The buzz: The latest addition to Opus on Thonglor Soi 10 is all about uni (sea urchin) and other organic seafood. Sea Truffles made its name providing the sweet little ocean delicacies to places like Crab & Claw and The Dock, but has now branched into its own counter at the complex’s Commons-esque Foodtopia restaurant community.
The decor: This compact kitchen and counter stands out from the others in the food court-like space with its black-and-white striped ceiling and live tanks of crawling lobsters. Nearby, you’ll also find Osteria’s tapas, kebabs from The Kababary and Ogam’s Korean pub grub, which you can also order to have at your table.
The food: The selection of fresh Irish oysters (B150/piece), cobia from Phuket (B290) and steamed Maine lobster (market price) are all testament to the company’s experience in premium seafood. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the bafun uni, harvested from the Pacific island of Palau and free from any firming chemicals or preservatives. Have it as uni sashimi (B499/50g), uni sushi (from B299/piece), and uni ravioli stuffed with shiitake and cooked in dashi (Japanese soup with dried kelp and bonito fish flakes) and cream sauce (B299/3 pieces; B449/5 pieces). Want the full uni experience? Try the bafun uni udon served with whole sea urchin roe and salmon roe (B499). You can also have your steamed lobster as Surf & Turf (B1,299) with a hanger steak or in pad Thai (B790). For a post-meal treat, try the Malagos chocolate buttons (B35), which hail from a bean-to-bar plantation in Palau.
The drink: The seafood goes perfectly with sakes like Shikaiou Fuku Tokubetsu-Junmai (B699/300 ml) and Born Junsui Pure Junmai-daiginjo (B799/300 ml) or Italian house wine (B180/glass). More Spanish wines are coming soon.
Why we’d come back: Who can serve fresher seafood than the importers themselves? The prices are very impressive too, especially given Sea Truffles' organic and sustainable credentials. On this evidence, there might yet be hope for Opus and Foodtopia in the battle of Thonglor’s foodie malls.