Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chef Man @ Eastin Hotel Makkasan, Bangkok

Cuisine: Chinese
Visited: 3 March 2013
Price: THB450 per person without alcohol (what I paid for, dimsum lunch)
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 7/10
Services: 5/10

"Chef Man", surely you must have heard of it if you happen to reside in Bangkok. So popular, so famous, and so crowded at the moment. In 2012, the restaurant Chef Man started the operation of its first branch at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok. Not so long, its well-known dimsum has spread out. At the moment, the queue for dimsum during weekend or public holiday is somewhat 3 months long T___T". I even thought that I was booking a 3 Michelin Stars restaurant in Paris or London like Fat Duck.

Recently, another branch at Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok was just opened. We did hesitate to go tasting at all: better than waiting for 3 months surely. Really recommend anyone to try this place instead of waiting for the long long queue, though we actually did not want to share this message and to keep its a secret @(^^)@. Chef Man here is located on floor 10 of the hotel, just by the pool side in fact which really surprise us. Imagine dining with good dimsum and a view of people swimming ~.~" A little weird though. Inside the restaurant is just like many other Chinese cuisine places, decoration is in Chinese pattern but not so heavy.

Chef Man @ Eastin Hotel Makkasan, Bangkok

Indeed, this first thing I ordered without hesitation was the famous Steamed Cream Bun with Salted Egg (8/10). It was good as the rumour has whispered. The creamy orange salted egg filling just ran ozzily out upon splitting. Imagine the typical cream bun but combine salty taste on the palate coupling the soft dough texture. Personally, I just fall in love with it: simply delicious. I even ordered for more. Will sure return for this bun.

ซาลาเปาไส้ไหล - Steamed Cream Bun with Salted Egg (THB85)

ไส้ไหลจริงๆ ^^ - really runny filling

For steamed range of dimsum, Chef Man is no extraordinary from my perspective. They all are lovely and savoury. Quite good ingredients are used for preparation too. Price range lies around THB100 plus or minus per dish: not so high but not cheap. Admittedly, I did enjoy them.

ขนมจีบไข่กุ้ง - Steamed Pork Dumpling with Shrimp Eggs (THB95)

ฮะเก๋า - Steamed Fresh Shrimp Dumplings (THB95)

ขนมจีบเป๋าฮื้อ - Steamed Pork Dumpling with Abalone (THB150)

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหลอดหมูแดง - Rice Noodles with BBQ Pork (THB120)

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหลอดกุ้ง - Rice Noodles with Shrimps (THB120)

Fried dishes, these are what I like more of Chef Man. The size of each dish was somewhat smaller than many places but I have to say they were well fried: crisp and fluffy in case of deep fried taro. I am not sure that dishes were well prepared was because the restaurant was not crowded and chef had time to prepare properly, perhaps need to try out some other time when it gets more famous. Anyway, the one that I think many of you may enjoy and find it delightful may be Rice Noodle with XO Sauce which has prawn and fried dough filling. Well well, they may not be so healthy dishes but for the sake of life fulfilling, why not? ^^

เผือกทอด - Deep Fried Taro (THB85)

ฝองเต้าหู้ทอด - Deep Fried Skin Bean Curd Rolls (THB90)

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหลอดซอส XO - Rice Noodle with XO Sauce (THB120)

The deadly bunny somehow ordered Si Chuan Soup too (chubby penguin does not like it really, weird soup with sour taste ~.~). It was not a special one really, just so-so taste of sour base and not hot as expected.

ซุปเสฉวน - Si Chuan Soup

a little close up ^^

Well, Chef Man is sure the place for the Steamed Cream Bun with Salted Egg. Drooling yummy indeed. As for typical dimsum dishes, they are considerably fulfilling. Another good place for lunch time family during weekend indeed. Just bear in mind that this Eastin Hotel Makkasan is not the kind of flashy 5 stars hotel, expect to see backpackers and tourists along the way to the restaurant. ^^

Chef Man @ Eastin Hotel Makkasan, Bangkok
Floor 10 Easting Hotel Makkasan
1091/343 Soi Phetchaburi 31
New Phetchaburi Road
Makkasan, Rajthevee
Bangkok 10400

Open Hours: daily 11:30 - 14:30 for lunch and 18:00 - 22:00 for dinner
Tel: +66 (0) 2651 7600

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