Ronnie is an amazing chef. That is clear. The problem is that The Great Thai Chef is in the kitchen and the front of house has largely fallen by the wayside. We want to put together the bits of what is a potentially great restaurant and rebuild it.
The first part of the puzzle has to be the menu. Without a menu, there is no restaurant, obviously!
In Thailand it is not uncommon to serve little bits of things to start a meal. Much like tapas in Spain. Wikipedia points out that “The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them. Also, in some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating tapas.”
Of course, Tapas is Spain, and we are making a Thai restaurant here, but who doesn’t like to hang out and drink over food? Maybe wander to a nearby table to chat with a friend…
So, we are looking first at the things that can be nibbled on at the bar whilst enjoying an Asian beer, or a glass of wine.
My personal favorite is Ronnie’s paradise beef. It is “the best beef jerky in the world”, according to a friend. Yes, I have to agree there. One piece is enough for anyone. It is the perfect finger food. Great with beer!
Soup is also going to make an appearance on the “tapas” menu, though it certainly wouldn’t in Spain. So, you see, we are going to have to bend some rules here. I hope the Spanish will forgive us. Perhaps even drop in for a bite!