Eat Me Bangkok – Hip Restaurant, Cool Fusion, Trying Reservations
[Bangkok, Thailand] While the name sounds mildly suggestive, Eat Me is an award-winning restaurant (Number 23 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016) known for its Modern-International-Regional fusion food, and arty-cool vibes.
Love the name. Eat Me is the kind of sleek restaurant that would attract the upper class Thais and international customers, for its dedication to promoting arts, and passion in creating dishes quite unavailable elsewhere.
Before I go on, this dinner did not exactly start on an encouraging note.
Reservations were made so wearisome for an overseas guest, especially when I already made it a month earlier. I gather that filling up forms and credit card details would have been sufficient.
But I needed to send them an additional email the day before, plus a reconfirmation only via telephone call on the day itself, in a specific timeframe of 1-3pm. For a tourist, it was unnecessary trouble.
At Eat Me, you can choose to sit outdoors by the balcony surrounded by greens, or indoor for a more comfortable seating in this two-storey white house.
I am reminded this is Bangkok, and the inside would have prevented a sweaty dinner. (Most of the Europeans diners would have preferred outside.)
I was slightly caught off-guard by the lighting – it was orangey dimly lighted, so dark that you are probably going to miss the paintings and decors which is ironically one of its selling point.
Though a sexy romantic ambience is created – perhaps great for chill out dates.
Eat Me’s food was impressive – fresh, unexpected and interesting combinations of sorts.
Chef Tim Butler who came from New York created some modern and workable interpretations of East-meets-West.
Both the seafood dishes were remarkable – the Grilled Tiger Prawns with Tom Yum Spiced Olive Oil (475 baht, SGD$18.60), and Pan-Seared Alaskan Sea Scallops with Avocado, Yuzu and Pancetta (720 baht, SGD$28.20).
The seafood was succulently juicy, cooked in sauces that release slight bursts of excitements as you figure out what went into the creation.
Point to note: this is comparatively expensive for Bangkok.
After being impressed by the seafood, the other mains took a backseat.
The Crispy Skin Duck Confit with yellow beetroot, fennel and bnyuls gastrique (690 baht, $26.90) and Spicy Lemongrass Chicken with green mango salad (475 baht, SGD$18.60) were again clear examples of inventiveness, but deserved better executions.
Eat Me is one of those restaurants considered cool and hip to dine out, but it wasn’t mind-blowing for me.
Sometimes I blame the more than positive reviews of Eat Me, and wondered what I have missed out. After all, I am spoilt for culinary choices in Bangkok!