New restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Bangkok this month
The latest franchise of Jamie’s Italian has recently opened its doors in the heart of the hip Siam Discovery mall, dishing out produce-driven comfort fare that’s strongly commited to Oliver’s core cooking philosophy. Walk in and find yourself in a space that stays true to the chain’s worldwide aesthetic – heavy wooden tables and classic leather chairs deliver the vintage, industrial chic vibe of an intimate diner. Antipastis feature standouts like battered squid (B270) dressed with chili, garlic, and parsley, and paired with a garlicy aioli dip. The meat plank (B590/B1,180) comes on a wooden board balanced on tomato tins, comes with a selection of cured meats, from prosciutto to wagyu bresaola, premium cheeses, pickles and colorful coleslaw.
One of the city’s most trustworthy names in Thai cuisine, Supanniga Eating Room, hopes to restore the long-lost desirable reputation of dinner cruising by bringing a stylishly comfortable vibe and some of its signature dishes to the river. For grand views of Bangkok’s most iconic riverside landmarks and its majestic sunset, opt for the one-hour Evening Cocktail Cruise which leaves the pier at 16:45 which offers one choice of five Orient-influenced concoctions designed by the mixologists over at renowned resto-bar Vesper. On weekends, a glass of Taittinger Brut Champagne is provided to accompany the sundown appreciation. The Dinner Cruise, which departs from the pier at 18:15, serves 5-course dinner featuring Supanniga Eating Room's best dishes.
Tucked in the same venue as Craft beer bar and whisky and cigar institution Whisgas, Slanted Taco is a chillaxing space with laid-back and fun-loving Latin-style feels. Zinc-and wood-decorated walls resemble the hole-in-the-wall eateries along the dusty streets of Mexico, while a colorful mural depicting an ancient Mayan king holding a taco in his hand add more fun and quirkiness to the joint. We love the wide selection of taco fillings (starting from B70), which includes simple pork carnitas, juicy prawns and succulent sea bass. Also not to missed are fajitas and tortilla soup which explode with tantalizing flavors.
The Japanese restaurant’s second branch in Bangkok has come to the city center at the Avani Atrium Hotel on Petchaburi Road. The restaurant is dressed in its signature black and red hues, and decorated with contemporary details. There are a number of cooking stations, some of which are in private rooms, where diners sit around a table and watch a choreographed cooking show performed over a teppanyaki grill. You start by ordering what you like from the teppanyaki section in the menu. Choices include Norwegian salmon (180g, B750), snow fish (160g, B1,100), tiger prawns (200g, B900), chicken breast (180g, B650), foie gras (160g, B1,000) and a selection of beef (200 to 250g, B2,300 to B4,900). You then sit back after giving your order and trust the cook to dazzle you with his amazing grill skills.
The departure of Scandinavian coffee shop Rocket from 72 Courtyard a few weeks ago may have caused heartbreak to many Thonglor café-goers. But Lucky Fish, the modern, izakaya-style eatery that took over the prime spot, aims to heal all the hurt with a fun and quirky café-meets-bar vibe. The food is all about simple tapas-inspired snacks and light bites such as sushi rolls and onigiri (Japanese rice balls). We tried the salmon carpaccio (B260) that sees half-cooked slices of salmon swimming in a sauce made of olive oil, sesame oil and yuzu soy sauce, then speckled with salmon roe. After 5 pm, the izakaya vibe kicks in and grilled selections go on the offer, including chicken wings (B100) and luscious wagyu nibbles (B450).
You will definitely come for the view. Riva Arun boasts an unbeatable sight of Wat Arun (which is still undergoing renovation) across the river, Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. The space is elegantly dressed, decorated with pristine white tablecloths, delicate wine glasses and a bar counter furnished with elements borrowed from Chinese art. Yet, the vibe remains casual and you won’t feel forced to dress up. The food selection follows the on-going trend that highlights classic local fare injected with Western twists like duck larb salad with foie gras or spaghetti with yellow curry with crab freckles. If you prefer sweet, syrupy liquid concoctions, Riva Arun is the right place for you. The selection includes drinks with names like Riva Sunset, a smoothie-like cocktail that mixes vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry purée and sweet syrup (B235), and Summer Sunshine, which combines white rum,