Food Review: Homeburg Bangkok By Chef Taiki Rattanapong Tsubota | Best Burgers And Definitely One Of The Best Meal We Have Had In Bangkok, Thailand

The Place I first came across Homeburg Bangkok on Instagram, and I was intrigued by the idea of a burger Omakase meal. A dining concept by Japanese-Thai Chef owner Taiki Rattanapong Tsubota, Homeburg is literally a hole-in-the-wall dining restaurant hidden in a back alley of Sukhumvit 51 Alley where the space is located on level three. It is an eight-seater counter setting and has been around for about one and a half years. 

It feels like private home dining more than a typical restaurant up. The intimate dining size also makes it very easy to ask the chef any questions about each dish, and I like that close interaction with the kitchen. 

The Food There is only one fixed menu, and it is the same for lunch and dinner. Consistency is one important philosophy for chef Taiki, and it is evident from the display of apparatus used to prepare each ingredient. Even the duration of the meal is consistent, where I was told the meal would take one hour and five minutes, it was precisely that duration by the end of my last course.  

Here is what I had for lunch which is at 3,007 THB nett per person: 

Mura “Corn” Mi – Toasted Garlic Bread, Smoked Corn, Cream Corn Sauce, Corn Soup 
Specific instructions were given by chef that it takes a precise 33 seconds to wait before popping the toasted bread, with a timer at each diner’s table no less. It is not quite the corn soup presentation I was imagining, hence that burst of corn flavour in the mouth is very impactful. Take it in one bite only. 

Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad – 90% Frozen Watermelon, Feta Cheese, Tomato Juice, Balsamic Glaze, Mint 
A refreshing second course before the heavier flavours in the next few courses kick in. 

Crystal Beef Taco – Crystal Bread, Tahini & Sour Cream, Mexican Style Seasoned Minced Beef, Pomegranate, Lime Chilli 
A beautiful work of art, that is my first impression of this course. The ingredients sit atop a delicate looking crystal block, where potato starch and arrowroot are hydrated before being fried to create that clear and delicate crystal texture. Great seasoning of the beef where it packs a burst of flavours along with the spices. 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings 
This is a bonus dish as it is not on the lunch menu and is a take on Caribbean flavours. Slightly tangy flavour on the perfectly charcoal grilled wings (21 seconds to be exact), where the chicken meat is incredibly juicy. 

Steak Plate – Denver steak, Beef jus, Deep Fried Naam Pla Waan Brussel Sprout, Potato Custard, Pumpkin Puree 
Not a part of steak I typically come across, Denver steak is a cut taken from the shoulder area of the cow (specifically a section underneath the shoulder blade bone).

Beautiful plating with a balanced play of colours, the beef is super flavourful and tender, along with one of the best sauces to go along which is a mix of beef jus and red wine sauce. The potato and pumpkin purée are perfect too. 

Homeburg Prototype#1 – Japanese Milk Bun, Finely Chopped Pickled Jalapeños Paste, Dashi Cheese, Pickles, Crispy Bacon, Lemon Syrup, Rayu ,Homeburg Sauce 

Also known as the OG burger, it was a visual treat just to watch the team prepare the burger, from the frying of the patty to the preparation of the various toppings such as the crispy bacon and cheese.

Every step is systematic and precise, which is how I ended up with a perfectly done burger. The bun is crispy yet not tough to bite, with an airy texture as well where chef is very particular about the crispness and texture of the bun.

The beef patty is perfect – juicy, flavourful and tender, and all the accompanying condiments and ingredients just fall into place perfectly. No words. 

Ultrasonic Fries – Chiangmai Potato, Salt 
Not exaggerating when I dare say this is one BFF (best fries forever). It takes hours to make the fries, and the twice fried fries are incredibly crispy, yet its texture is airier than the usual fries. This dish is literally just potato and salt but is out of the world good. 

World Tour#1 – Emmy Burger, PizzalovesEmily Japanese Milk Bun, Caramelised Onion, Dashi Cheese, Gochujang, Emmy Sauce 
A tribute by chef to the burger from Brooklyn, NYC, this is probably better than the original deal.

That hint of Gochujang sauce is a lovely surprise, and can I also say that dashi cheese is so good! 

Raspberry Mousse Bon Bon – Chiangmai Chocolate, 5 day Fermented raspberry Mousse 
A light snack before the last course. I like how local Thai ingredients are used, even for the chocolate. 

My First Time Ever Dessert – Aerated Apple Sorbet, Chrysanthemum Sorbet, Sugar Torched Japanese Tofu, Salt, Matcha Powder 
Chef Taiki shared that he is not a dessert person, so this is what he thinks is suitable after a burger meal. Indeed, it is very light on the palate, and you get that contrasting textures of the sorbets. The tofu bit is a little random for me. 

Rants Don’t be late for the meal here. I get multiple messages before my meal that it will start on time, which could be challenging given Bangkok’s notoriously bad traffic. 

Will I Return Again? Hell, yeah. 
One of my best meals/burgers ever, and little did I expect it to be in Bangkok. My meal at Homeburg is epic, and sick, given that I am not even big on burgers to begin with. Every course is down to the seconds and minutes, that dedication and precision to cooking blows my mind away. 2023 has just started, but this is for sure going to be our one of our top meals for the year. So so freaking good. Chef Taiki Rattanapong, you are amazing. 

TheRantingPanda says:
Taste bud: 4.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 
Overall Experience: 

3, 1 Sukhumvit 51 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand 

Opening Hours 
Monday to Sunday: Seatings at 2pm, 5pm or 8pm 
Closed on Tuesday & Wednesday 

Ranted by The Ranter 

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