New restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Bangkok this month
Tucked in Sukhumvit 33 (a soi that’s already brimming with restaurants offering a gamut of choices), this charming house-turned-restaurant is stylishly dressed in dark indigo tones and greets diners with a make-yourself-at-home vibe. The homey dining room features chic, rustic details, with walls decked out with framed photographs recalling the owner’s childhood memories, and one corner is devoted to a colorful mural depicting his mother, a former beauty queen, elegantly clad in a locally inspired gown. The menu carries items that strictly follow old family recipes and meticulously combine an array of fresh ingredients.
Award-winning designer (and part-time Insta-hunk) Nappadol “Ou” Baholyodhin has been calling himself an On Nut local for a while now—to the fact that he’s been heading the design team for home textiles at silk institution Jim Thompson, which is headquartered in Soi On Nut 30, for four years. The talented designer knew the moment he stepped inside the shophouse—once a ramshackle noodle shop—that he would be able to create a miracle and transform the space.
This New York-born pancake purveyor of celebrity chef Neil Kleinberg is tucked in the just-opened fine-dining zone on the ground floor of Siam Paragon. The Bangkok outpost dishes out all-day breakfast and comfort food that puts a spotlight on Kleinberg’s signature buttermilk pancake, which has been praised by some food critics as the world’s best.
Run by the people behind Sukhumvit hotspots like Above Eleven, Charcoal and Havana Social, Cantina seems unassuming from the outside, but a contradictory scenario hits you when you walk in. The candle lit enclave is decked out with medieval details, giving the venue the feel of an underground church in Europe. One wall holds a tall wooden wine rack – it extends up to the darker and more intimate second floor – that stores premium bottles. The menu offers simple, produce-driven Italian favorites that deliver on-point flavor such as a selection of bruschetta (from B230) and a variety of Neapolitan-style pizza.
Aiming to reclaim Vietnam’s culinary reputation, this small eatery in Ta Tien serves addictive Vietnamese favorites that do their best to stay true to their roots. In a basic shophouse turned restaurant, the Mitwichan siblings pay tribute to their Vietnamese ancestors with delicacies from Tonkin and Annam, the names for Vietnam’s northern and central regions, respectively. The eatery also prides itself on using produce from local sustainable sources, although certain ingredients such as fish sauce and pepper are imported from Vietnam.
Mugendai may mean overpriced Japanese for some (including us), but you can’t deny that their fancy eateries are destinations for some of the freshest sushi in town. Now the team behind this Japanese cuisine giant branches out once again, putting its stamp on premium steak. Tucked in the far corner of The Gourmet Garden, the brand-new fine-dining zone at the always-packed Siam Paragon, Mugendai Steakhouse fires up meaty goodies in a contemporary space dressed up in a red and black color scheme that gives off both a high-end and funky feel.
Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn's brainchild eatery, Baan, has been dishing out soulful home-cooked fare that, though may be simple in looks, bursts with sensational flavors on leafy Wireless Road. A sister restaurant, Backyard, is set to pull off the same task in the fast-growing suburban neighborhood of Srinakarin.
After ardous attempts to make their brand legit in Thailand, Golden Coins take things a step further by bringing their kegs to a taproom concept with an eponymous named bar. Replacing the old spot of Butterscotch ice cream shop at Ekkamai Shopping Mall, Golden Coins Taproom features six taps dedicated to the brand's different beer styles (in the future you can expect more brews on rotation).
The hyped-up food and booze district of Sukhumvit 33 recently welcomed Dim Dim, a Chinese-inspired bar. Situated next to Peppina pizzeria, the dimly-lit cocktail hub features a vintage-style, red-lit setting decorated with Oriental teahouse furniture and shelves lined with East Asian clichés like Japanese lucky cat charms, Chinese tea sets and jars storing exotic-looking herbs. Barmen in white lab coats, however, add a modern, quirky edge to the vibe. Manned by the Sugar Ray team, the bar menu sticks to Dim Dim’s Asian-inspired vibe by incorporating Chinese herbs into the concoctions it slings together.