Maison Dunand, Clara, and more

Food is back in full force, and this month, as we move into the holiday season, there are many wonderful new menus and restaurants to explore.

Bangkok’s food scene has something for everyone, whether you crave Thai or international specialties. Now here are some of the best dishes from four fabulous restaurants, all of which are great places to celebrate with friends and family.

Maison Dunand Pop-up at Gaggan Anand restaurant

When chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier left the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Normandie, it sent shockwaves through Bangkok’s foodie community. Fortunately, he’s staying in town and will soon be opening his own restaurant – aptly named Maison Dunand – on Sathorn Soi 10. For those who want a taste of what’s to come, there is currently a “pop-up” version of Maison Dunand. the 2 floor of the Gaggan Anand restaurant (Sukhumvit Soi 31). However, this very special dining experience only runs until January 15th. Our advice is therefore to “run, don’t walk” if you want to indulge in this extraordinary culinary adventure. Drawing inspiration from both his upbringing in France and his many travels around the world, Chef Arnaud’s 9-course tasting menu (6,900 ++ THB) is, in a nutshell, “flawless”. Each bite is a delight, but particularly satisfying were the caviar and sea urchin dish, the gnocchi with pumpkin and chestnut mousse, the three “fondue” balls in a pine consomme and the portion of pan-fried venison. served with a delicious blackcurrant juice. Food and wine pairing is a supplement but not to be missed. In addition, a 7-course dinner menu, as well as 4- and 5-course lunch menus, are also available.

For more information and reservations, visit Dunand House.

Refined Thai Kaiseki to Lahnyai Nusara

The majestic renovated villa located at the end of Suan Phlu Soi 2 is a bit like a food multiplex. Named “Baan Turtle”, it is already home to the famous Keller (opened in January 2020), the Chinese restaurant M Krub and the Cloud Wine bar and lounge. Now Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn joins this esteemed lineup with Lahnyai Nusara, a refined Thai kaiseki dining area with tasting menus and some of the best dishes based on traditional family recipes reinterpreted with inventive touches and some well-chosen imported ingredients; think tender Hokkaido scallops, superb Japanese beef and white Italian truffles. Like the original Nusara Restaurant on Maha Rat Road, the room itself is wonderfully intimate and beautifully decorated, with a semi-open kitchen along a wall so diners can watch the chefs at work. Noteworthy items on the current tasting menu (THB 3,590 ++) include crab in Thai caviar on a bed of spicy egg custard, blanched shrimp with cilantro sauce and candied bitter gourd, and roast duck dry aged for 14 days. Add to that some wonderful wine pairings, courtesy of Chaisiri “Tam” Tassanakajohn, and the result is simply perfect.

For more information and reservations, visit Lahnyai Nusara.

“Once upon a time in Italy – Chapter II” at CLARA

Housed in the former art gallery of Villa Yenakart, the CLARA restaurant is certainly one of the most romantic dining places in the city. Chef Christian Martena’s recently unveiled 7-course menu adventure, titled “Once Upon a Time in Italy – Chapter II” (THB 3,080 ++), takes diners on a journey through seven key regions of Japan’s homeland. chief. The journey begins in Puglia, where chef Christian grew up, with a four-part platter that includes ‘the essence of Burrata’, a liquid cheese that is poured into a shot glass (and which immediately vanishes. tasting). The journey then heads to Sicily, where a divinely tender smoked octopus tentacle is followed by shavings of delicious black pork ham and an almond tomato parfait. More destinations follow – Umbria for stringozzi pasta with white truffles, Tuscany for breast, thigh and pigeon liver served with whipped chestnuts – before things end in Piemonte with a fabulous dessert hazelnuts, dark chocolate and orange. Another strong point of CLARA is the oenological expertise of sommelier Theo Lavigne, so don’t miss his “7 Regions Wine Trails” pairing box (2,080 THB ++). A 5-course dinner and a 5-wine pairing are also available.

For more information and reservations, visit CLARA.

A new card in Saawaan

The Michelin-starred Saawaan is back with a new tasting menu from chef Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn that expands – and improves – its previous menus. Composed of 8 courses (1,980 THB ++), as well as some amuse bouche and palate cleansers, this little treat emphasizes Thai cooking ingredients and techniques, starting with ama ebi (cold water shrimp known for their sweet taste), topped with a refreshing cucumber and coconut sauce. Next come the excellent fermented noodles with peanut curry, followed shortly after by homemade dishes. kapi (shrimp paste) with rice crackers, which is preceded by an informative display of how fermented shrimp paste is created. Other noteworthy dishes include sweetbread with spicy beetroot, smoked Iberian pork served with a delicious fusion of north / south curry and a spectacular dessert in which pastry chef Arisara “Paper” Chongphanitkul presents what looks like a pomegranate cut in half – it’s actually water chestnut, gelatinous coconut and white chocolate – accompanied by a scoop of heavenly “smoky” ice cream. Wine, or of course, is available, but this new menu also has a great juice pairing (850 THB ++) worth exploring.

For more information and reservations, visit Saawaan.

Joshua B. Speller