Chef Wuttisak Wuttiamporn is currently working as the Executive Chef at The Charm Resort Phuket located in the southeast of Phuket Island, Thailand. How do I know him? Strangely, I found his Instagram profile accidentally and I have been attracted to his profile since then. Each of the square photos in his Instagram profile is a beautiful art piece. When I knew there would be a special dinner by Chef Wuttisak in Bangkok, I immediately book a table to try his famous Progressive Thai cuisine.
With more than 15 years of culinary experience, Chef Wuttisak´s progressive Thai cuisine is inspired by the natural surroundings in Phuket. To date, he has created over 100 international and Thai dishes, each of which features natural ingredients full of colours and native island themes.
The special dinner was held at the Greenhouse located at Anya’s Place. A welcome drink, either a mocktail or a cocktail, was offered. I picked the mocktail – Tropical Fizz (House pineapple coconut shrub and soda).
The food – Chef Wuttisak’s progressive Thai cuisine
Amuse-Bouche Texture and Flavours
Snap peas/ Coconut/ Ground Crispy Fish
As explained in the menu, the amuse-bouche is an experience of texture and flavours. Very true, it looks tiny as it’s only bite-sized but flavour-wise, it was impressive. Taste of each ingredient was indistinctive while complementing each other, balancing the little piece of delicacy with an all-round earthy flavour.
Local Ingredients Texture, Colours and Flavours
Red Grouper Fish, Lime & Parsley Butter
The red grouper fish is from Thailand, it’s fresh. It was slightly brown on the outside leaving a hint of crispiness. Its’ tastiness was enhanced by the lime and parsley butter sauce.
Course 1: East Meet West Textures and Flavours
Thong Dee Pomelo Salad
The most impressive part is there was not a single drop of fish sauce used in this dish. The satisfactory savoury taste was from the fish roe. Natural flavours filled the palate with the most joy.
The freshness of the ingredients radiated the best colours of them. The carabineros prawn was skilfully kneaded to a spectrum of marble red. It’s thin and even, the texture of the prawn became smoother; the flavour stood out! The chopped mango and chilli made this dish exotically Thai.
This foie gras was heavenly delicious. Pan-seared to reach a satisfactory brown on the outside, the foie gras melted on the palate with an aroma lingering in the mouth. The tamarind jus served its function to soothe the creaminess.
Course 4: Water and Oil
Savoury Beef Essence and Oil Combination
120 Days Dry-Aged Prime Rib, Essence of Beef, Truffle Oil, Hokkaido Scallop
The smell of this dish came before it was put in front of me. The beef stock was a very high concentrate of quality prime rib. We poured the essence into the Hokkaido scallop which was perfectly wrapped by a thin layer of dry-aged beef. While the course suggested water and oil, it was a flawless combination of water and truffle oil. The soup was flavoursome without any oily mouthfeel.
Course 5: East Meet West
Textures and Flavours
Wild Blue Crab & Green Gazpacho
After a hot dish, this course aimed to cool our palate down a bit. The generous serving of wild blue crab meat made every spoonful of it so unforgettable. It burst with freshness and juice. The green gazpacho added a layer of refreshing mouthfeel.
Course 6: Progressive Thai Cuisine
Textures, Colours and Flavours
45 Days Butter-Dry-Aged Australian Wagyu Mashed Potatoes, Red Curry
This dish was the highlight of the dinner. The red curry sauce, though in a very little amount as seen in the photo, rocked the palate as if a big pot of curry was served. It may look like a Wagyu steak commonly found in any western restaurant, but every bite of it confirmed it’s a Thai dish. 10 thumbs-up to Chef Wuttisak!
Course 7: The Asian Progressive
Tasty Version featuring Thai Flavours
Pineapple Carpaccio, Coconut Sorbet, Malibu Jelly
Using two signature fruits from Thailand – coconut and pineapple. This dessert brings us back to the origin of Chef Wuttisak’s current kitchen wizardry in Phuket. It quieted the hotness from the previous course and comforted our palate with satisfactory sweetness!
Who in Gourmet Bangkok team experienced the special dinner by Chef Wuttisak?
Chelsea Chan ~ A food lover, golfer, fun lover, and adventurer Chelsea was born in Hong Kong and is a genuine food lover. Her palate is especially sharp on Cantonese food, delicacies from Hong Kong and meat (especially beef, chicken and lamb). She is able to taste how the food is cooked and prepared. Besides, she is also a pro buffet gourmet because of her unlimited appetite. When she says ‘too sweet’, it may not be sweet for you as her preference for chocolate is 72++ dark chocolate.
Neng Srichaisak ~ A pro golfer, travel lover and photographer Neng was born in Bangkok and is an enthusiastic photographer. Ever since joining the Gourmet Bangkok Team, he has developed an intense interest in food and food photography. He is good at searching for the best angle for a dish. He likes spicy food and is able to tell the exotic spices used in Asian cuisine. He also acts as the Thai-Cantonese interpreter for Chelsea when reviewing restaurants in Bangkok. As he is a pro golfer, he reviews all golf courses for Gourmet International Team.