Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants Award 2019

Ever visited restaurant in Thailand and stumbled upon a Thailand best restaurant award? I have been asking those questions for many years and wondering upon the ceremony origin and where the event take place. This year (24th April 2019) I have an opportunity to participate in the event and personally purchased the ticket then got excited before the arrival day.

The event takes place at Zen event on 8th floor. As I was walking into the event, tremendous mouth-watering scent are around with top-tier restaurant presenting their most attractive menu without holding back.

Starting out with Akira Back which have been going strong since last year. Presenting spicy salmon with crispy shell taco packs full flavors and crispiness, Eryngii pizza and custard cake in a bite size. I would say that all of menu are exceptionally impressive.

Eryngii pizza & white truffle oil are amusingly fragrant with soft and tender pizza bread.  Custard cake are soft with precise appropriate texture of chewiness. 

Osha as beautifully presented Thai fusion food showcasing refreshing crab & Ikura crispy rolls, curry paste bite size pastry and spicy Thai salad on crispy rice cracker packing full punch of spiciness with insane herb volume in one tiny bite.

Urbani Truffle Bar & Restaurant coming strong  with truffles scent (literally) Presenting sliced truffle on veal and sliced truffle on caviar and crispy bread.  Both of menu are best suited for intense truffle experience.

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Sliced truffle on caviar and crispy bread
Taking a sip break with sparkling water from Evain.

Then I proceed to follow a mouthwatering trace of scent to Rossini’s from Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit as contemporary Italian cuisine. And what is better than signature dish perfectly match with the name of your restaurant to showcase your culinary skill.

Pan seared Foie Gras, Tender Veal and baked potatoes. The combination of flavor are amazing with tenderness of veal, strong flavor from Foie Gras and potatoes sweetness.

Tiramisu with smooth and soft texture melted in my mouth with amazing speed.

Taking a break with Johnny Walker gold label reserve with apple juice and soda.

Elements from Okura prestige enchanted visitors with unique sizzling scallops cooking smell. It is a fragrant I could never forget which bring out my nostalgia when living in Hokkaido and Scallops are one of my favorite meal.

Shrimp Shu Mai from LIU (Conrad Bangkok) packs a satisfying touch with Peking duck rolls. I personally felt that the rolls are quite difficult hold and eat gracefully haha.

Taking a change of pace to the most crowded refreshment booth in the event. Tanqueray managed to showcase mocktail of gin, flower blossom syrup, aloe vera juice, lime juice and sparkling water in a fancy cup.

Alexander German eatery have been popping up in my radar for some time. Finally got a chance to try out their roast pork with mashed potatoes.

Vertigo from Banyan tree presenting vivid menu with interesting flavor presentation.

As one of the most renowned Thai restaurant around. Blue elephant pan seared Foie Gras texture and seasoning does not leave any room for disappointment. The texture are perfectly cooked with balanced seasoning.

Jump up to smooth and rich in flavor Singleton whisky.

Rib room & Bar with finally some beef with Australian Sirloin with Béarnaise sauce. The texture of steak are just spot with well-balanced Béarnaise sauce.

Pure luck flies under radar with Kombucha (Fermented infused tea). I have tried out “Better than Cola” the drink are quite refreshing and provide decent amount for acid for digestion.  

Yao from JW Marriott as recently opened Chic Chinese Cuisine with a playful Noodles show for a wow factor.

Benihana serving colorful flavor sushi rolls.

Medici from Hotel Muse Bangkok appear with an eye-catching menu Jelly seafood bite, Fried Lasagna and meringue. I personally love the Fried Lasagna, it was spot on and full of surprise. You can see the unmelted cheese and tomatoes which normally gave a plain texture on crispy base however, the overall experience came out as excellent first impression.

Overall, I personally think that the event are an exceptional opportunity to discover and learn more about top-tier restaurant in Bangkok. The food and refreshment are amazing and participating restaurant does not even hold back on the try out menu. Would love to visit many places in the future to try out their full menu.   

Arabesque

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Personally I have not been to Egypt, still an idea of Egyptian food did excited me. My friend found a place for Egyptian cuisine in Nana which I gladly make an appointment for a new experience in my cuisine journey.

Note: I have never tried authentic Egyptian food therefore, I’ll write my review based on my limited personal experience. Since I am not familiar with Egyptian food. Any suggestion or advice are greatly appreciated.  

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I have arrived around 3 pm on Sunday. The place are filled with foreigners with some available table outdoor. Luckily, it is not extremely hot in Bangkok that day.

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Pickled vegetables with spicy sauce

As expected from pickled vegetables as an appetizer with extremely sour taste with spicy sauce seems to be a perfect choice to kick start my appetite.

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Mixed Mezzah platter. Assortment of green salad, Muttabal, Baba Ghannoug, Hummus, Tahina, Labnah

Personally, I enjoyed top left and middle part since they’re consisted of colorful salads with lots of acidity. I also used them as a dipping for the following grilled plates. Hummus and similar sort of Hummus are quite new for me and dipping them with bread makes quite a good combination.

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Flafel platter

I have tried Flafel with lamb fillings before in Beirut and that plate was amazing. I could not say the same for this place though. The fillings were quite dry.

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Chicken Shawarma platter. Fine shredded grilled chicken with vegetables and herb

Chicken are full with flavor from pepper and herb. French fries are a plus with crunchy texture.

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Mix Grill for two persons. A platter of Shish Kebab, Shish Kofta, Shish Tawouk, lamb chops. 

Mix grill are well-seasoned and full of flavor. I enjoyed the dish with salad dipping as side dish. The texture are still little bit dry for my taste though. The right side bread are just surprising with meat packed fillings.

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Sea Breeze

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Recently, I’ve found a restaurant with a Thai snack buffet in Samsen area. The restaurant provides seafood and Isaan (north eastern Thai style food).  Snack buffet cost 199 THB per person and there are quite a choice of Isaan food to try out. They have informed me that snack buffet time is 16:00-22:00.

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The ambiance of restaurant garden are quite lovely and would be a perfect spot for windy day in Bangkok.

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Deep fried chicken joints. Crispy and crunchy and fits perfectly as a biting size snack. The seasoning are still bland thus some dipping sauce are recommended.

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Yum Woon Sen (Spicy cellophane noodle) Really spicy salad, quite enjoyable.

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Grilled marinated pork neck. The texture are way too fatty for my taste. Still a well-marinated flavor though.

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Fried chicken. Surpass good standard and well-seasoned.

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Moo Nam Tok (Spicy pork salad). The texture of pork are just right and spiciness keeps me going on enjoying the flavor.

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Larb Moo (Spicy chopped pork salad) Similar spiciness level as other spicy food.

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Peppered Fried frog. Lots of bone and not much meat. The texture are also kinda dry.

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Pla Dook Foo (Fried catfish with crunchy flour) Amazing texture and not too oily. Combining with spiciness from spicy sauce makes a enjoyable dish.

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In case anyone want to try cooking Som Tam, they also provide cooking platform. The only problem is if the dish is bad, you know who to blame lol

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Minced pork meat ball mostly contains of flour and leaves weird feeling in your mouth. I personally suggest avoiding this dish. Rice crackers on the right are good though.

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Pla muk nung manow (Lemon steamed squid) The texture of squid are fresh and well-seasoned.

Overall, I am satisfied with the food quality and restaurant ambiance. Staff services are worth commenting since they are friendly and provide a professional-level service.