Opposite Mess Hall
The term ‘’mess hall’ – a room or building where groups of people eat (Oxford Dictionary) – is about as apt as you could get for the latest communal dining gastro venture from Somrak Sila and Christopher Wise (owners of trendy art bar and gallery WTF, located just across the soi). And as if such lively social dining weren’t motivation enough, heading up the pass is Australian chef Jess Barnes, fresh from the much-lauded Quince
and here plating up his inimitable and popular fuss-free blend of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
The space too is pared down with its buzzing open kitchen, long bar and expansive rustic wooden tables, while adding further to the canteen vibe are colourful mason jars stuffed with pickled fare lining the walls, and market-driven specials chalked up daily on a vast overhead blackboard. And on the plate, chef Barnes advances his stellar repute with moreish and comforting dishes like crispy veal-stuffed croquettes and a velvety aioli; smoked bone marrow dumplings in a beef, daikon and pumpkin broth; and peach custard tart with peach sorbet and a drizzle of salted caramel. And with cocktail creations like the ‘Fig Leaf’ (sweet vermouth, vintage rum, lime juice and fig syrup) to pair, this is one Mess you really do want to be in.