NOK NOK restaurant brings the genuine flavours of the Kingdom of Thailand right to the Old Town of Tallinn. Head chef, Pensiri Pattanachaeng, who is from Thailand, is responsible for the authenticity of NOK NOK’s flavours. In our restaurant, with its combination of Eastern and Nordic interior design, the most authentic Thai dishes are prepared under her professional guidance in a manner and style that is traditional for the people of Thailand.
You enter NOK NOK through an airily furnished cocktail bar. The restaurant’s main area, which can accommodate 42 guests, is located in the depths of the building. The restaurant also has three smaller dining areas, a seminar room with a projector and other equipment, and also a well-appointed kitchen for cooking classes, where up to 20 people can test their skills. NOK NOK has a total area of 600 square metres.
It is clear that the award-winning head chef, Pensiri Pattanachaeng, does her work with passion. When she talks about Thai cuisine, her eyes light up. Her unique approach to cooking is inspired by her own rich Thai cultural heritage and her skills, which she has honed during her career in Thailand, India, Dubai, and now in Tallinn.
Pensiri Pattanachaeng has worked in the JW Marriot Pune Hotel in India, where she was the head chef of Thai cuisine in the Shakahari restaurant. Under her leadership, Shakahari won the prize for the Time Food Award’s best Asian restaurant three years in a row.
In Tallinn, Pensiri Pattanachaeng uses her unique cooking skills, her understanding of the importance of food, and her awareness of the importance of atmosphere when spending time with friends, in order to create a tiny piece of Thailand in this corner of Europe.
WHAT IS NOK NOK?
Perhaps you paused to wonder what NOK NOK means? In choosing the name, we were inspired by the restaurant’s archway facade, where on either side of the main entranceway you can see figures of birds on the columns. In Thai, nok means bird. These sculptures originate from the pre-WWII period, as does the whole building, which was one of the few in this area to survive the bombing. Why the owners of that time positioned birds to guard either side of the entranceway, remains a mystery.