In the heart of Jalan Raya Kerobokan, at the northern edge of Seminyak, you’ll find SOM CHAI, Bali’s newest destination for Thai inspired cuisine.
The vast dining room evokes the era of the first kings of Siam, with stunning gold features, portraits of the ancient monarchs, brown marble, dark wood, black lace and smoked glass. Despite the high ceiling and the large open space, the dining room maintains a feel of intimacy as full height dividers with rattan weaved patterns separate each plush dining booth. A large arched mirror reflects the fern wall of the outdoor area, adding vibrancy to the dark ‘steam punk Siam’ inspired interiors.
At the back of the dining area sits a large Victorian-style marble bar, above which is a wine room. The use of Victorian trolleys in the dining experience adds to the feeling of elegance and royal charm.
The food menu is curated by streetfood chef Will Meyrick and was developed after his three-month journey through Thailand to discover the secrets of authentic Thai cuisine. Wood fire stoves, charcoal fire grills and clay cooking pots are all used to give different flavours and Meyrick predominantly uses locally sourced ingredients to create innovative dishes and ferments. This includes homemade fish sauces and shrimp pastes, essential elements of Thai cuisine.
The venue also includes SOM CHAI Drink, an alluring drinking den inspired by the speakeasys and cabaret bars of Old Chinatown, Bangkok. Like such bars, SOM CHAI Drink hosts a range of performance artists, musicians and resident DJs for your listening pleasure. The drinks menu consists of twists on classic cocktails through the use of infused botanicals and herbs. Artisan beers, mixed drinks and fine wines are also on offer. If you’re feeling peckish, the bar serves up signature street-food bites for customers wishing to linger with their drink a little longer.
SOM CHAI Eat serves dinner from 6:00pm – 11:00pm and SOM CHAI Drink is open between 5:30pm and 1am. For more details, go to the SOM CHAI website.