New restaurants, cafes and bars to try in Bangkok this month

Bangkok's most appetizing new openings

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Time Out Bangkok editors
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Break your eating routines and check out these new restaurants, bars and cafes around Bangkok. 

New restaurants and cafés

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Watthana

Vietnamese restaurants are nothing new in Bangkok and it’s hard to muster enough excitement over yet another one, but we couldn’t help but be intrigued when we found out that this new eatery has a menu dedicated to authentic Saigon recipes.

Son of Saigon is run by Shaun Pham, a Vietnamese cooking aficionado whose passion for his home country’s cuisine pushed him to put up his own restaurant. “We moved to the States when I was five, and our mom never let us forget where we came from, which is why she always cooked us Vietnamese food.”

Armed with both skills and recipes inherited from his mother, Shaun turned an empty space in front of Sky Residence on Soi Thonglor 25 into a tribute to Saigonese cuisine, with a focus on popular street fare such as bánh mì (baguette sandwiches) and bún thịt nướng (cold vermicelli rice noodles).

The bánh mì at Son of Saigon includes the eatery's signature aromatic roasted pork (B260) and grilled chicken (B250). But they also serve the more classic Vietnamese sausage and pâté (B220) or fried eggs (B200).

Equally impressive are the hearty noodle bowls, served with your choice of grilled pork (B260), grilled chicken (B250), or a pork and chicken combo (B275). Each bowl of bún thịt nướng is packed with fresh vegetables and light rice noodles, and mixed with sweet and tangy dressing.

You can also explore more Vietnamese eats like pan-fried eggs with bread (from B220) or, if you’d like some sweet snacks to nibble on, the coconut toast (B100).

The premium Vietnamese weasel coffee is one of the more intriguing entries on the drinks menu. This special blend has a unique flavor profile with hints of caramel, coconut and nuts and is used to make a variety of caffeinated brews, including hot drip (B120) and iced drip (B140) options.

While you’re enjoying these Vietnamese delights, check out the colorful wall art by Vietnamese artist Phu Anh Tran, which depicts renowned Saigon attractions like the Bitexco skyscraper and Tan Dinh Church.

  • Restaurants
  • Phrom Phong

Travel blogger OATS x Somewhere’s passion project Drop by Dough has outgrown its original idea as a shop dedicated to the beloved donut, and has been fully developed into an all-day dining restaurant that serves eats beyond sugary holed desserts and café drinks.

The third and latest Drop by Dough outpost takes up 130 square meters of space on the first floor of Emquartier, and it serves savory dishes created in collaboration with Chef Wittawat “Max” Jermsurawong. Described as Modern Scandinavian comfort food, the roster includes appetite-driving dishes like potato fries with truffle-infused mayo dipping sauce (B190) and roasted pork belly penne with tomato sauce (B420).

The donuts have also taken on a savory twist. There’s a breakfast-inspired donut sandwich stuffed with scrambled eggs and Parma ham (B240) and a chunky burger-like version with juicy beef stuffing (B290).

Drop by Dough at Emquartier also plans to include a section for lifestyle products, like its donut-scented candles launched back in June.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Khlong Toei

Sukhumvit 40 is hot right now. The latest opening that adds up to the soi's hype is A KEEN HOUSE, an Instagram-worthy cafe that doubles as an art space. The white-heavy coffee house boasts Nordic aesthetics with a hint of Japanese wabi sabi influence, and lets in a lot of natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows. A cup of specialty coffee is B120, while house's signature coffee drinks are B160 each. Cute-looking sweet goodies are also recommended. A Keen is opening to the public tomorrow, and you're advised to book your seat in advance during these soft-opening weeks.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Sathorn
  • price 4 of 4

After a brief shutdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus and restaurant restrictions in the city, La Scala, The Sukhothai’s Italian restaurant, has finally made a grand return to Bangkok’s fine-dining scene.

This time around, the Italian restaurant is helmed by new head chef Eugenio Cannoni, a Monferrato native whose passion for cooking is heavily influenced by northern Italian cuisine, culinary traditions learned from his grandmother and techniques he picked up at ALMA, the  renowned culinary school established by Gualtiero Marchesi who is said to have founded modern Italian cuisine.

In celebration of La Scala’s comeback, Chef Eugenio has crafted new tasting menus that, apart from displaying his skills, help reinforce the reputation of this Italian eatery. Served in courses (four, six or eight), these menus all showcase the head chef’s philosophy of “leaving the products and raw materials as intact as possible”.  The result:  each course is constructed from almost all parts of one ingredient.

Now that dining at a restaurant has been given the green light, we’re making the most of missed time, and so decided to go all out with the eight-course Viaggio Gastronomico set. Starting off the meal is a five-element amuse bouche that features innovative morsels like a fake cherry made of liver pâté, a red prawn panna cotta and carbonara cannolino.

Next up is a bright red appetite-driver made of scampi and langoustine. Both are wrapped in red bell pepper and served with langoustine bisque and a red pepper glaze. This is closely followed by a capesante (Mediterranean scallop) dish that impresses the eyes with a stark white aesthetic and surprises the palate with the contrasting flavors of sweet pumpkin cream and pickled pumpkin.

If the color green is your favorite, then this confit lobster tail dish might pique your interest. The dish is inspired by a Piedmontese dish called bagna cauda, which relies on heavy hits of garlic, milk and anchovies. 

Up next is a scrumptious and perfectly cooked pigeon that’s complemented by hazelnut, anchovies, and a sesame sandwich stuffed with the bird’s stewed liver and heart.

Two desserts complete the feast, including a yuzu curd that cleanses the palate and Chef Eugenio’s take on Montebianco, a treat consisting of a hazelnut shortbread, panna cotta mousse, marron glacé custard and burnt meringue.

The eight-course Viaggio Gastronomico set menu is priced at B3,980++; the six-course menu is priced at B3,400++;  and the four-course menu at B2,480++. Call 0 2344 8888 for reservations. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Taiwanese
  • Ari

Rice is pretty much a breakfast staple in countries across Asia. In Taiwan, locals fill up on a handy grab-and-go treat called fantuan—a chunky, sticky rice roll stuffed with a variety of fillings such as pickled vegetables, pork floss and brown sugar. Put simply, it’s like a burrito but with Asian ingredients. 

Thailand’s main purveyor of this breakfast staple is, well, Fantuan, a chain of shops across Bangkok. Both classic and more creative versions are available, but all rolls are served wrapped in an outer layer of seaweed—to cut back on the messiness—instead of just rice.

Traditional (B89) comes closest to what they serve in Taiwan, stuffed with sweet teriyaki chicken, pork floss and assorted pickled vegetables. If you want something with a twist, you can take your pick from Mala Chicken Fantuan (B89), Taiwanese Sausage Fantuan (B99) or Mongolian Beef Fantuan (B119).

Fantuan has branches at BTS Saladaeng, BTS Ari, EmQuartier, Food Villa Ratchapruek, and The Mall Lifestore Ngamwongwan.

  • Movie theaters
  • Independent
  • Saladaeng

Back in 2019, the city’s indie cinephiles had to bid farewell to the Doc Club Theater, a “secret” screening room put up by documentary and indie film presenter Documentary Club at art and creative space Warehouse 30. Doc Club Theater was one of the very few places in Bangkok that catered to lovers of alternative cinema, alongside other venues like House Samyan, Lido Connect and Bangkok Screening Room, which had to close down earlier this year as a casualty of COVID-19. In a fated turn of events, however, Documentary Club took over the space once occupied by the latter at the Woof Pack building on Sala Daeng. 

This revived venture is called Doc Club & Pub, and while the theater will serve booze once the alcohol ban is lifted, the word “pub” doesn’t refer to a joint where you can guzzle down pints of ale until the wee hours of the morning. Rather, it infers a public space for anyone who has a soft spot for non-mainstream films and socialization.

Doc Club & Pub pretty much maintains the same vibe offered by Bangkok Screening Room. The lobby area presents a café set-up where you can sit and chill (or work a little if you like) with food and drinks. A bar is in the works.

What’s new, however, is a gallery that will host art exhibitions every now and then, and a bookshelf in front of the theater, which helps reinforce the cinema’s “public space” feature. 

What you really come for, however, is to catch some cool docus, both local and foreign, as well as renowned independent films, at the 50-seat theater. The space will also host panel discussions and film-related events.  

Doc Club & Pub is located on the second floor of Woof Pack on Soi Saladaeng, and is open daily (10:00-00:00).

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Watthana

This new seafood and Champagne bar on Soi Sukhumvit 49 serves fresh oysters, meaty fish and plump crustaceans imported from all over the world.

 

  • Restaurants
  • Ratchaprasong

Fashion publication Vogue Thailand has just launched Vogue Café, a "comfortable yet stylish" spot where well-heeled and designer bag-toting patrons can enjoy delicious bites in surroundings that reflect the magazine’s tasteful aesthetics.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Convent

If you harbor a nostalgic fondness for Japanese anime and an enthusiasm for Japanese-style small bites, then Tokyo Neo is perfect for you. This new izakaya restaurant, located not too far from BNH Hospital on Soi Convent, was set up by Chef Goro Takatsu, who is on a mission to combine fun, manga-inspired art with flavorful small plates.

Right now, Tokyo Neo is only offering food for delivery and takeout. Some delectable serves include the Sashimi Salad (B390), which comes with a wasabi-infused dressing, and robatayaki-style skewers (B60 to 120) with options such as  grilled spicy chicken, tsukune (chicken meatballs) or teriyaki pork belly.

Chef Goro, however, is particularly proud of his chicken karaage (B150 to 180). He serves this Japanese favorite in six different flavors, including classic, yuzu kosho, and spicy mayo. You can also fill up on heavier morsels like Angry Shrimp (B260), a tempura roll with a spicy zing.

Each dish is contained in funky packaging peppered with stickers reminiscent of 1980s-style Japanese animation. 

Tokyo Neo will open for dine-in very soon. Keep up with the eatery via its official Facebook page.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Phaya Thai

It’s another day and another new café has sprung up in the city. Not too far away from Chaloemla Gardens, the Ratchathewi park that’s liberally tagged with street art and graffiti, stands The Palette, a converted two-story shophouse where you can sit back, relax, and sip flavorful coffees and creative drinks amid inviting, fuss-free vibes. 

For more straightforward brews, you can opt for either a latte (from B70), dirty coffee (B90) or Viennese Einspänner Coffee (B100), served either black or white. Cold brews (from B90) are also available. 

A variety of beans, sourced both locally and from known global purveyors, add a rich flavor and tempting aroma to each cup. Single origin beans from Kokjoon Village in Nan are used for the espressos, while medium roast coffee beans go into a caffeine booster that has a sour, yet still pleasant, taste. The Palette’s drip coffees benefit from the use of beans from Ethiopia, Columbia, Honduras and Chiang Rai.

For something more innovative, try the specials, like Spark Joy (B100), which adds plum soda to an Americano; or Honeycomb Latte (B95), a fun drink generously topped with  crunchy honeycomb. Non-coffee drinkers can go for the bittersweet Pal’s Cocoa (B90) or the citrusy Yuzu Fizz (B90).

A distinctly Japanese vibe, from the white-and-wood furniture, to the cushioned chairs, to the sleek minimalist vases, hangs over the café. And there’s a reason for this. Once the alcohol ban is no longer in our way, The Palette plans to launch an after-hours umeshu bar. Now, that’s something to look forward to.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Siam

Mil Toast House, one of the crowd-pleasing cafés in Seoul, has finally landed in Bangkok and set to open on 18 September on Soi Siam Square 3.

Located in the old town of South Korea's capital called Ikseon-dong, Mil Toast House is one of the modern hangouts that has gained quite a reputation among local and international café hoppers since the opening back in 2019.

Now a can't-miss bakery café in the area, Mil Toast House always strike the passersby's attraction with the simple bread sign in front of the store that's decorated with a minimalist style like those venues you've seen in many K-Series.

But the real deal that makes this bread house a go-to spot is actually the steamed bread. Known for its super soft and smooth texture that's well complimented with fresh butter, this pastry number is offered with both sweet and savory options, be it, the plain one, the ham and corn, or even the Nutella (which is avaiable only in the Bangkok branch).

There's no need to fly all the way to Seoul to get in line for that steamed bread now, as Mil Toast House is now open in our capital at the Siam Square area. The soft opening will be launched on 18 September alongside the line-up of signatures like the steamed bread and Soufflé French Toast as well as many beverages like the lip-smacking hot strawberry tea and flavored milk in an uber-cute bottle.

Get to know more about the Bangkok outpost of Mil Toast House via the official Facebook page here.

  • Restaurants
  • Ice cream parlors
  • Khlong San

Everybody loves ice cream. It’s a fact set in stone. There’s nothing more comforting to our soul than sweet, frozen churned milk (or juice, if you’re lactose intolerant). But would you still consider ice cream a comfort food if it’s in an unconventional flavor like, say, fish sauce or blue cheese?

This is the question posed by 10010 Bar, an up-and-coming ice cream parlor on Soi Charoen Nakhon 10 (near ICONSIAM) that offers over 10 weird and wonderful flavors a day (the shop has been rotating more than a hundred flavors in and out of its freezer since it opened in early 2021).

Credits go to founder Kittibhoom “Ball” Harnpatanakitpanich, who left a life and career in the US to pursue his lifelong passion for ice cream back home in Thailand. Unlike other purveyors who may find it hard to fabricate a convincing backstory for an uncommon flavor, Ball has no problem revealing how 10010’s more special offerings came into play.

Fish Sauce, for instance, was born out of Ball’s voluntary work as a mentor for female convicts at Rayong Central Prison. In one class, he taught them how to use the staple condiment, heavily produced by the province, to give a new twist to ice cream. From this innovative lesson, Ball came up with 10010 Bar’s signature flavor. Forget any misgivings you may have—Fish Sauce actually tastes good, first giving off a strong hit of saltiness that’s soon followed by a sweet caramelly aftertaste. 

Holy Water is another flavor worth looking into. Inspired by the Buddhist festival Māgha Pūjā, it combines olive oil and milk, which supposedly bring about a feeling of calmness and evoke soul-cleansing holiness, with zingy pepper, meant to playfully represent the stinging zaps a devil gets when being exorcised.

Other interesting flavors include one inspired by a garland, and made with milk tea infused with flowers such as jasmine and rose; another inspired by a famous cough syrup; and a yogurt with blue cheese. 

10010 Bar also has more classic, less adventurous options that are no less desirable, such as vegan Chocolate Sorbet, Rum Raisin, and Peanut Butter & Boysenberry Jam. But a huge shoutout goes to Orange Juice, a refreshing flavor that’s just the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.

A scoop goes for B100. Some may find it quite pricey, but the creative flavors and the ice cream’s smooth texture assure a truly worthwhile experience.

They also serve delectable French-inspired pastries here such as kouign-amann (B100), a flaky pastry similar to a croissant, choux a la creme (B150) and many more.

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Ratchaprasong

Here’s a bit of good news for Bangkok’s food lovers after rather gloomy times: Saemaeul Sikdang, South Korea’s top barbecue restaurant has arrived in the capital, opening its first branch in CentralWorld.

Anyone familiar with Seoul’s tourist-packed areas such as Hongdae must have seen, perhaps even eaten at, this barbecue spot. Popular among both locals and visitors, Saemaeul Sikdang attracts hungry crowds craving sizzling Korean bulgogi. But for those not familiar with the brand, it’s a massively popular chain run by Chef Jong-Won Paik, with over 123 branches across the globe.

Like the other Saemaeul Sikdang stores, the Bangkok outpost features a homey atmosphere and a line-up of delectable dishes, all meant to encourage a sizzlingly good time with friends and family.

The menu boasts signatures like Yeoltan Bulgogi (B290) or sliced pork that comes with either spicy Korean sauce or Korean soy sauce. Off-grill, you have Chilbun Dwaeji Kimchi (B280), a pork and kimchi “soup-erstar” that’s cooked for exactly seven minutes—supposedly the ideal time it takes for the meat to absorb the spicy flavors of the fermented side dish. A bowl of steaming hot rice completes your meal.

Some other dishes to look forward to include the intensely flavored Jeyuk Bukkeum (spicy stir-fried pork, B360), Cheese Gyeran Jjim (steamed eggs with cheese, B180), and other well-known Korean eats like bibimbap (rice bowl), tteokbokki (rice cake) and pajeon (Korean pizza).

Saemaeul Sikdang is located on the 7th floor (Beacon Zone) of CentralWorld. Due to restrictions, the restaurant can now only operate at a capacity of 14 tables. Reservations can be made via their Facebook page or LINE (@saemaeul.thailand), or by calling 09 2567 4585.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Ari

After perfecting his culinary skills in Chicago, where he spent over a decade, Kritsada “Kaew” Chittarat decided to fly back home to Thailand to launch his first restaurant, The Gallery Sushi Bar, in Ladprao-Wanghin.

The sushi venue soon became a top spot in the area, frequented both by local residents and foodies from all over the city. His success pushed Chef Kaew to embark on a new venture called Ma Ichi in Ari, which focuses on larger bites at affordable prices, but still with a promise of first-rate ingredients. “I chose to upsize the sushi bites here because I want everybody to fully enjoy the quality of fresh ingredients, and understand that they don’t have to pay as much for a fulfilling meal,” he explains. The chef also asserts that the Ari endeavor has a completely different line-up of rice-centric eats than its sister restaurant. 

These include Melt (B1,290), a dish of four premium bites made with luxurious components like A5 Wagyu, French foie gras and crispy spicy tuna; and Peter Parker (B490), a quirky number that’s similar to a maki roll, but takes on a twist with a red tobiko (flying fish roe) crust wrapped around crunchy crab tempura, and Alaskan King Crab and honey mayo on top. 

Another menu highlight is Wa Zaa (B420), a hamachi roll with smooth avocado and Hokkaido hotate (scallops). Seacret Garden (B490) is another scallop dish worth trying.  

Other offerings at Ma Ichi include donburi, Gunkan sushi and a variety of sashimi. Chef Kaew is also hoping to include cheese and cold cuts to the menu in the near future.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Charoenkrung

This new lifestyle space, located on Soi Charoenkrung 43, boasts minimalist décor that’s chic and warm at the same time—ivory walls, Scandi-style furnishing, and an airy split-level back quarter with a huge arched window that brings in natural light.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hummus
  • Khlong Toei

Finding good hummus in Bangkok is not a hard task. The city is brimming with many good Middle Eastern restaurants that dish out this popular chickpea dip. Hummus Bangkok, in particular, is a favorite among vegetarians and food lovers who want a bit of a variety to the popular staple dish.

Operating as a cloud kitchen based out of Soi Sukhumvit 22, this venture was put up by Amir Pe’er, whose passion for Middle Eastern cuisine has translated into an impressive line-up that includes different types of hummus plus other tasty Arabic dishes.

Seven variations are offered for the hummus. The classic (B160) is still the bestseller, generously portioned and drizzled with an impressive amount of virgin olive oil. But if you want to live it up a little, try the other variations, which include Hummus Mushroom (B210), Hummus Shuke (B210) and Hummus Morning Glory (B210). All come with pita bread, house pickles, tomato salsa, zhug (Yemenite hot sauce), and Daga lime and garlic sauce.

To complete the feast, add some falafels with tahini sauce (B100/five pieces) or roasted cauliflower (B90) to your order. Salads, shakshuka curries and sandwiches are also available.

Drinks come by way of a very refreshing house blend (B50), which mixes pomegranate molasses, fresh lime juice and mint. End your meal with muhallebi (coconut pudding, B120).

Hummus Bangkok accepts delivery orders from Tuesday and Sunday between 10:45 to 23:00, via 08 0005 3575, foodpanda, LINE (@HummusBKK), LINE MAN, GrabFood, Gojek, or Robinhood.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Phrom Phong

Thai director Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya is on a roll. The Bad Genius director is set to drop his upcoming Wong Kar Wai-produced flick One for the Road sometime this year, and earlier it was announced that he was enlisted to direct an all-English horror movie for the Hollywood studio behind Crazy Rich Asians.

But apart from his film projects, Baz has also dedicated some time to nurture a different venture: a film-inspired complex in Phrom Phong called FICS (Film Inspired Coffee Shop).

A collaboration between Baz and a few friends who share the same intense passion for films, the Soi Sukhumvit 31 venue was created as a sanctuary-slash-community space for film buffs in the heart of the city. Taking up three floors, FICS operates as a café, a concept store and a gallery.

Upon entering, you’ll immediately spot the Sculpture x Fics photoautomat, a feature inspired by French romantic comedy Amélie (2001). Take a few fun snaps before slinking on to the second floor, which houses a conceptual café and store called Director's Cup. Wander another level up to browse through an impressive archive of rare movie posters at Poster District.

Adding to the fun are creatively mixed beverages named after popular films. Call Me By Your Name (B135) is a tall fizzy mojito-like cocktail with refreshing hints of peach. (Fans of the movie will understand the reference.) Amélie (B135) is a coffee and fruit blend inspired by the award-winning film of the same name, in which the main star adores the taste of raspberries.

Matcha lovers need to try Lost in Translation (B160), which mixes green tea with plum or umeshu soda, two beverages that embody the drinking culture of Japan, where the film is set. Meanwhile, Blue is the Warmest Color (B125) is a comforting cup of hot white chocolate infused with butterfly pea.

The photoautomat area (1/F) is open every day from 10:00 to 17:30; Director's Cup café and concept store (2/F) every day from 07:30 to 17:30; and Poster District (3/F) from Tuesday and Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.

Walking (13 minutes from BTS Phrom Phong or Asok) or taking public transport is highly recommended as parking in front of the building is limited.

  • Restaurants
  • South Asian

The dine-in ban has made it impossible to have an all-encompassing dining experience, but it shouldn’t stop you from exploring more uncharted cuisines.

Cocolombo is the latest delivery-based venture you should keep an eye on if you consider yourself an adventurous diner (or basically just bored of the unexciting meals you have every day). This cloud kitchen mananged by restaurataur Chandini Gulrajan (who brought Ministry of Crab into the capital) dishes out a more diverse mix of Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by native chef Harsha Madhuranga.

Order Signature Leaf (B390) to get a proper introduction to the food of the South Asian country. This set menu comprises jasmine rice and 10 condiments such as coconut dahl, eggplant moju (pickle relish), and three different types of sambol (Sri Lankan relish). You can also pick a main curry from a selection that includes Black Pork, Chicken, King Mackarel, or Boneless Mutton (add B100).

The meal comes in sustainable packaging and with huge banana leaves that you can eat from, just like how Sri Lankans do it! 

You can also opt for the vegan version (B320) or go à la carte. End your meal on a sweet note and have the banana bondhi and salted caramel, amusingly named THIS S**T is BANANA (B150), for dessert.

The cloud kitchen delivers from Tuesday to Sunday between 17:00 and 19:00. Order via LINE (@cocolombo). A delivery fee is applied depending on the distance.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Sukhumvit 24

Bangkok’s pastry game is becoming more and more competitive, with a horde of  emerging dough wizards putting their own twist on familiar—and not so familiar—treats. Nine Pastry is one of the newer shops to test our bread obsession and, oh boy, do we approve!

Located on Soi Sukhumvit 24, the shop is led by Middle Eastern chef Nir Netzer, who is going hard on the simple concept of sourdough bread, as well as purveying a wide array of Mediterranean-inspired goodies. Chef Nir claims he spent two years painstakingly  experimenting with recipes to come up with the best baked offerings.

One of these experiments led to his take on the Jerusalem bagel (B80). The prolific pastry maker explains that this Israeli version of the beloved bread doesn’t go through a boiling process, which is how bagels are traditionally made, but goes straight into the oven for baking. The result is a tasty treat that’s crisp on the outside and soft and chewy, and subtly sweet, on the inside. The bread is liberally coated with sesame seeds, which adds more texture. 

Nine Pastry also makes challah, aka Jewish brioche (B70, small; B100, big). Unlike brioche, however, this braided bread isn’t enriched with milk. Regardless, the texture remains soft and pillowy. (It’s a good alternative for those who are lactose-intolerant.)

Also worth checking out are the vegan tahini cookies (B350/10pcs), the cinnamon and chocolate babka cake (B350) and Chef Nir’s sourdough bread (starts from B200).

You can also get other luscious desserts like tarts and cakes, and pair them with coffee or tea for a nice afternoon break in their small front yard. All is freshly baked out of the oven in the shop every day.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Khlong Toei

Now that the government has eased restrictions on cannabis usage in Thailand, more than a handful of restaurants and cafés across the kingdom have rolled out food and drinks infused with CBD or cannabidiol, a chemical compound from the marijuana plant that’s meant to impart feelings of calm and relaxation. (CBD is different from THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound responsible for giving a psychoactive high.) And GTG Café, set in the heart of Bangkok on Soi Sukhumvit 36, is the latest establishment to promote the mindful and positive effects of cannabis.

Golden Triangle Group is behind this new CBD establishment. The firm uses CBD from cannabis grown in Chaing Rai, where they own a farm exclusively dedicated to cultivating the Cannatonic strain, which is mostly known for its relaxing effects. These plants are used mainly to produce cannabinoids for medical and cooking purposes, with support from Chiang Rai Rajabhat University.

To underline their passion for cannabis research, the team has given GTG Café the look of a stylish laboratory. Decor is sparse and minimal, except for weed-inspired art pieces and a smattering of five-fingered leaves preserved in glass cases. What’s more, the food and drinks line-up is all about experimenting with the many possibilities of CBD, and to promote it as something that we can enjoy on a daily basis.

Beginners can start on their cannabis journey with two drinks: Cannatonic Iced Tea (B110) or  Cannatonic Iced Milk Tea (B150). Each is a good introduction for those with no prior knowledge of the plant’s distinctive taste and smell (it can be a love-it-or-hate-it experience).

If the taste of cannabis doesn’t put you off, then go on to explore the other products in the shop, such as cannabis-infused cookies (B80 per piece). Available in three flavors—Matcha-White Chocolate, Chocolate, and Almond—these scrumptious bites are best paired with CannaButter Hot Milk Coffee (B150), a pleasing beverage that uses butter mixed with cannabis oil. The canna butter is also a main ingredient in GTG’s croissants (B90 each), which comes with a huge cannabis leaf that you can nibble on.

If you really want something to savor, then try the Terpenes Hemp ice cream. At only B120 per scoop, GTG’s take on the popular dessert contains terpenes, which helps enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD. The café claims that no one in the high-sensation game does it like they do—GTG uses a large amount of fresh cannabis leaves to make this lip-smacking dessert.

Go on and explore the taste, aroma and sensations afforded by the happy plant at GTG Cafe. They also offer delivery via GrabFood, LINE MAN and Robinhood.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Phloen Chit

It was in 2009 that La Monita Taqueria started out, marking it as one of the first Mexican restaurants in the capital. Twelve years have passed and the restaurant is still a favorite in Bangkok’s busy eating-out scene. City dwellers continue to flock to the welcoming space for amazing Mexican fare that never fails to add more flavor to their lives.

Kasama “Oh” Laopanich and Billy Bautista are the two lovebirds who gave rise to La Monita back in the ’00s. Seeing that delectable comida mexicana was underrepresented in the city pushed the duo to put up their own place at Mahatun Plaza in Ploenchit. And they haven’t moved since.

The restaurant is decorated in the style of a Mexican cantina—the walls are painted in a vivid yellow and colorful bunting hang from the ceiling. The chairs and tables are simply made of wood, which enhances the casual yet fun vibe in the 75-seater space.

Like most Mexican restaurants, La Monita offers staples from south of the border, from tacos, to burritos, to quesadillas. But Billy has added a hint of California to the dishes, and you can see this in the wide variety of fillings and salsas.

House specialties include sauce-oozing enchiladas (from B330), nacho fries (from B330) and churros (B65). But you can also customize your own wrap and choose your own fillings. The servings are generous and meant for convivial sharing with friends and family.

To celebrate its 12th year in the biz, the Mexican eatery has started rolling out new dishes every first and third Thursday of the month. Leading the bunch are Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (B240) and three types of La Monita Baja Tacos (B180/2 pcs).

The first is a light summer appetizer that pairs fresh juicy prawns with a “spicy tomato sea breeze sauce” bursting with hints of lime and avocado. Meanwhile, the tacos is the product of the eatery’s latest experiment. Salsa fresca is combined with salsa amarilla—a tongue-burning sauce with an incredibly refreshing aftertaste—to top your choice of battered fillings such as fish, prawn and veggies.

The fact that La Monita Taqueria is able to persist and persevere in Bangkok’s humongous restaurant scene for over a decade must mean something. Fact is, they’ve never stopped putting out lip-smacking Mexican comfort fare, which couldn’t be more ideal on a day when food is the only thing that could enliven you.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Nana

The monkey pod is a huge tree that’s also known by its other common names—rain tree or saman. It can fully grow to a height of 15 to 24 meters, its branched canopy extending to a maximum of 60 meters. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of space for monkeys to reside, hence the name.

Seeing a monkey pod in the vast concrete jungle of Bangkok is highly unlikely, so the discovery of a mature tree in the heart of the city will probably incite curiosity. This natural wonder is nestled deep within Soi Sukhumvit 13, where it provides shade for Bangkok’s latest hotspot for dining and drinking.

Lao-Isaan restaurant Monkey Pod takes its name from the lofty tree in its backyard. The structure itself is a western-influenced wooden house that was originally built about 75 years. Apart from the huge monkey pod tree, the house is also bounded by lush plants and a grassy patio. 

Adding to Monkey Pod’s allure is a range of food and drinks prepared under the direction of Lao-Thai head chef Thavisack “Dou” Phouthavong and restaurant manager & sommelier Jirakrit "Khun Tong" Oonjit. The duo noticed that authentic Lao cuisine was underrepresented in Bangkok, and it inspired them to come up with dishes that follow traditional recipes but are done with a modern twist. 

To start, you have Lao Dog (B179), a signature dish that gives a Southeast Asian nod to the hotdog—spicy Isaan rice sausages are topped with Lao-style tomato relish. Nam Pla Waan Chicken Wings (B149), meanwhile, is a fun tapas-style dish that uses Thai fish sauce and sour green mangoes to glaze crispy chicken wings.

Choices for heavier fare include Klong Pai Chilli Chicken (B389), a chili-marinated chicken dish served with chimichurri sauce, and Moo Pa Ra Khao Pad Jeow Bong (B169), which pairs rice stir-fried with Lao-style chilli paste with fermented fish-marinated roasted pork. The latter may just be our favorite.

You can take a seat inside the old house and enjoy the refreshing AC and pleasant vintage decor, but the al fresco space is also equally inviting for those who want to revel in fresh air and be closer to the bar, which specializes in creative cocktails like watermelon juice-based Rumphung Rumphan (B299) and lip-smacking mocktails like spicy Tropical Spice (B149). Imported craft beers are also available.

Monkey Pod is no exception in the list of restaurants that have been affected by the chaos brought about by COVID-19. However, just like the robust tree it’s named after, the restaurant remains resilient, and survives with whatever a good restaurant needs to endure: delicious food, tasty drinks and amazing vibes that help city-dwellers escape the urban bustle.

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Khlong Toei

Die-hard fans of Indian cuisine will find much to love about JHOL, a restaurant that fulfils your craving for rich, spice-forward fare from the country’s coastal region.

The renowned New York-based chef Hari Nayak played a major role in giving birth to JHOL. His packed portfolio, which includes years of experience at three-Michelin-star Daniel in the Big Apple, seven popular cookbooks and TV show appearances, combined with his background—he was born and raised in the small southern town of Udupi—guarantees an authentic food trip down to the coastal region of India, where seafood and a huge variety of hot spices clash. 

Nestled in Soi Sukhumvit 18, JHOL’s interiors are simple and low-key, completely contrasting with the modish-looking—but extremely tasty—food and drinks prepared by a team supervised by executive chef Suresh DC. 

Each meal starts with an amuse bouche that changes every seven to ten days. On our visit, we got to try seasoned beetroot on a cracker, a strong pre-meal that gives a good idea of what to expect. Then came popular Indian snack pani puri (B290), which tickles the palate with spicy passion fruit juice.

JHOL continued to tease our taste buds with two richly flavored small dishes: Spicy Prawn Koliwada (B470) and Mini Appam (B380). The first is a curried prawn that explodes with the hotness of red chilli, while the latter is a fun taco-like appetizer that uses jackfruit instead of meat (a complete success).

Things got legitimately intense when we were served Kerala Mutton Roast (B490). The lamb is cooked in a fiery curry, and goes well with a soft and flaky flatbread called malabar paratha. Up next was Ghee Roast Chicken (B520), another spicy dish that comes with a crispy cone dosa. We were also impressed with Meen Kullambo (B620), a dish of local fresh mackerel dressed with silky-smooth Madras curry sauce.

After a series of spice-intense dishes comes a succession of super sugary Indian desserts. The mango kulfi (B260) is taken to another level with a dollop of kaffir lime-tinged cream, while Baby Banana (B290) is a fun dessert that features banana-shaped white chocolate with bittersweet kaapi (Indian filter coffee) ice cream.

JHOL’s cocktail line-up is also worth a look. The resident bartenders select unlikely local ingredients to create head-turning tipples like Raabta (B330) with gin and kaffir lime, The Naga (B330) with pickle juice and larb-seasoned pineapple, and Aabung (B336) with roasted peanuts and raw green mango.

Despite a rough start due to the pandemic, JHOL has proven to be one of the best Indian places in Bangkok. In addition to the highly enjoyable fare, the service provided by a team of chefs, bartenders and wait crew led by manager Anirban Nandi altogether makes a meal at JHOL a very impressive experience.

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  • Mexican
  • Khlong Toei

Had we not driven deep into Soi Sukhumvit 12 on that day, we wouldn’t have been able to sample some of the city’s tastiest fish tacos at this food truck-style restaurant.

Cholos, the brainchild of Mexican-native chef Eduard González and Chef Radek Zarebinski, focuses on serving Mexican staples such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tostadas. Each offering promises a generous amount of fillings and proteins like pork, chicken, fish and, for vegetarians, mushrooms.

Chef Eduard isn’t new to Bangkok’s food scene. He traveled around the world and trained in international restaurants and hotels before settling down in Thailand where he landed a stint working with superstar chef Gaggan Anand. This experience led to meeting Chef Radek, whose CV includes working in the kitchen of a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Los Angeles.

The two formed a friendship and decided to do something on their own. At Cholos, they
give their own twist to authentic Mexican fare. The fish tacos (B180) has become their signature, a mouthwatering dish that tops crispy fish with explosively spicy sauce.

The pork burrito (B235) is another menu highlight. Served as a jaw-dropping 12-incher, it’s packed with juicy pork, rice, beans, onion and cheese. The tortilla makes all the difference, made as it is with corn flour. For those with smaller appetites, we heartily recommend the pork tostada (B180). Vegetarian versions of each dish are also available. 

Most patrons order to go, but Cholos also has a small space for dine-in customers who want to have their tacos with cold drinks. The two chefs guarantee that everything they serve stays true to real Mexican fare, which means the recipes aren’t tweaked to adapt to the Thai palate. So if you’ve never had a real Mexican treat, this place may just be a worthy introduction.

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  • French
  • Charoenkrung

Nicolas Raynal, the head chef of Brasserie Palmier at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, is on a mission to acquaint Thai diners with a different side to French cuisine. According to Chef Nicolas, there is more to the European fare than rich creams and buttery sauces that sit heavily on meats and seafood. French food can be light and refreshing too, and suited to Thailand’s tropical climate.

Just like fellow Four Seasons Bangkok restaurant Riva Del Fiume, Brasserie Palmier sits on a gorgeous spot right by the Chao Phraya, and has both indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to drink in breathtaking vistas of the river while enjoying Champagne and Chef Nicolas’ delicious offerings.

The star of the menu is Poulet Rôti (B1,950), a roasted chicken cooked with herbs and spices to give a special aroma to the soft, juicy meat. (This needs to be ordered a day in advance, but it’s worth the effort.) You can have the chicken with Palmier French Fries (B220). This side dish of crispy sweet potato chips comes with homemade ketchup and is a guaranteed winner.

The restaurant is also known for its seafood dishes, and the Oyster Tasting Plate (B1,080), which comes with six different types of oysters, won’t disappoint. Neither will Sole Grenobloise (B2,900), which fulfils your taste buds with a huge piece of pan-seared sole.

What’s better, you now don’t have to fly to Paris (or other French towns) to get a real taste of Soupe à l'Oignon (B420) or the famous onion soup where the chef lets beef bone simmer until it produces a mouth-watering broth. You won’t be able to stop slurping this dish, which derives a subtle saltiness from the crispy cheese on top.

Other can’t-miss items include Marinated Sardine Tartines (B450), Wagyu Beef Tartare (B450), and perfectly made desserts like Passion Fruit & Banana Omelette Norvegienne (B580) and milles feuilles (B340).

You’ll be happy to know that Philip Bishchoff from BKK Social Club has come up with a cocktail list for Brasserie Palmier. Instead of having to fight to get a seat at his bar, you can have his concoctions in a riverside position at Brasserie Palmier instead.

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  • Contemporary European
  • Ratchadamri
  • price 4 of 4

When it comes to Chef Andreas Caminada, nothing is simple. The famed Swiss chef is behind Schloss Schauenstein, the restaurant in Fürstenau, Switzerland that holds three Michelin stars and one Green star. After cementing his name and reputation in his own homeland, Chef Andreas made the decision to spread his wings and expand his reach to the rest of the world.

And he chose Bangkok for his first venture outside of Switzerland. IGNIV, the new fine-dining restaurant at St. Regis Bangkok, ups the standards of fine-dining in the country, but does so in a comfortable and wholesome environment. (The name comes from the Romansh word for “nest”.) This is achieved through the use of furniture in subtle tones, warm lighting and decor that evoke avian symbolisms by Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola.

Two of Chef Andreas’ prodigies, Chef David Hartwig and Chef Arne Riehn, head IGNIV’s kitchen. The duo has come up with a line-up that spans global culinary inspirations but still retains European sensibilities. In contrast to other fine-dining restaurants, they’ve also come up with dishes meant for sharing—for both à la carte offerings and set course meals. 

We recently went for lunch and experienced the lunch set meal firsthand. First to arrive on the table is Beef Tartare, which comes with crispy potato slices and a runny egg, altogether giving multiple textures within a single bite. Next up is Lettuce, which quickly became a favorite. It’s a highly simple dish comprising lettuce drizzled with chilli sauce. The combination of refreshing greens and spicy sauce packs a surprising blow of flavors to your palate.

The lunch includes three courses, but IGNIV offers a surprise option for diners who want to add another course to their meal—a secret dish that the chefs have created for the day. On that day, it was Chicken Nugget (B400), which wowed us with its subtle flavors and smoky aroma. 

Despite being less than a year old, IGNIV is already shaping up to be a new star in Bangkok’s vast fine-dining scene. Chef David and Chef Arne work well together to come up with mouthwatering sweet and savory creations that every gourmand should try. 

The price for a three-course lunch is B1,900++, while a four-course dinner is priced at B3,800++. Add B600++ for the surprise course. 

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Charoenkrung

Hearing the name Philip Bishchoff got us way too excited. For those who are unfamiliar, he’s no other than the German-born mixologist who rose to the top of the global drinking scene with Manhattan, the bar at Regent Singapore that currently sits at number 14 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. And he’s embarked on a new venture in Bangkok.

Bishchoff is bringing his expertise to cocktail connoisseurs at BKK Social Club, the vibrant new bar located in the newly opened Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River. The venue boasts an exciting concept inspired by the passion of Buenos Aires and the energy of modern-day Bangkok—two cities where great drinks, good friends and fun times are thoroughly celebrated.

Step into the bar and you will be immediately transported to a world that’s straight out of Great Gatsby. The splendor is courtesy of AvroKo, the design team whose magical touch brought to life Riva del Fiume, another Four Seasons Bangkok establishment. Gilded arches and rose gold columns reflect off a marble bar and tables, and camel-colored leather couches contrast nicely with rich green (the color of American money) touches, from the plush coasters to the cuffed sleeves and ties on the staff’s dashing raiment. Everything is tastefully done and marked with exclusivity, evocative of the lifestyle memorialized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s renowned fiction.

Back to the tipple master, Bishchoff has come up with a line-up of lip-smacking cocktails that does not disappoint. The drinks menu at BKK Social Club is broken down into three categories, representing Argentinian landmarks, icons and cultures. Highlights include Café Tortoni (B480), a whiskey-based cocktail mixed with a shot of robust espresso; Hand of God (B480), a spirits-forward drink that combines bittersweet tequila with a cordial of cacao and Malbec; and Carnaval (B450), the bar’s take on cachaça that’s resplendent with flavors of  raspberry and elderflower.

But our praise is reserved for La Pampa (B450), a gin-based tipple that awakens all the senses with an extremely invigorating hit of homemade eucalyptus honey and a sharp twist of citrus. La Pampa once again justifies Bishchoff’s unparalleled skills when it comes to creating cocktails with a surprising twist.

We also commend how BKK Social Club serves bottled classic cocktails for groups up to four. You and your pals can all share familiar mixes like Social Negroni (from B2,400), piña colada (from B2,400), La Reina (from B4,800) and more.

Accompanying the drinks are a wide range of Latin American-inspired nibbles that round up the unique experience at this social club. Iberico Pluma Asado (B750), reminiscent of the homely Thai pork skewer is elevated by the use of black Iberico pork and peppery Spanish garlic sauce mojo rosso, while the baked puff BBQ Pork Empanadas (B450) takes on a powerful flavor thanks to mojo verde chili.

If the alcohol ban had not been imposed late last year, BKK Social Club would have easily made it to our list of 2020’s best bars. But now that the ban has been lifted, there’s nothing stopping you from experiencing its full glory and us from declaring it as one to watch for 2021.

  • Bars
  • Charoenkrung
  • price 3 of 4

Bangkok’s watering hole game is stronger than ever. A number of new drinkeries have emerged across the city, bringing life back to Bangkok’s night scene. A new bar on the riverside of Chao Phraya has caught our attention like no other.

Of the many new watering holes that have opened this year, Sirimahannop is probably one of the most unique. The bar is in fact a massive 50.50-meter-long three-masted schooner that’s (hopefully permanently) docked at the waterfront promenade of popular riverside bazaar Asiatique.

This newly constructed, high-reaching sailboat takes inspiration from a Royal Thai navy ship in the era of King Rama V, but stylized with contemporary decor and enchanting details that make guests feel as if they are on an actual seafaring adventure.

The upper deck is blueprinted for more casual outdoor hangouts. Each visit is enhanced by the fresh breeze and an exquisite view of the Chao Phraya River. The lower deck, meanwhile, is fashioned for quieter and classier gatherings. Both levels have private rooms for small parties or meetings, including the Captain Room, a space on the upper deck where guests also have exclusive access to a hidden rum bar.

The food and drinks menu is limited due to the confined space—it’s a boat, guys!—but each dish or tipple impressively revolves around the nautical narrative of a timber-exporting vessel that’s exploring the globe for the best ingredients.

Twelve local fruits are adapted into 12 lip-smacking cocktails. Many of these fruits are rarely used in mixology, such as starfruit, jackfruit, longan and pomelo, further igniting our alcohol cravings and curiosity. The tamarind long drink (B380) has a sour zing that electrifies the palate, while the rambutan cocktail (B380), which has hints of aromatic pandan, refreshes the senses.

As you sip on these fruity tipples, the kitchen crew is busy churning out small plates and bites inspired by the great wide ocean. Start with the Green Papaya Fries (B85), which comes with a Bengal curry sauce, and the Fresh Asian Baby Greens (B220), a salad dish that mixes various greens with Thai herbs and tamarind dressing.

Mains look to the Slow-Cooked Chicken Thigh (B120), which benefits from a flavorful satay sauce, and the Smoky Eggplant (B120), which exudes the aromatic scents of herbs and spices from Southern Thailand.

The menu also lists international dishes like the Crunchy Fish Sliders (B160), a satisfying treat that boasts fresh cod imported from the Scandinavian region, as well as a variety of freshly-shucked oysters served with a refreshing pineapple vinegar dressing.

Sirimahannop can be your next favorite spot for the ultimate sundowner experience—that is, if seasickness doesn’t ail you. While the food is good enough to keep the party going, the creatively-concocted cocktails and engaging yachting atmosphere certainly deserve your praise and attention.

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  • Bars
  • Café bars
  • Yaowarat

Guests are taken to a whole new world at REI Bar, the newest bistro in the heart of Old Town Bangkok. Behind grills and a thin wall of glass is a futuristic space where Oriental-inspired images are projected on concrete walls and neon-lit LED lamps cast an eerie glow.

The food, just like the vibes, also have a show of cool. Michelin-starred chef Andy Yang is behind REI’s culinary offerings, serving up dishes like cheek of buri (Japanese amberjack) grilled with soy sauce (B315) and spicy salmon salad (B195).

Other recommended small bites are the tako wasabi (B115), grilled pork jowl marinated in fish sauce (B175), and the REI fried chicken (B295 for 10 pieces). Every dish is meant to be paired with a cold beverage or one of REI’s signature cocktails.

Guests are welcome to chillax on the ground floor, but small groups can reserve a private corner on the second floor, which looks down on the crowd below. Live music goes on full blast every Friday and Saturday night.

There aren’t too many bistros with a modern futuristic vibe in Bangkok, which makes REI Bar unique and a definite must-visit.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Sukhumvit 24
  • price 2 of 4

A collaborative project among seven friends, Mutual Bar is a casual and cozy space where you can wind down while surrounded by comfy seating, good cocktails and lively music

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