[Bangkok] When it comes to Thai cuisine fine-dining, Loukjaan has the pedigree to back it up. They are a spinoff of the more widely known Saneh Jaan, a Michelin one-star restaurant.
Authentic Thai cuisine, therefore, has always been the DNA.
The best part is that some of the best products in Saneh Jaan were brought to Loukjaan too, offered at a more reasonable and affordable price comparatively.
Taking up part of the lobby in Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, the dining space of Loukjaan is delicately refined.
There is an open kitchen concept, where diners can watch the masterly craft of the chefs in real time.
I took a seat in one of the comfortable lounge armchairs.
As far as the setting goes, it is what you expect a Michelin Bib Gourmand location to look like, and maybe even more in the future?
Traditional favourites such as Banana Blossom Salad with Pulled Chicken (290 THB), Stir Fried Thai Milkweed Flowers with Fermented Pork and Prawns (450 THB), Fried River Fish Cake with Sweet and Sour Sauce (280 THB), to Stir Fried Crispy Pork Belly with Lemongrass (310 THB).
You can have a Banana Blossom Salad (290 THB) to start. The banana blossoms, literally the flowers from the banana tree, have a flaky texture that rivals the pulled chicken.
I was recommended the Fried River Fish Cake with Sweet and Sour Sauce (280 THB), made with freshly caught river fish, seasoned then deep-fried.
The texture was firm and succulent, considered pretty decent, though I probably had better ones (juicier) around Bangkok.
The Stir-Fried Thai Milkweed Flowers (450 THB) was worthy to be the star dish of the restaurant, with the glass noodles having the wok-hei and absorbed quite a bit of the flavours of the sauce.
The combination of fresh chunky prawns and fermented pork (something like cured sausage) which included piquancy helped elevate this dish to another level deserving of its Bib Gourmand status.
The popular dish to have here is the spicy and tangy “Ran Juan” Soup (290 THB), a mainstay of both Loukjaan and Saneh Jaan. It is made from a traditional and some say ancient recipe.
A good comparison is tom-yum soup, but with a different and more complex dimension. After all, the Ran Juan soup is made with shrimp paste, pork ribs, and a good number of herbs.
The serving staff recommended me to have the Omelette which came with options of cracking pork (300 THB) or crab meat (450 THB).
All right, this was surprisingly very good, one of the stand-out dishes this trip.
The fluffy Thai-style omelette came served like a thick pancake, with lush crab meat adding a succulent touch.
There was a lovely crisp on the outside, and inside was soft and tender, without being too oily.
Getting the Mon Red Curry with Grilled Pork (390 THB) might be good too. The highlight is really the pieces of grilled pork, which are coated in fiery and creamy red curry to deliver spice in every bite.
At the end of the day, the perfect way to finish the meal is with the Khao Niew Mamuang (260 THB), that is none other than the mango sticky rice made using the ‘Nam Dok Mai’ mango cultivated in Thailand.
Unfortunately after ordering, I was later informed they ran out of mangoes, and therefore opted for a Taro in Coconut Milk with Popped Baby Rice (160 THB) instead.
While the coconut milk was creamy, this was a safe dessert choice that didn’t excite further, unfortunately.
To get a taste of Michelin Thai cuisine, Loukjaan by Saneh Jaan has that luxe atmosphere and results to give you that memorable experience.
Loukjaan by Saneh Jaan
Lobby/F, Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 80 Tonson, Bangkok, 10330 Thailand
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Loukjaan by Saneh Jaan
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* Written by Daniel Ang and Dean Ang. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.