Seven Spoons has created quite a buzz since they opened in September 2011. To say they are unique only begins to scratch the surface of what makes this restaurant so special.
This charming independent venue is figuratively “coloring outside the lines” and delivering some unexpectedly soulful cuisine. Here you will find a seasonal menu of mostly vegetarian dishes that are hearty, organic, locally produced and undoubtedly delicious.
The Venue and Concept
Located in one of Bangkok’s oldest residential areas near Chinatown and the UN, the venue is a bit off the beaten track. It is situated in a tiny converted tea house in an area steeped in history and authentic Thai culture that is not regularly frequented by tourists or expats. Open daily from 1800 to midnight, Monday – Saturday; this cozy little venue boasts a full service bar, but they only have four tables for dining so reservations are mandatory.
Fundamentally this is a family business, owned and operated by married couple Regan Suzuki from Canada and her Thai husband Joke; who is also their brilliant, self-taught head chef. “Joke was born in this neighborhood and we really want to support the community” stated Regan ”I wanted to create a menu with all the things I love to eat but sometimes have a hard time finding. It’s Mediterranean influenced, but we are committed to using only locally produced and organic products as much as possible along with free range chicken and pork”.
Community based is not just a buzz word for the owners, who you may be familiar with from their very successful “wholefood” catering and delivery service Birds in a Row. Every dish is cooked fresh to order and the organic vegetables are sourced from the Royal Kings Project and a local urban co-op called Community Sourced Agriculture (CSA). All the homemade bread served in the restaurant is delivered fresh by local artisan bread connoisseurs The Bangkok Bread Boys, while the fresh berry sorbets and ice creams are sourced from an organic “farm to table” ice cream maker in Chaing Mai.
Start your meal off with a signature cocktail such as the Silver Spoons which consists of Martini Bianco, spiced rum, lime, lemon grass and galangal. It’s tropical and refreshing, while being quite formidable. I also recommend the Better Weather which is Jack Daniels, white honey, apple juice w/ fresh ginger for something a bit sweeter, but just as nice.
For appetizers try the Chicken, Fig & Gorgonzola Cheese Quesadilla. Made with free range chicken and dried figs, it is served with a bright and fresh tomato salsa that is thoroughly addictive. You may also delve into one of their one-of-a-kind salads. I opted for the Quinoa Salad w/ Mango, Avocado & Mushroom Fritti. This was one of the most spectacular quinoa dishes I have ever tried. It was truly inspired with an alluring tropical element that really worked well with the earthy, fried mushroom served on top. For a main dish the Spiced Moroccan-style Meatballs w/ Spaghetti is not to be missed. It is familiar and comforting with a spicy heat that should appeal to both Thai and western palates. Another revelation is the Beetroot Ravioli w/ Mixed Seafood & Tarragon Pesto. The pink pasta retains a hint of the aroma from the beetroot and the pesto balances the strong seafood flavors from the squid and shrimp. My favorite dish on the menu is the Pan Seared White Snapper w/ Lavender Cream Sauce, Pistachios and Chickpea Puree. This dish is almost magical as it is creamy and rich while still feeling somehow wholesome. End your meal with a nice organic sorbet such as the evocative Sesame Seed or tasty Mango.
Seven Spoons is the antithesis of anything that is corporate, brass or bawdy. It’s laid back and cozy with and easy going bohemian vibe that makes dining an intimate pleasure. Their combination of high quality home-style cuisine and service is rarely seen in Bangkok and makes it hard to believe that food this delicious is actually good for you. This is guilt free dining at its best and you will find it reasonably priced with most cocktails priced under $7.93USD (250Baht), appetizers under $6.34USD (200Baht) and most salads and entrees priced between $6.34 – $11.10USD (200-350Baht).
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211 Chakkrapatipong Road, near the intersection with Lan Luang Road and close to the Golden Mount temple. It is very near the klong, but you should call ahead for directions and take a map if you’re driving or taking a taxi with all the one-way streets.
MRT: Hua Lamphong then take a taxi or tuk-tuk for about 15 minutes
Tel: +662 628 4588