Weaving together classic European flavours with modern flair, Mia is a restaurant wonderfully but not excessively touched with a fine-dining ethos.
[All images courtesy of Mia]
Owner Chef Julien Imbert has had past tenures at London’s most prestigious restaurants, including Sketch, Jason Atherton’s City Social, and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Together with executive chef-duo Pongcharn ‘Top’ Russell and Michelle Goh (previously at Freebird and Sühring), the trio alone proves enough reasons to guarantee the goodness of this restaurant.
Nestled in Sukhumvit Soi 26, Mia appears at first to be a typical Thai neighbourhood house. Yet once entered, the wall-to-wall blue bar greets guests with a strong spirit of character. Following this, a walk through the dining space upstairs will make you feel as though you’re wandering through a movie scene.
The whole floor is divided into different rooms. One is entirely upholstered in blue velvet, exuding a unique masculinity, whereas the other one comes in a floral jungalow theme, painted in pink throughout with bouquets of blooms and potted plants dotted around. For those who like the intimacy of a booth restaurant, the vintage room bedecked with yellow velvet-upholstered booths will serve your taste.
Recently, we got a chance to check out Mia and tried some of the best new dishes the venue has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to order.
Stuffed Churros / Truffle / Pecorino (THB 250)
2020 is fast-approaching and who needs a dull dulce de leche-filled churros anymore? Not us. We are now all about these truffle-speckled fried doughs at Mia. It’s dough-y, truffle-y and even cheesy – thanks to the rain of pecorino cheese on top.
Uni Tart / Squid Ink Custard (THB 420)
You’ve had squid ink bread and pasta. But have you ever had a squid ink-spiked tart? Very unlikely. The tart here is the perfect vehicle for the ocean-y filling brimming with sea urchin. Undoubtedly, it’s a bite-sized ocean on your plate.
Mushroom Tortellini / Gorgonzola / Hazelnuts / Parmesan Broth (THB 440)
Swimming in a parmesan broth, the mushroom-stuffed tortellini oozes out real-deal creaminess, which is a perfect counterpart to the nutty, crunchy chopped hazelnuts.
Black Truffle Risotto / 36-Month Old Parmesan (THB 560)
Risotto, for us, is a perfect excuse to have rice and cheese all at the same time. Made with a fistful of 36 month-old parmesan, the cheesy rice exudes a sharp, savoury taste that goes hand in hand with a pungent player like truffle.
Scallop Carpaccio / Green Mango Ice Cream / Shiso (THB 520)
Tuck right into this dish of thinly-sliced scallop topped with a garden of fresh salad and green mango ice cream. Light and seriously scrumptious, you’d be surprised how a simple tang from green mango can transform a dish.
Tarte Tatin to share 2/4 persons with Vanilla Ice Cream (THB 620)
Here is Mia’s true showstopper. The Tarte Tatin by Michelle Goh is an edible sophistication. The butter-enriched pastry dough is ultra flakey and stays surprisingly crispy despite the flood of caramel that sits atop it. What stands out the most is the crisp-interior and soft-centred apple which retains its integrity so well through the long cooking time. With the good ol’ vanilla ice cream on top, this open-faced pie is as good as it gets.
Mia, 30 Attha Kawi 1 Alley, Khlong Tan, Bangkok, +66 98 862 9659; Open: Tues-Sun 6pm-11.59pm.