Fiery Flavours At Market Café
Market Café at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel might well be new to the Bangkok dining scene having only opened in late 2018, but the new-kid-on-the-block does not pull any punches with its traditional approach to Thai cuisine. Designers combed numerous markets throughout the Kingdom selecting suitable décor for the stylish restaurant that reflects the nation’s rich history, while local chefs were also meticulously selected for their ability to bring out the true flavours that are the hallmark of quality Thai food.
Covering the entire fourth floor, Market Café starts the day with a breakfast buffet that brings together a rich bounty of early morning treats from the four corners of Thailand as well as other Asian and Western favourites. However, the real culinary feast begins with the Thai lunch and dinner menu where locals, expats and tourists are treated to unpretentious fare that blends bold spices and vibrant flavours
The restaurant’s interior evokes memories of an old-fashioned marketplace with floor-to-ceiling panels depicting a floating market scene. Everyday Thai objects such as wooden rabbits – an age-old tool used for grating coconuts – and copper pots and vases adorn the dark wood shelving. It is said that several antiques are also hidden among other articles on display.
Catching a quick word with Frederik Farina, Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, at Market Café, I asked what to expect from our culinary journey. Without missing a beat, he said, “Our speciality chefs hail from all regions of Thailand and cook the most authentic Thai dishes without dumbing down the traditional tastes. We want our guests to experience true Thai flavours, rather than tourist-tailored versions of popular and not so popular Thai dishes.”
With that in mind we turned our attention to the menu. While the quintessential Thai dishes such as Tom Yam and Phad Kra Pao take their rightful place, there are also signature dishes such as Steamed Sea Bass with Lime, Garlic and Chili, Spicy Tiger Prawn Salad with Lemongrass and Chili Paste and Caramelized Spicy Chicken wings. Other superb dishes that have given Thai cuisine its international ranking include Goong Mae Nam Tod Kratiem (Fried River Prawns with Garlic), Pla Gao Sam Rod (Three-flavoured Fish) and Pla Goong (Spicy Shrimp Salad).
Executive Chef Frederik and his team hold true to bold Thai flavours in such a style that some diners may find the spice level a little too hot for their sensitive palates. If this is the case, we suggest a touch of balance with a side dish of wok-fried fresh vegetables. Generally speaking, eating plenty of steamed rice helps to absorb the fiery flavours common to Thai cuisine. Vegetarians should feel totally at home dining at Market Café as the dedicated chefs will happily adjust their dishes to meet any dietary requirement.
If your mouth is still reeling at the end of your meal, we highly recommend soothing your taste buds with the all-time Thai favourite dessert juicy fresh mango with sticky rice.
Market Café is open daily from 6am – 10.30pm (last order at 10pm) and can accommodate up to 158 guests, including an outdoor terrace for eight and two private rooms for 20 and 24 people.
For more information and reservations, call +66 (0) 2098-1346.