Thai cuisine is one that fits my taste buds perfectly. Ever since I first visited Bangkok, back in 2009, the food has always excited me. Over the years, I’ve spent lots of time exploring all of the ins and outs of the Thai cuisine and culture. I tend to prefer stronger, bold flavors and Thailand has a lot of them. Every time I have a chance to visit a high-end Thai restaurant, I get very excited. This time around it was the Saffron restaurant at the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
When I entered the dining room I knew I was in for a treat. Practically every seat inside of the Saffron restaurant had a beautiful view of the Bangkok skyline. The restaurant offers a very intimate setting.
For the meal, we went with the Siamese Set Tasting Menu. The very first bites to arrive were two types of crackers, with three different dips. Two of them were spicy and one not so much, but all three were incredibly lovely and a sign of what was to come. The spiciest was my favorite!
We next moved on to another amuse bouche, which was a small spring roll and fruit salad. Once again a flavor explosion, quickly I was falling in love with Saffron.
The first item on the menu had now arrived, crispy squid with garlic pepper and squid ink sauce. This dish is still burned into my memory, covered in chili and perfectly balanced in flavor. I couldn’t get enough of this, and consumed it all within a few seconds.
Immediately after, was a seared salmon with coriander mint salad accompanied with crispy pork and spicy citrus dressing. You got me at spicy citrus dressing! I’m a big fan of the sour and spicy flavors that Thai food offers. These two dishes were accompanied with 2016 Convento Viejo Sauvignon Blanc.
This meal was off to a great start and already hit a few home-runs! Now it was time for the Saffron restaurant’s Tom Yum. Hands down, this was one of the top Tom Yums I have ever had in my life! This was the holy grail, that all others should be trying to reach. This is a soup to be proud of, and one that exemplifies beautiful Thai cuisine. Absolutely amazing!
At this point we had a little break, as we had fully stuffed ourselves up until this point, so we were served a sorbet to clear our palates. The main courses were Wok Tossed Chicken with cashew nuts, sweet chili paste and oyster sauce and a Grilled Seabass Green Curry with eggplant, basil and beef. The chicken took the gold metal here. It was super moist and the sauce that accompanied it was perfect. They even had several types of rice to choose from.
Finished off the evening with Jelly and Lychee ice cream. Being stuffed already, it was great to have a dessert that wasn’t too heavy.
The meal was over and my stomach was incredibly happy! Without a doubt this was one of the top Thai meals that I have ever had. Throughout the meal, the staff were incredibly attentive and offered a true fine dining experience. You cannot lose if you visit the Saffron Restaurant at the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok!
21/100 South Sathon Road Sathon Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 2679 1200