Michelin Star Restaurants in Bangkok are usually located in the busy tourist enclave along Sukhumvit Road or by the Chao Phraya River. However, true to Michelin’s “worth traveling for” spirit, Baan Tepa is situated just slightly out of the grid, along Ramkhamhaeng Road.
A walk through the beautiful mansion with Chef Tam Chudaree Debhakam (winner of Top Chef Thailand Season 1) revealed that the 50-year-old house was owned by her grandmother and her parents used to live here. Keeping as much of the old structure and details as possible, Chef Tam has since converted it into Baan Tepa Culinary Space, her true homeground as she shares her passion and cooking philosophy to an international audience.
Fresh Herbs in Tepa Garden
The Baan Tepa experience begins with a guided stroll through Tepa Garden, and organic herb farm where the team grows most of the herbs they use in the menu. I highly recommend you to be curious here, ask questions and freely taste the herbs at their very best – fresh off the land. The garden tour will end nicely with a welcome drink and snack, before the show begins back in the house.
Welcome Snack at Tepa Garden
The very first bite of the menu – a savory smokey Tamarillo Sorbet topped with tomato relish and pork crackling set the tone appropriately for what was to come, as many of the dishes featured clever combinations of sweet, salty and umami derived from local seafood, littered with spots of spiciness.
Heart of Thailand – Nam Prik
My personal favourites came as 3 consecutive courses. First, the Black Squid Ink ‘Dong Dang’ Noodles, featuring springy home-made rice noodles in a spicy black sauce that reminded me of a good streetside Chinese stir-fry, followed by a tangy clear Tom Yum soup that allowed the freshness and textures of River Prawn to shine, and my love of the night – Khao Tom Haeng, a version of ‘dry porridge’ inspired by local Abalone and Japanese-cultivar rice from Chiang Mai.
Black Squid Ink ‘Dong Dang’ Noodles
Cambodian River Prawn Tom Yum
Khao Tom Haeng
Funky beats and casual yet attentive service accompanied us through the night – a touch that showcased the energy and hospitality of Chef Tam, completing the full Baan Tepa experience.