Seasonal and Sustainable at Jamie’s Italian
Although UK celebrity chef JAMIE OLIVER is the creative force behind a chain of over 60 restaurants worldwide, various branches are also encouraged to develop seasonal menus based on what’s available locally. Recently, head chef ALEX BARMAN from JAMIE’S ITALIAN in Bangkok (GF, Siam Discovery, 989 Rama 1 Rd), debuted a number of new dishes including funghi pizza, prawn linguine, roasted carrot salad, silky pate bruschetta, octopus and mussel spaghetti nero, and roast chicken al mattone. Of course, the restaurant is no stranger to buying from local food artisans, with pork chops and pork sausage coming from Sloane’s, free-range chickens from Sirin Farms (Chiang Rai), and mozzarella, ricotta, and soft cheeses from local producers Mille Stelle. Incidentally, if you’ve never tried Jamie’s truly amazing Amalfi lemon meringue cheesecake, then you don’t know what you’re missing!
Modestly Priced Michelin
Back in June the TERMINAL 21 mall (88, Sukhumvit Soi 19) added yet another mid-priced Michelin-starred eatery to its interior. The newly opened HAWKER CHAN now rivals TIM HO WAN as the city’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal. After it was announced that Singapore’s Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Chicken Rice & Noodles was one of just two street-food stalls to be awarded a star in the first edition of that country’s 2016 Michelin Guide, owner-chef CHAN HON MENG rapidly expanded his empire with two “quick-service” outlets in Singapore, a branch in Taipei, and now a foothold right here in Bangkok. The no-frills space on the 5th floor, offers specialties like Hong Kong-style soya sauce chicken and BBQ pork.
Flippin’ the Bird
It’s all about chicken at the recently opened BIRDS ROTISSERIE (Soi Amon, Nang Linchi Rd), located deep in the heart of the Chong Nonsi/Yenakart area. Here, three day-marinated, free-range chickens from Khao Yai—no preservatives or no antibiotics—are spit-roasted in a huge French-style rotisserie oven, resulting in perfectly crispy skin surrounding the tender meat. This collaboration of French chefs JULIEN LAVIGNE and JEREMY TOURRET also offers sides like new potato tossed in the rotisserie drippings, and coriander-pesto roasted baby carrots. Up until mid-July it was operating as a delivery only set-up, but now they are open for dining in as well, with seating for about 25 persons. Open daily, except Monday, during lunch and dinner hours (closing at 10:30pm).
Your Cabin or Mine?
At the newly opened LE CABANON restaurant (44, Naradiwas Soi 15) the emphasis is on French and Mediterranean cuisine, with a penchant for seafood—especially lobsters! This casual yet elegant fine dining restaurant, whose name translates roughly as “cabin”, is set in a lovely home complete with a garden and terrace and seating for about 60 persons. The team here is the same one behind the now defunct Moko on Sathorn Soi 10, which was sold several years ago. This new venture is open from 5pm to 11pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 11am to 11pm on weekends.