Must-read Earlier Installments:
- Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney
- Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal
- Cathay Pacific First Class, Los Angeles – Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific Business Class, Hong Kong – Bangkok
- Grand Hyatt Bangkok: Suite, Club Lounge, and Facilities
- Thai Molecular Gastronomy at Sra Bua in Bangkok
- Getting Custom Tailored Suits Made in Bangkok at Empire Tailors
- Nahm at the Metropolitan: the Best Thai Food in Thailand?
Siam Wisdom opened this past April. It’s the restaurant of Thai Iron Chef Chumphol Jaengprai.
It was recommended to me by the owner of Elephant Jumps in Northern Virginia, not as a place he’s been but as one that he wanted to try. Tom told me that he was confident that Chef Chumphol ‘knows how to cook.’
We were invited inside and sat down in the bar area. The restaurant was a few minutes from opening, and the chef was having his pre-meeting with the staff. So we waited until they were ready to show us upstairs.
After about 10 minutes we were taken up to the dining room.
The concept is that you select from three styles. There’s Thai Ancient, Classic, and Innovative.
Of the three set menus to choose from we selected the ‘Thai Ancient’ menu, which follows (and you can click to enlarge). The concept is recipes for dishes that are hundreds of years old. It was THB 1800++ per person.
The restaurant was so quiet, so deserted, there was only one other table occupied the entire time I was there. The wait staff was bored, looking around at the artwork.
Liking Thai food alone isn’t enough to like the ‘ancient’ menu — I think you probably have to be interested in the flavors and in thinking deeply about them, because they’ll the dishes really won’t be familiar.
I would return — and I’d try the Innovative menu. Having done the ancient menu, it was fascinating but it was far enough away from my expectations and preferences that I’d want to see what else they can do. I might have enjoyed the ancient recipes even more if I had someone explaining to me what was going into the dishes and why so that I wasn’t just tasting but understanding. (Wait staff of course tell you what each dish is, with limited English, but the ancient menu calls out I think for context.)
, my guess it would more closely match my expectations