Paste Bangkok promises an unparallel dining experience for Thai cuisine. The delight that Chef Jason Bailey and Chef Bee Satongun bring us is an unforgettable experience of how exotic local herbs could be exceptionally deployed in their Thai cuisine. Each ingredient in a dish, no matter how tiny amount it is used, does complement the taste of the dish as a whole. Modern twists are seen in the cuisine with the skilful manipulation of cooking and plating techniques, inventively turning traditional Thai recipes into contemporary cuisine.
The interior decor harmoniously goes with the contemporary Thai cuisine served at the restaurant. Ring-shaped high-back sofas carry the dual functions of table partitions and private dining space. The ground-to-ceiling windows facing the street of Ratchaprasong and Central World adds glamour of Bangkok’s city life to the restaurant.
Dining Experience at Paste Bangkok
Tasting menu for two:
This welcome drink was light with a refreshing floral aroma. It was a kind of fusion tea, slightly sweetened to wake up my taste buds for a modern Thai dinner.
Four distinctive layers of flavours were well-blended in one bite, bringing lots of pleasure on the palate!
(2) Watermelon, ground salmon with crispy shallots, roasted galangal powder and caviar
(3) Roasted duck, nutmeg, curry paste, and sawtooth coriander served on rice crackers
I like the contrasting textures of the juicy watermelon balls and the dried minced salmon. Two unseemingly matchable ingredients blended quite uniquely well. When savouring this dish, spoon up a watermelon ball with some dried salmon, crispy shallots and some salmon roe caviar to fully enjoy the textures and flavours. My palate enjoyed the pleasure when the salmon roe caviar exploded in my mouth and mixed with the juice of watermelon!
The rice crackers were lovely! The roasted duck was cooked to its perfection. It was tender without any unpleasant odour of the duck. Nutmeg and curry paste cast magic on the chopped roasted duck, making it very flavoursome to savour with crunchy crackers.
(4) Old style hot and sour soup of crispy pork leg, chargrilled shallots, jackfruit seeds, roasted tomatoes, wild coriander in a smoky chicken broth
(5) Northern Chiang Mai salad of fresh water river prawn with roasted banana chilli, smoked shallots chargrilled tomatoes and pink mempat
(6) Penaeng curry of Australian grain feed beef, toasted peanuts and Thai sweet basil
The three mains featuring pork leg, river prawn and beef were for sharing. The portion was just right for two of us. Among the three dishes, the crispy pork leg soup was the superstar in this meal. The pork leg was brilliantly handled with its fat melted in my mouth without an oily mouthfeel. The soup expressed a unique characteristic of traditional Thai cuisine – rounded flavours of hot, sour, sweet and savoury. To me, it’s the kind of umami taste that I like.
The river prawn was a lovely dish, with an eye-catching floral presentation. The edible flowers and seaweed combined the colours of the sea and the land together in one dish. The river prawn was fresh and was cooked just right to retain its original flavour.
The Penaeng curry beef was best to eat with rice. The aromatic penaeng sauce on the hot rice was a fatal stimulus to my appetite! Eating it with the juicy beef, I ended up refilling my rice twice! Literally, it’s plate-licking!
Modern Thai desserts:
The dessert was a jewel in the eye! The Panna Cotta was served with ice-cream and tropical fruits and edible flowers. It was beautifully presented. Personally, I would prefer more traditional kind of Thai dessert to end my dinner. The complimentary chocolate was lovely!
The dining experience at Paste is unforgettable! I love the modern twists in their cuisine. ~ Chelsea
Who in Gourmet Bangkok team reviewed Paste Bangkok?
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.
Will Gourmet Bangkok recommend Paste Bangkok?
Paste Bangkok is highly recommended to you all! Your dining experience will totally change your perception about Thai food.