Thai fine dining is all about the freshest ingredients combined by the best chefs to skillfully create a dish that’s better than the sum of its parts. This is the magic of Thai cuisine. But the freshest and finest ingredients for the wide variety of dishes that encompass Thai cuisine are found in Thailand. And since Thailand has three growing seasons for its fruits, vegetables, herbs and grains, the menus of Thai fine dining restaurants tend to change through the seasons.
A restaurant you visited in the spring may have a completely different menu when you revisit it in the fall. But this is a sign that the chef in the kitchen is devoted to providing the freshest and ripest ingredients in every dish they prepare.
Preparation and Presentation
Once the chef has chosen the ingredients for the meal, the importance of the preparation is shared with the presentation of the dish. Every aspect of the meal must please the senses both through aroma and taste as well as aesthetically. The freshest and ripest fruits, vegetables and herbs are also usually the most colorful and add a visual appeal to the dish that’s second only to the taste and texture.
While these are universal principles of preparing Thai food in every kitchen in the country, in a Thai, fine dining restaurant, they are taken to the next level.
For those food aficionados that have only experienced Thai cuisine outside of Thailand, a meal in a fine Thai restaurant in Bangkok can be a revelation. It can open your eyes to the reasons why this cuisine has become one of the world’s most popular and why there are so many Thai restaurants in other countries. It will also demonstrate the importance of the origin and freshness of the ingredients in preparing an authentic Thai meal.