HARD-TO-FIND ETHNIC CUISINES
Even though Bangkok is one of the great eating-out towns in Asia, there are some cuisines that are very hard to find here. So this month we went in search of some of them.
There are very few German restaurants in the city, which is something of a surprise when one considers the large expatriate German population, and the popularity of other European cuisines. But traditional German food is so heavy that only the Germans can cope with it, and the market here really cannot support too many outlets. We went to Deutches Eck for our thoroughly enjoyable German experience.
Similar applies to Swiss cuisine – a large expat population, but a food style that maybe is too heavy to thrive in a tropical climate. We visited the long established Chesa, which is second home for many of the Swiss living in Bangkok.
Lebanese food is found all over the Middle East, and no matter if you visit a hotel in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, or any other Arabian Gulf destination, you are likely to find Lebanese food and beverage staff, and a Lebanese buffet. Despite the large number of Middle East visitors here, there are few Lebanese restaurants. Nadimos is one of them, and has gathered enormous respect in the nine years since it first opened.
There are quite a few Vietnamese restaurants in Bangkok, but most of them tend to offer a standard pan-national menu. Tonkin Annam, located in a tiny shophouse on the riverside, has a very specialist authentic menu of Northern and Central dishes, and is family owned.
There are plenty of Spanish restaurants, but not many offering only tapas. We rounded off our visits by reviewing El Tapeo, which is going from strength to strength now that a new chef has arrived from the home country.
We are always searching for other unusual cuisines. When we find them, we shall let you know.