Thailand’s esteemed lifestyle brand Jim Thompson has recently ventured into the hospitality sector with an impressive initiative.
Located near the National Stadium, the renowned Jim Thompson Museum proudly presents its refurbished Food & Beverage section, now boasting two venues, including the latest, Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant.
This establishment, inaugurated in the middle of October, honours the heritage of the entrepreneur, Jim Thompson.
The interior design firm HBA has woven more than 70 elements from Jim Thompson Home Furnishings into the decor of the restaurant’s dining area, enhancing the ambiance with historical richness.
At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Pepe Dasi, whose gastronomic path has taken him through the notable kitchens of two and three Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain, and stretched across to the culinary scenes of Norway and Australia.
With a fervent appreciation for Thai flavours, Chef Pepe has embarked on a culinary endeavor in Thailand, infusing authentic Thai dishes with distinctive Spanish elements.
Delving into the appetizer selection, diners can savour a fusion of brioche toast adorned with pickled mackerel, Thai-style Excalivada, and cream cheese.
This appetizer is a nod to the traditional tomato namprik, elevated by the smoky aroma of ash-grilled vegetables, and is perfectly complemented by Udon Thani’s naturally fermented pla raa.
An innovative twist is presented with the mieng kham iberico, which surprises the palate with a harmonious mix of organic Iberico pork, Koh Panyu shrimp, Basque piparras, and sherry pickles from Andalusia.
Seafood aficionados can indulge in rice prawns, a creation inspired by Jim Thompson’s excursions in Malaysia. The dish features succulent Ayutthaya river prawns, paired with a fragrant herbal salad and a Penang-inspired yellow curry, served with the traditional roti.
For the finale, indulge in the Thai Basque cheesecake flavoured with Thai tea and pistachios, or savour the signature wafer dessert, a duck egg custard nestled in a crisp waffle sandwich, served with custard ice cream and topped with crispy shallots.
Back in September, the Jim Thompson Museum also introduced OSS Bar, an establishment echoing Jim Thompson’s secretive past, which showcases the mixology expertise of Bangkok’s Khun Ploy Siriwan Sinpan.