Upon arriving in Ian Kittichai's restaurant, one quickly understands why it is such a Bangkok hotspot.
Everything is perfect: the old wooden colonial house and veranda, the lush tropical garden, and food that stuns the palate in an incessant play of colours and flavours, served attentively with beaming smiles. The Yuam Hua Plee, a palm heart and banana leaf salad, imperial lamb shank curry, slow-cooked over ten hours on low heat, grilled chicken coated in a homemade blend of spices, or desserts from a pastry chef trained in France: this is a superlative showcase of Thai cuisine an art form said to be inherited from the gods.
The garden is especially inviting, and the colonial bar upstairs serves excellent cocktails flavoured with herbs from that same garden.
Issaya Siamese Club
4 Soi Sri Akasorn, Chuea Ploeng Road
Thung Maha Mek, Sathon
+66 (0)2 672 9040
Menu: around 1,100 THB