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DINING OUT - ENTERTAINMENT

Dining/Wining Out at the Glass Onion

Do you relish the excitement of exploring new things and being part of a work of art in progress? Do you like to sink into plush comfort to leisurely sip a glass of wine in a sophisticated setting? Do you enjoy talking to the owner of a new establishment, who is indeed an elegant host, or chatting with a young chef about his specialties? If this appeals to you, then make your way down Nimmanahaeminda Avenue to the Glass Onion. You will not be disappointed.

We recently spent a delightful and delicious evening with owner Kris Lee and Chef Theerapong at the Glass Onion. We were first impressed with the d้cor. Deep, plush red chairs are lined up in front of the gleaming bar. An abundance of polished glass is behind the bar, and to one end gleams the spotless open kitchen. You can watch Chef Theerapong at work, a delightful experience. Over in the lounge area, plush red sofas are arranged around tables in front of a glassed in waterfall that pours from ceiling to floor. Dining tables and chairs in black are arranged opposite. Fresh flowers are everywhere. The Big Band sounds of Glen Miller play softly in the background. It’s obvious that you can spend an entire evening here, from cocktails to dinner to coffee and liqueurs and not tire of the setting.

Kris Lee has forty years experience in the restaurant business, and that is evident when you talk to him. He has endless ideas on how the Glass Onion is going to develop. All are exciting.

At the ripe old age of twenty-five, the chef has ten years of experience in local restaurant kitchens. He graduated from school at fifteen, and went straight to work cooking. He has experience preparing Thai, western and Japanese food, and is now enjoying the freedom of developing a new menu and perfecting his own specialties. He goes to the market every day to choose the freshest vegetables, meats and seafood. Then he determines what he will cook for that evening’s dinner. As yet, there is no established menu at the Glass Onion, although there may be one in the future. The staff will visit your table and describe the dishes of the day for your choices. Our experience was that the choices are delicious. We left the menu to the chef.

A quick word about the service staff: They are brainy as well as smashingly attractive. They are chic and provide excellent service. You may converse with them in French, Thai or English languages, and with owner Kris Lee in Korean.

The first delight we were served was a pink cocktail topped with an orchid, in a lovely glass lightly rimmed with sugar. Kris described it as a “Blue Hawaiian” turned pink to match his d้cor. Delicious. Then we moved to the dinner table, a lovely sight set simply but elegantly in white and stainless steel with generously sized wine glasses for the perfectly chilled Pouilly Fuisse้. We were served a serious feast: filet mignon with fresh mushrooms, breaded pork filet with fresh vegetables, Japanese style pad siew, shrimp with black pepper sauce, pan-seared fish filet with wine sauce and tiny shrimp, a very spicy soup with shrimp eggs, and mixed seafood with fresh vegetables and crunchy water chestnuts. Amazingly, there was almost no food remaining when we finally put our forks down. The table was cleared and the cheese and fruit plate was served. Tumblers of port were poured. The bouquet was rich and complimented the cheeses. The sweet contrast of the fruit was satisfying.

Individual dishes are priced at less than 200 baht each, although the filet mignon is priced at 250 baht. The food and wine lists continue to develop.

Spend an evening with Kris Lee at the Glass Onion. You’ll love it.

The Glass Onion is located at 61 Nimmanahaeminda Avenue in the Room #1 Mall. From the Rincome Intersection, proceed towards the CMU Convention Center. Before you reach the Convention Center, turn left onto the parking lot of Room #1 Mall. Walk toward the back of this open mall to the Glass Onion. Reservations are not yet required. Open from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. daily, tel. 053 218 479.



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