Break your eating routines and check out these new restaurants around Bangkok.
New restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Bangkok this month
Tucked in the mall’s bookstore-meet-dining space Open House, Rico manages to break mall food stereotypes by unexpectedly coming up with some of the city’s most delicious Spanish grubs, making it rightfully deserve its Spanish name. Walking inside Rico is like meeting your easy-going Spanish best friend who happens to have a good eye for matching details. The café-liked, ash-wood space teems with elements that stylishly scream “Spanish!”— blue Moorish tiles, tableware clad in hues representing the Spanish flag, and a bright yellow wall that is so bright it makes you feel required to take a snap. Food-wise, Rico’s creations benefit from Moorish culture (the Muslims dominant in the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages) so expect influences from North African and the Middle Eastern cuisines.
The world's 40th Park Hyatt hotel is now ready to unveil its first dining space that looks to draw the posh hotel guests and local fine diners to experience one of the city's most innovative seafood-heavy creations. Nestled beside the hotel lobby lounge (named Living Room), Embassy Room is excelled uber-stylishly in modern sophistication: limestone floow, minimal-design armchairs and Oriental-inspired ornaments. Besides serving up breakfast to hotel guests, you can expect beautifully-plated lunch and dinner dedicated to Western-style seafood dishes that exemplarily integrate Asian ingredients.
The group of friends behind men’s accessory brand Mongrest, led by Nattaphong Saehu and Nuthakorn Jivarungsinee, opened a humble restaurant that pays homage to Nattaphong’s Nakhon Phanom root and the authentic spicy flavors of the northeastern cuisine. Phed Phed is set in a space that seems untypical of an Isaan eatery—potted plants, blue tiles and white marbletop tables. Its menu, in contrast, respectfully plays with the no-nonsense flavors of Isaan cuisine through the use of local herbs that’s brought directly from the region as well as three types of house-made fermented fish sauce (pla ra), prepared distinctly for somtam, curry and relish.
Pakalolo is a new Hawaiian-themed restobar in Soi Ari which is trying to restore prominence to the fruity tiki-style cocktails. The bar is a small sanctuary that is as close to an island escape as you’ll get on a sleepy alley off Soi Ari. Its interiors feature a laidback, tropical charm courtesy of vividly colored banana leaf-print wallpaper, Polynesian tribal masks and a lodge-style bar. Cocktails come with rather catchy Hawaiian names like Kuwo, a sweet and fruity concoction that combines dark rum, pear vodka and apricot brandy with pineapple, passion fruit and lime juices (B320).
Now, the Singapore-born Hawker Chan has made its way to Bangkok on the 5th floor of Terminal 21 shopping mall and delivers the same dish that make people in Singapore queue up for hours — the signature soy sauce and chicken rice (B88). To our experience, the chicken comes out tender with juicy skin and is paired with rice laden with intense black soy sauce. Also, you can also substitute the chicken with char siu (B100), crispy pork belly (B100) and pork rib (110), or enjoy them in platter (B120 for 2 selections/B180 for 3 selections).
Ben’s Cookies, one of the world’s most famous cookies from Britain, is now open on the G floor of Siam Paragon right next to the Californian juice purveyor Jamba Juice. Here in Bangkok, the cookies come in all best-selling flavors like Double Chocolate & Nut, Macadamia & White Chocolate and many more. The cookie is priced at B75 each and can be purchased in paper boxes (B375 for 7 pieces/B750 for 15 pieces) and tin boxes (B365 for 4 pieces/B645 for 8 pieces)
A shophouse where an Isaan restaurant used to stand has been converted by a group of food and booze enthusiasts into a cool black-and-white space where you can chillax with beers and comfort bites. Mash’s selection of craft beer on tap numbers 16—impressively beyond our expectations—and that number is increasing. Expect to sip rotating brews from big international names like Ballast Point, Stone, Flying Dog and Modern Times. (At least one cider is available to please every preference.) The food menu includes staple bar snacks like calamari served with roasted tomato salsa (B195) and chicken wings with tom yum glaze (B185).