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Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at the Siam Kempinski Hotel – good molecular cuisine in Asia despite the stupid name

I, annoyingly, have a bit of a fetish for (good) molecular cuisine. A few meals at certain restaurants in London(ish), Spain and New York have meant that whereever possible I’ll make the detour to try a new molecular chef.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at the Siam Kempinski Hotel

Unfortuantely, most of these meals are absolute toss. And this is especially so in Asia (excluding Japan). All of the molecular cuisine I have tried here has demonstrated a miserable level of skill and/or innovation which typically involves dump liquid nitrogen everywhere and hope the customers don’t notice the chef can’t cook.

So when I heard about Sra Bua (ridculous name) by (pretentious) Kiin Kiin (foreign) at the Siam Kempinski Hotel (over opulent) in Bangkok I was hooked but went expecting a disaster.

And, quite amazingly, it was good.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at the Siam Kempinski Hotel

Despite fine dining in Bangkok being almost an idiot’s choice as removes you from the vibrant brilliance of the stalls and street food it has one advantage; the price. High end food in Bangkok is very cheap for anyone coming from the rest of the world.

Sra Bua is as overwrought and high end as it comes but it even with a lot of alcohol it cost under 10,000 baht for two (200 pounds). An equivalent meal in most countries would cost that per head.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at the Siam Kempinski Hotel (redux)

And Sra Bua also delivers. Kiin Kiin managed to take the familiar of Thai food and separate and deconstruct it into something fun and more. I’ll only mention one dish in detail – a frozen red curry with lobster and coriander. This is the “liquid nitrogen” dish at Sra Bua but underneath the fog of the nitrogen hides what is red curry ice cream. Red curry ice cream which holds all the spice, sweetness and joy of a proper red curry rendered smooth and enticing. A joyous dish.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at the Siam Kempinski Hotel

It wasn’t all sucesses, the deconstructed tom yum goong was lifeless and the dessert chef should be sacked as all of the postres were terrible dry affairs. However, overall, it was a fun and inventive meal.

Still it wasn’t as good as Bo.lan (next post).

  • Price – 10,000 baht for two
  • 991/9 Rama 1 Road, Patumwan, Bangkok

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  1. It sounds interesting, especially the red curry ice cream (that might be one to try at home). I’m still not sure I’d be able to tear myself away from the street stalls though… Glad it was good though.

  2. I tend to lean towards molecular gastronomy too. But in Bangkok? Lke the grubworm, I don’t think I can tear myself away from street food! Everything sounds amazing though.

    • I put on 8kg in something like a week because I tried to do both worlds – high and low. I am currently hating grilled chicken and steamed vegetables as a consequence 🙂

  3. Troelso

    Thx for sharing. I am trying to find the top 5 bangkok gourmet restaurants for reviewing. Any more tips?
    Thx in advance!

    • Sra Bua was probably my favourite place. Review is linked above in this post!

      Otherwise people will say Nahm but the experience is pretty blah.

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