New restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Bangkok this month
Francesco Lenzi, the culinary genius behind the upscale Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen, and the former chef of Medici at Hotel Muse, abandons fine-dining efforts at his new eatery, opting instead for more a casual space that that spotlights traditional Italian fare.
There's no shortage of hot pot restaurants on Soi Langsuan (Mercury Ville alone has two places that are usually packed with office workers gulping as much food as possible during all-you-can-eat hours). Randy Noprapa and Chalee Kader, the chefs behind Fillets and 100 Mahaseth, are adding to the number with Mrs. Wu, a modern eatery that takes the humble hot pot to another level.
John Yiannis Gamvros, a second generation restaurateur from the family that owns a Greek restaurant in Sydney called Aesop's, is looking to introduce the edgier side of Greece in Bangkok with an unconventional Greek eatery that turns sacred Mount Olympus into an Athenian party district.
Celebrity chef Chumpol Jangprai takes the traditional Thai shared eating style of sumrub and given it a fine-dining approach at a new restaurant called R.HAAN.
To our surprise, Tenshino is not your usual hotel restaurant, but a fusion eatery that injects French influences into the best of Japanese cuisine. Tenshino’s contemporary dishes are complemented by bright European vintage-style decor.
French influences permeate this small cocktail joint, from its name, which means “good bar” in French (but also reads “upstairs bar” in Thai), to a gleaming neon sign lighting up a phrase that tempts you to get drunk in French, not to mention a French jazz playlist that makes you momentarily forget that you’re in Bangkok’s Chinese quarter.
Sugar Ray was a mainstay in Ekkamai’s nightlife scene for a reason—its creative cocktails and rustic-meets-minimalist speakeasy vibe drew both eclectic hipsters and cocktail connoisseurs to the second floor of Baan Ekkamai.
This beautiful neo-Renaissance building in the lesser-known part of the old quarter is unarguably one of the most storied cafes in Bangkok. The charming structure was once the residence of Silpa Bhirasri, one of the most prominent art figures in Thai history.
Kad Kokoa, one of Thailand’s very first chocolate makers, has opened an eponymous chocolate café that puts the spotlight on bean-to-bar chocolates and indulgent drinks whipped up using locally grown cacao beans.
Omotesando Koffee, the world-renowned Tokyo-based coffee house, has opened a shop in Bangkok.