Paste (Gaysorn Village)
This Thai restaurant in the luxurious Gaysorn mall gives new life to classic recipes.
The buzz: In order to bring new attention to forgotten Thai recipes, chef couple Jason Bailey and Bee Satongun have combed the old cookbooks from King Rama V up until King Rama VII (roughly 1870-1930) and scoured the countryside for just the right ingredients. It’s this level of detail, combined with the chefs’ own restless creativity, that sets Paste apart from other revivalist kitchens. And the world’s taking notice: the restaurant just scored its first Michelin star, while Bee was named the region’s best female chef by Asia’s 50 Best.
The food: Don’t expect molecular or fusion flourishes, as Bailey and Satongun stick to the authentic textures and flavors of Thai cuisine. Across increasingly sophisticated tasting menus, the chefs introduce a plethora of rare herbs and ingredients: from edible hummingbird flowers in your smoky Southern yellow curry with red spanner crab all the way down to salt from Nan province that they say is smoother than sea salt. No longer confined to the history books, these vibrant, complex dishes also manage to offer something new and beautiful.
The vibe: A walk through Gaysorn’s corridors is not the most auspicious start to a meal, but inside the restaurant it’s easy to forget you’re in a mall. The double-height window panes facing CentralWorld make for an impressive backdrop, while the minimal decor provides a clean slate for the elegance on the plate.
|Address:||Paste (Gaysorn Village), 3/F, Gaysorn Plaza, 999 Phloen Chit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand|
|Opening hours:||daily noon-1:45pm, 6:30-9:45pm|
|Nearest train||BTS Chit Lom|
|Reservation recommended, Parking available|
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