Looking for the perfect way to drink and dine in Bangkok? The Som Tam wine pairing session at Som Tam & Chardonnay restaurant will unquestionably crank your dinnertime entertainment up a notch. As it turns out, a plate of spicy and tasty Som Tam goes really well with a glass of white or red wine to elevate the menu’s bright and complex flavours.

Perched on the 11th floor of the dazzling Akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel, the Som Tam & Chardonnay boasts a five-star vibe that adds a modern flair to the traditional Thai dishes they are serving. Built upon an East-meets-West concept, the menu’s highlights include over five types of papaya salad alongside a variety of traditional Thai food, Italian-inspired dishes, and, of course, wine pairings.

Trang-native Chef Sitt Suteerasan, is blessing the dining scene here with all his culinary knowledge and expertise gained from his experience working in five-starred restaurants throughout the US, Spain, and Thailand – namely Bouley and Daniel restaurant in New York, Azurmendi in Spain, and Sala Rim Naam within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok.

Recently, we got a chance to check out Som Tam & Chardonnay and tried some of the best dishes the outlet has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to tuck right in to.

Som Tam Lobster & Caviar (THB 2,990)

Who would have thought that lobster and caviar could actually belong in som tam? A bundle of chilli-spiked papaya salad is topped with plump Canadian lobster meat, claws, and dollops of Oscietra caviar. It’s sassy, spicy, and stunning. A pairing with a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne for THB 6,990++ is also available if you want to up the ante in your dining game.

Beef Carpaccio (THB 280)

Beef or pineapple carpaccio, chances are, you’ve heard and tasted one of these two. But what about a som tam carpaccio? A bed of paper-thin sliced beef tenderloin is covered with the tasty, slightly tangy som tam which gives the raw marbled meat the flavoursome kick any good beef deserves.

Asian Glazed Pork Loin (THB 690)

Pork loin steak gets the very special treatment of Asian-style sticky glaze and an umami-packed jaew sauce served on the side here. Once placed atop the crispy sauté baby kale and roasted cherry tomatoes, the dish packs up a sky-high level of comfort. Chewy, crunchy, and tender.

Tuna Tartare (THB 420)

Heavily seasoned with a bunch of Thai herbs, and fish sauce dressing for sharp and herbaceous notes, this tuna tartare is as Thai as a tartare could possibly be. For the best combination, tuck into it with a glass of white wine.

Mango Sticky Rice (THB 220)

The sight of mango and sticky rice never causes any disappointment at a dining table. This version at Som Tam & Chardonnay is presented beautifully with a halved and sliced mango rested atop rectangle-shaped sticky rice with a few flowers for garnish. With a scoop of coconut ice cream and a drizzle of salty-sweet coconut milk sauce, this dessert will be a no-fail and satisfyingly sweet end to your meal.

Tiramisu Cake (THB 250)

As light as a sweetened cloud, this tiramisu cake only boasts two layers of the cake-y crust to really let the creamy mascarpone mixture steal the show. Bejewelled with wedged strawberries and served with a scoop of Thai tea, the Italian-native dessert gets an acidic add-on and a smooth, milky tea flavour. Along with a dusting of fairy powder (it’s cacao powder), this dish is just as good as it gets.

Som Tam & Chardonnay, 88/333 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, +662 090 9052; Open: Mon-Sun, 5:45-11 pm. 

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.