There’s such a wealth of good food in Thailand. And we ate most of it. We sampled things from just about every price point Bangkok has to offer. The verdict? It’s all AMAZING!
We blogged earlier in the year about the joy that was our Chao Phraya river dinner cruise, well, we only had two dinners in Bangkok and the second was decidedly more land bound. After our afternoon nap (I passionately believe in these), we awoke wondering what we could do about dinner. Neither of us wanted to walk too far so we began to Google great eats around the hostel* neighbourhood.
That was how we found the Namsaah Bottling Trust, a gastro bar housed in an early 20th-century villa a mere 10 minutes walk from Lub d Silom*. This was when I fully appreciated just how strangely we travel. We’re both quite happy to enjoy the modest comforts of a good hostel for sleeping and showering purposes. But on the flip side – if there’s nice food to be had, we’ll pay for it. Never assume a hosteller only wants to eat street food or at a 7 Eleven. Although the 7 Elevens in Bangkok is where you find the magical Meiji chocolate milk, but that’s another story…
We called in a reservation for an hour’s time and strolled up the road to find it. It didn’t take long impressive. I mean, a hot pink colonial-style building? That’s a statement. You can’t really miss it – even though it is situated on a little side street.
The staff were delightful, terribly polite and extremely efficient. We were given the option of sitting inside or out. Since everyone else seemed to be wanting to sit inside, we flowed the other direction and sat out at one of the candlelit tables.
Menus were presented, so we decided to start with a drink. The cocktails, described as whimsical, are inventive and diverse. In fact, they have some 30 options to choose from. I chose one called Dancing Alligator, which arrived beaded and gorgeously ginger. Tiernan took a beer.
Namsaah has been carefully, but vibrantly, decorated with bold colours, Thai fabrics and furnishings throughout. It is incredibly stylish and shows the founders’ dedication to showcasing the quirky side of Thai food, design and entertainment. Thai celebrity chef Ian Kittichai has created a menu that includes iconic favourites with a twist (think pad thai with foie gras).
The sun slowly began to set and the more dapper patrons began to arrive (there was no way I was going to get Tiernan into his number 1s in South-East Asia – cargo shorts all day long) and our main courses arrived along with them.
We had selected a couple of the chef’s special. A red curry with slow cooked beef (you could taste every hour) and tangerine chicken. A side of wedges. Each dish was beautifully presented.
Now that the table was laden with delicious dishes, we needed to set about eating them. Thai food is designed to be shared, so we crowded the dishes into the centre and spooned samples onto our plates.
We cleaned the dishes up and really could have eaten more. I think that’s a good way to leave a meal: impressed, but not over stuffed. Now night had settled in, the weather was at a really pleasant temperature. We finished our drinks and strolled back to the hostel to get some much-needed rest before our planned visit to Chatuchak Market the next day.
I’d love to go back one day and eat inside. The downstairs bar and upstairs a la carte restaurant are simply beautiful.
Where to find them: 401 Silom Soi 7, Silom Road, Bangrak 10500 Bangkok (nearest BTS station is Chong Nonsi)
Prices: The pricier mains were about B450 each (about €11), cards accepted
Opening times: Mon-Sun, 5 pm – 2 am
Do you have serious food envy yet?
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