Whale’s Belly – whose head chef recently won the title of Iron Chef Thailand on television – is a restaurant that exceeds expectations. The playful name comes from a fairytale but the comfortable surroundings, friendly service and astonishing creative cuisine are a real winning combination. Located on Sukhumvit Soi 39, the restaurant is open every day from 17:30 until 23:00. Taxi or car is the best way to get here.
The kitchen is under the supervision of a young, visionary chef who trained in the seafood section of Le Normandie at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental. With an interest in molecular gastronomy, some of the techniques used are inspired by those used at the famed Spanish culinary school elBulli. Ingredients are imported to ensure that Whale’s Belly serves the finest quality produce available.
Iron Chef Champion Winning Menu
In honour of his recent victory on the acclaimed television show Iron Chef, Chef Mai has recreated his winning dishes with a special a la carte menu at Whale’s Belly, all based around tuna. The first dish, bluefin tuna tartare, is a favourite from the regular menu with jellied apple, caviar, croutons and horseradish offering a new sensation with every bite.
The second dish of Yuzu Cold Capellini delivers a real kick of spice, yet the cold pasta with truffle oil and caviar is rich and soothing, with sliced tuna fillet, caviar and chunks of blue crab underneath.
The third dish, Verde, is artistically plated with thickly sliced fillets of seared tuna, 10 mix spice, dehydrated kalamata olives, deep-fried cauliflower balls and crispy chicken paper. It’s filling, fragrant and beautifully presented. The final dish is an innovative take on a classic dish: tuna Rossini. A premium akami loin is cooked sous-vide and served with two generous slices of truffle, foie gras and a mango-lemon emulsion to cut through the rich flavours and bring some light fruity tastes to the dish.
Opening Hours: Every day from 17.30-23.00
Address: 39 Boulevard tower, 2nd floor, Sukhumvit Soi 39, Sukhumvit Road.
Tel: +66 (0)2 1600 333