Where innovative gastronomy art meets age-old local recipes in the most impressive manner, we know our senses are in for a thrill. Welcome to Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin.
From Copenhagen to Bangkok
One of the bright stars of Bangkok’s buzzing dining scene, this molecular gastronomy restaurant’s concept derives from the world-famous Danish Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen’s Michelin-awarded Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen. His inspirational take on Thailand’s rich culture and heritage, and his visionary take on Thai food won him much acclaim, and he continues this legacy at the opulent Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok with Thailand’s own Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (awarded one Michelin-star for two consecutive years). Sra Bua, which means “lotus pond” in Thai, is proud to be the original purveyor of Thai authentic cuisine that dares to be different. Remaining true to its roots at heart, you can find the comfort of traditional Thai food here — although it will be presented in new and exciting ways with creative modern twists.
Modern Thai flair
The restaurant’s beautifully crafted interiors are embellished with rich teak wood, violet-hued furniture, and feature indoor lotus ponds, giving the venue an enchanting royal Thai palace feel. The unique architecture harmoniously integrates the Thai heritage with a modern flair, while offering a serene dining ambiance.
The menu, meanwhile, has been created to offer a selection of modern gastronomy at its best. Under the inspirational teachings of Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen, Chef Chayawee Sutcharitchan — another culinary genius himself — choreographs his team to perfectly execute these exquisite dishes, always with meticulous attention to detail. Calling all savvy Thai food connoisseurs: these culinary sensations will not only make you swoon with their artful presentation, but will offer you a true fine-dining experience that is deeply satisfying.
Classic cuisine made avant-garde
Think about a spicy-edged red curry with crunchy lobster. Now, think about it being molded into a frozen cream, tucked in a lychee foam, and emerging out of a cloud of smoky liquefied nitrogen. Such is the culinary craft at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, and such is the remarkable approach to Thai cuisine and its endless surprising elements that keep diners on their toes. Each classic dish here has been reinvented into something sophisticated, usually with an inventive spin on its texture; yet the authentic fine Thai flavour has been preserved and enriched. The result is a marriage between Thai-inspired modern cuisine and global cooking techniques. The restaurant’s artisanal signature dishes not only look avant-garde, but also deliver an elevated culinary experience like nothing you’ve ever experienced. A perfect ensemble of this, read ahead to see what you may expect to see coming out of the kitchen with Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin’s signature dishes and street food or nibbling items.
To start, sink your teeth into the grilled Isaan sausage — our favourite Thai street food — enveloped in a smoky nitrogen liquid cloud. It’s a sophisticated twist on an old favourite and a pleasure to behold.
The Laksa Soup is an exploration by the beach where you can swim in the sea-side charm with a straw. The kitchen’s Laksa Soup is inspired by Malaysian laksa, and explores the concept of being by the beach. In this double-layered dish the creamy soup, blended with Thai spices, sinks below whilst seashells float up in the sugary top layer – just the way you would imagine a tropical island to emerge from the ocean.
Frozen Red Curry, the restaurant’s signature-dish, is a red curry ice cream served with a marine lobster salad. This cold dish blurs the boundary between savoury and sweet, and, of course, changes our thinking about the way we’ve been eating Thai curry all these years.
The Cod Fish in Green Curry with Beetroot is a spicy makeover of a sizzling green curry. It’s another beautifully presented dish that swirls the intensity of Thai spices in your mouth on the very first bite.
Our all-time favourite, the classic Mango Sticky Rice dessert, gets an ultra-modern rendition here. It’s served in a cloud of sugary cotton candy, and as the coconut sauce drips over the ball, it melts beautifully, revealing the mango sticky rice below. After sampling all the zesty seasoned main dishes, this after dinner treat will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Retaining its Michelin star status for two years running, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin continues to present exotic homemade Thai-seasoned cuisine, promising a memorable culinary journey that will — to put it mildly — blow your mind. It’s a not-to-be-missed treat for both your eyes and your taste buds.
Find these signature dishes served daily on Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin’s A La Carte menu. Head for ‘The Journey’ signature set menu that is available for dinner (THB 3,200 ++ per person) from 6pm to 12am. Or indulge in the smaller set, ‘The Mini Journey’ menu which is available for lunch from 12pm to 3pm (THB 1,850++ per person). Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin also changes their lunch and dinner menu items every 6 months with refreshed Summer and Winter Menus.