A culinary journey through tribal lands

Som Chai, Will Meyrick’s restaurant, is introducing a series of cuisine culture collaborations: “A culinary journey through tribal lands”

Will Meyrick and Ben McRae are hosting events with other culinary stars from around the region for 2019.

A series of events on promoting the best of Asian food, modern and traditional.

As they say: “to embrace the future you must learn from the past”

Before they had to travel, Hmong tribes, a long time ago, led to the pickling, brining, and fermenting of a vast array of meats and vegetables in the name of preservation. Many of these techniques and ingredients remain essentially unchanged to this day.

This is why Som Chai is embarking on a different journey taking its grassroots of fundamental techniques of cooking with locally sourced, found and foraged ingredients taking you back to nature and traditional ways of cooking, featuring recipes from Will Meyrick travels collaborating chefs from around south East Asian

The renowned Chefs will kick off their first collaboration on 8th December show casing unique hill tribe, of northern Thailand, Vietnam, Yunnan and Laos, it has has been a longtime passion of Will Meyrick to understand how to preserve this culture. Everlasting passion starting in 1998 that he keeps by going there as often as he can. These stories and recipes are testifying the importance of preserving people and the culture.

Chef’s Table dinners will be recurring events happening in Som Chai, under the influence of Will Meyrick. Menus will range from 5-7 courses that will change based on the ethnic tribes around Asia.

Special collaboration with David Metcalf

For the first dinner, on December 8th, Som Chai will focus on Hmong Hill Tribes. Will Meyrick and Dave Metcalf spent two weeks in North Vietnam in September 2018, visiting the Hmong Hill Tribes, travelling around the villages and markets sampling the delicious food, photographing the people and stunning landscapes.

Dave Metcalf is a professional photographer who specialises in indigenous photography and support indigenous programs in Indonesia to preserve the environment and culture.

Supporting Ethnic Communities

The proceeds of the dinner and 50% of the photographs sold will go to supporting impoverished ethnic communities around the region.

Join us for an evening to support this important project, fusing food and photography which shows you how cultures have come together and shaped one another.

There will be some of Dave’s and Will’s photography for sale on the night and 10% of the cost dinner will go to support Indigenous education, sustainable food production in Borneo and Mother Jungle story telling programs.

Will Meyrick

As a chef and lover of beautiful cuisine, Will Meyrick has always been intoxicated by the spices, flavours and textures of South East Asian food. Will enjoys travelling throughout the region, finding and meeting real people who produce food that really expresses the heart of their cultures. These experiences have been the influence of his 5 highly successful restaurants in Bali: Sarong, Mama San, Hujan Locale, Tiger Palm and Som Chai

Ben McRae

An accomplished award-winning chef, passionate about crafting innovative, balanced dishes, using the best the local region has to offer. He’s now collaborating with Will Meyrick as Executive Chef of Sarong Group.


Ticket price : 500k ++ per person.

Our drinks trolley will offer a selection of cocktails and wines to perfect your culinary experience

Date:December  8th

Reservations:+62 878.8866 1945

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