How an enormous pink building can be an undiscovered dining treasure is a mystery, and yet hiding in plain sight, Namsaah Bottling Trust has been able to pull it off. Calling itself an Asian gastro bar, the restaurant in the heart of Bangkok opened its doors on Silom Soi 7 (Soi Sirijullassayvok) in June of 2014. Located toward the end of the soi, the restaurant is set back a bit, but it is still hard to miss despite its distinctive paint job.
The collective brainchild of Chef Ian Kittichai (an award-winning chef, author and television personality), music impresario Frederic Meyer, creative arts and culture expert Jeremy Opritesco, and nightlife guru Justin Dunne, Namsaah is the culmination of their respective talents. This bespoke bar and restaurant is housed in an early 20th century grand villa. The house has played numerous roles – the residence of a Royal aide-de-camp, a soda company’s bottling office and the headquarters of a bank. The Thai word namsaah is an old fashioned word referring to sparkling water or soda water.
Namsaah Bottling Trust pays homage to the building’s colorful history. The heart of the house has to be the large bar on the ground floor. Patrons are spoiled for choice with a selection of more than 30 whimsical cocktails. The question is: keep it old school and classic, or try a specialty cocktail with an Asian flavour twist? Take your time with the drink menu and talk it over with the bartender as there are some amazing combinations that may be a bit unexpected. The Kaffir Lime Watermelon Smash is my favorite – and I can’t stop at just one. The food menu features a variety of playful bar bites with regional influences, such as spicy soda-battered shrimp in a Sriracha-aioli glaze, salmon tartare wonton ‘tacos’, and fresh duck spring rolls.
Upstairs features a more formal dining area with a full service a la carte menu. Dishes such as duck confit noodle salad, red curry beef and sweet and sour pork, play to an Asian perspective and pair surprisingly well with the creative cocktails. My current favorite is the krapow burger – just the right amount of spice and a nice change from a regular old burger. Namsaah Bottling Trust is open 7 days a week from 5 pm until 2am. The full menu is served from 5pm until 12am and drinks are served from 5pm until close.