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 seasonal herbs, flowers and fruits, most of them picked from the region. 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. Chef Bee Satongun, co-owner of Paste Bangkok, has been stacking up plaudits with her forward-thinking heritage food, and has been awarded Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Best Female Chef, among other awards.
The enduring quality of Paste Bangkok won them a coveted Michelin star in 2018, which is a great testament to the restaurant’s belief in high-end Thai cuisine.
The restaurant itself is located on the 3rd floor of Gaysorn Plaza in downtown Bangkok. It straddles the line between laid-back and sophisticated. The centrepiece band of flowers is certainly a conversation starter, while the service is personable and professional in equal measure.
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 are also three tasting menu options (starting from 3,100++ baht per person) for diners who are unaccustomed to Thai cuisine and would like to put their trust in the hands of the capable chefs.
Signature entrees include some delicately constructed rice crackers topped with minced duck flavoured with curry powder and nutmeg and ground salmon Thai salad with balls of watermelon, crispy shallots, coconut and betel leaves. 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, rather layered in flavours which brings out the carefully balanced herbs and spices.
Highlights from Paste’s signature dishes include a smoky yellow curry made with succulent chunks of Fraser Island spanner crab, topped with Hummingbird flowers, salty Thai samphire & red turmeric. Other highlights include a Nakhon Sawan pomelo salad topped with char-grilled Carabineros prawns from Spain and a homemade-chilli jam. Every dish at Paste tastes so fresh, as if the ingredients were just gathered from the garden, with an a expert skill used in balancing the flavours and textures.
Paste offers excellent value for a Michelin star restaurant with such character. Proof of their success can be seen in the amount of locals and foreigners who are lining up to try the stylish, modern presentations of ancient Thai dishes. The quality of the cuisine and the dedication of the staff to present genuine Thai flavour to an international audience are certainly worth it in our opinion.
The restaurant is easy to find as there’s a direct walkway from Chitlom and Siam BTS Skytrain stations, with many of Bangkok’s shopping malls nearby.
Paste Restaurant Bangkok
- Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday - lunch: 12.00 to 14.00 dinner: 18.30 till late
- Location: 3rd Floor, Gaysorn Shopping Mall, 999 Phloen Chit Road, Chitlom
- BTS: Chitlom
- Tel: +66(0)2 656 1003
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/PasteBangkok