Le Du Expands Culinary Empire with Niras: A Taste of Thailand in Hong Kong

By Liza Mae Dumo | May 26, 2023

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The chef behind Le Du, the best restaurant in Bangkok, is all set to open a new Thai fine dining spot in Hong Kong this June. Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, along with his partner Rungroj “Tao” Ingudananda, achieved great success at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 awards earlier this year. Now, they’re expanding their culinary empire with the launch of Niras at K11 Musea in Hong Kong, bringing their unique Thai gastronomy to the city.

"Niras was the perfect name for the restaurant as it marks Le Du's first international venture."

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The name Niras is inspired by an old Thai tradition where poets traveled the world, recording their experiences through poetry. Chef Ton compares his cooking to poetry, using it as a medium to showcase Thailand’s diverse and vibrant cuisine to the world. According to him, Niras was the perfect name for the restaurant as it marks Le Du’s first international venture.

Niras Hong Kong Logo

At Niras, guests can enjoy the same menu that earned Le Du its Michelin star in 2019 and the top spot at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2023. The menu captures the rich flavors, textures, and aromas of Thai cuisine, presented in a contemporary style. The restaurant also incorporates locally sourced seafood in some of its dishes.

Leading the kitchen team is “Mai” Naruemon Ratiphuthilap, who brings eight years of experience from Le Du, and “Bua” Sarocha Rajatanawin, previously a chef at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Together, they will bring Tassanakajohn’s culinary vision to life, serving signature Le Du dishes like crab with mushroom and homemade Sriracha, duck with potato in Massaman curry, and banana prawn with seaweed and spicy beetroot.

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Niras offers a concise lunch tasting menu to introduce guests to its concept, while the dinner tasting menu is available in four- and six-course options and will change regularly to showcase seasonal ingredients.

The restaurant itself features an elegant and lush environment with green and gold accents. A stunning glass chandelier hangs as the centerpiece over a seating area with four sofas. The walls display captivating artwork portraying Thailand’s farms and fields from above, paying homage to the ancient Thai tradition of niras that inspired the restaurant’s name. Niras is set to open its doors in June.

Watch Nira’s first Instagram reel.

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