Celadon is located in Bangkok’s financial district in the five star Sukhothai Hotel and serves traditional Thai cuisine from all over Thailand. Celadon is a posh Thai restaurant mostly with westerner guests and not many Thais can be found among the restaurant’s guests, but it works.
Bangkok is crazy busy so it is nice to enter the tranquil atmosphere of Celadon with just some Thai music in the background. Celadon is designed by Ed Tuttle from the United States and you enter his creation through the Thai-style pavilion that seems to almost float in a lotus pond that surrounds it. The local styled cutlery, black granite topped tables and soft lit fit well together with Celadon’s concept of a simple yet luxury Thai ambience.
Executive Chef Nam Nguyen does a brilliant job not having the rich aromas and spicy flavours lowered down for westerners. You will get a good sense of the depth and complexity of Thai food during your dinner at Celadon. Originally from Vietnam, Nam Nguyen’s background before he ended up at Celadon consists of a journey all around the world with training at Copenhagen Culinary Institute and different chef positions in Oslo, New York, London, Bali and Singapore.
Even if it is not necessary to drink wine with Thai food for the best possible experience, we can recommend wine pairing with all you have even if it is not according to tradition. There are many Thai delicacies to choose from, like the gaeng phed ped yang for curry lovers with red duck curry that combines both the sweet taste of fruits and spicy flavours of herbs. Yam hauplee nueapoo sod is a delicious salad of banana blossom with blue swimming crab and the flower shaped dumplings with minced chicken called chor ladda is a must.
Also try the plamuek yang with grilled squid and a spicy sauce that certainly will upset your stomach, but it is worth it. Go for some pla samlee thod jim samunprai if you like to have a fish dish with herb dipping sauce. All starters and mains work perfect for a great Thai dinner and we most often skip the desserts due to the fact that they are mostly not as good as the other cuisine, but have some sticky rice with mango if you must have some sweets to end with.
Panaeng gai is a typical example of a delicious course given at Celadon that it not just the standard curry in any chosen colour that is so common among the world’s Thai restaurants and it works well, indeed. However, Celadon is not the best Thai restaurant in the world, but if you are looking for a nice evening with Thai food you do not have to look any further if you happen to be in Bangkok.
Written by Andy