Smooth Curry Thai restaurant in Bangkok has a simple but winning combination, serving traditional Thai dishes created with the finest ingredients in a warm and attractive dining room. The service and food quality is five-star but the atmosphere is unstuffy, and once you’ve discovered this gem you’ll want to come back for more.
Smooth Curry is located on the 3rd floor of The Athénée Bangkok on Wireless Road. Getting there is simple: it’s only a five minute walk from the sky train at Ploen Chit and taxis will be familiar with the hotel name.
You get an extremely warm welcome at Smooth Curry, and if you have booked in advance (we recommend this at weekends), your name will appear inscribed on a palm leaf. As you browse the menu trying to decide what to pick you can enjoy a small taste of the Thai delicacies that are to come with a duo of herbal drinks: a shockingly violet butterfly pea juice and magenta rosella juice, served in shot glasses; a pre-appetizer of a spiced chicken puff further whets your appetite for the meal ahead. The staff at Smooth Curry restaurant are friendly and knowledgeable about the Thai food on the menu, and although the dishes are spiced to suit those who love chilli, you can ask for a slightly less hot curry or soup and still retain the delicious Thai flavourings.
Sourcing is very important to Smooth Curry at Plaza Athenée, and you definitely can taste the quality ingredients when enjoying the dishes here. For our starter we picked a perennial Thai favourite, som tam, a papaya salad with grilled pork neck (420 baht), although the spice level was perfect for us, the green chilli was camouflaged and even a small slither gave quite a kick! The portion size was extremely generous and the salad was extremely fresh and flavourful. We also tried the deep fried prawn spring rolls served with a glutinous orange sauce (420 baht), which are presented on sticks, their tails sticking out from under the batter. The large fluffy prawns were firm to the bite and served to our table piping hot, the orange sauce adding a deeper flavour to the delicately fragranced spring rolls.
Our main courses were just as delicious. We picked two of chef Jasvir’s signature Smooth Curry dishes. Firstly si krong moo yang: charcoal grilled marinated pork spareribs (450 baht). The meat literally fell of the bone, and these were some of the juiciest, aromatic ribs I’ve ever enjoyed. Again, the portion was generous, but for once I would have been quite happy not to share. The red curry with roasted duck (450 baht) was creamy and rich, with a spicy heat that wasn’t overwhelming and plenty of slices of excellent quality meat.
Keeping with the classics, we ordered a portion of mango and sticky rice (300 baht) to share which the kitchen staff kindly served on individual plates. The mango was ripened to perfection and the creamy coconut flavour came through strongly in the accompanying sauce.
The easygoing atmosphere at Smooth Curry makes it a great place to enjoy a meal with friends or loved ones, you never feel rushed, and the restaurant’s popularity means there is a gentle buzz of conversation and clinking of glasses, but the tables are well spaced out to ensure an intimate atmosphere. For a date we recommend the tables for two that look out onto the small, leafy balcony, with Bangkok’s skyscrapers shining in the evening sky. The drinks menu is elaborate, with a great range of cocktails, mocktails and decent wines by the glass and bottle on offer. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Smooth Curry restaurant at Plaza Athenée Hotel, and would recommend it to anyone looking for fantastic quality Thai food in Bangkok.
Smooth Curry Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- BTS: Ploen Chit
- Address: Level 3, The Athénée Bangkok, 61 Wireless Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 650 8800 ext 4340