The Extraordinary Selection of Flavours at Central Food Hall

Discerning foodies in Thailand need look no further than Central Food Hall, considered by many to be among Asia’s finest food stores, for a superior selection of top-quality imported and local food and drinks.

Fresh oysters, Wagyu steak and freshly-made pasta: Bangkok might be known as a hub for Thai cuisine like nowhere else in the world, but these days it’s also leading the way when it comes to an unparalleled range of premium imported and local food and drinks. And heading up that revolution are the eleven supermarkets in Thailand under the Central Food Hall banner.

It’s hard not to be taken aback by both the sheer choice and the pristine quality of the local and international delicacies on display at Central Food Hall. That’s particularly true at its flagship Central Chidlom and CentralWorld locations. The dedication and tireless work that go into sourcing such an enviable selection are plain to see.

Building trusted relationships to attain the finest produce

Not just one of the most renowned supermarkets in Bangkok, Central Food Hall is also the largest fine food operator in Thailand, with acclaimed Executive Vice-President Nick Reitmeier at the helm. Nick is a food store expert who brings 35 years of experience to the table, having previously worked with world-famous London retailers Harrods and Selfridges.

Nick’s team regularly travels across the globe to attend trade shows and forge lasting relationships with some of the world’s most prestigious producers.

Their commitment to directly importing food and drinks to Thailand from Europe, the Americas, Africa and elsewhere in Asia shines through in the enviable assortment that awaits shoppers on the shelves of its supermarkets in Thailand.

Expats flock to branches of Central Food Hall craving the tastes of home. So too do locals looking to recreate the flavours of memorable trips, or hoping to discover new culinary frontiers from far-flung lands.

Both groups find inspiration and satisfaction among the supermarket aisles that showcase items such as Taw Valley Creamery’s English cheddar made with British milk, rich biscuits baked with Reflets de France’s fresh Brittany butter and MIA’s bean-to-bar chocolate selection crafted by local communities in Africa.

A world of flavour awaits gourmet food fans

A walk through this high-end Bangkok supermarket equally offers the opportunity to be wowed by Central Wine Cellar, stocked with more than 500 fine wines and another 1,100 exquisite labels.

To guard them against Bangkok’s dramatic weather, the wines are carefully temperature-controlled from the moment they enter Thailand right up until the second they land in your shopping trolley.

That ensures that every drop is as crisp and satisfying when you sip it at home, just as though you were drinking it right in the vineyard.

Central Food Hall also boasts a laudable whisky selection, and an ever-growing collection of craft beers from around the region and beyond.

None of that would be half as impressive without expert talent to back it up, but Central Food Hall delivers there, too.

Consistent quality is assured by an international and local team of two sommeliers, three master butchers from Germany, a master baker and a number of executive chefs.

And just as for the wine, the eye-catching selection of fresh cheeses from around the world are found not just along the main supermarket aisles but also in a dedicated, temperature-regulated cheese room that’s a sight to behold in itself.

When it comes to fresh produce, Central Food Hall strikes a fine balance between the choice and variety of top-quality imported seasonal goods and the undeniable freshness and lower environmental impact of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

An extensive selection of nutritious produce from around the country allows discerning customers to both take care of their own health and contribute to improving the livelihood of local communities at the same time.

Providence is of huge importance to the team at Central Food Hall, too, so various product lines also feature barcodes that customers can scan for helpful insights as to who grew their produce and where.

All of this furthers Central Food Hall’s desire to forge meaningful connections between farmers and consumers, so that you can see and feel the journey that each one of your meals has taken from farm to table.

Equally, the Waitrose range of premium essentials – imported directly from the UK – is a hugely popular stand-out.

The selection includes everything from ingredients like traditional British sauces, condiments and chutneys to comforting ready-to-cook items such as fish fingers, pub-style chips, as well as dried pasta and biscuits.

It goes without saying that Central Food Hall stocks an impressive collection of leading brands, too.

Noteworthy products, to name just a few, include Bret’s chips made from French potatoes, Flahavan’s Irish oats, Movenpick jams and ice creams, Da Bomb hot sauces, Geeta’s Indian curry sauces and Carrefour’s Bio range of organic goods.

You can also find Mount Mayon pili nuts, the nutritious Macadamia-like snack native to the volcanic soils of the Philippines that is taking the foodie world by storm.

The wide selection of high-quality flours and other baking ingredients has also proved indispensable to the large number of Bangkok families stuck indoors recently.

There has been a huge surge of interest in people baking their own bread and cakes while having to spend more time at home than usual.

Dining to order at Central Eatery

A visit to Central Food Hall isn’t just about buying ingredients to cook at home, though. Luxurious Central Eatery outlets mean a shopping trip to one of their supermarkets in Thailand can also easily become a decadent meal out in itself.

The expertise, passion and fair of a diverse team of international and local cooks and food experts come together to serve up a spectacular array of freshly homemade dishes, all prepared from scratch to order.

At the Grill Bar, tuck into a 400-day grain-fed premium Australian Tajima Wagyu steak, a perfectly cooked Grill Bar Burger, or a bowl of freshly made Italian-style pasta.

Devour flavoursome, crackling-coated porchetta – perfectly slow-roasted and served on a chopping block – at the Deli Bar.

At the Ocean Bar, have the sushi chef prepare your favourite nigiri or roll recipe to order, using sushi rice from Hokkaido and rice vinegar from Gifu.

Then from the fresh tanks pick your own platter of the freshest oysters and most succulent lobsters to enjoy with a glass or two of something bubbly.

What’s more, Central Eatery is famed for its complimentary cooking service. Simply pick up the cut of your choice from the deli-style meat and seafood counters, and the house chefs will prepare it to your liking free of charge.

Turn it into a slap-up meal by choosing from a selection of signature sauces and side dishes, perhaps alongside a bottle of vino from Central Food Hall’s enviable selection. There’s no corkage charge on anything purchased from Central Food Hall or Central Wine Cellar.

Just looking for something quick and easy but equally delicious? That’s no problem, either: Central Eatery also features a selection of locally renowned Bangkok street food outlets serving classic savoury and sweet Thai favourites.

In fact, Central Food Hall’s partnership with Grab means you can even order your meal of choice from Central Eatery for delivery direct to your own home.

A safe and enjoyable shopping experience

With safety on everyone’s mind during the recent pandemic, as one of the leading supermarkets in Thailand Central Food Hall has taken extensive measures to make sure that shopping for life’s delicious luxuries remains a safe and enjoyable experience.

Alcohol gel is provided for customers to sanitise their hands when entering and leaving each store, and staff are on hand to make sure that every shopping basket and trolley is regularly disinfected. Staff also wear face shields and gloves, and every store is thoroughly deep-cleaned on a regular basis.

Whether you’re a keen home cook or the kind of foodie who’s happy to let someone else take care of things in the kitchen – indulge your taste for the finer things in life with a visit to Central Food Hall, and you’re certain to be thrilled with what you discover at any of their exceptional stores.

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