Chefs Bo and Dylan offer a traditional approach to Thai food, presented in a contemporary style and served in a charming house-turned-restaurant.
The buzz: With a new breed of Thai restaurant preaching hyper-regional cuisine and pledging allegiance to all things sustainable, Bo.lan’s reputation as a fine-dining trailblazer only continues to grow. For a decade now, Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones (aka “Bo” and “Lan”) have challenged diners to question their definition of Thai cuisine. Beyond rare ingredients and reborn recipes, the chefs are also tireless in their pursuit of a zero-carbon footprint. A rogue, anti-establishment attitude only adds credibility to their efforts.
The food: Diners sign up for a degustation menu where all the dishes are served simultaneously in a sharing experience akin to a Thai home-cooked meal, albeit with refined presentation. Bo.lan’s menu changes quarterly based on the seasonal produce sourced both from independent farmers and the veggie patch on-site. You’re rewarded with richly spiced curries, complex salads and fiery stir-fries that could only be the result of untold hours of research and labor-intensive techniques.
The place: Taking inspiration from classic Thai residences, the interior of this renovated house comes replete with warm wood furnishings, while dark, multi-dimensional oil paintings of old-school Thai kitchens and covers of vintage Thai funk records lend a cool edge. The complete absence of an a la carte menu ensures long, memorable meals.
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The buzz: Intent on becoming Bangkok’s first zero-waste restaurant, chef-owners Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones have relocated their dining institution to a new premises at which they grow their own vegetables and have installed systems for recycling organic waste and purifying graywater.
The décor: Like the old Bo.lan, the interior of this renovated house focuses on warm wood furnishings and takes inspiration from classic Thai residences. Dark, multi-dimensional oil paintings of old-school Thai kitchens hang on the walls, and vintage Thai covers of funk classics give the restaurant a cool edge. It’s a warm and family-friendly ambience, with plenty of natural light during the daytime and dim, romantic lighting at dinner.
|Address:||Bo.lan, 24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sat 6-10pm; Thu-Sun noon-2pm|
|Nearest train||BTS Thong Lo|
|Alfresco, Reservation recommended, Parking available, Dress requirements: Smart Casual|
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