Namsaah Bottling Trust is one of Bangkok’s most recent Bar and Restaurant openings at just over a week old and with partners including Chef Ian Kittichai and Justin Dunne (of Bed supper Club and Ku De Ta) its success seems almost guaranteed. I had planned to visit at some point but hadn’t quite got round to checking the address so when I walked past it on my way to dinner at Le Du I resolved to head there for a little night cap to suss it out.
This beautiful century old Thai home has a rich history, having passed through many hands (including Singapore banking company DBS and the Thai Army) takes its name from the fact that it was once used as the offices for a soda bottling company but has been now been bought bang up to date with its fresh coat of hot pink paint and eclectic interior décor from the same designer behind the gorgeous Issaya Siamese Club https://beirutibrit.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/issaya-siamese-club-bangkok/
Whilst the second floor is a restaurant serving a witty take on Thai favourites with dishes like Namsaah Pad Thai with Foie Gras or the Sai Oua “Haute Dog” with Sriacha aioli, the ground floor has been turned into a cocktail lounge which you can be sure will play host to an impressive roster of DJ’s in the weeks and months to come – you can keep up to speed with the entertainment program by following namsaah on twitter https://twitter.com/Namsaah
I tried 4 cocktails over my two visits, a Tangerine Negroni from the “Hipster Classics” and from the “Specialty Cocktails” a Thai Basil Gimlet, Calamansi and Honey Citrus Daiquiri and a Passion (fruit) for Tequila all of which impressed, being well made (and quickly – something a lot of Bangkok bars seem to struggle with) and well balanced as well as mostly decently priced. There is also an extensive collection of spirits, beers and a short but well put together wine list with 3 white and 3 red wines available by the glass starting from 220 THB.
On my second visit I also tried one of their bar snacks – Salmon Tartare “Wonton Tacos” – Salmon tartare with chilli, lime, tomato dressing in a crisp wonton skin which I really enjoyed and thought were more than reasonable for the price (260 THB) I will definitely be back to try the menu in the main restaurant at some point too as I love Sai Oua and the “Haute Dog” sounds great!
To get to Namsaah take Exit 4 of BTS Chong Nonsi and they are down the side soi between 7-11 and Top Charoen Opticians. Whilst the website is still a holding page at present, you can make reservations by calling 02 636 6622