Sukhumvit Soi 31 is one of Bangkok’s renowned international dining hotspots with an abundance of the city’s favorite eateries from Japanese to Italian cuisine lining this expat-heavy residential street. Its location halfway between Asok and Phrom Phrong makes it a convenient, yet popular destination for a mid-to-upscale meal particularly during dinnertime and on weekends. We were transported to a rustic farmhouse setting with Mediterranean flavor in the middle of upper Sukhumvit for this latest episode of Bangkok Bites, powered by Chope.
Harvest, as the name suggests, features wholesome, freshly obtained ingredients and seasonal produce in its menu of dishes prepared in a traditional, “rustic culinary” experience. I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant at first, but the extensive wooden decor combined with exposed concrete and brickwork, further adorned with hanging dried plants and copper ware, and lined with bottles of pickled vegetables and potted succulents hammers home the idea home. Fortunately for the restaurant’s owners the design stays on the right side of kitsch to create a relaxed, welcoming space that is both beautiful and classy, providing the ideal backdrop to simple yet tasty fare.
There is a great emphasis on premium seafood that has been imported as well as some land-based meat options. Their selection of shellfish includes seasonal black mussels from New Zealand with a choice of sauces to be prepared in, such as the classic pairing of white wine with shallots, garlic, and parsley, and served with a side of fries. If their take on the popular Belgian/French dish moules frites seems familiar it’s because the owners are the brother and sister duo behind now defunct restaurant Bouchot.
We were also presented with a gigantic poached Maine lobster, served with capallini pasta in dried chilli and olive oil from their ‘The Feast’ (i.e. large portions designed for sharing) menu, which was a real beauty. It also came with a whopping price tag of B2,100 so expectations were high, and thankfully didn’t disappoint. Large fleshy chunks of lobster meat went well with the mildly spicy kick from the chilli pasta and crumbled parmesan cheese to round it off. Their signature Irish Garden cocktail (Jameson whiskey, ginger, pomegranate) was presented in a flask that was served in an ice bucket with sprigs of flowers for a refreshing and Instagram-friendly tipple.
Harvest Restaurant Location and Hours
Genre: European Casual Dining
Address: 24/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Klong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Directions: Take the BTS to Phrom Phrong station and take Exit 5, and walk along Sukhumvit Road for about 10 minutes towards Asok. Turn in to Soi 31, and Harvest is about 300 meters up the street on the right hand side.
Phone Number: 02 262 0762
Hours: Daily 5.30pm-12am
Price: B250-3700 per dish
Facebook page: Harvest
Note: This visit was sponsored as part of the Bangkok Bites series, a collaboration with Chope, an instant restaurant reservations booking app in Bangkok! Download the app here!