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
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.
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
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
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
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.