Fusion food is the epitome of the best of both worlds. If you want to level up your Thai food, here's where you can find fusion food spots in Bangkok!
Bangkok local delights with a twist? Here are a list of fusion restaurants to see how chefs can get creative with your regular tom yum guung!
The swankiest tom yum soup
If you find the shrimps in your tom yam too miniscule for your liking, go big on the seafood with this lobster tom yum noodle. Found along Bangkok’s famous Thai food street on Petchaburi Soi 5, the shopfront may be hard to spot, but look out for the proclamation of ‘The Best Tom Yum in Bangkok’. To find noodles in your tom yum is already rare, let alone having an entire piece of lobster in your bowl. This naturally comes with a price, at THB1200 a serving, but you don't just get the lobster – there is crab stuffed with minced meat and roe, mussels, salmon, and squid stuffed with minced meat and glass noodles. How can you resist?
Address: 68/51 Soi Petchaburi 5, Between Soi 5 – 7, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun, 10:00am to 10:00pm; Closed on Mon
Thai goes Modern
What would modern mean? It’s simple when the menu becomes creative and the chefs prefer organic and free-range ingredients. At Paste Bangkok, you will experience “straightforward, honest cooking”, according to Chef Jason. One of their signature dishes is the poached organic pork neck, married with red grapefruit, basil, avocado and toasted rice. They also serve common local delights such Ka Moo, which is regularly found on the streets, but for this they don’t just drizzle pork juice over their pork leg slices. They cook it twice and caramelize it. They also take care of presentation, so that the food looks as good as it tastes.
Source: Paste Bangkok
Address: 3rd Floor, Gaysorn, 999 Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Bangkok (Paste is located directly across from the famous Erawan shrine and is next door to Intercontinental hotel)
Tel: +66 2 656 1003
Opening Hours: Lunch: Mon to Sun, 12:00 pm to 2:00pm; Dinner: Mon to Sun, 6:30pm to 11:00pm
A crabby pad thai experience
Far from crappy, we present you a moment you will savour, knowing that this dish has won a Michelin Bib Gourmand (affordable sister award of the Michelin Star). Bann Pad Thai is also featured on our list of pad thai stores and here we put their signature dish, the Phad Thai Phoo, in the spotlight, because it shows how a traditional dish can be reinvented in an award-winning way. You have the regular ingredients, but the special element is the blue crab meat. The dish costs THB280, which isn’t pricey for the accolades it has earned so far.
Source: Baan Phad Thai
Baan Phad Thai
Address: 21-23 Charoenkrung Soi 44 Road, Sathorn Nua, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2 60 5553
Opening Hours: 11:00pm to 10:00pm daily
Another modern Thai restaurant, Le Du uses traditional Thai flavours and ingredients with a blend of modern and western cooking. The head chef and the restaurant owner are both locals and their aim is to feature culinary dishes and cultures that have taken root in their homeland while staying in touch with the evolving world of cuisines. Honorable mentions include a cold dish called Khao-Chae, which is shrimp and pork with jasmine ice-cream, and Charcoal-grilled Pork Jowl with pumpkin, gourd and onions. They also offer tasting menus for those who want a bit of everything!
Le Du Restaurant
Address: 399/3 Silom soi7 Silom Bangrak Bangkok
Tel: +66 92 919 9969
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 6:30pm to 10:30pm; Closed on Sun
Wisdom in choice
Dining at Chim by Siam Wisdom might make you a wise person because you have saved your calories for a restaurant featured on the Michelin guide for its balance between Thai and foreign influences in their menu. Their Tom Yum with River Fish is highly recommended. Their innovative touches can be tasted in dishes like Namtok with Ribeye Steak and Parmesan Taco Shell. They also do the classics well, and wow diners with the options of very rare dishes, such as the homemade Sai Kork Pla Nam (ancient pork sausage). When was the last time you made a smart decision?
Source: Chim by Siam Wisdom
Address: 66 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 260 7811 2
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 2:00pm & 6:00pm to 10:30pm daily
A forefather of fusion
Another one listed on the Michelin guide, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is one of the original purveyors of modern and creative Thai cuisine. The chefs stay true to Thailand’s taste and flavours but produce something beyond the ordinary. Inspired by Copenhagen’s Kiin Kiin, a Thai fusion restaurant, Chef Chayawee learnt the ropes from its head chef Henril Yde-Andersen and created one of its kind dishes like the Hokkaido Scallop, Tamarind and Lemongrass, Five Spice Braised Pork Belly, Crackling and Pumpkin, not forgetting the sweet special, Lemon Foam with Thai Basil Sorbet.
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
Address: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok Rama 1 Road 991/9 10330 Bangkok Thailand
Tel: +66 2 162 9000
Opening Hours: 12:00 to 03:00pm & 6:00pm to 10:30pm daily