Tasting Menu "The Journey" at Sra Bua by Kiin-Kiin at Kempinski Hotel Siam in Bangkok
Kiin-Kiin in Copenhagen had been on our Food Bucket List for some time and finding Kiin-Kiin's international Franchise in Bangkok made the dining choice an easy one. Located in the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Siam, this establishment has been rewarded with a Michelin Star.
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Table of Content: "Tasting Menu "The Journey" at Sra Bua by Kiin-Kiin at Kempinski Hotel Siam in Bangkok
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Entering Kempinski Hotel and Restaurant Sra Bua
When we arrived at Kempinski Hotel, a wedding was on, the guests strolled around the lobby, and we had to make our way through the crowd which made us feel a bit misplaced. We soon located the sign of Sra Bua by Kiin-Kiin, and the feeling of being at the wrong place at the wrong time was swept away in an instant as soon as we entered the restaurant. With a warm smile and welcome from the waitress, we were placed at a table beside a pond of water lilies, which felt like the perfect and most romantic table in the magnificent dining room.
After being seated and ordering the Tasting Menu, the show started right away.
The first Amuse Bouches came extremely rapidly; a warm bun that magically appeared in a bowl of sesame seeds as the waiter spun it around! Was this a heads-up from the Chef that this was going to be a magical and quite surprising journey?
We like to believe so.
A Danish Chef and his Thai Food Journey
Then a cavalcade of tasty bites arrived at an absolutely perfect tempo;
Rice Crackers - but instead of a traditional shrimp-flavored version they came with small dots of heavily flavored lobster emulsion
Satay - but instead of a skewer the characteristic of the sauce was set in extremely thin and crispy chicken skin
a Tom Yam-based soup under a "painting" with Shells in a bowl - of course, served with a straw
the shellfish which traditionally could go into the Tom Yam soup was served as ice cream in a cone on the side
small edible packages made of corn packed with roasted Cashewnuts, chili, and a boost of Thai herbs
a delicious Tuna Tartare served in a Water Lily
Pork Sausage Skewer so rich in flavor and with clear bbq-notes simply on a banana leaf
and finally Bai Plo - the leaves you fill with minced tasteful ingredients, turn into a package, and eat like a snack
When the waitress who had just prepared and served our Bai Plo table-sides said "now you are ready for your first starter"! We were just amazed! So many servings, tastes, textures, and flavors just in the Amouche Bouche's...is just...WOW!
Chef Henrik Yde Andersen brings a crystal-clear message to the guests with those Amuse Bouche; this is his refined version of highly recognizable Thai Street Food! We imagine that he, like us, had fallen in love with Street Food when he first encountered Thai Food. many years ago, after all, we are in the same business and people who work in restaurants usually love Street Food.
An all-through perfect start on that journey in food and life.
Dining Room Show at Sra Bua
We loved the amazing transformation in a duo presentation of the same dish - one served warm and packed with familiar aromas and tastes while the second one with the exact ingredients was "brutally" chilled with liquid nitrogen revealing a completely other experience! This was the yin-yang of food - presented as a female and a male approach, a play with, what the French Chefs call chaud - froix, that we'll carry with us as a food memory for a long, long time.
Continuing "The Journey" at Sra Bua by Kiin-Kiin
The complexity, textures, and tastes of the main dishes that followed, were outstanding! So much love and technique are put into every presentation.
And in every dish, in every presentation, you could trace an approach to Thai Cuisine with a deep respect for the traditions but gently taking the dishes to the next level by implementing European techniques, food style, and signatures of a brilliant Danish Chef in Henrik Yde Andersen.
The Friandaise also included some LEGO bricks to connect with Chef's Danish heritage and like bricks, everything now just fell into place -the name of the tasting menu, the food, the service, the playfulness, the amazing journey of tastes.
This was nothing less than an amazing, awesome, and exceptional dining experience.
Interior at Sra Bua by Kiin-Kiin at Kempinski Hotel
Obviously, we fell in love with the White Lily Pond, but there was so much cool and beautiful interior at Sra Bua by Kiin-Kiin that we just have to give you some examples.