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Thai restaurants and bars ride the 'omakase' boom

COVID restrictions and star chefs fuel spending on high-end food and drinks

Famous chef Dej Kewkacha, a forerunner in Thailand's omakase boom, serves a dessert plate at Kyo Bar in Bangkok. (Photo by Niyakarn Atiyudhakul)

BANGKOK -- Kyo Bar, located in Bangkok's high-end Central Embassy shopping mall, is crowded with customers. Inside, the counter is reminiscent of a Japanese sushi restaurant. Behind it, owner-chef Dej Kewkacha is carefully preparing his latest dessert masterpiece.

Soon enough, the concoction, dressed with unfamiliar leafy greens, appears. "This is a palette cleanser," a female chef serving the dessert says, "with ice plant."

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