The Hell’s Kitchen celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has launched Bread Street at Bangkok’s newly minted Emsphere, marking Thailand as the third Asian country to welcome this franchise after Hong Kong and Singapore.
The accessible European-style restaurant which has won over hearts and tastebuds since its establishment in 2011, serving classic European cuisine alongside cocktails and vino. But let’s face it, Ramsay’s reputation (good and bad) gets a lot of people through the door.
Maintaining the industrial interior design, the Emsphere location is decked out in comfy mustard colored sofa benches and clean metal touches. An elevated open kitchen sits at one corner of the restaurant so diners can catch a glimpse of the brigade in action—and thrown plates if Gordon ever shows up.
These are the dishes that make or break budding talents in Ramsay’s kitchens, like the spicy tuna tartare—fresh and briny like it’s just crawled out of the sea. It’s a bit on the hot side, but nothing the average Thai palette can’t handle. This is also pleasantly neutralized with some mashed avocado.
Unusually, the seafood shines at Bread Street. Check out their seared scallops, elevated with some carrot puree, smoky pancetta bits, and refreshing pomegranate. The Lobster moilee is another one to look out for, similar to some Thai style curries with a sweetness from the butternut squash and saltiness from the sauted spinach.
But, you haven’t really been here unless you’ve tried the signature beef Wellington. Get in line as this hearty dish is only available for 50 servings per day.
The cooking and prep time takes up to three days: a dijon-coated Australian tenderloin layered with truffles bundled in golden brown puff pastry. It’s served medium rare with honey carrot and mash, paired with a glass of red wine—so very, very English.
You can round out your dessert with some sticky toffee pudding—so big you’ll want to share—featuring a cake drenched in a pool of toffee and a dollop of ice cream.
It’s Gordon’s first salivating salvo in Bangkok, so this is a big deal for long-time fans. If you don’t like him, tough luck, because the famed chef and entrepreneur announced plans to open 14 venues in Thailand over the coming years in a partnership with Tanachira Group.
G Floor, Emsphere Sukhumvit Road, 063 268 9991, Open daily 11am-10pm.
This story originally appeared in BK Magazine.