Insects in the Backyard was created from the vision of Somchai “Lim” Songwattana, Founder of Flynow fashion brand and ChangChui. While the world’s population keeps rising, protein sources will not be enough to keep up with the demand. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the shortage of protein sources. However, Somchai thought had the answer to the problem: insects.
With that idea, Somchai opened Insects in the Backyard with chef Thitiwat Tantragarn designing the menu. Somchai said, “In the future, insects will be the last source of protein for humans. This is a very interesting concept for a restaurant, but it is also very challenging because people are used to eating pork, chicken, beef, fish or seafood. So, we cannot just serve extreme dishes with insects as main ingredients.
Each type of insects has unique taste and can be cooked differently. Ant eggs have a sour taste and can be used to make sauce and served on the fish. Crispy bamboo caterpillars are cooked with scallops. Fresh pasta made with cricket flour is topped with fried cricket.”
The challenge is to convince diners to try eating insects. “Many of Thai people may have eaten insects, but only as snacks, not part of a meal. So, I would like everyone to try at least once.”
The restaurant is decorated with stuffed animals and insects and vintage furniture. Most of the decor items belong to Somchai, so Insects in the Backyard is like his personal museum that is open for the public, while serving fine dining dishes from his vision.
Address: ChangChui, 462 Sirindhorn Road, Bangplad, Bangkok 10700
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00pm – 10:00pm (closes on Monday)
Telephone: 081 817 2888
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