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Eat Me Restaurant Delivers Much More Than a Cheeky Name

Author: Anonym/Thursday, December 2, 2010/Categories: Food & Restaurant Reviews

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Established in Bangkok in 1998, Eat Me Restaurant is like a fine wine that just keeps getting better with age. This sleek and sexy restaurant/bar with a hip revolving art exhibition concept and Eat Me has recently expanded the restaurant to include a new ultra-modern downstairs bar and lounge area to compliment the 2 inside dining areas and the outside garden dining area on the 2nd level. But don’t be fooled into thinking that Eat Me is all style and no substance, because at its soul beats the heart of a true foodie, with a real passion for great food that is reflected in every dish on the menu. Owners Darren Hausler and his sister Cherie Hausler are originally from Australia. They created and designed each item on the menu with their executive chef Tim Butler who is originally from the United States. Chef Butler is a recent addition to Eat Me Restaurant and he stated that “Before I became the chef here, I was a customer. Eat Me has long been one of my favorite restaurants (in Bangkok) and it’s really great to be able to work here now”. Darren Hausler pointed out that the food always takes center stage and that the idea behind Eat Me is to serve regional yet modern international food with a menu that gets updated every 3 months or so in order to remain seasonal, fresh and interesting. “Everything is fresh, nothing ever comes out of a jar” said Darren Hausler “We have a very loyal customer base. I may not always remember last names, but I always know (my customers) first names and what they like to eat”. The art gallery concept is another dynamic aspect wherein Eat Me displays the work of new artists every other month. The artistic aesthetic is also transferred to the way the food is served in an “art on the plate” fashion and also extends to the creative and original cocktails they sell such as the Passion Fruit Mojito’s and the brand new cocktail called the “Flaming Margarita” which they actually set ablaze in your glass. Another nod to the contemporary theme is the decision to serve only “New World Wines” at Eat Me Restaurant. The restaurant has an extensive menu of bold and bright new wines at competitive price points for such quality wine in Thailand.

The Food

The starters on offer are impressive and a popular one that is consistently on the menu is the Mountain Bread Nachos w/Gruyere and Spicy Salsa (330Baht). Mountain bread is Middle Eastern flat bread that is cut into strips and then quickly deep fried until it gets really crispy; it is then topped with the salsa and cheese. This dish is surprisingly light; the salsa is so bright and fresh with no heavy sauce or overpowering chilies. This is a well calculated dish that successfully combines the ingredients so that they seamlessly complement one another. The Rabbit Rillettes with Red Wine Onion Jam (330Baht) is another Eat Me signature starter made from rabbits that are locally sourced through the Royal Thai Project. Rillettes are similar to pates in preparation and texture, but it is made with the meat of the animal instead of the liver. The rabbit rillettes was sublime. It was creamy and earthy, and perfectly matched with the sweetness and tartness of the jam and the texture of the crunchy bread. The Sauteed Sea Scallops with Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pink Peppercorns (480Baht) was another masterpiece. Perfectly seared rich and sweet scallops were expertly matched with the acid from the grapefruit and the mild kick of the pepper.

Recommended main dishes are the Australian Lamb Rack with Pearl Barley, Shitake & Angel Mushrooms (990Baht) and the Crispy Duck Confit with Honeyed Brussel Sprouts and Prosciutto Ham (690Baht). The Lamb dish was delicate and tender and could be cut with a fork. The lamb was well seasoned and the quality of the meat was so good that it literally melted on the tongue. The Crispy Duck Confit was an inspiration. Every flavor and texture profile was hit with this one dish. The skin was crispy and the duck meat was tender, rich and full of flavor. The brussel sprouts were tender and sweet, the prosciutto was salty and satisfying, and it all conspired to create perfection on a plate.

Dessert can often be relegated as an “after-thought” on some menus of Bangkok restaurants, but this is NOT the case at Eat Me Restaurant. Eat Me’s desserts are rich, decadent, and addictive. A favorite dessert is the Sticky Date Pudding with Hot Butterscotch Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream (280Baht). This dessert was positively orgasmic. It features a dense warm cake that meets sweet cool ice cream and is elevated to a new level by a homemade butterscotch sauce that is so good you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. The Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake (270Baht) was a dark chocolate lover’s dream. It was super moist, not too sweet and surprisingly light despite the fact that it looked rather heavy. Last but not least was the Pavlova with Banana, Passion Fruit and Cream (250Baht) which was light, and refreshing. The Pavlova was a bit sweeter than expected, but it was balanced by the tanginess of the passion fruit, while the bananas added some extra textural fun to the dish.

Eat Me Restaurant is much more than a restaurant with a cool vibe and a “cheeky” name. Eat Me Restaurant is a real food lover’s restaurant and should appeal to those who refuse to compromise on the taste and quality of the food. What makes Eat Me Restaurant an exceptional dining experience is that it really delivers the “full package” for the diner. The stylish and contemporary venue, the upscale but casual environment, the cool and ever changing art pieces on the walls, the excellent wine list and signature cocktails, and of course the food. This is a great place to go if you want to impress someone on a first date, celebrate a special event with a loved one or meet good friends for diner after work. No matter what occasion brings you to Eat Me Restaurant, it is the food that will bring you back time and time again.

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