promises a Thai dining experience of the highest quality in a beautiful restaurant with ‘social distancing’ between tables
Bangkok is now recognized as a genuine international city, yet surprisingly there’s only a handful of truly elegant and sophisticated Thai restaurants that live up to this global stature.
One of those is R-HANN, a Thai fine dining restaurant on Thonglor (Sukhumvit 55) whose excellence has caught the attention of the world with a two-star rating by Michelin. That’s an incredible achievement given that this beautiful venue has only been open for two years. It also speaks volumes of its overall excellence.
R-HAAN was founded by Piti Bhirombhakdi and his business partner, Chumpol Jangprai, a talented chef who has spent his entire career perfecting the art of Thai cooking.
Chef Chumpol is passionate about his work and together with his team is committed to the sourcing and selection of the freshest and finest of ingredients. Through skillful preparation, clever seasoning and time-honored cooking methods, these ingredients are transformed into superlative culinary creations. Add in the immaculate presentation of each dish, plus service that’s friendly and attentive but never intrusive, and the net result is a remarkable dining experience with food that Chef Chumpol describes so eloquently as the “Wisdom of Thai Cuisine.”
The pictorial menu depicts an array of international and local favourites. Order a smoothie to go along with your salad. The Fresh Salmon with Avocado and Quinoa (250) is highly recommended and a hearty meal in itself! Or, chow down on their signature ‘The Market’ Beef Burgerwhich comes with a generous side of fries. Before long, it is time for the perfect reunion - with a glass of cold beer. As the saying goes, it is 5pm somewhere else! (That is, if you are not already here for an early evening meal)
SO/ Bangkok welcomed 22 diners shedding post-New Year blues to Park Society for the first B&B lunch of 2020. We were rewarded with the great views of Lumpini Park and an innovative meal prepared by personable Chef Ryan Lee and his team.
We started with an Amuse Bouche shrouded in mist featuring Coconut, Lime, Galangal, Kaffir lime leaf and Lemongrass accompanied by a refreshingly different sparkler, Claus Preisinger St Laurent Ancestral 2017 (Burgenland, Austria), which was much appreciated and which I found to be very creamy on the palate.
Dining in earnest began with Nori Cold Pasta, a tasty mélange of Amberjack Tartare, Seaweed Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta which was well matched with Weingut Ziereisen Grauer Burgunder 2016 (Baden, Germany). For once, our Wine Master Thomas Boedinger was entrusted with the task of critiquing the food and complimented Chef Ryan for the delicious explosion of flavours he had unlocked.
Wine spokesman Stan Gierlasynski limited himself to saying he found all the wines excellent to drink having always believed that “tannin” was something one did on the beach.
Guest review by Bangkok Beefsteak & Burgundy
2019 has been a great year for the Club, and it ended in the same way it began – with a visit to Belga Rooftop Bar and Brasserie on the 32nd floor of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, where we were warmly greeted by friends GM Oliver Schnatz, Chef Nicolas Bassett, and Manager (Master of Beer & Ceremony) Peter Laird.
Images conjured up by Belga include excellent beers, moules marinière, pommes frites, and waffles, but Chef Nico ignored these staples and instead laid on an innovative five-course menu that still paid homage to the Belgian theme.
Some who arrived early took the opportunity to sample the fine draft beers on offer, but our lunch officially began with tasty seared tuna and cheese croquet canapés accompanied by NV Alma Cuvee Franciacorta Bellavista (Lombardy, Italy), a refreshing and crisp Italian sparkler that all enjoyed.
Moving to the dining table, we were served Poached Canadian Lobster with Cauliflower Textures, Caviar, and Vanilla Dressing. The lobster was perfectly cooked, making it a colourful starter that was also surprisingly light tasting, as noted by Food Spokesman Mark Guthrie, who complimented Chef Nico on his use of a cauliflower puree blended with whipping cream (one of the “textures”) as the base.
This was matched with 2014 Tongue in Groove Waipara Riesling (South Island, NZ), which the wine maker said ‘offers a palate both rich and long yet perfectly balanced by the acid’. Wine Spokesman Jim Morrison (egged on by neighbours) was unimpressed, but all agreed it was better with food.
The appetizer platter consists of 3 sublime bites of charcoal grilled pheasant, catfish roll with sweet virgin fish sauce and angus beef salad sourced from the province of Buriram. The next dish was a duck egg-yolk confit, with a side of riceberry sponge cake. The accompanying paloh sauce was a huge hit and the Chef commented that it took 8 hours and the finest Kurobuta pork was deployed in the making of this heavenly sauce. Cubes of egg whites were like sprinkles of magic on this decadent plate. What a masterpiece indeed.
Winter Samrub Menu is available from 5 December 2019
Price: 2,912 ++ baht per person
Daily from 18.00 – 23.00 hrs.
+ 66 (0) 95 141 5524
Beautiful Italian restaurant at Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok
There’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in Bangkok, so the challenge for food lovers is to pinpoint one with all the right credentials –convenient location, great décor and agreeable ambiance, friendly and efficient service, and a chef from Italy who really understands his art and knows how to please his guests with outstanding cuisine.
Frankly, Attico at Radisson Blu Plaza is a great choice. It ticks all the boxes. Well located on the 28th floor of this five-star Sukhumvit hotel, a short walk from the Asoke BTS station, award-winning Attico is the only rooftop Italian restaurant in Bangkok.
Views of the city from the elegant main dining room and two alfresco lounge terraces are spectacular.
Designed in the style of a Tuscan villa, the restaurant makes the most of high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling picture windows with warm dark woods, exposed brickwork and decorative wine barrels.
Front and centre is a semi-open kitchen and butcher counter with a display of Italian charcuterie, giving the place with an inviting and relaxed mood. The wood furniture and a semi-private room for family style dining add a feeling of comfort while the floor to ceiling windows frame the dramatic city skyline.