Accor to launch dual-branded 
Mercure & ibis in Central Bangkok

Accor has announced the launch of a dual-branded Mercure & ibis hotel, which will open on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 24 on 1st December 2019.

Situated in the capital’s central business district, guests will enjoy convenient access to a diverse range of restaurants, vibrant entertainment options, and the very best shopping malls. The Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain station is just 100 meters away, ensuring swift connections to the city’s iconic cultural attractions as well as Suvarnabhumi and Don Meuang international airports.

Sukhumvit is the longest street in Thailand, with numerous adjacent ‘sois’ (sub-streets) where visitors can explore plush shopping malls, delectable dining, and thrilling nightlife offerings. The trendy Phrom Phong district is filled with an excellent collection of restaurants, eclectic bars, creative cafes and hip clubs which give the area a distinctly contemporary, cosmopolitan essence enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

“We are excited to partner with The Erawan Group to launch this dual-branded property in Bangkok. The combination of our Mercure and ibis brands will ensure guests can choose between one of the world’s largest midscale brands and the most recognized economy brand, offering an unbeatable price to fun ratio,” said Mr. Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 24 will feature 201 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, a rooftop swimming pool, fitness center, and meeting facilities, complemented by the brand’s authentic, locally-inspired service. Guests staying on the executive floor will enjoy privileged access to the Executive Lounge for complimentary refreshments throughout the day.

ibis Bangkok Sukhumvit 24 has 300 rooms, boasting a vibrant atmosphere and convenient amenities. The hotel will offer the ibis ‘Mission 15’ promise, which provides guests with prompt service and support by the hotel team within 15 minutes at any time during their stay.

”We are pleased to introduce our third dual-branded hotel concept in Bangkok in partnership with Accor. The 2-in-1 hotel concept offers our guests a superb choice between Mercure, a renowned midscale brand where business and leisure guests can experience local stories, and ibis, a popular economy brand aimed at today’s budget-savvy and trendy travelers, in one of the city’s most exciting districts,” said Mr. Youssef Elkhomri, Senior Vice President – Hotel Operations, The Erawan Group

“We very much look forward to welcoming guests to these cool, new hotels, where they will receive a warm and friendly reception and where all the excitement of the city is right at their fingertips. It really is a bustling part of the capital where memorable adventures await, and our exciting new location can serve as the perfect base for local discovery and exploration,” said Mr. Nikolay Stoyanov, General Manager-Mercure ibis Bangkok Sukhumvit 24.

For more information, please visit, email or contact +66 (2) 659 2888 for general inquiries or reservations.

Surprising Gourmet Dining at The House Yenakart soi 2

THE HOUSE in Yen-Akat has explored Bangkok’s fast-developing cuisine in the last years at its maximum. The duo was been faced with the best-of-its-best – from all great to famous Chefs who have designed and created new food and styles, which all was good to fantastic. But at the end of a long dining experience, we had to ask ourselves – is this better than our Grandma´s cooking?

This major question led us to be motivated to turn the clock back to its origin. To its cooking style and tastes as our old grandparents used to spoil us with it.

No fusion – no mix – no experiments! The real authentic taste of ancient recipes, which kept secretly, we found, should be the new Today of Tomorrow!

This, as the sore base, was the motivation for Gigee & Matt to plan & to develop to perfection the idea of returning back in time and to serve their guest a unique dining experience, with dishes sourced from around the globe to serve a Traditional Home Cooking Cuisine, with fantastic smells and extraordinary tastes to you at THE HOUSE.

Located In Yen-Akart – Bangkok, we offer a Traditional Global Home Cooking Cuisine under a private Fine Dining in an old Thai house, surrounded by a Tranquil Garden in a Homey & Stylish Atmosphere with Art.

Experience a Seasonally Changing Set of a 9-Course-Menu, based on Ancient Recipes & Grandmas Secrets from different countries of the World, while you will learn about the story behind each dish.

THE HOUSE return to the Source of Traditional Dishes, prepared & cooked in Home-Cooking Style. Accomplished by selected Wines & Drinks, wrapped with a stylish old Thai-House & its artic touches and stories behind, to present you an unforgettable and extraordinary dining experience with tastes & smells you may have never experienced before – except at your Grandma´s home – where you have been pampered and always felt hearty welcomed – as much as at THE HOUSE!


Traditional home cooking plays a major role in THE HOUSE cuisine. It´s the grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who, generation after generation, have preserved ancient recipes and built upon them to ensure that they become essential dishes.

THE HOUSE cuisine is full of worldwide tastes & smells, and it evokes those memories that are always associated with good times in life. Remember, family reunions and celebrations, or even your favorite meal at your parents’ house, are some of the most inviting memories of being a child.

And that very feeling is exactly what we will bring back to you in our old Thai-House, surrounded by a tranquil garden, with a dedicated staff serving you traditional home-cooked dishes prepared by ancient recipes from around the globe.

Cooking in the “traditional way” has become a forgotten path of restaurant-kitchens, as many try new dishes and combine diverse recipes of this planet into a fusion-dish. Nevertheless, for us, we would like to take you back in time, where cooking has been prepared with essential ingredients and spices grown back in the motherland and cooked as they were supposed to be cooked 100 years ago.

Our Chef will create a seasonal changing menu of small savory dishes prepared with the help of these traditional recipes that we have collected from family-members and other grandma´s & grandpa´s met around the world from our travels throughout the last 40 years.

To give you a taste of it all, while using only high-quality products, we will serve you a fixe set of 7 and 9 tapas-sized dishes during your stay with us. Our menu changes seasonally and we rotate dishes approximately every 2-3 months to reflect the best ingredients at the time of year. All recipe origins and ingredients are sourced from the following locations:

Venezuela, Peru, Mexico; US: Hawaii, New Orleans, Texas; France, Italy, Germany, Swiss-Alsatian, Netherland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Tajikistan, Hungary, Rumania, Poland, Egypt, Morocco, South-Africa, Namibia, Scandinavia, & Guernsey (UK).

Our supplier’s source ingredients of top quality from all regions of the world, while others are carefully selected from local markets.

Our purpose is to offer a unique dining experience that the vibrant and stimulating city of Bangkok can offer. As the anchor of South-East-Asia, we are proud to offer you an exciting and flavorful dining experience at THE HOUSE.

And to make all of this even more unique and creative – only just before each serving, we will tell you about the dish that we’ve cooked for you. You will learn the story of the recipe, the history of its existence, and the exciting ingredients that make up the dish just before you take your first bite.

Book your table at

136/1 Yen-Akart, Soi 2, Chong Nonsi, Yan Nawa, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Phone +66-2-0052766

Bangkok to Host NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 “Affiliate Marketing in the Age of Crypto” This December

NEXT BLOCK ASIA returns to Bangkok for another landmark Crypto and Affiliate industry event on December 3, 2019.

The capital of Thailand will become a bustling hub for Affiliate Marketing, Crypto and Fintech experts for the second time this year.

The conference will run upon an umbrella theme ‘Affiliate Marketing in the Age of Crypto’ to emphasize the rebirth of the crypto space, affiliate marketing’s role in the industry’s growth, as well as its impact on financial services and solutions.

Over 30 prominent speakers as well as world’s top performance marketers and e-commerce entrepreneurs, investors, and startups will come to Bangkok to participate in NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 to recap 2019 and discuss the prospects of 2020.

We lived through a speculative growth in 2017, sharp disillusionment in 2018 and roller-coaster moves underpinned by uncertainty in 2019. What’s in store for the industry in 2020 still remains to be seen. However, renowned experts will undust their crystal balls at NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 and try to foresee the most probable outcomes moving forward.

This time the discussions will be focused on affiliate marketing, gaming projects, and CFDs in the era of blockchain and crypto. Startups and companies will present their projects in the EXPO ZONE and pitch their ideas from the stage to get unparalleled exposure and attract investors, new partners, and customers.

NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 also offers unique networking opportunities and is your best platform for generating new business. You will meet advertisers, marketers and affiliate networks, as well as investors, brokers, blockchain and crypto experts, CFD, Forex and Tech companies, PSPs and Gaming Operators and other best minds from the CRYPTO and AFFILIATE spaces. NEXT BLOCK creates the best conditions for fruitful discussions and a chance to develop relationships that make the difference.

The legendary ASIA FASHION TV PARTY featuring 20+ stunning models, best DJ, and supernova entertainment program will become a final allure accord co-organized by Fashion TV. The party will be kicked off by a Gala GURUS AWARDS Ceremony, that will recognize the best Companies (Services) in the space as well as the Top Influencers. Delivered in collaboration with Cryptovest and WebCelebs, the GURUS AWARDS is accepting applications for various Nominations till November 17.

Both Gurus Awards and FashionTV Party is your best chance to expose a brand to multiple media & network while drinking and dancing the night away.

Visit NEXT-BLOCK.ORG to learn more, get a ticket, sign up for presenting your project, join the expo, become a sponsor or a media partner. Check the highlights of our previous events in Bangkok, Sofia, Tel Aviv, and Kyiv.


A special pop-up that showcases first-time Singapore lifestyle and food brands to Bangkok

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019 – Sunday, 3 November 2019

Venue: EmQuartier (Avenue)

Time: 12pm to 10pm

“Singatrail”, an exclusive pop-up featuring some of Singapore’s food and lifestyle brands will be arriving in Bangkok soon. Consumers will have the rare opportunity to feast on uniquely Singapore food and shop for Singapore brands not currently in the city[1]. Organized by Enterprise Singapore, the national enterprise development agency, Singatrail celebrates the spirit of Singapore through food, shopping, and performances at EmQuartier.

Key highlights:

  • Feast on scrumptious dishes from Singapore including familiar classics such as Hainanese chicken rice, rice dumplings, fresh spring rolls to modern delights like bubble tea and chocolate desserts
  • Fun, fresh, cool products from emerging and established designers from Singapore
  • Instagram/Facebook-worthy shots with the larger than life kopi (coffee) cup and kaya toast[2] – a uniquely Singapore breakfast fare
  • Win lucky draw prizes including a pair of airline tickets to Singapore
  • Catch Wong Nai in action!

Led by Enterprise Singapore, Singatrail 2019 is the third in a series of pop-ups set up across four Asian cities – Manila, Tokyo, Bangkok and Jakarta – for Singapore businesses to reach out directly to new consumers and markets.    Singapore companies participating in the pop-up will also meet with food manufacturers, investors, traders, and distributors for partnership opportunities.

For more information, please visit


Brands at Singatrail

No Brands Highlight at Singatrail
1 Boon Tong Kee* Over the last 40 years, Boon Tong Kee has been delighting customers with Singapore’s finest, authentic cuisine – from their famous silky white sauce chicken rice, tantalizing curry rice to their suite of zi char (home-styled cooked food) favorites.     Chicken rice, imperial pork ribs, crispy tofu
2 Chocolate Origins Chocolate Origin only uses the best ingredients to create the best chocolate products. Their carefully curated menu offers customers the most indulgent chocolate desserts from cakes to gelato suitable for any occasion.     Chocolate cake, gelato, and soft-serve ice cream
3 Elemen元素 elemen元素is a mid-to-upmarket fusion dining concept that serves wholesome and meatless cuisines that are beneficial to health, without compromising on the earth’s sustainability.     Meatless pasta, pizza, and rice dish
4 Golden Moments Founded in 2017, Golden Moments’ mission is to bring families closer through handcrafted quality Durian delicacies.     Durian ice cream, macaron, mochi
5 Grain* Grain believes in improving lives through meaningful food experiences. To keep their clean food menu exciting, they draw flavors from all around the world, ranging from the Mediterranean sea to the spice trails of Asia.     Limited edition Singapore menu – Nasi Lemak Ayam Masak Merah (fragrant rice with chicken cooked in spicy tomato sauce) and torched salmon 
6 Hoo Kee Bak Chang Hoo Kee Bak Chang has been tantalizing the taste buds of Singaporeans with their traditional and delectable Hokkien Bak Chang (rice dumplings). A blend of soft and moist glutinous rice with savory meat and crunchy chestnuts, the dumplings are wrapped in fragrant bamboo leaves and cooked to perfection.     Traditional rice dumplings
7 Mr. Popiah Established in 1995, Mr Popiah started as a single stall at a coffee shop that built a reputation for its great taste, value, and innovative popiah (fresh spring rolls) creations. Today, they are a leading manufacturer of quality popiah skin, spring roll pastry products and ready-to-eat products such as burritos and popiah bursting with flavors.     Popiah, chicken burrito wrap and kueh pie tee (thin pastry tart shells)
8 Naiise Headquartered in Singapore, Naiise is one of the largest and fastest-growing design retailers in the region, stocking over 20,000 products from more than 800 emerging and established designers from around the world.     Specially curated merchandise from emerging and established designers
9 Prata Wala Prata Wala is a quick-service, halal-certified Indian restaurant chain. It provides delicious, value-for-money Indian cuisine in a trendy cafe-restaurant setting. The menu offers Indian favorites from North, South and Vegetarian Indian cuisine.     Indian flatbreads, briyani (spiced rice dish served with curry and meat tikka
10 R&B R&B is a tea concept that aims to redefine the tea experience today. With fresh fruits and all-natural components, there are more than 30 tea-based concoctions to choose from ranging from their fruit-loaded brew, macchiato tea capped with oolong tea-infused milk foam or cheese cream to their signature Brown Sugar Boba series.     Brown sugar boba milk tea
11 SPW Food Industries SPW is passionate about preserving Chinese traditional culture. Their product offerings provide consumers with the nostalgic taste of traditional snacks that require fuss-free preparation.     Glutinous rice ball and Japanese mocha with various fillings
12 Stuff’d Stuff’d be known for its delicious Mexican and Turkish menu, including kebabs, burritos, and signature quesadillas. Its food, which is certified Halal, is made daily from scratch with fresh ingredients like avocados, legumes, and fresh vegetables.     Kebab, burrito, and quesadilla
13 Soy Inc The Soy Inc offers soybean related products and drinks with rich nutritional value that are fast gaining popularity among the younger generation.        Soy beancurd, soy milk, and soy pudding
14 Yolé At Yolé, their mission is to uphold the highest standards of quality in creating ice cream that is as healthy and tasty. By using the finest ingredients from Spain, their ice cream not only tastes great but also contains a fraction of the calories compared to other brands. Consumers can choose from their wide selection of fruits, crunches, and sauces to create a Yolé that is perfect for every occasion.     Yogurt with toppings

[1] Twelve out of the 14 participating brands currently do not have a presence in Bangkok. See annex for the full list of brands participating in Singatrail.

[2] “Kaya toast” is a toasted slice of bread filled with butter and a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs.

The finest grilled seafood in Bangkok – all served up on one huge platter at UNO MAS!

Looking for a luxurious seafood feast in Bangkok? Then forget flicking endlessly through a laminated menu and put your faith in UNO MAS’s Executive Chef Sandro Aguilera – who has created a spectacular “Galician-style grilled seafood platter”.

Perfect for couples, get stuck into generous helpings of the finest seafood sourced from the Mediterranean and Spain’s northwestern corner as you take in the views across Bangkok from our 54th-floor location at Centara Grand at CentralWorld.

The platter comes overflowing with Galician octopus, Atlantic lobster, Denia prawns, diver scallops, langoustines and a seasonal market selection of the day. This is all grilled in UNO MAS’s very own Josper charcoal oven or done a la plancha (grilled on a metal plate).

Come rain or shine, out rooftop location, is always an ideal choice thanks to our semi-alfresco dining deck or – when the sky turns dark – a spacious indoor dining room.

UNO MAS’s Galician-style grilled seafood platter is priced at THB 5,990++. Our kitchen is also open as normal, with a wide selection of Spanish a la carte dishes, tapas and tasting menus.

For more information or to book your spot please call 02 100 6255, visit or email:

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Hilton Launches Second DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bangkok

251-room DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit opens in a prime location in central Bangkok

DoubleTree by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in the Hilton portfolio, today announced the opening of 251-room  DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit. With a central location in the heart of Bangkok, the third DoubleTree hotel in Thailand serves as the perfect base for travelers looking to explore the city renowned for its unique blend of vibrant city life, a plethora of gastronomy and world-famous cultural landmarks.


“The DoubleTree by Hilton brand celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and it is certainly befitting that one in two Hilton hotels opening in South East Asia in 2019 is a DoubleTree,” said Shawn McAteer, senior vice president, and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Building on our rapid growth across Asia, we are delighted to introduce our guests to this great new addition to the brand in a key city. At DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit, guests will experience the familiar outstanding service and amenities synonymous with DoubleTree, beginning with our famous, warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit occupies a prime location in the heart of Bangkok. Close to the embassy row, guests can enjoy quick transfers at just slightly over a half-hour to the hotel from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport, whilst Bumrungrad Hospital and Queen Sirikit Convention Center are just minutes away by car. The hotel is also within walking distance to Sukhumvit Road, the city’s most lively entertainment district. The hotel is surrounded by vibrant street life and attractions, including cultural landmarks, major shopping malls, and trendy nightspots. Getting around the city is easy as DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit is a short walk to the Ploenchit and Nana BTS Skytrain, offering convenient connections to all key destinations in Bangkok.


“Bangkok is consecutively recognized as the most visited city in the world I and there are some great opportunities for us to cater to the evolving needs of travelers,” said Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, South East Asia, Hilton. “From today, DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit will join five other well-established Hilton hotels in Bangkok, enabling us to offer our guests more choices and cater to a more diverse range of travel demands. This opening is another testament to our long-term commitment to Bangkok as a key travel destination as we continue to expand our presence by building on our operational and management capabilities.”


The tastefully decorated rooms and suites of DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit, which range from 28 to 240 square meters, are designed to optimize comfort. Large windows offer panoramic city views, and all rooms come with comprehensive in-room amenities, including a working desk, laptop-sized safe, as well as a 43-inch flat-screen HD television with local and cable channels. Guests can also expect comfortable bedding with Sweet Dreams™ by DoubleTree mattress for a restful night’s sleep, in addition to minibar and coffee-and-tea making facilities.


To maintain an active lifestyle, guests can workout at the 24/7 well-equipped fitness center or take a few leisurely laps and soak in the tropical weather at the hotel’s outdoor pool. For dining, guests can head to OPEN}, an all-day dining restaurant that serves sumptuous breakfast, as well as international and authentic local cuisine for lunch and dinner. OPEN} is also a relaxing spot for drinks and light snacks after a long day of adventures. Guests can also dine in the comfort of their room with 24-hour room service.


DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit also features a rooftop event space on the 26th floor with scenic Bangkok skylines that can accommodate up to 40 people. Equipped with the latest audiovisual technology, the hotel is an ideal venue for cozy corporate meetings and social events.

The hotel is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to
book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app. To celebrate its grand opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 1,000 Honors points per night for stays until December 31, 2019, when booking directly with Hilton. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok  Ploenchit or call +66-02-2622999.

Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok features the flavors of the Mediterranean this autumn with its innovative ‘Pesto and Pistou’ menu

– The culinary team brings a blast of fresh sea-inspired cuisine this October –

Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok is inviting international guests and local residents to come to savour the tastes and flavors of the Mediterranean this autumn with the launch of its latest global menu – ‘Pesto and Pistou’.

Marking another gastronomic triumph for a brand synonymous with culinary excellence for more than 70 years, the expert chefs at Mövenpick have perfected a new innovative range of pestos (Italian) and pistous (French) to create seven experimental dishes, available at Tamarind Natural Dining Restaurant throughout October 2019.

Chef Rajiv Ranjan Singh, who heads the culinary team at Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok, will lead the kitchen in preparing the pesto and pistou based dishes. These two classic European sauces are both based on the aromatic herb, basil, which is harvested in late summer. Savory favorites will include seared Ahi tuna with olive and eggplant pesto and seafood soup with tarragon pistou. For dessert, a sweet treat with a real difference – Bundt cake with chocolate-mint pesto, served alongside a frothy Mövenpick Espresso.

“We are excited to work with these luscious basil-based sauces, introducing them to guests in ways they have not likely experienced before,” said Chef Rajiv, Executive Chef at Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok. “The seasonality of using pesto and pistou is important to us, as basil is traditionally harvested in late summer and preserved into these rich, oil-based sauces that are full of color, flavor, and healthy omega-3s – perfect for brightening up our cuisine, and our spirits, amid the cooling weather.”

Bruno Huber, General Manager of Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok, added: “While our guests and our local fans love to return for their favorite classic Mövenpick dishes, we always seek to surprise and delight with seasonal offerings or special food-related events. We are certain that our Pesto & Pistou menu will excite the palates of even the most experimental foodies while providing a fitting send-off to summer with a tribute to the flavors that conjure up Mediterranean sun and sea.”

Pesto and pistou are two versions of a flavourful sauce based on basil, olive oil, and cheese. Italian pesto, which originates in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Italy, is blended from garlic, basil, pine nuts, grated pecorino cheese (or sometimes parmesan) and olive oil while its French cousin, pistou, is a Provençal cold sauce with similar ingredients, but without the pine nuts and with or without cheese.

Mövenpick’s versions add new surprising ingredients to the blend while preserving the essence of both Mediterranean specialty sauces to create seven pesto/pistou-inspired dishes:

  • Ahi tuna with olive and eggplant pesto: pan-seared yellowfin tuna fillet with a modern interpretation of ratatouille, pine nuts, and black tapenade;
  • seafood soup with tarragon pistou: a touch of tarragon and a unique blend of sweet aniseed and mild vanilla bring this specialty seafood dish to life;
  • tagliolini with walnut-basil pesto: walnuts replace pine nuts to create an imitable new pesto blend that is smooth, sweet and deliciously buttery;
  • black cod with pesto rosso: accompanied by risotto made from aged Acquerello rice to absorb every ingredient and flavor in full;
  • beef fillet with red cabbage pesto: a traditional winter vegetable with a sweet edge gives this pesto dish punch;
  • corn chicken breast with bell pepper pesto: with peas, snow peas, egg, a basmati rice galette, and sublime bitter-sweet yellow-red pesto;
  • Bundt cake with chocolate-mint pesto: a timeless German cake with a cool mint and rich chocolate pesto twist, served with a Mövenpick Espresso.

For reservations at Tamarind Natural Dining Restaurant, please contact us at 02 666 3333 or

For more information on Mövenpick’s Pesto, Pistou menu, available throughout October 2019, please visit

Return to the source: Nahm

Chef Pim Techamuanvivit’s nostalgic culinary journey home and the flavors, ingredients, and people that have shaped her cuisine at the newly relaunched Nahm at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

After a summer break that saw both the restaurant and the menu re-imagined, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is proud to be relaunching its iconic Nahm restaurant with award-winning Chef Pim Techamuanvivit at the helm from 1st October 2019.

From one of Asia’s most awarded and respected chefs, someone who champions the fast disappearing flavors from her childhood and crafts them into extraordinary, multi-layered dishes of depth and excitement, Chef Pim’s admission is something of a surprise:

“I think of myself as a cook rather than a chef. Cooking is the work of actually putting together delicious food and sourcing good ingredients. It’s the work of women in general. Cooking, when it’s in the home, has always been the work of women. It’s only outside of the home, when it became a profession, that it became a man’s job. I’m not a professionally trained chef, I’m a cook who has been taught by other women cooks in their homes.”

Chef Pim of nahm at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

It reflects her modest but genuine vision, namely that dining at nahm is an experience of Thai hospitality no different than if you had been welcomed into her grandmother’s or aunt’s home. She sees herself – and her restaurant – as a link in that chain. The women in her life have passed it on to her, the next generation, teaching her how things should taste, what part of what ingredient should be in each dish.

To understand how this culinary homecoming translates for diners, we first need to go back. Chef Pim admits that she only started to get interested in Thai food because she missed home when she moved to the United States at the age of 19. The Thai food she was used to eating in America – even at Thai restaurants – was unrecognizable to her. Consequently, learning how to cook Thai food became what she calls ‘a project’, one where she would call home to Bangkok and ask her aunt how to make certain dishes.

“I decided that every summer when I would come home, I’d go and sit in the kitchens and learn. If I knew someone’s family had a great recipe for something, I’d ask to come and watch in their kitchens. My parents thought it was quite cute, me sitting on the floor, pounding curry paste for hours and learning how to taste the difference in fish sauces.”

Fast forward a couple of decades and her new menu at nahm celebrates this heritage and nostalgia based on the finest artisanal produce and tradition. One dish on the new menu, for example, is kanom jin nahm prik, made by her grandmother and one she grew up eating, as she recalls with a smile, “My childhood’s Sunday lunch.”

“When I got back to Bangkok, no one made it the way I remembered. I’m not saying it’s the best in Bangkok, it’s just that this one is my grandmother’s version and special to me – I like to tell guests this as it’s important to me and somebody has to remember it. Our heritage is just memories, which we pass on to the next generation.”

The other critical piece alongside recipes are the ingredients: “I can’t make good food without good ingredients – I’m a cook, not a magician! I find ingredients by going to markets all the time and tasting everything. If I’m looking for fish sauces, I will get everything I can find – up to 15 varieties – and I will taste each of them and understand what they are each saying to me.”

When sourcing ingredients for nahm, she tends to look for something made in the old traditional way by a small producer, someone that today we’d label ‘artisanal’ but in Bangkok is just traditional.

Sustainability is a critical aspect for Chef Pim and all at nahm who seek to work in a truly sustainable food economy. “As a chef, it’s my responsibility to go out of my way to find and buy those ingredients so that these people gain a sustainable living and that their work is passed on. Because if no one is making good shrimp paste anymore then my relish is going to taste terrible. Its choices you need to make. We can’t claim that everything we do is sustainable, but we try and make as many local choices as possible.”

This philosophy even extends to nahm’s new tableware, as through word of mouth in Bangkok, Chef Pim found a local ceramicist. The incredibly gifted artisan works in Chinatown, only a few minutes from nahm, and uses clay with only natural ingredients from different regions of Thailand. Now he and Chef Pim have worked together on shapes borrowed from Thai heritage such as the Bang She Yan style of pottery for the newly refurbished restaurant.

Nahm’s trajectory is unique. A restaurant with an amazing legacy that helped to bring Thai cuisine to the forefront of the world’s gaze. Now under Chef Pim’s stewardship, it’s a place where people feel like they are coming to a Thai person’s home to eat, to enjoy delicious food using local ingredients in a lovely, warm setting.  The food is both cooked and served in the way that a Thai person eats, meaning that every menu is balanced: there will be a spicy curry or a stir fry with a bit of a kick, but also always a bowl of savory broth, an acidic relish, a cleansing vegetable.