In the relatively suburban area of Pattanakarn – Bangkok Thailand, amids the plethora of street food and cheap eats stood a new restaurant called Chef’s Table. Located on the 2nd floor of the Oasis Building it’s sophisticated interior stands out so we popped over one day for dinner just to see how it tastes..
Pricing is of course a bit fancy for your average dinner but consider it a special treat… We started off with Onion Soup, which came piping hot, the consomme was rich with butter soft onions which was delish with the bread and hot cheese. Not too strong and not too mild. Good Start to the meal.. The Lobster Bisque was ok, but i felt it wasn’t rich enough, it was too thin for my liking. Not bad, but just fell a bit short..
The salads wasn’t too impressive, it was ok for a salad stand point but then again it’s really hard to make salad into something that is fantastic.. The veggies were fresh and crispy but compared with the soup made them unremarkable.
When is a pasta dish not an ordinary pasta dish.. This spaghetti vongole was one of the best i have ever tasted, really, it was so amazing everyone fought for it and made up our minds to come back just for the pasta. The noodles was cooked just right with a nice bite to it, but someone it seemed to have soaked up all the sauce. It was so flavorful, light, clamy with a hint of white wine. it was so good.
The other main courses weren’t as impressive, i felt although the lamb was cooked perfectly it seemed a bit naked, if you look at the plate you’d feel the same way. Mashed potatoes tasted great but both arrived warm. It is a pet peeve of mine i like my food piping hot, like it should be hot. The steak was better, nice medium rare, the foie gras had a crunchy and buttery insides. Redeemed the final course. It was a nice meaty contrast with the pear, i’d say this place is worth coming back to just for the soup and vongole. Overall a nice family meal…
Located in the same soi as Villa Sukhumvit (across Emporium), right next to the Japanese 60 baht store is this cheery looking ramen shop. Tomato Noodle… Either the noodles are pink or the soup must have a tomato base so we decided to grab a bite. The menu is quite extensive ranging from the different choices of Ramen, (both hot and cold), the extensive options to go with your ramen like onsen eggs, sausages, seaweed, butter, corn etc. Side dishes range from pot stickers, stewed pork belly, fried chicken, shrimp croquettes, enoki mushrooms wraped in bacon, sweet tamago and salads and soups to choose from. There’s also rice to choose from including curry rice, rice balls, meat topped rice bowls and even a selection of kids menu. You can even choose from the set menus which feature a main dish, a side dish and a drink.
We ordered a tomato ramen since it was their signature dish, a pork belly topped rice bowl with a side of gyoza. The gyoza (pot stickers) came excellent, piping hot with a crunchy bottom and soft juicy filling. Now some people like deep fried gyoza which to me is a mystery, but i must say it was a great balance of juicy, crunchy and soft wrapping. Dip with the soy and vinegar was just yummy.
Now the ramen was well ramen, but strangely, i loved the soup. It was so tomatoey in a rich porky broth. For people who do not like tomatoes, skip this place, well come for the gyozas and the rice dishes but it was a sourish pork rich broth. hmm… yums. Too much ramen noodles, not enough broth in my opinion. Next up was the rice dish, suprising was very good, the pork belly was melt in the mouth a nice balance of sweet and soy and savoury without being too oily. Slurp up the soup and it’s a great palate cleanser. For Thai standards it is a bit pricey as a normal lunch would cost around 50 baht here it was almost 500 baht, but come here for a special treat and indulge in a bit of tomatoey goodness. Definitely for tomato lovers!