EAT, an acronym of Eat All Thai, is the latest venture of the creators of the popular Suppaniga Eating Room on Soi Thonglor, widely regarded as one of the best Thai restaurants in town. Like its sister restaurant, the menu at EAT is based on ‘homestyle’ dishes, but unlike Suppaniga, they aren’t all based on recipes from the owner’s grandmother.
Groove, as most people now know, is an area adjacent to the CentralWorld shopping complex that is set aside for high quality food outlets even though it is connected to a mall. Unlike some of its neighbours, EAT has a casual feel with seating in the restaurant and ‘outdoors’ in the area fronting Groove’s walkway. In spite of soaring floor to ceiling windows and an impressive view, the rustic wood furniture, traditional Thai crockery and an open kitchen give it a homey feel. “We’ve tried to create elements from the three most important institutions in Thai culture: home, temple and market,” says Tatchai Nakapan, the managing partner.
Grandmother was from Trat, but lived in Khon Kaen so recipes from these areas make up about half the menu, but the other half, as Tatchai points out, consist of selected dishes from all over the country. An important element in both the Supanniga and EAT approach to Thai food is the use of ingredients from the region from which a dish emanates. The Goong Mae Nam Pao, grilled river prawns (prices vary according to size), is a good example. The massive prawns come from Ayutthaya and the dish is a local specialty. One of our favourite dishes was the Khai Yok Song (B350), Eat’s special omelette made with chunks of seafood, including massive pieces of crab from Surat Thani. If you are tired of greasy omelettes with a meagre selection of ingredients dished up at many Thai restaurants, you will love this dish. Another dish that caught our fancy was the Hoi Joh Jew (B230), homemade crispy crab rolls. Eating these tasty little dollops takes snacking to new heights.
For dessert try the cooling Thai tea panna cotta (B85). The drinks here are also toothsome. They include sweet and sour Thai classics such as cola and plum, and the popular palm syrup on ice (both B85).
The service and prices at EAT also deserve special mention. The servers are friendly, knowledgeable and obviously enjoy working at the restaurant, a remarkable achievement considering the short time the EAT has been in existence. And the prices? They are probably the least expensive of any of the outlets at Groove.