Last weekend’s Bangkok best restaurants teamed on to put on a charity event benefitting Nepal. Instead of doing a gala dinner to benefit earthquake relief, the organizers instead decided to do a food festival featuring food and drinks from the hottest restaurants and retailers around Bangkok.
Food Photo: Chacuterie from Bo.lan’s New Rustic Thai Restaurant “Err”
Notes: Bo.lan’s latest project Err is a low key restaurant in the old city with a rustic take on Thai favorites. At the event they showed up with soft and supremely spiced sai oua sausage, naem (Northern Thai fermented, cured pork), and khao jee (grilled sticky rice).
Food Photo: Lightly Deep Fried Smoked Chicken with Naturally Preserved Coleslaw from Quince Restaurant
Notes: Quince went straight cookout style with lightly fried, smoked chicken and the best slaw I’ve had in a while.
Food Photo: Corn and Bacon Panna Cotta with Crab from Little Beast Restaurant
Notes: Small package, but a creative, savory spin on the normally sweet panna cotta. Beyond automatically getting votes for having bacon, Little Beast’s dish was definitely one of the top offerings from the event.
Food Photo: Spicy Pork and Cardamom Curry with Steamed Eggs and Jasmine Rice from nahm
Notes: Often considered Bangkok’s top restaurant, nahm, came down to my level with this fiery ass curry served on a paper plate. Super spicy and delicious, it definitely needed to be followed with ice cream.
Food Photo: Italian Style Wood Oven Baked Pizza from Peppina
Notes: The always packed Peppina showed up with their portable pizza oven and started firing off the pizza pies as soon as guests showed up. Didn’t have to down many slices to realize pizza, and definitely cheese fanatics should have them on their foodie bucket lists.
Food Photo: Crispy Pulled Duck Salad (Fennel, Green Beans, Carrot, Pomegranate, Grapes, Harissa, Yogurt) from No Idea Restaurant
Notes: Didn’t plan on eating this, but when a friend abandoned the plate in front of me, what was I supposed to do? As you guessed, I reached for my second stomach and begin enjoying all the textures from this surprising light salad.
Food Photo: Red Curry Croquettas from Viva 21 Restaurant
Notes: They looked cute and I don’t just mean the teddy bear on the side of the plates! Each of these bites we packed full of red curry flavor and have definitely put Thonglor’s Viva 21 on my radar.
Food Photo: Lobster Sliders with Squid Ink Bun and Organic Uni on Squid Ink Crostini from Crab & Claw
Notes: I skipped Crab & Claw’s table this round, but stopped by to hello and snap photos. They were the first to sell out with lots of people raving about their sliders. Luckily, I had recently visited them for a couple big mouthfulls of lobster of my own.
Food Photo: Vegetarian Tortillas Montadas (Eggplant, Pickled Veggies, Capsicum, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Capers and Topped with Torched Manchego Espuma)
Notes: So full and still couldn’t stop from starting to nibble on these cheese covered veggies with soft grilled egg tortilla chunks from Osito’s (formerly El Osito) soon to re-open Tapas Spot.
All of what I ate above was delicious and more than enough to make me painfully full without trying everything. I missed out on Oyster Bar serving fresh oysters, Appia with porchetta sliders, and a mysterious dessert from Gaggan called Himalayan snow. I volunteered at the event serving Jameson Whisky, and eclectic flavors of soft serve ice cream from Opposite Mess Hall. There was plenty of alcohol on hand from Wine Garage, Be:Spoke Fine Wines, Beervana Craft Beer, and Peroni Beer.
The venue was a show warehouse for luxury art dealer Lotus Arts de Vivre who had plenty of helpful staff keeping things clean and organized. All together it made for an epic Sunday and to top it all off, money was raised to rebuild after the awful earthquake in Nepal. Last I heard the event raised nearly a million baht, all of which will benefit Hatemalo Thailand’s work. Don’t forget that even if you missed out on trying Bangkok’s best restaurants, you can still donate to relief efforts happening in Nepal!