I had some really busy days in Bangkok, but fortunately, I had enough time to try the city’s amazing food. You rarely have to look much further than the nearest street corner to find a food stall selling delicious noodles, salads and skewers for 20-50THB, so it can be a bit difficult to motivate why you should pay 50 times more to eat at an upscale restaurant. In other words, it really has to be worth it, before I’ll consider swapping my sidewalk plastic chair with a neatly laid table, a/c and a wine menu.
One of the places where I gladly pay a little more to dine is EAT ME, which in my opinion is one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Here, excellent food goes hand in hand with a great atmosphere and some of the most terrific restaurant personnel in the city.
It’s been a while since my last EAT ME visit, but fortunately, not much had changed. The restaurant was still full of happy guests and that guy (which I suspect might be the owner), still walked around greeting the guests, just like the last time, I was there. I even recognized many of the items on the menu, and I was thus very close to order that really tasty crispy duck confit with prosciutto. Though, I decided to try something new, so I went for two starters and a dessert instead.
The first course was a cold avocado soup with crab, which is one of the best dishes I’ve eaten in a long time. It is rare to find crabmeat in restaurants in Denmark, so when this small pile of crab popped up on my plate in perfect harmony with the creamy avocado, I was on a one-way ticket to food nirvana. The second dish was Gravlax with Tasmanian salmon. The salt-sugar balance was perfect and the mustard sauce actually tasted like the one we usually eat with Gravlax in Scandinavia.
For dessert I had a salad with fresh coconut, raspberries, pomegranate syrup and mint. It was so delicious and even healthy, so I immediately regretted that I didn’t order two of them.
When you read about fine dining restaurants in Bangkok, it is often only hotel restaurants, which are mentioned. It may be justified to some extent, since many of the city’s good restaurants are located within the hotels. Though, good food is so much more than the right combination of carbohydrates, protein and starch, and good restaurant karma is so much more than quiet jazz music and expensive, dark designer furniture.
What distinguishes EAT ME from most of Bangkok’s other fine dining opportunities is that this place got soul. It’s not a hotel restaurant, it’s not an international chain, but it’s a wonderful spot that serves up excellent food and even has an in-house gallery, where local and international artists show their works.
There is also a bar, where you can enjoy both before-and after dinner cocktails.