Bangkok’s restaurants – which are placing Thailand’s culinary scene on the world stage – keep progressing with new creative dishes. Hence, the city never seems to run dry of unique eats to try. So if you’re currently cruising the streets searching for distinctive and uncompromisingly delicious food, we’ve curated a list of 8 stunning yet sumptuous dishes we tried this March that are bound to delight you. Let’s jump right onto the unique-eats bandwagon and stay up-to-date with Bangkok’s culinary scene.
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When it come to the weekend Breakfast spectacular, many like to get cozy with no-green and all-fried dishes. We spotted this dish called the Fry-Up (THB 450) at Sarnies Bangkok and right away we knew it was made just for us fried-food devotees. Composed of fried organic free-range eggs, house-cured bacon, Northern Thai sausage, smokey bacon, baked beans, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, smashed potatoes and toasted sourdough, the dish is pretty much the perfect oil-enriched food our morning needs.
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Nacho chips have always been a crowd-pleaser snack. Something about the triangle shape and crunchy texture always has the crowd munching on them anytime of day. The street food now, however, has been taken up a notch at Bunker where they serve this do-it-yourself Nacho dish, Bafun Sea Urchin (THB 2,500). Given the golden fried house-made tortilla chips, chunky salsa and other taco elements, diners will get to design their own perfect little nacho bite. The dish also comes with a box filled with uni, which adds a touch of Japanese charm to the Mexican-born appetiser. If you’re a lover of uni, this is something you shouldn’t miss out on.
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If you are not in the know already, Unatoto Thailand is the true temple for Unaju, a Japanese dish of roasted and sweet sauce-basted eel served on a bed of short-grained rice. The Unaju here (THB 270, 430 or 500 depending on the eel’s size) is so seductively beautiful and delicious you won’t be able to resist taking a few shots for the ‘gram.
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You have had good, mind-blowing salad in your lifetime before, but we believe you haven’t seen anything like this Pad Thai dressing. The farm-to-fork Thai restaurant, TAAN came up with this drool-inducing dish crafted from lotus stems dressed in Pad Thai-inspired tamarind dressing. Served with charcoal-grilled chicken from Nakhon Pathom, the dish is a unique play of sweet, salty, smoky and sour flavours. And although the dish is way lighter than the original Pad Thai, the lotus stems absorb the umami-packed dressing so well, which makes it equally-or more-intense in flavours.
Over the four-day dining pop-up over at the The Reflexions within The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Ramsey had cast a spell on us with his Japanese-inspired craveable food. His signature ice cream sandwich, Babendazs, is made over-the-top with a Martell Red Barrel and foie gras filling. The sandwich comes in an ice cream box which is a copycat package of the world’s favourite ice cream, Haagen-Dazs. Playful and scrumptious, we reckon Chef Jeff will turn into an ice cream sandwich king instead of a fine-dining guru.
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Bejeweled with vanilla seeds, this Sultan Fig Ice Cream (THB 240) at Fat Lamb BKK boasts this intense fruity sweetness, like that of the preserved figs. Once the fruit is combined with whipped, lusciously thick cream, the result is simply a figgy deliciousness. Take a spoonful and watch as the ice-cold dessert transports you to Arabian nights.
Here’s where the home-style hamburger tastes like the restaurant-bought one. Following the basic at-home burger making methods, Homburg makes incredibly delicious meat-on-the-bun dish thanks to its reliance on simplicity and prime ingredients. Having now opened Bun Meat & Cheese by Homeburg, their first and beloved sister restaurant within 72 Courtyard, Thonglor, it’s time you take comfort in their juicy buns. Serving only 100 burgers a day, you’d better grab a seat quick and gorge on their house-made version of the American fast food.
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With the crisp sweet cabbage and the supporting players of raw walnut taco meat, sour cream made of cashew and tomato-y salsa, this Raw Taco Fiesta (THB 190) by Rawvega is a complete plant-based meal on its own. Fresh, light and quite filling, this dish will soon be a favourite for both carnivores and vegans alike.
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