Paste has relocated to Gaysorn Shopping Mall
Paste Restaurant Bangkok serves modern Thai cuisine that stays true to the bountiful flavours of Thailand but presents them in stylish and inventive ways – think herbs, flowers and fruits. The kitchen is headed by a Thai-western couple who have each influenced the concept, but despite the fancy plating and clear focus on making dishes that are as attractive to look at as they are to eat, this is absolutely a Thai restaurant.
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The restaurant itself is in a small shophouse that straddles the line between laid-back and sophisticated. It’s a cosy, narrow space, with a wall of rattan on one side and lose pages of Thai script plastered on the other. With only six tables downstairs and a couple more on the half floor above, Paste Bangkok retains a personable, friendly ambiance.
Dishes are designed to be brought to the table and shared with rice, although westerners sometimes prefer to have their own individual dishes which is perfectly fine too. There is also two set menu options (starting from 1,300++ baht per person) for diners who are unaccustomed to Thai cuisine and would like to put their trust in the hands of the capable kitchen.
To start, an amuse bouche of chilli paste (nam prik) and Vietnamese mint laid on a slice of rose apple was a delight of different textures with some bold use of spice – the perfect start. Signature entrees include some delicately constructed rice crackers topped with minced duck flavoured with curry powder and nutmeg (280 baht) and a ground salmon Thai salad with balls of watermelon, crispy shallots, coconut and betel leaves (320 baht). These dishes have been designed with taste and texture in mind, with the bountiful fresh herbs adding crunch to the taste. The spice is never eye watering, which depending on your outlook can be good or bad. However, personally I prefer chilli to really kick when it’s supposed to.
Highlights from the mains at Paste Bangkok include the superb wild seabass fillet with white turmeric, fennel and lemongrass foam (550 baht), and the huge chunks of poached organic pork neck with green chilli puree, ruby red grapefruit and toasted sticky rice (480 baht). The seabass dish tastes so fresh it’s as if the ingredients were just gathered from the garden, while the succulent pork neck, scattered amongst flowers, fruits and toasted rice, is an incredibly attractive plate of food with a medley of flavour, ranging from the sweet grapefruit to the rich and oily pork. Dessert of coconut pana cotta with small sugary snacks scattered on the plate fell a little flat, although this doesn’t take away from the fact that Paste is a very good restaurant.
With entrees starting from around 270 baht and mains from 500 baht, Paste offers excellent value for a meal with such character. I’m sure some locals would disagree because it is possible to eat Thai food at half the price, but the quality of ingredients and modern, stylish presentation are certainly worth it in our opinion.
Be advised, Paste is quite hard to find for anyone unaccustomed to the back streets of Thonglor. The restaurant is down a side alley a few metres past Samitiej Hospital (pronounced Sa-Me-Tee-Vet) on the opposite side of the road. Find the hospital and you are walking distance from the restaurant.
New Branch – Paste Gaysorn
If you would like a more easy-to-find location to try this exciting Thai menu, Paste Bangkok has opened a new branch in the luxurious Gaysorn Shopping Mall which is directly connected to Chit Lom BTS Skytrain Station. The new Gaysorn Paste Restaurant is open for lunch too, whereas the original Thonglor branch is open for dinner only.
Paste Restaurant Bangkok
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 18.00 till late
- Location: 120/6 Soi Song Phi Nong, Sukhumvit 49 (Opposite Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital)
- BTS: Thong Lo
- Tel: +66(0)2 392 4313
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/PasteBangkok