Thailand’s celebrity chef Ian Kittichai has opened restaurants in Mumbai, New York and elsewhere, and consulted at Bangkok mainstays like the hip Hyde & Seek Gastro Pub and the suburban 99 Rest Backyard Café. Issaya Siamese Club, the first Bangkok restaurant that's his very own, puts together modern Thai cuisine with a lounge atmosphere. The 90-year-old, two-story Thai house has cool green walls, wooden shuttered windows and a large garden, where Kittichai is growing a lot of his own herbs. Can’t-miss dishes include spiced baby-back ribs, jasmine flower flan and wok-sauteed rice with Chiang Mai mushrooms and mixed grains served sizzling in a hot bowl—a lighter, Thai version of the Korean bibimbap. Wash it down with the kaffir lime, lemongrass and coriander mojito, which comes in tall, brass cups from Pakistan. T+L TIP Far from the dining thoroughfares of Sukhumvit, Issaya is a bit off the beaten path over in Klong Toei. Look at a map before heading over, and book ahead as there are not many other options nearby should there be a long wait.
Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Rd.,
Telephone: +66 2672 9040