SEED, the latest venture from prolific Bangkok restaurateurs Water Library, has opened at Phrom Phong, serving rustic international dishes in a cute faux-farmhouse barn setting.
A definitive move away from their previous fine dining and posh bistro concepts, Seed had ditched the white table cloths, pricy set-menus and, perhaps best of all, it’s not located in a shopping mall.
But there are some constants. The restaurant has managed to retain Haikal Johari, the Singaporean chef responsible for their ultra-exclusive (and ultra-expensive) ‘Water Library Thonglor’, which catapulted the brand to fame before it closed in early 2015. So basically, Seed is your opportunity to eat new creations from one of the most highly-rated chefs in Bangkok – without having to ask the bank a small loan beforehand.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
First of all, we should tell you about the wine. Both the Shaky Ground Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and Scanavino Prosecco DOC, N.V are available by the glass for 189 baht; a price virtually impossible to find anywhere else in this part of town. That aforementioned Sauvignon Blanc was particularly memorable. Reds such as their Chilean La Playa 2011 Merlot and Casas Patronales Cabinet Sauvignon are at 690 for the bottle, which leads us to think they’re not making much profit on the plonk.
Starters at Seed Bangkok take on quite a delicate edge, admittedly leaning towards the French-Asian inspired gastronomy Water Library built their success on. The salmon belly (320 baht) is a big hit; the fish is served raw as both tartar and foam and then topped off with white wine ice cream to add a little sweetness. Other starters continue in the effort to bring premium ingredients to the forefront, such as the white asparagus, foie gras terrine, and lamb tartar (all under 400 baht).
Easily the highlight (that we tried) was the duck confit. This dish has been a constant throughout Water Library’s half-a-dozen other venues, and Seed’s adaptation is just as good; the crispy skin, succulent meat and sweet ginger, carrot and orange puree tick all the right boxes – as does the price (590 baht).
We weren’t as ‘wowed’ by the SEED burger, probably because there is so much other quality completion about in Bangkok nowadays. Other meaty mains that will have to wait for next time include steak and mash for 690 baht and a rack of milk-fed lamb for 720 baht. SEED’s menu also takes an Italian diversion with a small selection of pasta, risotto, spaghetti and seafood.
SEED joins a growing number of good restaurants between Sukhumvit 33 and 39, five minutes’ from Phrom Phong BTS. The superb value-for-money wine list is enough reason to visit alone, while the charming farmhouse décor and satisfying around-the-world menu will see us coming back soon.
- Opening Hours: 17.30-24:00 (closed Mondays)
- Location: 104 Sukhumvit Soi 39 (Soi Phrom Chit), Bangkok, Thailand
- Tel: +66(0) 283 6363