New Beginnings

Rooms at Mia offers a seasonal tasting menu

Kombu-cured hake. (Photos: Mia Restaurant)

Everyone needs change, including restaurants. Enter Mia's new dining space "Rooms" on the second floor where chef Pongcharn "Top" Russell and pastry chef Michelle Goh offer a seasonal eight-course tasting menu (eight courses for B2,550++).

"We decided to redirect Mia's concept a bit. The reason being that a few people expected us to be a bit more refined, while others were okay with the casual vibe. To give diners more options, Rooms will only serve a tasting menu, while the ground floor 'The Curtain' will be combined with the bar and serve an a la carte menu," says chef Top.

All the old favourites are still on the menu at The Curtain, but for those looking for something more intimate, Rooms offers a menu that emphasises French techniques mixed with modern flavour profiles with a lot of Asian influences.

Mushroom chawanmushi.

The tasting menu begins with three amuse bouche: Oyster paired with guava, green chilli and lime; Chickpea pillow, crab and lardo; Pea tartelette, smoked curd and locally-sourced finger lime; and Foie gras, dark chocolate and piquil. I love mushrooms and so the Mushroom chawanmushi with fermented mushroom and black truffle was a delight.

Beetroot may not be for everyone but the Salt baked heirloom beetroot with smoked yoghurt and walnut was for me. Hake is an underrated fish and a tad difficult to find on menus in Thailand. At Mia, it is cured in kombu (seaweed) and served with cauliflower done in three ways, grapes and bergamot. The 48-hour slow-cooked short rib is served a hearty beef consommé, which you can either sip after each bite of beef or drink at the end. I preferred the latter. The beef is served with spinach spelt, sweet potatoes purée, crispy shallots and a beef reduction.

Salt-baked beetroot.

The palate cleanser by pastry chef Goh is a Fennel and lychee sorbet, dill, confit lemon and ginger gel. The large dessert of Black Sesame ice cream with white chocolate and cherries end the meal on an unusual note. Last, but not least, leave tummy room for petite fours.

Mia, 30 Attha Kawi 1, Sukhumvit 26 / Call 02-258-6745 visit miarestaurantbkk.com.