A fast rising star for fine dining in Bangkok, the Paste Restaurant promises flavours and tastes of the 19th Century Imperial Thai Palace that would blow your socks off and leave you begging for more.
Lauded as a classically inspired-creative Thai restaurant, the flavours presented at Paste is not to be mistaken as fusion foods. Do not but trick by the dishes modern presentation. The food story at Paste Bangkok is one that is deeply tied to the land or terroir whereby all the ingredients are sourced directly from the local growers where possible, and of the highest possible quality. But beyond the organic-undertones of this approach, the flavours are both authentic and novel at the same time.
Award winning Chef/owner Bee Satongun manages to recreate recipes from the Imperial Thai palate from the 1800s to 1900s, re-enacting a specific slice of gastronomical history. In doing so, Chef Bee manages to design dishes that are original to Bangkok fine dining scene but with flavours that are authentically traditional. Run by husband-and-wife chef team Jason Bailey and Bee Satongun, Paste Bangkok re-refines traditional Thai foods with unique depth and complexity to deliver a sensory experience like no other.
Amuse Bouche – Chef’s Starter of the Day
Take this amuse bouche for example, the caramelised cashews contains the traditional saccharine flavours of a cashew snack but when paired with a fresh jambu (Java Plum) fruit, the dish provided a strangely refreshing experience. Do note that the amuse bouche changes daily, and certainly adds a tinge of adventure for you never will know what you will get for the Chef’s starter of the day.
Watermelon & ground salmon ปลาแซลมอนแตงโม
Fresh watermelon balls, savoury salmon roe, fragrant fried shallots, and flavourful salmon flesh blends immensely well in a spoon packed with strong flavours. While the dish might be a completely popular with the intensity it confers, the addition of the flower petals skillfully cuts the hyper strong tastes of the ingredients. The fragrance of the petals allows the diner to appreciate the intense flavours through the respite its lightness. Unequivocally, the most original salad I have ever eaten.
This dish is recreated from a unique aristocratic innovation that was chosen for the inauguration of the temple of the Emerald Buddha in the year 1809 by King Rama I. The chefs substituted catfish with salmon and roe from the original recipe to adapt the dish to a modern palate.
Hokkaido scallops and Canadian sea urchin หอยเชลล์ฮอกไกโดน้ำพริกเผาผิวส้มซ่า
Who could have thought of blending these three meats into a single shell. The blend of scallop, urchin and pork makes this dish a truly unique endeavour. Rich and unapologetically luscious, this dish is a sure win for all uni lovers.
Roasted duck served on rice crackers หน้าตั้งแขก
While you might think that nutmeg is hardly a Thai ingredient/spice, we would like to remind you that Thailand was at the heart of the spice trade in the 19th Century. Well-traded spices like nutmeg, and cinnamon are commonly found in the market place. And while these spices have lost their popularity in modern Thai cuisine, Chef Bee and Chef Jason managed to recreate their authentic emergence in these imperial Thai dishes. Novel yet traditional, the food philosophy of Paste Bangkok constantly shines through.
Twice cooked-chargrilled Spanish octopus ยำปลาหมึก
Before you go: “yet another calamari dish”, let me assure you, this is like no calamari you have ever tasted. Double cooked to ensure its tenderness, this spicy salad manages to blend a serious tangy blend of fruits with the umame-laden octopus. A thoroughly enjoyable dish that is completely new to my palate and it is surprisingly light flavoured!
Pan fried rainbow trout ปลาเทร้าต์เสริฟ์กับแกงเผ็ดกุ้ง, กระชายและระกำ
Ever heard of a rainbow trout? Neither have I until I had it at Paste Bangkok. Flown in fresh from Tasmania, it is the perfect flesh to be paired with super well fried pork crackle. The trout’s flesh is smooth and sweet, and the taste accentuated further by the pork and coriander. The pineapple and prawns further bring the blend of unique flavours to an entirely new level. Undoubtedly, a dish you must have whenever you visit Paste Bangkok.
Smoky southern Thai curry with blue sea crab แกงปูปักษ์ใต้
The bowl of curry is pure intensity in all its use of spices and meats but at the same time it is softened by some delicate tastes conferred by its elegant use of greens and ingredients. A definite must have with some jasmine rice, this curry is the epitome of Thai refine food culture.
In the Mood for some Perk-me-up
For those in need of a perk-me-up, this Espresso Martini is a skilfully concocted blend of punch and refinement. If you ever feel the need to hold onto a martini glass (trust me, I have one of those days too), the drinks at Paste will surely be your best friend.
We were treated to an off-the-menu dessert that is filled with amazing sweetness such as figs and lychee. This dessert was quite the experience and an amazing epilogue to our experience at Paste and for fine dining in Bangkok.
Restaurant with a View for Fine Dining in Bangkok
Conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok @ Gaysorn mall, level 3, Paste Bangkok serves as a great dining place to rest your weary feet after a long day of shopping and walking. The interiors are designed sophisticated without coming off as ostentatious. Coupled with an amazing view of Bangkok Central World,
A true trademark of impeccable tastes, Paste Bangkok represents an unequivocal pursuit of authenticity and novelty in the flavours it presents to the world. The food story is inspired by traditional, aristocratic recipes, modified to excite the imagination while holding true to its roots.
I am already planning my next trip to Bangkok in a couple of months and have made reservations at Paste Bangkok for fine dining in Bangkok. Have you?
Quality of food: 9/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Paste Bangkok (Map)
Gaysorn Shopping Centre
Lumpini, Pathum Wan
Tel: +66 2 656 1003
Hours: Open Daily 12.00nn hrs to 2.00pm, 6.30pm to 10.00pm
Nearest BTS: Chit Lom (About a 4 min walk, between Siam and Chit Lom BTS)