When it comes to dining out, Pitchayatep “Pitch” Yuktasevi is no stranger to the food scene.
… In fact, we would go so far as to say that he is sort of a guru. Having lived in both the UK and Thailand, the seasoned foodie has a taste for good food, loves a good Sunday roast and swears by fish and chips on Fridays.
A fourth generation member of the Mali Group founding family, Pitch spent most of his youth in renowned boarding schools across the UK, where he developed a deep love for British comfort food. Now that he’s back in Bangkok, the next-gen businessman has explored a lot what the local wine and restaurant scene has to offer.
“I eat what I really want”, he tells us with a sympathetic laugh, always convinced to indulge himself, “good food can really put you in a good mood”. He admits, however, that he calms down from time to time, on the advice of his doctor.
“It’s a side effect, isn’t it,” he jokes, “I eat whatever I want, so sometimes I have to take a break and eat your weird, healthy fish dish.” At times like this, the longtime Londoner often enjoys a bit of home cooking. “I would eat, say, halibut. Put this in the oven with a little garnish, or sometimes pan-fried, with a pinch of pesto or olive oil. I use a lot of makeshift spices, all confidential, of course.
We recently chatted with Pitch about his top picks on a cheat day. From her favorite omakase joint to her secret pancake recipe, we’ve got a look at Pitch’s personal guide to meals. Read on for a list of guilty pleasure dishes he loves to indulge in, on a cheat day in Bangkok.
Where to eat: Hibiki Omakase and Bar
For Japanese cuisine, Pitch highly recommends Hibiki Omakase and Bar; a place he has frequented for years.
“It’s a place I really love to go. It’s pretty contemporary, really, and I love the vibe. The furniture, the food and the general atmosphere they have created are really good. It offers a modern twist to Japanese cuisine, which you typically won’t find in your traditional omakase setting.
Nestled in the middle of bustling Ekkamai, Hibiki offers an innovative and on-trend take on the ‘let it decide’ trend that is taking Bangkok by storm. With sleek interiors that blend classic Japanese flair with contemporary elements – think dark wood finishes and sleek details – the upscale restaurant draws a constant crowd of discerning foodies looking for something that fits. in an inventive way outside of the typical omakase experience. As for food, the menu consists of the best freshly imported ingredients and changes according to the seasons. The place is also a den of drinks, with a menu of experimental cocktails that add delicious additions to the meal. While omakase is all about novelty, some dishes ring with special affection for Pitch, who happily remembers a particular dish he enjoyed on their previous tasting menus. “Towards the end of the meal, I once ate a red tuna porridge, which I found very interesting,” he recalls jokingly, “It kind of reminded me of a good night out in a way. ; the kind of dish I would really need after a night of drinking.
Hibiki Omakase & Bar, 30/3 Soi Charoenchai (Ekkamai 12, Klongtan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110; +66 96 797 9997.
Where to eat: Kai New Zealand
On days when he’s missing his Sunday roasts, Pitch heads straight for Kai.
“I’m always trying to find the perfect spot for the Sunday roast, and although Kai isn’t a British restaurant, I love the way they do it here; It’s good. They serve New Zealand food, and it’s about as close as it gets, culturally speaking, isn’t it? It’s just something that I tried to find here in Thailand – quite a bit of comfort food from the time – and I think Kai delivered a Sunday roast that would hold up to those in England.
Whether you’re a regular or have passed the bustling Sathorn soi 12 venue, Kai’s airy terrace is just about a must-see. With well-polished interiors and tantalizing outdoor seating for those avid for alfresco dining, Kai is the kind of place that started out with a buzz and has continued to maintain its fashionable reputation through excellent classic ambience and comfort food. True to form, the menu is excellent cheat material, with absolutely fantastic guilty pleasure dishes that range from slow-cooked lamb shank to an impressive array of premium aged beef options, and of course your usual fish and chips. For Pitch, much of the appeal here is a taste of the home of his UK days and the overall atmosphere. “It has a great modern touch, and I really like the overall experience. And besides, how often do you have New Zealand establishments here in Thailand, right? “
Kai New Zealand, 142 22-23 Sathon Soi 12 Alley, Khwaeng Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500; +66 2 635 3800.
Where to eat: El Mercado
Whether it’s traveling, playing sports or eating out in general, Pitch likes to have a good time. When it comes to a drink or socializing with friends, he’s recently frequented the noisy and airy outdoor courtyard of El Mercado.
He attributes his recommendation to his cousin Anjida “Film” Karnasuta.
“She introduced me to the place, and it’s a great place to sit and relax with a group of friends. The atmosphere is really relaxed, and I go there a lot with the rest of the new generation team from Mali.
Pop into the grocery store / bistro any night out and you’ll find it chock full of hip and stylish Bangkok diners, flocking to the airy terrace to sample excellent wine (not to mention the best selection of cheeses and cheeses. imported from the city). deli). The selection of specialties is constantly evolving, but there are some unmissable must-sees – the oysters fines de claire, the succulent strip loin and, of course, the rich and decadent chocolate tart.
El Mercado, 490 Phai Singto Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110; +66 99 131 2226.
What to eat: Buttermilk pancakes
While in England, Pitch developed a fondness for home cooking. Among his culinary adventures, he shares a preference for butter pancakes; with, of course, a touch of Malian condensed milk.
“Living in England sometimes provides a good opportunity to cook for yourself, and there are days when I would cook this buttermilk pancake. I would add bacon and maple syrup. True to my dairy background, I would also add condensed milk here and there – it must be Mali, though, obviously.
For other pancake lovers, Pitch recommends a hearty filling of condensed milk, complemented with blueberries or fruity ice cream.
What to eat: Mali x Ovaltine… on Kakigori
Speaking of Mali, Pitch is also very excited to experience their latest product line, the Mali x Ovaltine line. Having played a role in its development, he sticks to taste and thinks it could be a great addition to crushed ice desserts.
“I’ve been part of the development process through trial and error, and I think someone else or I will most definitely find a way to put it on a kakigori. Think of After You, for example. I think that would really make the perfect touch. It’s just the right amount of sweet and it’s really good.
[Hero/Featured Image Credit: Hibiki Omakase & Bar]