I showed up at Bangkok’s Opposite Mess Hall this past Monday for my last meal at the restaurant. This week the restaurant closes for good, ending a couple of trend setting years in business. Chef Jess and team have their eyes set across town, moving out of Thonglor to graduate their restaurant to a Silom location and to do higher end cuisine. Their new restaurant will be called Daisy Matthews and, if you’d been paying attention, you may have caught some previews of the style of food they hope to serve recently at Opposite. The finale party, however, was mostly a dedication to the type of elevated comfort food the restaurant is most well known for among Bangkok’s fooderati.
The farewell event called upon some similarly infamous faces from the Bangkok food community, bringing Mark from Daniel Thaiger, Bangkok’s most well known food truck, to collaborate on the food and Beervana with a special deal on tasty craft beer. The one day only menu partially resurrected the most famous dishes from Opposite’s menu, slapping crispy deep fried chicken and roasted bone marrow into buns.
Food photo: Rich and satisfying truffle and parmesan fries
Food photo: The ‘I can’t feel my legs’ burger of buttermilk fried chicken, iceberg, tomato, swiss cheese and topped with sriracha mayo
Food photo: The ‘better than MOS burger’ combined an organic prawn patty with jamon and swipes of tartare sauce.
Each of the burgers had a hilarious name. The ‘fuck meat‘ burger was a portabello burger with buffalo mozzarella designed especially for vegetarians. The duo of chefs slayed anything MOS Burger ever created simply by serving food in buttered brioche buns, but they ‘better than MOS Burger’ title was reserved for the sandwich combining organic prawn patties with jamon and tartare sauce. The highlight for me was the ‘I can’t feel my legs’ buttermilk fried chicken burger. I was really hoping the concept for Daisy Matthews was actually to build a giant fried chicken place because I really just needed the chicken in a 12 piece bucket. I tried not get all emotional about my favorite place for fried chicken in Bangkok closing, but a tear might have been shed!
Peace out Opposite, Daisy Matthews bring it on!
PS – Special thanks to my hand model for making those burgers look great!