Hidden in the busy streets of Jalan Raya Kerbokan at the northern edge of Seminyak sits Som Chai, a restaurant born of the desire to tell cultural stories through recipes.
The menu is inspired by Thailand’s rich and diverse history, culture and culinary traditions. Before calling Bali home, head chef Will Meyrick travelled extensively throughout Thailand over the course of fifteen years, seeking the most authentic and ancient recipes from the old kingdom. Clay pots, woodfire stoves and charcoal fire grills create delicious fine-dining dishes that stem from an innovative take on traditional cultural eats. Hailing methods of foraging and fermenting from the hill tribes of Thailand, Som Chai invites you to embark upon a cultural culinary journey.
Like the menu, the interiors follow a similar twist on what we have come to expect when someone says “Thai restaurant”. Super moody and super sophisticated, sitting on a palette of brown marble, brass, and smoked glass, (and of course some very opulent touches of gold - it’s still a Thai restaurant afterall!) Som Chai is a secret cavern boasting a self-proclaimed “Steam Punk Siam” style. A must to visit, when in Seminyak.
As for the pad-see-ew, one word - delicious.
Open daily from 12pm, visit SOM CHAI at Jl. Raya Kerobokan No.86A, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia.
Words | Lucy Francis, TLSE
Imagery | Provided