While Bangkok has a bounty of Mexican food, it’s rare to come across decent Peruvian cuisine.
Recently opened at the Anantara Siam Bangkok hotel, Guilty Bangkok celebrates Latin America with a slice of Peru. The kitchen is led by chef Carlos Rodriguez, who previously worked at Gaggan and Penthouse Bar and Grill, to name a few. Serving Peruvian Nikkei (Peruvian ingredients molded by Japanese techniques), the quality of the fish and beef here is on par with leading Japanese restaurants around Bangkok.
Those unfamiliar with Peruvian cuisine can expect a mouthful of dishes like the jicama mango salad (THB450) — sour, fresh, with sweet mango to balance it. There’s also the Toda La Vida Ceviche (THB800, hamachi, yellow tiger milk, crispy corn, and coriander).
Another seafood dish we really love is the kamado grilled Hokkaido scallops (THB1,050) served with crunchy quinoa crust, mirin, yellow pepper sauce and aji limo (lemon drop chili). For protein, don’t miss the Busyu wagyu A5 from Japan’s Saitama Prefecture cooked on Himalayan salt stone (THB25/gram, average serving 70 grams to 250 grams). The highlight of this dish is the underrated rocket and asparagus salad on the side, dressed in ponzu sauce to cut through the fatty meat.
Just like the food, the cocktails are on the Latin America theme. If you’ve had a long day at work packed with meetings, grab El Bandito (THB450) which uses Alipus mezcal mixed with thyme, pink pepper tincture with pulque syrup, and a whole egg. This sweet, earthy glass comes at a potent 33% ABV, so be mindful.
Not that much of a hardcore drinker? Try Cactus Scape No.1 (THB320, El Jimador Blanco tequila, pineapple, agave, and adobo spice mix) for something tropical and easy to start.
Forget the outdated image that hotel dining is all proper and fancy. Here, they randomly bring out “surprise shots” and diners can get up and dance to Latin American music between the tables.
Guilty Bangkok is on the ground floor of Anantara Siam Bangkok, a luxe hotel on Ratchadamri Road that’s easily reached from BTS Ratchadamri. It’s currently open noon to 2:30pm and 6pm to midnight Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended.
G Floor, Anantara Siam Bangkok, Ratchadamri Road
Opens noon-2:30pm (lunch), 6pm-midnight daily (except Sunday and Monday)