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Expats We Love

Time Out Bangkok sits and talks with expats we love about Bangkok they love.

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Q&A with Kumamon

A quick chat with Kumamoto’s city mascot

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Music

Spotlight on Selena Gomez

Get to know the stories behind her success before her Bangkok debut concert next week.

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Comedy

Woody Milintachinda on the old Woody, the new Woody and what he's learned

Everything you want to know about him. 

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Things to do

Humour Business

When humor is no laughing matter.

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Latest restaurants and cafés review

Restaurants

Toro

Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette take their award-winning, conceptual Spanish creations to an international audience - in Bangkok.

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Restaurants

Char Bangkok

You may have come to Char for the amazing vistas of downtown Bangkok, but you’ll definitely stay for the food. Nestled on the top floors of Hotel Indigo Bangkok, Char Bangkok has a view money can’t buy—a sweeping panorama of skyscrapers looming over the lush gardens of the US Ambassador’s residence. But it’s not just the views that pique interest. The fine-dining restaurants, as it turns out, has a knack for churning out glorious plates of perfectly prepared fare. Char was shortened from “charcoal” so you can probably guess the restaurant’s main focus. French chef Lionel Vinatieri delivers a full-on repertoire that highlights grilled meats and seafood such as a beautifully presented Tomahawk Wagyu steak and a juicy North Pacific black cod. Dishes like the seared Hokkaido scallops with mango and Chiang Mai concassee (B560), foie gras crumble (B590) and lobster ravioli (B720) also warrant inclusion. To complement the concept of luxurious-yet-casual dining, Char presents an elegant mix of warm-hued woods, art deco brass details, indigo-colored walls (no surprise) and a huge fresco featuring vintage film stars. Francesco Moretti of Revolucion Cocktail was tasked to create a drink list exclusively for Char Bar, and the results are quite impressive. Our favorites include Kanagawa (Absolut infused sencha rose syrup, lime, brown sugar, plum,B300) and Memory (Absolut infused strawberry, mashmellow, lime lavender blue pea syrup, kaffir leaf, Angostura, egg white, peach bitter, B320)

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Muiné

Riding on the 20-year success of his parents’ Vietnamese restaurant, Viehalong, Pratchya Vilaipol is venturing on his own with an eatery that focuses on street cuisine from Southern Vietnam. Geared towards the younger generation, Muiné, named after a resort town in the southeast of Vietnam, features industrial décor in a contemporary, loft-style setting. The kitchen takes inspiration from the cookbook of Pratchya’s grandmother. Sacred, age-old secrets have been revived to create Muiné’s versions of bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwiches) and pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). The menu also features classic Vietnamese street food such as vermicelli beef shank stew, fried calamari and ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee). For us, the rib-eye pho and cold cut- and pâté-stuffed bánh mi rise above the rest to become early favorites.  

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Shinsen Fish Market

Shinsen Fish Market is perhaps the most exciting eatery to open in Sukhumvit this month. The fancy seafood-focused restaurant is located next to Ozono on Sukhumvit Soi 39 and is built around the concept of Addiction Aquatic Development, a modern-looking wholesale and retail fish market in Taipei that also supplies most of the seafood served at Shinsen. The space is stylishly decked out in glossy black and features ten different zones. Only two zones, Market and Café, are open for now.  For those who aren’t familiar with how things go at the Taipei fish market (we aren’t either), here is how it works: You enter through the Market zone where you can handpick fresh or live produce (everything from Hokkaido crabs to Wagyu beef) from ice-topped counters or tanks. You then pay for your loot at the cashier. You can also shop for cheese, wines, saké, fruits and pastries at the Market. Carry everything to the cooking station, choose how you want them cooked, pay a small cooking fee (starting from B50) and then wait to be served at the Cafe zone. You can also choose dishes and drinks from the à la carte menu, which includes grilled seafood and meats as well as glistening slices of raw fish prepared at the sushi bar located inside the Market. However, those who choose to sit at the said sushi bar won’t be eligible for the pick-and-cook option. Sounds confusing? It is. We visited the place on a Sunday evening, a few days after the soft-opening period, and discovered that the place is i

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Restaurants

Man Fu Yuan Kitchen

It’s been a couple years since Man Fu Yuan, a respected Cantonese restaurant at the InterContinental Singapore, expanded to Thailand, opening a restaurant at the posh Rajapruek Golf Club in northern Bangkok. Business was so good that it’s opened a sister eatery at Emquartier’s Helix Quartier. Set to be a more casual, all-day-dining venue, Man Fu Yuan is simply dressed in classy ivory hues with elegant yet comfortable sofas and a smattering of Chinese pottery. Expect to savor signature dishes such as smoked duck (B600 for a half-serving), crispy roasted pork (B265) and king-sized river prawns with ee fu noodles (B490) at more affordable prices. The kitchen also turns out mouth-watering dim sum selections such as prawn dumplings (B135), chee chong fun with scallops (B145) , chili crab buns (B135) and salted egg-yolk custard buns (B100). Complement your meal with a choice of Chinese tea blends, which include Man Fu Yuan 5 Elements, Royal Red Robe, aged pu’er and Imperial Double Blossom Chinese tea.   

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Latest bars review

Bars

The best cocktail bars in Bangkok

Time Out Bangkok searched through the city to find the greatest cocktail concoctions.

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Nightlife

Sing Sing Theater

Shanghai in the ′30s with futuristic Blade Runner-esque elements.

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Bars

Evil Man Blues

Art inside a mad man’s mind.

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Bars

The best bars and clubs in Bangkok

Time Out Bangkok rounded up the best bars and clubs in the city. 

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The latests Time Out interviews

Travel

Q&A with Kumamon

Kumamon is not the first city mascot we’ve met, but the black cuddly bear happens to be the funniest. The character was created in 2010 to represent a campaign that was aimed at drawing tourists to the Kyushu region following the opening of a high-speed train line. This black bear with cherry-red cheeks later became one of Japan’s most famous characters, subsequently attracting more tourists, particularly from overseas, to travel in Kumamoto prefecture.     Following the devastating earthquake in Kumamoto a few months ago, Kumamon, actually a civil servantreporting directly to the governor, is now working hard to re-assure tourists that it’s now safe to return to Kumamoto and its neighboring cities. Time Out Bangkok had a chance to sit down for a quick chat with the playful bear.  What do you eat to keep you so energized?Kumamoto is famous for fresh agricultural products: melon, strawberries, and so many other fruits. These are what I enjoy eating.   What is Kumamoto cuisine famous for?Horse meat! Kumamoto horse meat is the best. What awesome things can we do in Kumamoto?Rent a car and drive around the prefecture to get different perspectives of Kumamoto. Fruit picking, for example, a fun activity. You shouldn’t miss the Yamaga Toro Matsuri dance and firework festival in August. It’s when thousands of dancers in yukata costumes perform traditional dances underneath amazing fireworks!  There are so many onsen sites in Kumamoto. Which ones would you recommend visiting if w

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Comedy

Woody Milintachinda on the old Woody, the new Woody and what he's learned during the past few years

  I’m really nervous because you’re Woody!Please don’t say that. Because once you say that, I feel so old. Once you reach thirty-something and people say they get excited around you, it’s both good and bad. It’s good because I feel like I mean something to them, which is great, and I love them for that. But it also feels like I’ve been here for a long time. I feel like an institution, which is really okay, but sometimes they compare me to wines of the eighties. (laughs) I feel honored, but at the same time, I can’t get over the fact that I feel a bit, you know, old.  But you always look the sameBecause I have great doctors and great people taking care of my face. Don’t get me wrong now. I don’t like to do anything with my face, but I’m forced to by my three assistants. But isn’t it essential in this business? You looks do matter.It is. When I look in the mirror, I can tell whether I’m okay-looking or not-okay-looking. But I have so many things to do each day. I think my face is the last thing that I think of. I tried to do [medical treatment] every six months. To me, laser treatment is the best thing that’s ever happened. I never thought that I would be able to handle the pain, but once I realize that the pain is good, I started to smile.  During an old interview you mentioned that you didn’t like looking at yourself in the mirror. Why?I gave that interview a few years back. At that time, I wasn’t okay with my skin. I wasn’t okay with who I was. I looked in the mirror and

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Clubs

Expats We Love

We sit and talk with expats we love about Thailand they love. 

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Restaurants

Q&A with Jamie 
Bissionnette

Why Spanish?My partner, Ken, and I are American- born and we started cooking classic French food. And we both were traveling independently to different parts of the world, when we were in Spain, working with Spanish chef we fell in love with the culture, we fell in love with that style of food and that style of eating. So it’s just natural progression for us to start cooking Spanish food.  What the main differences between Spanish and other kind of food?Spanish food is packed with flavors. And they do small portion, the whole model is eat a little bit often. So American is about getting appetizer and a big entrée, but in Spain, it’s about a little of this, a little of that, so you get to try more variety. And what’s awesome about Spanish food is indicative of the culture that it’s around. Spanish chef coming to America isn’t going to look for just Spanish ingredients, they;re going to cook with all fresh ingredients around them. So it makes it lean itself really well to adding any kinds of flavors together, which is why we’re really excited tobe in Bangkok.  I’ve heard a story that before becoming a chef, you were a vegetarian?I was a vegetarian, and vegan, for a long time. And that’s probably why I was a chef because in the early 1990s in the States, being a vegetarian was difficult. My mother would not cook for me. School lunches are not vegetarian. I loved food, so it was only natural that I started cooking at home and me watched Jacques Pépin and cooking show on PBS. I

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Hotels

W Bangkok

One of the franchise of the well-known W Hotel, W Bangkok integrated Thai Culture with Western style  beautifully throughout the hotel and its facilities. A Boxing ring is used to separate the VIP zone at Woobar. The elevator is decorated colorfully inspired by the light of Tuk Tuk. Hanuman, from Thai myth, welcomes all the guest in front of SWEAT fitness. Not to mention their exquisite service, W retains their concept of Whatever/Whenever to keep all customer pleased.

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Sala Arun

Sala Arun is hiding in a corner of the old community of Ta Tien. This small boutique hotel offers the stunning view right across the beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. You can also make the most of the view by enjoying their custom cocktails from the sun rise to the sunset.

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Baannai

The restaurant has everything from familiar menus such as Nam Prik Long Rua serving together with vegetables, Thai omlette and bitter melon soup with minced pork. The others are quite rare to see in normal Thai restaurant. The best bet would be Pla Haeng Tangmo, diced watermelon with crispy little fish is perfect for summer while Kanom Pa Pai, the rare Thai dessert making of green beans is so yummy that 5 pieces are barely enough. Here also serves monthly special menu as Khao Chae in April. We’re still waiting for the new menu in May but we are so ready for this mysterious dish.

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Silom Art Hostel

Silom Art Hostel changes your mind about all hostels being “risky, too public and dissatisfying.” Giving off the vibe of a boutique hotel, this colorful, unique four-story building was decorated by an experienced architect who plays a big role in designing many of the city’s upscale hotels. Here, the desire and imagination inspired by Bangkok is reflected in every little detail. The mezzanine features a cozy TV room and a small sized business center, as well as a comfy-looking hammock. Different types of rooms are available: shared rooms and bathrooms, ensuite rooms with twin beds or king-sized beds. The fourth floor houses the women’s dormitory, which requires a keycard to enter. Ladies don’t have to worry about security anymore. 

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