Sra Bua is a fine-dining restaurant that serves cutting edge Thai cuisine unlike any you will have ever seen before. Well-known Thai favourites have been turned inside out, and every dish is a treat for the eyes – as well as the taste buds.
The consulted chef is Henrik Yde-Andersen, the man behind Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, the renowned Michelin-starred Thai restaurant. Chef Henrik flies in to create seasonal menus that push boundaries in terms of inventiveness. The menu changes every quarter, but signature dishes and favourites remain.
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Located on the ground floor of the ultra-luxe Siam Kempinski Hotel, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is richly decorated with teak wood and Thai embellishments, none more so than the lotus pond (‘sra bua’ means lotus pond in Thai) which is a central feature of the restaurant. The most coveted table in the house sits under the beautifully carved teak roof in the left hand corner of the dining room but there are also some cosy booths if you want a little more privacy.
The menu offers a 10 course set menu (3,100++ baht) or a la carte options, but to enjoy all of the fun and surprising elements of a meal at Sra Bua the set menu shows Chef Henrik at the height of his ingenuity. Don’t treat this as a quick meal though as this is really is a drawn out affair with enough surprises and theatrics to make it your full night out. We counted 18 plates of food when you consider the amuse bouche and multi-plate courses. It’s called 'The Journey’ and it is exactly that, with fine-dining tricks and surprises apparent in almost every course.
A meal at Sra Bua starts with a few nibbles and a selection of street food style dishes. The crispy chicken skin with frozen balls of sate sauce is a great introduction to this style of creative cuisine, along with the bag of spiced cashew nuts, delivered in a little plastic bag, which you are encouraged to eat too – it’s actually made of edible tapioca starch. There’s also red curry ice cream on a crab cornetto, grilled squid served on a mini coal barbeque, and a ‘miang kham’, a collection of raw ingredients wrapped in a betel leaf. It really is like a whirlwind tour of the flavours you are likely to find out and about in Thailand, but presented with panache.
All the food at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is presented with that extra wow factor, and even dishes that sound traditional on the menu appear at your table in a striking manner. One of the must-try main courses is the grilled beef tenderloin, served with a Thai basil reduction and a spicy oyster sauce with the aromatic flavour of tamarind really added depth to the dish. Another Thai favourite: creamy Tom Kha has been given a makeover and broken into separate parts. The generous portion of panko fish is flaky and flavoursome and is topped with crisp peppery fish skin. The fragrant soup is served from a teapot and is lightly spiced. The staff are warm, attentive and knowledgeable about the ingredients and preparation of the food, which is always handy when you can’t quite pinpoint the complex blend of spices and flavourings.
The dessert selection is no less impressive, with three separate sweet treats, all light, floral and fruity. The stand-out sweet for me was the Flower Shop, an actual rose bud, with jasmine, mint and lime used to flavour and scent the dish. It tastes like a bowlful of summer holidays.
Reconstructing Thai dishes in such an unusual way is very daring, but Sra Bua pulls it off in majestic style and a meal here is a treat for any serious food lover.
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Sra Bua Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 23:00 Daily
- BTS: Siam
- Address: 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 162 9000
- Price Range: 10 course set menu 3,100++ baht