Pla Dib Seared Tuna

The wood-fired pizzas are always appealing, and though they’re considered a specialty, I’ve never tried one. Sushi is excellent, particularly the blowtorched salmon roll, and I try to save room for a creamy bowl of wasabi mash potatoes. I don’t order either, however, at the expense of my favorite dish at Pla Dib, a trendy Thai/Euro/Japanese fusion restaurant popular with hip locals and expats-in-the-know located down a long, winding soi near the Aree BTS Skytrain station.

There’s nothing especially unique about Pla Dib’s seared tuna, which is listed as a starter but could double as a light and healthy lunch or dinner, except that it’s reliably perfect and, like the rest of the menu, made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. In this case, that means a generous hunk of tuna sliced into six meaty chunks that are lightly seared and coated with sesame seeds on the outside, a beautiful shade of pink in the middle, and served with a side of red-leaf lettuce and shot glass of light vinaigrette.

If it weren’t for the threat of mercury poisoning, I could happily eat this every day.

Pla Dib is located at 1/1 Soi Areesampan 7, on the corner of Pharam 6 Rd, and is open Tuesday to Sunday 5pm – midnight. 02 279 8185. BTS Station: Aree. Reservations recommended on weekends.

We could play the “Must-Eat Food in Bangkok” game every day for years and still have plenty of culinary fodder to feature. In that sense, the “BKK Must Eats” series will not be comprehensive, nor will it exclusively list dishes that are “the best” of anything (though it might, from time to time). The modest goal of this series is simply to spotlight, somewhat randomly, damned delicious dishes in Bangkok that I’ve indulged on many occasions, and that I recommend you indulge too.

More BKK Must Eats:
+ Early Evening Pad Thai on Soi Chidlom
+ Salmon Agemusubui at Sukishi
+ Spicy Tuna Roll at Yaki Ten
+ Grilled Squid at Pantip Plaza
+ Pumpkin Hummus at May Kaidee’s

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Brian Spencer is a Singapore-based freelance writer. He has written for BBC Travel, CNN Travel, DestinAsian, Fodor's Travel, Lonely Planet, and Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, among other publications.