The former OlivieCafé was pure Italian on the 5th floor of Terminal 21.
It has now transitioned to be Thai Thyme serving Thai, Italian and a fusion of the two in a relaxed contemporary presentations. To gain an understanding of the two we met with Dominique Bernhadt, President of The Commercial Company of Siam who through their Euro Foods division import all of the western food they serve here.
“Our customer’s dinning preferences are always evolving,”he says, “when we opened Olivie Deli our perception was that our younger customers were looking for an authentic Italian dining experience, which they still are. But that is just a part of the picture. There are times when they are also looking for authentic Thai flavours, as well as fusion of the two, hence our new concept for Thai Thyme.”
We went on to try four of the dishes that demonstrate the new concept. We started with Pasta Nero Sauce with Seafood, the squid ink adds a sea tang to compliment the sea food as well as adding a dark black glow to the spaghetti. Deliciously tasty but the sauce does stain the lips and we would recommend wiping them thoroughly before kissing.
Then an Italian classic Pizza Parma Ham and Rocket salad. Both the ham and the salad are generously laid on top of a crisp base after it has been cooked.
We then moved on to try two of the Italian Thai fusion dishes. The first was a grilled Salmon fillet cooked in a dry curry sauce with steamed jasmine Thai rice.
As the importers of Gallo Arborio Risotto Rice every so often they host a risotto competition in Thailand to encourage diverse culinary creativity. Our four dish Risotto Green Curry which while not a winnerin the competition found its way onto the menu as perfect of how risotto can so easily have a Thai taste. All it takes is an innovative chef with an open mind.
Whether your preference is for Italian, Thai or a fusion of the two, Thai Thyme on the 5th floor of Terminal 21 is the perfect choice.
5th Fl, Terminal 21
Sukhumvit Rd at the Asoke Junction