In a city with such a rich and prevalent culinary identity, declaring yourself ‘The Local’ restaurant is surely something of a gamble, especially given the breadth and tenacity of not only Bangkok, but also the country-wide competition.
So, who and what stands behind the bold moniker? The answer is, a second-generation Bangkok restaurateur (descendent of Naj founder Luckananaj Markawat), a fistful of centuries-old Thai recipes purportedly once served in the royal Thai court, and a hundred year-old house with a King Rama V-era style fitout that resides smack dab in the heart of business hub Asoke.
While the mohom-blue abode looks quaint and homely from the outside, the interior is a sleek and sophisticated vision of contemporary Thai design sensibility, with well-appointed reception, dining room, private dining, and outdoor bar and lounge areas melding antique woodwork and art with clean modern lines. There’s an extensive menu of ‘local’ starters, soups, vegetables, seafood, curries and meats, but don’t miss the rich kao soi (curry noodles) appetiser, hot and sour tom jew soup, delicious kaeng kati sai bua pla thu mae klong (Thai mackerel in coconut milk with lotus stem), and whiskey, saffron, Thai basil and coconut-infused cocktail list.
Don’t go international, go local!