With the land of Inca feeling like a world away, it is safe to say that Bangkok foodies may be unfamiliar with the vibrant Peruvian cuisine.
Luckily for us, with a few dedicated Peruvian-focused restaurants opening their doors in Bangkok, Peru’s indigenous cooking is slowing stepping into the spotlight of the Bangkok dining scene. From ceviche and lomo saltado to Pisco sour, here are the top five restaurants where you can savour the South American country’s delights.
22 Kitchen & Bar
Centred around the flavours of Pacific-coastal cuisine, 22 Kitchen & Bar situated on the rooftop of Dusit Thani offers delectable Peruvian-inspired food, alongside calming views of the Lumpini Park. One of the restaurant’s must-try items is their ceviche, which features sumptuous sea bass cooked in tiger’s milk — a milky liquid left over after marinating raw fish, mixed with lemongrass marinated calamari and served elegantly with edible flowers. The kitchen also does a fabulous Peruvian seafood risotto, a creamy and flavour-packed dish seasoned with lime juice, tomato salsa, and coriander oil.
A quintessential rooftop bar and restaurant perched on the 33rd and 34th floor of Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, Above Eleven may be best known for its dazzling views of the Bangkok skyline, which pairs perfectly with a relaxing sundowner, but their Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine known as Nikkei is not to be missed. Here, the menu features the signature Discovery Peru Nikkei, a platter that includes cebiche Nikkei, crab meat and avocado causa, tiradito hamachi, salmon nigiri, sea bass sudado and a choice of torta tres leches or alfajor cookies, great for groups seeking an exotic dining experience.
Stay after sunset to enjoy live spun DJ tunes and get a full Nikkei experience with a glass or two of the Nikkei fusion cocktails or Pisco Sour, a classic Peruvian drink made from grape brandy, tangy lemon juice, egg whites and sugar.
Above Eleven, Fraser Suites, 38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, +662 038 5111
Former Senor Pico is now renamed as Mexicano, a Mexican restaurant nestled in Rembrandt Hotel where you’ll find a few odd Peruvian-inspired dishes listed on the menu. Ceviche De Atun Y Huachinango — a vibrant mix of tuna and sea bass with mango, avocado, and bell peppers served chilled on ice. Here, you can enjoy a lively meal with Latino music in the background, or join other diners on the dance floor after a few margaritas.
Mexicano Restaurante, Rembrandt Hotel, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Bangkok, +662 261 7100
Vertigo TOO, a gastropub perching on the 60th floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, is injecting some much-needed Latino flavours to the menu with a modern take on Peruvian ceviche. We recommend pairing the bar’s delicious concoctions with the spicy ahi tuna ceviche made with yellowfin tuna in a peppery guacamole dressing — a medley of textures and flavours that will sure spice up your sky-high dining experience.