A Great Restaurant in Sukhumvit
Bangkok is full of culinary surprises and just when you think you have tried enough great restaurants, there will always be one more to scramble onto your list of 'Best Dining in Bangkok'. Smith on Sukhumvit 49 is one of them… Not only it is rather surprising in concept and design but it is commendable for its creative cuisine. After hearing the buzz about Smith, we finally paid them a long overdue visit.
Thankfully a valet parked our car as the space around the restaurant is rather scarce, leaving us standing in front of a corrugated iron facade painted with graffiti, wondering what was hiding behind this unusual introduction. Of course we knew something great was cooking here because Smith has been open a few years now and has been the talk of the town more than once. The time had come to see and taste it for ourselves.
Behind this unusual entrance is a large dining room decorated in an industrial ironsmith style, with lots of rough metal and concrete basking in dimmed lights. It looks great but the noise of people talking, mixed with the background music can be a bit overwhelming, so if you are after a romantic tete a tete, Smith isn't for you.
The room is surprisingly large but often full so you should definitely make a booking in advance to avoid disappointment, or worse: have to wait while watching diners eat at Smith.
Smith is the result of a cooperation between three well known names in Bangkok: Chef Ian Kittichai (Issaya Restaurant), Chef Peter Pitakwong, and Chanond Purananda. Together they created Smith, applying the concept of 'Nose to Tail' in which nothing is wasted. Although, actually, we didn't think about it and just followed our instinct when ordering.
We were four guests which in Thailand is a great way to sample many different dishes, and we are not shy when ordering either. I imagine it would be strange to apply the Thai sharing concept in western countries, but here it becomes normal among friends to pick at each others' plate.
As appetizers we tried some really good imported New Zealand Mussels with a creamy curry sauce (780 baht), some excellent scallops (225 baht) and an superb fried eggs salad (180 baht - Apple, Pistachio, Ricotta & Garden Greens). For our main course, we shared a Half Roused Chicken for 2 as recommended by the chef on that day (680 baht) and the meat lovers were in for a treat with the Butcher Keep Steak (795 baht - Hanger Steak, Kiwi Jam Marinade, Soft Polenta, Shallots & Vinegar Pan Sauce), something you don't find often in restaurants.
Non meat eaters not forgotten with a delicious Whole Roasted-Stuffed Trout (680 baht - Scallop Mousse, Tomatoes, Wild Almond Pesto & New Potatoes).
Of course, desserts are always an important part of a great meal and Smith doesn't disappoint with the ever popular 'Eton Mess' (180 baht - Berries, Praline Crust & Fresh Cream), the 'Chocolate Terrine' (220 baht - Cocoa Nibs, Chocolate Sauce & Citrus) and their own version of a 'Banana Split' (180 baht - Burnt Honey Ice Cream & Caramelized Banana)... this one is a must try! Not only most of the dishes are excellent, but the presentation also deserves a special mention.
Ending on such note make Smith a winner... would we go back to Smith? No doubt about it! Would we recommend it to our friends? We already have!
- Opening Hours: Daily - 5pm - midnight
- Location: Sukhumvit Soi 49
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Tel: 02 261 0515