It must have been ages since my first ever visit to Bangkok last year, but when I looked back at pictures taken from this particular restaurant, the memories came flooding back to me. Sometimes, when you eat something that is so good, the taste, the feeling, the texture all remain vividly in your mind even after a long time. We didn’t have much chances to fine dine back in Bangkok, but the one time that we did, was at Bussaracum Royal Thai Cuisine. Back then, the restaurant was located in Thong Lo, which was a happening place according to Saucer’s business partners in Bangkok. We randomly chose a nice Thai restaurant nearby for our last night in Bangkok and decided on Bussaracum.
I still remember we reached the restaurant quite late, past 8.30pm but we were treated very nicely by the waiter in charge and given a table in a quite corner. In fact, the restaurant was quite quiet, perhaps because it’s a weeknight. The warm orange lighting, the exquisite Thai statues and the soft Thai music playing in the background did give us the feeling of dining like royalty. We were given some cute amuse bouche of what appeared to be a papaya salad with some sweet and sour sauce, a nice opening dish before dinner.
We started dinner with the Bussaracum Jewels an appetizer platter of Thai shrimp cake, chicken satay and crab spring rolls which combined to tease our palates with different tastes and textures. The chicken satay was different from what we have here in Malaysia, with thicker portion and very flavourful too. My favourite was the crab cake, which was exceptionally crunchy! Too bad there was just one piece of it on the platter.
Bussaracum Jewels (THB130/person)
Various dips and cucumber cubes
To go with our fragrant white rice, we had the Gai Hor Bai Toey / Pandan Chicken, pieces of marinated chicken cooked in fragrant pandan leaves and served pickled papaya salad. The chicken pieces here were exceptionally well-marinated such that the aroma permeated the whole restaurant when it was served. The flavour of lemongrass was apparent, so were a myriad of other spices used in the marinade. The whole combination made the tender and juicy chicken all the more appealing and addictive.
Gai Hor Bai Toey (THB240)
Of course, in a Thai restaurant, we couldn’t resist from ordering the Tom Yum Goong, the clear spicy and sour soup with plenty of seafood and prawns! The soup here here looked deceivingly clear but turned out to pack a punch. The spicy and sour flavours were strong, but with a hint of sweetness from the seafood within. The prawns were succulent and de-shelled, perfect for lazy eaters like me. 😛
Tom Yum Goong (THB190)
Last but not least, Saucer ordered the Pla Kapong Nueng Manao or Steamed whole seabass in piquant garlic, chilli and lime sauce, something that he must order in any Thai restaurant. To our delight, the seabass was flooded with chilli, garlic, coriander and spring onion, while being served on hot fire. The gravy was bubbling happily throughout the duration of our dinner, keeping the fish and sauce warm all the time. But most importantly, the gravy was exceptionally spicy and sour, such a kick it provided! It’s the type of spicy that would send you buckets of sweats within seconds, yet you still continue slurping it like an addict. Saucer swore that it was one of the best steamed fish that he’d eaten.
Pla Kapong Nueng Manao (THB380)
Fresh and flaky fish
Bubbling all the way
Even though the restaurant is dubbed to be a fine-dining restaurant, we’re happy to report that the prices were not that cutthroat. The dinner for both of us was around RM120, and we left the restaurant fully satisfied with a great dinner.
Entrance to Bussaracum
Bussaracum Royal Thai Cuisine, Bangkok
*Note: During our visit, Bussaracum was located at Sukhumvit 55, we found out that it has recently moved to a new and better location at Silom.
Bussaracum Royal Thai Cuisine
1 Si Wiang Road (off Soi Pramuan),
Sathorn / Silom, Bangrak,
Tel No.: (662) 630 2216-8, 235 7341-3
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BussaracumRestaurant
*Note: Read the rest of my Bangkok Escapade here!