Casa Sapparod, an ode to Thailand’s abundant variety of pineapples, Casa Sapparod puts the tropical fruit at the centre of almost every dish.
Set against the hustle and bustle of Bangrak and Bangkok’s ever-changing riverside, Casa Sapparod has opened its doors on Charoenkrung soi 44. With a name that loosely translates to “House of Pineapple”, the restaurant pays tribute to the humble fruit, letting it shine in everything from salads and stir-fries to drinks and desserts.
Marrying retro design aesthetics with a tropical touch, the decor is truly one of a kind. Guests will immediately notice a striking pineapple-printed wallpaper covering the entire back wall. An eclectic mix of textures and patterns abounds; from the monochrome tiles on the floor to the concrete bar with its star-patterned cladding, the metal rose pattern on the ceiling lamps and the worn-out vintage rugs on the floor – all designed to give the restaurant a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
The highlight of the menu, however, is the Pineapple Fried Rice, made with organic brown rice from Nakhon Pathom, spiced with home-made curry powder and served in a halved Siracha pineapple with either pork, chicken, seafood or vegetables. For something rich and satisfying, try Gaeng Phed Ped Yang, a fiery red curry with roasted local duck, Phuket pineapple and snake fruit. A mix of roasted dry spices give the curry a deep aromatic flavour not commonly found in Thai curries.
Pineapple’s sweet and sour properties make it a perfect ingredient in desserts. Flambéed Pineapple sees generous pieces of ripe Srithong pineapple flambéed in local rum with Thai spices and served with homemade vanilla ice cream, while Pineapple Pudding consists of a coconut cream topped with a pineapple sauce and served with tuile.
Not surprisingly, pineapples also steal the show when it comes to drinks. Those looking for something with alcohol should not miss the Tom-Kha-Lada, a Thai twist on the popular Pina Colada, here made with lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime.
© Casa Sapparod 2019