This was the second night of my birthday treat in Bangkok & after a fabulous, swanky fine-dining extravaganza at the famous Gaggan, Charlie had arranged a far more relaxed, informal type of experience. Err was the perfect choice. It is a fun, unique little den of a place that simply does wonderfully tasty Thai street food dishes & imaginative but beautiful cocktails.
It is located in one of the older areas of town just a stones throw from Wat Po & the flower market. It has been developed by renowned chefs Dylan & Bo, the couple who are behind the popular [yet to go] Bo.Lan, so it has some heavy pedigree behind it. Upon entering you are struck by the bare brick, funky graffiti, various chair & cushion combinations & as a result the whole place has a very urban cool ambiance.
The menu is vast & covers street-food favorites, single dishes & more filling curries. From our experience they were all expertly prepared & I understand that similar to their flagship Bo.Lan they take the sustainability theme very seriously with local farmers being the source of the majority of the dishes.We ordered, and shared, a load of delicious treats.
The highlights included an Issan Style pork Sausage cured with organic gaba rice which was essentially a rich, meaty, perfectly spiced sausage with tiny rice inside which in colour could be mistaken for fat, but instead was just a lovely [relatively guilt-free] lump of delicious protein. We also had the braised mussels, which were juicy & fat, but as with all mussel dishes I personally get a little bored after the first few but Charlie raved about them. We had the famous satay street food, which in this instance was a generous set of 5 chicken skewers accompanied with cucumber relish , peanut sauce & freshly baked, toasted brioche. Skewers always sound like an easy dish but until you have tried these perfectly juicy, wonderfully spiced chicken hunks it makes all the others seem second-rate. They were so good & at 195 Thai baht, extraordinary value [which is a running theme at Err]. To accompany all this rich food we finally had a sharp, sour green mango salad macerated in fish sauce and chili powder. It was a perfect accompaniment to cut through the richness of the other dishes.
The service throughout matched the decor. Young, charming, cool staff that were attentive but at a distance & they really added to the whole homely, informal feel of the place. Err is a gem of a restaurant where you can taste all of Thailands stunning street-food, executed to a standard that clearly has some of the best Asian chefs behind it, as Dylan & Bo are.
So, the verdict? Err, I highly recommend heading along.
Err, 394/35 Maharaj Road (behind Wat Pho on an unnamed small soi leading down to the river)