For this edition of Bangkok Fatty we found ourselves amongst the glittering gold temples and historic structures of Rattanakosin, Bangkok’s Old Town, a key destination for visitors to the capital with the iconic Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho in the vicinity along the banks of the Chao Phraya. But it’s not the first time. In attempt to be one of the cool people to experience Err first, I showed up only to find it closed. Fortunately, that won’t happen again because I’ve teamed up with Chope, an instant restaurant reservations booking app, to feature Bangkok hottest eating destinations.
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Just a stone’s throw away from the grounds of the giant reclining Buddha is Err Restaurant, described as “Urban Rustic Thai” for a contemporary spin on traditional tastes presented in a modern way. Tucked in a quiet alleyway off the main road amongst shophouses, it has the feeling of a hidden gem away from the main tourist pack, albeit with star chef credentials as the latest outlet from the renowned husband and wife duo Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisva and Dylan ‘Lan’ Jones of Bo.lan, considered one of the best restaurants in Asia and regularly features on Top 50 lists.
In contrast to the fine dining experience at their flagship, Err provides a more casual concept with tapas style dishes that are designed to be enjoyed with drinks. Exposed brick and graffitied walls combined with retro furnishings along with some funky tunes creates an informal, yet stylish eclectic space to retreat and relax in for some nibbles and refreshments during a day of sightseeing under the sun, or in the evening as an alternative bar and dinner spot away from the usual downtown joints if proximity to public transport is not an issue.
Simple delights can be found in the small touches from the array of antiques and toys dotted around the room to the bird cages filled with coconut candy provided to guests as after meal sweets. The menu features a range of street style food and classic dishes, albeit a more upscale version of local flavors. Prices may not be backpacker budget cheap, although could be seen as a more affordable way of sampling some tasty Thai fare by some of the city’s most exciting chefs along with a craftily curated cocktail list.
Like the main restaurant, Err also focuses on sustainable local produce and lets the quality of the ingredients shine as well as creative preparation skills. Bold flavors and spiciness levels are also not dialed down to nonThai palettes for an authentic culinary journey from the skewered meats such as the Issan style pork sausage cured with organic gaba rice and various other cured, grilled, or fried finger foods to the more substantial wok-fried dishes and curries.
The quirkily named Chicken Movie (Nang Kai Tort), B150, is one of the signature bites here the skin of a whole chicken is seasoned, strategically shaped, and deep fried to produce a crispy hollow shell. Presented on a mini wire strainer with a bottle of homemade Sriracha sauce on the side to dab on for an extra fiery kick, the result is eye catching as well moreish, taking beer snacks up another level!
Err Urban Rustic Thai Restaurant’s Location and Hours:
Genre: Thai Contemporary
Address: 394/35 Maharaj Road, Ta Tien, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phranakorn,
Directions: Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat from Saphan Taksin BTS station/Sathorn Central pier to Tha Tien pier (for Wat Pho). From the pier walk towards Wat Pho, and turn right on to Maha Rat Road. Keeping to the right hand side of the street continue south for about 250m past several sois (alleys) until reaching the one between a 7 Eleven and Bangkok Bank. Turn right here into the soi and Err is on the left hand side.
Phone Number: 02 6222 2912
Hours: 11am – late night, Tuesday – Sunday (closed Monday)
Price: 200 – 400 per dish
Facebook page: ERR Urban Rustic Thai
Note: This post is sponsored by Chope and you should check them out when making dinner plans in Bangkok or Singapore. There’s more cool restaurants we’ll be visiting because of this collaboration coming soon!