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Bo.lan in Bangkok – a great cuisine (Thai) done to perfection

Bo.lan is one of the most romantic restaurants I have ever been to. All dark wood, intense cocktails and atmospheric outside dining. I took my dad.

Fortunately, it was one of the better meals of my life and the best meal I had in Bangkok so I could forget my complete failure to bring my romantic interest and revel in the food.

bo.LAN in Bangkok

Now there is a possibility that this review could go on a bit as I liked Bo.lan a lot. Perhaps the best thing to do is to keep it short and simply say that this is the kind of restaurant each city and cuisine needs.

It took the flavours and heritage inherent in Thai cuisine, executed them perfectly with beautifully plated dishes whilst at the same time taking you through a parade of courses that both showed off the chefs’ talents and also educated you.

bo.LAN in Bangkok

This is the Ledbury, Momofuku Ko, Le Chateaubriand*, Amber etc. of Thailand. Where fun and skill collide.

bo.LAN in Bangkok

Quite frankly, I don’t need to say too much else except perhaps an apology to the chefs (Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones (Lan)) who at the end of a long night’s cooking came to sit outside and relax and had to face me garbling appreciation at them.

  • Price – 5,000 baht for 2 with a lot of drinks
  • 42 Soi Pichai Ronnarong, Songkram Sukhumvit 26, Klongteoy Bangkok (+66 (2) 260 2962)

PS the chefs originally cooked under David Thompson of nahm and their philosophy of reinvigorating traditional Thai cuisine was inspired by him. That said, I think they have moved above and beyond what I experienced at nahm and offer a more complete and rounded experience. Bo.lan isn’t a hotel restaurant but the result of two passionate chefs playing on their experience and riffing off one of the world’s greatest cuisines (Thai in case you are in any doubt).

PPS for the other posts on Bangkok click here.

* well if the food was better

6 Comments

  1. Cripes – for somewhere you loved there’s not many words – definitely no risk of ‘going on a bit’.

  2. The Ledbury of Thailand? High praise indeed. That crunchy-looking wafer thing balanced on a martini glass looks exquisite, what was that and what was in the glass?

  3. Dude, we have a Bo in Bo’s Innovation here too hahahahahaa….

  4. Man, you’ve left me wanting more. The dishes there look good, little parcels of exciting ingredients by the look of it. I am guessing they packed a flavourful punch, this being Thai. Balanced and powerful?

  5. Wow the food looks stunning … Very precise presentation …. Excellent..

  6. Looks like my kinda treat. I`m just studying your blog pics now and deciding where to go in May…Been Nahm 3 times and its either Nahm again , Sra Bua or elsewhere….this ones looking good to go. Thanks and lovely photos too.

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