Most of the time, mould on food is a sign of great tragedy. But when it comes to the milk-made glory that is cheese, mould can only mean more flavour. And let’s face it, cheese is the showstopper on any tablescape. The foodstuff is seen as a luxe ingredient and is destined for any bon vivant — or any cheese devotee, really.
But when living in Thailand, however, finding good cheese can be more of a tough task when the big supermarket chains only sell commercial cheese. As luck would have it, there’re a few standalone and online cheese shops by true artisan cheesemongers scattered all around the city. So to make it easier for you cheesaholic foodies, we’ve curated the best spots you can get your hands on the best selection of well-crafted cheeses made in Thailand or imported from different parts of the world. Whether you’re hosting a Sunday brunch, a festive dinner, birthday, baby shower or even Songkran, get into your cheese game and we guarantee the French gruyere, Italian mozzarella and Swiss cheese will outshine all your other dishes in a flash.
Far-famed for his homemade foie gras, the Loire-native Nicolas VIVIN Grocery is also a guru when it comes to the dairy-filled world. If you’re psyched about cheese, stop by at his two locations: Grab n’ Go at Hyatt Place and the Food Hall at Central Chidlom to indulge in VIVIN’s gourmet cheeses, for example, goat milk ricotta, black pepper-specked cheese, creamy ciboulet cheese spread, and Chevre with herby and garlicky crust. Other epicurean French-inspired products like foie gras, caviar, wine and dried-aged meat are also available for diners to choose from. And if you can’t make it to their boutiques, VIVIN sells their products directly online so you could get them to deliver.
VIVIN Grocery, Ekkamai Complex, 379/8 Sukhumvit 63 Road, Klongton Nua, Bangkok, +6680 463 5747; open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-8 pm.
Part deli, part restaurant and wine bar, Gourmé Italia nestled in Soi Ruam Ruedi is an Italian-style haunt serving and selling Roman dishes and delicacies like imported Italian cold cuts, artisan dried pasta and quality cheese. Upon walking in, diners will encounter a glass display constructed with a variety of soft, hard, blue and aged cheeses from various origins. Whether you’re craving stinky, pungent blue cheese or a mild, nose-friendly mozzarella or Montasio, they’ve got them all to satisfy your every cheese need.
Gourmé Italia, 11/14 Soi Ruam Ruedi, Bangkok,+66 82 375 9522
We all love cheese but to take this obsession to a whole new level, you need to consult the cheesemongers of El Mercado. Offering a wide selection of wines, cold cuts, and western fare, the Italian-style deli is also known as a home to cheese cornucopia. The venue sells various types of cheese, categorised by the type of milk it’s made from —that is cow, sheep, goat and more. Unwind on their outdoor patio and stay for a glass of wine and the scrumptious Cheese Platter (THB 1,099), which is the perfect route to a flawless night. Conveniently, you can now find El Mercado in Suan Phlu as well.
El Mercado, 490 Soi Phai Sing to, Klongtoey, Bangkok, +6699 078 3444
The key to a good pizza, cheese platter or any Italian dish is using quality cheese. Those hankering for ultra flavourful cheese, it’s high time you check out Antica Luna, an online retail brand created by a group of cheese connoisseurs who brought over their Italian cheese-making heritage to Thailand. Using pristine cow, goat and buffalo milk imported from Italy to produce their top-notch Italian cheeses such as buffalo mozzarella, Stracciatella, Provola, Gorgonzola, mascarpone and burrata, Antica Luna made it possible for Thailand to get their hands on the cheeses made on land instead of being shipped in. Though it is an online shop, diners can easily find their products at Eight Thonglor and also at Gourmé Italia.
Antica Luna, 101/176 Sampheng 2, Bangkok
Pizza Pala Romana
Pala is more than just one of the best pizzerias in Bangkok. Specialising in Roman-inspired dishes and Pizza al Taglio — pie baked and served in rectangular or square sizes – the petite pizza place tucked under Asoke BTS Station also features a deli counter studded with cold cuts, bread, Italian delicacies and of course, assorted Italian cheeses like the smooth burrata, umami-packed Pecorino Romano, curdle-y ricotta and so much more. Get some cheese home or indulge in it right at the spot along with a glass of opulent wine and a slice of tomato-basted Margherita pizza.
Pizza Pala Romana, at the interlink of Asoke BTS and MRT Sukhumvit, Bangkok, +662 259 1228 ext. 9