Baa Ga Din Thai Restaurant Bangkok
New Fancy Street Food Concept from Le Du Team0
Baa Ga Din is a great new restaurant in Bangkok that labels itself as ‘modern Thai street food’, but don’t go there expecting 10-baht pork skewers and noodle soup. This is more ‘conceptual’ than ‘modern’; the result is what happens when you take accomplished chefs and ask them to rework street food ingredients: the power and the spice is still there, but the plating and execution will no doubt surprise you. Add this adventurous style of dining together with a relaxed environment, fruity and herbal cocktails and a fantastic wine list for a fun night out with your gang.Read More
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First thing to note is the passion of the team, also behind Le Du, one of Bangkok’s most accomplished high-end restaurants, as well as brunch spot Taper, and classic Thai restaurant Baan. Led by Chef Ton (Thitid Tassanakajorn) they are always pushing the boundaries of cooking methods, presentation and often appearance. American chef Chandler Schultz is the guy chosen to head this modern/conceptual street food kitchen and presents his dishes personally.
The idea here is to cover the table in small plates, fight for elbow space, pick and nibble, laugh loudly, and when your lips start tingling cool down with one of their funky signature cocktails.
The menu starts with snacks and appetisers such as the 48-hour marinated chicken wings which are a pleasure to eat as the middle bone has been extracted so you can take the whole thing in one bite (160 baht for six wings). Coming with a Sriracha green chilli dip and basil emulsion it is like many dishes at Baa Ga Din: tasty, casual but with flashes of culinary ingenuity. The pickled vegetables with rice crackers and herb salad topped in a lime and chilli dressing presents classic Thai flavours, especially fans of sharp, sour tastes (200 baht).
Other highlights include the toasted corn salad with young sour mango and a Kaffir lime emulsion (180 baht). The flavours come in waves with the corn, followed by sour mango and a hint of sweetness before the spice envelops your tongue. The sweet and salty braised pork in thick, dark soy sauce with lotus root and apple puree (450 baht) shows expert paring of flavours and, if constructed more daintily, could grace many fine-dining restaurants. For dessert there is a layered mango sticky rice that is enduringly popular and a coconut ice cream with gingko nuts, orange jelly, and toasty, smoked flavour in every bite.
From the signature cocktails menu, we love that each drink has a unique presentation, such as the Geng Toong, which is a tequila based drink wrapped in a plastic bag, with cinnamon and Jack Daniel Maple flavoured smoke, or the Wake up in Bangkok: a long drink made with lumps of passion fruit, gin and ginger. Cocktails range from 200-350 baht. Draft Singha costs 150 baht. Baa Ga Din is located in the ‘foodie’ hotspot of Sukhumvit Soi 31 (Soi Sawasdee), it is a short taxi or 10 minute walk from Phrom Phong BTS Station.
Baa Ga Din Thai Restaurant
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- Opening Hours: 18:00-23:00 (closed on Tuesday)
- Location: Sukhumvit Soi 31, Phrom Phong
- BTS: Phrom Phong
- Tel: +66 (0)2 662 3813