Bangkok now has permission to brag about being a world cuisine destination thanks to EmQuartier’s upcoming Michelin starred food festival, Marche de Quartier.
On November 19 – 22, EmQuartier’s waterfall-adjacent ground floor will turn into the Marche de Quartier – a bustling French style food bazaar featuring food stalls from 3 international Michelin starred chefs and 16 of Bangkok’s most exciting restaurants.
There will be daily activities and concerts, including a show by Jennifer Kim. And most importantly, these dishes won’t break the bank. Try Michelin level dishes for 150 THB – 800 THB, while the other dishes hover reasonably around 150-200 THB.
Here are the dishes from the Marche de Quartier vendors we’re really looking forward to.
Sous Vide Scampi with a Salad of Local Heirloom Tomatoes by Michelin starred Dutch chef Henk Savelberg. (His restaurant at Oriental Residence is already well known among foodies.)
Chef Henk’s Strained Yogurt with Spice-infused Caramel and Granite of Yellow Fruit. We don’t usually get too excited about desserts, especially desserts consisting of flavored ice. But when it’s Michelin starred ice, something tells us we shouldn’t miss out. Chef Henk will also be offering Smoked Irish Oyster with Green Curry and Ponzu and a unique Lollipop of Foie Gras, White Chocolate, Peach and Pistachio.
A counter-side Three Course Sushi Meal by Chef Masakazu Ishibashi of Ginza Sushi Ichi, Tokyo’s celebrated omakase style restaurant. The one Michelin starred restaurant now graces us with a branch at Erawan Plaza, and the Tokyo based chef himself will be at Marche de Quartier to make sure each sushi piece is perfection. You can also take away a Special Rice Bowl of Salmon Roe and Sea Urchin, but we won’t pass up the opportunity to sit at Chef Masakazu’s counter.
Tagliatelle with Umbrian Truffle Sauce by Michelin starred Italian Chef Walter Passeri. We’re excited to explore Umbrian cuisine with its famous foraged truffles. The ingredients, and the chef himself, are being flown in fresh from Italy for this event. We’re also looking forward to Scrambled Eggs with Umbrian Black Truffle. (Yes, you had us at truffle, Chef Walter.) For less mushroom madness, there will be a Torta al Testo with Umbrian Cold Cuts and Sheep’s Cheese and some delicious Italian desserts.
We’ve had it before and we’ll have it again. Bao & Buns classic Pork Bao with soft, stewed pork belly and tangy mustard and Sriracha sauce just hits the spot. We’ll take any chance we get to enjoy the freshly prepared bao.
Karakamen Ramen by Ippudo. This special dish of tonkatsu broth, spicy miso, cashew nuts and ground pork is one of the reasons why Ippudo grew from one restaurant in 1985 to dozens across the globe, including a permanent fixture at Central Embassy. Try this epitome of ramen, or risk a serious case of noodle envy.
Pizza Caprese from Peppina. This clean, classic dish of tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and dried oregano is so simple, yet so full of flavor. The Peppina pop-up will offer a choice of Caprese or the bestselling Margharita San Marzona pizza. Can’t decide? Get both! Too much pizza is a problem we love to have.
Riceberry Noodle Pad Thai by Mae Prayun. This famous pad thai stall, already well known among Bangkokians, uses tea seed oil to stir fry the noodles. Intrigued? We thought so.
In addition to these restaurants, there will be lots more stalls representing Bangkok’s international cuisine scene, such as Cedar, Deutsches Eck, Beccofino and Mrs. Balbir’s.
There will also be a special Gourmet Fiesta zone at EmQuartier’s Gourmet Market featuring special ingredients and groceries for those who love to cook, and not just eat, impressive dishes.
Marche de Quartier takes place at EmQuartier on November 19 – 22, at G Floor, Quartier Avenue near the Quartier Waterfall.
The outdoor scene at Marche de Quartier
Peppina at Marche de Quartier
The sushi counter by Chef Masakazu Ishibashi of Ginza Sushi Ichi
The Michelin starred popup by Savelberg