Freshness coming straight from the sea
From its origins in Thailand’s Rayong province, back in 1979, the famous Laem Charoen Seafood chain has expanded to a current total of 15 outlets throughout Thailand. The Siam Paragon branch, located on the 4th floor of this glitzy downtown mall, serves up Thai seafood delicacies in welcoming and comforting atmosphere. The recently refurbished entrance is a mix of white marble walls and an elegant wooden honeycomb motif, but the familiar wooden tables remain, providing seating for 150.
Here the menu items are served with a touch of chili and lime courtesy of the Thai-style seafood dipping sauce, the restaurant’s signature recipe. For Thai people sauce and seafood are like the colours of a rainbow—they are beautiful together and cannot be divided.
Reputed to be the first restaurant to introduce Deep fried sea bass with fish sauce (B420) to the market—a dish which has become wildly popular amongst locals and foreigners alike— the restaurant uses only live sea bass to ensure both freshness and consistency. Once fried, the golden brown outer skin of the fish seals in all the moist tenderness of the soft but firmly textured flesh, while the addition of the restaurant’s own homemade aromatic fish sauce adds a sublime finish.
Those craving crustaceans will definitely enjoy the Stir-fried crabs with curry powder (B140, per 100 grams), where even the smallest one is big enough for a whole family. The sweet, mild taste of crabmeat is heavenly when blended with the curry powder, which in turn is mixed with fresh milk and spices. And don’t worry, a “crab cracker” is provided to get through the hard shell.
The item most often ordered from the Thai portion of the menu is undoubtedly the Tom Yum Goong (small B290/large B530). Served in a Thai-style hot pot, this hot and sour soup is flavoured with fragrant spices and herbs—to awaken your taste buds—while the shrimps add a bouncy texture and a slight crunch to the dish. Similarly, the Stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk (B220), which combines two decidedly different tastes, is currently becoming a big hit. The contrast between the sweetness of the squid and the saltiness of the egg yolk offers a dynamic duet for sophisticated palates. As an accompaniment to these main courses it is recommended to order steamed rice, or perhaps a fried rice dish.
The restaurant also offers a wide range of other seafood delicacies—all straight from the sea—including favourites like oysters, mussels, and fresh caught snapper. For dessert, finish off with Salak in syrup (B65) or a Phulae pineapple ice cream (B95).
For almost four decades, Laem Charoen Seafood has been growing while staying true to its original roots. Reliability with respect to ingredients and customer satisfaction has made it one of the best seafood restaurants in Thailand. By Pongphop Songsiriarcha
Laem Charoen Seafood
Siam Paragon Branch
4F, 991 Rama 1 Rd.
Tel: 02 610 9244
Open daily: 10am-10pm