Som Chai Thai Restaurant, Bali
I was so excited to try Will Meyrick's Som Chai when I visited Bali. It was a great addition to Seminyak area especially since I didn't see a lot of restaurants that serve Thai cuisines when I was in Bali.
When Andrew and I entered Som Chai, we saw that the venue was divided into almost 3 areas. The first one was the bar, then lounge, followed by the restaurant. The bar was an excellent idea for pre or post-dinner drinks.
Since the concept of Som Chai derived from famous cabarets and 1930's bar in Shanghai, there were some girls suspended on the swings in the lounge area at night time. The lights in the lounge area were dimmed as well to give away more of sexy vibes.
I ordered two cocktails to start off with, and I really liked the presentation of my cocktail. My cocktail was called Smiling Buddha, a chamomile infused gin served in a pot with dry ice, and X rated lime sugar. It was delicious, and I could definitely go for the second one!
For the food, Som Chai pays homage to the forgotten era of the first Kings of Siam with local Bali ingredients, organically raised meats, fish from Sumba, and fresh vegetables from their own Mengwi gardens.
Som Chai definitely didn't hold back on its use of spices. I could taste the rich flavour of each dish from spicy, sour and creamy. As of now, it is definitely the best Thai restaurants in Bali. I tried Warung Siam, Sawasdee Kha, and the Elephant in the past. Som Chai's menu was well picked, but the price might be quite high for some people.