Two decades on, this Sala Daeng institution still runs with Bangkok's coolest restaurants.
The buzz: For the best part of a decade this Silom institution has been helmed by American chef Tim Butler, whose creative, flavor-packed dishes across a wide price range have made Eat Me a fixture on regional restaurant lists, seducing diners and reducing critics to incoherent wrecks. This is one slick package that’s conducive to good times, with diligent, five-star service to boot.
The food: Descriptors like “bold,” “fresh” and “East-meets-West” often ring hollow, but here they’re on-point. Butler and co. pull off Thai-but-not-Thai combinations like a black chicken salad that’s elevated to new heights by the addition of red papaya, toasted coconut and betel leaf. A starter of mixed clams in a lime broth is another celebration of excellent (and sustainable) produce which also benefits from the genius addition of sour-salty naem sausage. Eat Me’s fern-enshrouded outdoor zone is made for after-work drinks, and mixologist Buntanes “Pop” Direkrittikul’s complex gastronomy-inspired creations (larb moo in a glass, anyone?) contribute to the sense that Eat Me is never standing still.
The place: The two-story restaurant is a cool melange of modernist and natural—part gallery, part sleek lounge bar offering refuge from the disorder of Silom. The boisterous dining room, where you’re as likely to rub shoulders with glamorous local socialites as you are with tank-topped Asian tourists, still feels at the center of something important.
|Address:||Eat Me, 1/6 Soi Phiphat 2, Convent Rd., Bangkok, Thailand|
|Price Range:||BBBB - BBBBB|
|Open since:||October, 1998|
|Opening hours:||daily 3pm-1am|
|Nearest train||BTS Chong Nonsi|
|Reservation recommended, Parking available|
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