For those of you who wept at the news that Windsor’s much loved Saigon Sally’s reign had come to an end, time to wipe away those tears. BKK has taken over the Duke Street digs, bringing a fresh new take on Thai cuisine to this east-side eatery.
BKK – named after Bangkok’s International Airport – brings a new kind of Thai offering to Windsor, thanks to Head Chef, Sean Judd. Previously of Nahm, Longrain and Chin Chin, Sean knows what’s up when it comes to innovative Asian fusion dining.
“We’ve always been into Thai food,” says co-owner Simon Blancher. “Its inclusive nature and diverse offering, combined with Sean’s expertise, meant it was a natural decision to create BKK.”
Expect to see dishes like red curry with prawns, barramundi and scallop wrapped in grilled banana leaf, and coconut-braised lamb shoulder with cucumber relish on Sean’s menu. Smaller Thai fusion staples like betel leaf salads have made an appearance with their own unique flair, topped with smoked trout, pomelo, ginger, peanuts and coconut, while larger dishes like a whole crispy flounder doused in nam jim talay sauce will satisfy those seafood cravings. Be sure to leave room for dessert, as the chilli sugar doughnuts with palm sugar custard are not to be missed. Alternatively, submit yourself to the highlight reel – a selection of the most loved dishes that make up a set menu for those who just want to have it all.
The fare is paired with a white-wine focussed drinks list, showcasing predominantly crisp white varieties like Chablis and dry Rieslings to cut through the smoky and spicy Asian flavours from the kitchen. Cocktails will also be heavily represented, with fresh combinations like fig, yuzu and salted watermelon coming together in fruity harmony.
BKK is the newest addition to the already impressive hospitality portfolio of The Commune Group, which is responsible for Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina, Neptune and of course, Saigon Sally – which will reopen at a new Melbourne destination in the near future. The doors have flung open to a great start, so pop in for dinner, or even a Sunday bottomless brunch, to get in on the action.
A word to the wise: BKK is walk-in only (bookings available for groups greater than 6 people, and Sunday brunch bookings for any size) so be sure to get in there early to snag yourself a seat.