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Grill Thrill

The recently opened, Grill Bophut, is offering something different to meat and seafood lovers in Fisherman’s Village.

 

21Lovers of authentic Thai food may already be familiar with Krua Bophut, positioned on the seafront in Fisherman’s Village. This popular establishment now has a sister restaurant across the road, known as Grill Bophut – or Krua Yang (kitchen grill). You’re probably wondering why they would open another restaurant so close, so we posed the question to F&B Manager, Khun Jirawan Hiranrueng.

      Well first of all, as she explained, Krua Bophut is frequently full. And as great as the venue is when the weather is good, it was decided that an alternative was needed that was a little less reliant on the weather. Enter Grill Bophut. The new and attractive restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining. The main structure is designed with modern Thai architecture and décor – teak slatted walls, brass ceiling fans, stained glass windows, potted palms and an eye-catching ornate tiled floor. With doors open on two sides and slatted windows on the other, the breeze comes through beautifully, avoiding the need to glass in the room, and rather allows guests to appreciate the indoor-outdoor feel of the tropics – while in the event of a little rain, the deep overhang prevents diners getting wet. A library occupies one corner of the restaurant, and in another is a glassed-in temperature-controlled wine cellar. This houses an impressive selection of wines for guests to enjoy with their meal, at the bar counter, or even while browsing the interesting coffee table books in the library. A show kitchen opens up to both the inside and the outside dining areas, so guests can be entertained by the chefs at work.

      Another reason for opening Grill Bophut was as a venue to cater for functions. So aside from the covered dining room, there’s also an expansive patio section that can easily be closed off in the event of a private affair. With stack-away doors, the stylish interior opens up easily to the patio, allowing party guests to mingle, and enough seating for up to 100 guests.

      With a tried-and-tested Thai menu at Krua Bophut, the most popular of these dishes have been replicated across the road at Grill Bophut. But for those wanting a different dining experience, it’s the ‘lava stone cooking’ that’s the draw card. Never tried it before? Here’s the lowdown:

      A lava stone grill is a system that allows guests to take control of their own meal by cooking it themselves at the table. The meat is cooked at high temperature on a volcanic rock, which itself has been heated to over 400°C in a specially designed and purpose-built oven. In fact, it’s nothing new, and this method of cooking food on hot rocks can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Vikings. Now while you may wonder what the hype is about and why you’d want to cook your own food in a restaurant, it does offer a unique interactive dining experience. The high temperature obtained with the hot rock cooking method sears the meat faster and locks in the natural juices and nutrients, enhancing the full flavour and tenderness. It’s also a lot healthier, as the unique dry cooking method, uses no added fats or oils and sears the food without burning. The result is a healthy and nutritious meal with a sensational taste, freshly grilled to personal taste, whether it is rare, medium or well done. The ‘grill’ arrives at the table, with your meat of choice sizzling on the hot stone, and delicious sauces and veggies on the side. From here, you should cut and side-lay a portion or two, allowing these to sear and cook to your liking. Your meal remains hot and enjoyable, as the natural volcanic stone retains a prime cooking temperature for 30 minutes, allowing diners to eat at leisure, with every bite as hot and delicious as the first.

       Of course, quality ingredients are essential when producing good food, and at Grill Bophut, it’s a top priority. All lamb is imported from New Zealand and the beef from Australia, and seafood fresh from the bay is displayed on ice – all ready to be grilled to perfection. There’s a great selection of potato side dishes too, from sautéed potatoes with bacon, to mashed and even potato gratin – and seasonal vegetables and sauces come with all barbecue dishes, be they the hot stone grills, or dishes prepared in the show kitchen.

         If you prefer to have your dinner prepared by the chef, the mixed seafood platter is beautifully presented and includes a selection of calamari, prawns, scallops, mussels and sea bass. On the meat side, there’s rack of lamb, T-bone steak, pork shank and roast duck, to mention just a few. A dessert menu offers tempting after dinner treats, such as crème brûlée, a decadent chocolate volcano cake and a red-berry compote.

         So if you’re keen to ‘play chef’ for a day, and want to try your hand at grilling your own meal, without the hassle of firing up the barbecue and preparing side dishes – or cleaning up afterwards, give Grill Bophut a try.

         

Rosanne Turner


 


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