The buzz: British chef Martin Blunos, of formerly-two-Michelin-starred Lettonie and Blinis restaurants (both now closed) and repeated appearances on Iron Chef UK, has moved to Bangkok, where he now helms this eponymous restaurant.
The decor: Take in the breeze and view from this restaurant’s poolside perch on the 14th floor of the Eastin Grand Hotel. The furniture keeps it modern but casual, and words of encouragement (Tuck In, Chomp, Nosh) are stamped across the wood wall framing the semi-open kitchen. Wed-Sun from 7pm onwards you’ll find a resident DJ spinning upbeat tracks.
The food: The menu sounds deceptively simple, given that the walrus-mustached chef himself helms the kitchen. The playful preparations center around international comfort food in portions ample for sharing. The Fisherman (B1,200) is a generous seafood platter piled high with milk-poached snow fish, grilled prawns, oak-smoked salmon mousse and cured herring. His lobster roll (a relative steal at B490), meanwhile, spotlights bouncy, garlic butter-poached Canadian lobster in a buttery and garlic brioche along with a lightly-whipped orange mayonnaise. More fun can be had with the Peking duck pizza (B570), smeared with oyster sauce, and the onion marmalade-topped snack pizza (B110). Don’t miss our favorite, the juicy braised pork belly in apple juice with pork skin fritter and spiced chickpeas (B500 or B650 with Strongbow cider). Wrap up a hearty meal by gambling on the Chocolate Roulette (B280): which of the six pastry buns hides a mouthful of spicy chocolate ganache?
The drinks: Refreshing and fruity, like the passion fruit mojito (B280) or Mango Power (B240), where tart, fresh yogurt is blended to balance the sweet fruit. Classy, bubbly brunch drinks like the Kir Royal and the Bellini go for B320, while wine starts from B220/glass.
Why we’d come back: Reasonable prices, excellent and approachable dishes and a weekend vibe on any day of the week. And unlike the other imported names, the chef here actually works the kitchen.