Break your eating routines and check out these new restaurants around Bangkok.
New restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Bangkok this month
A new destination combining gastronomy and entertainment in the heart of Ekkamai, OH CHIC is a social club and eatery that offer Italian-Asian fusion dishes along with nightly performances by deejays or live bands and rotating themed shows. Kick off your meal with mouth-watering starters like the salmon salad, which includes a selection of seasonal vegetables topped with medium rare Norwegian salmon and spicy dressing (B240). The homemade pomodoro meatballs (B220) are another popular choice. A wide range of hefty mains include pan-grilled chicken miso steak with tomatoes, sautéed beans and sliced radish (B320), and black squid ink pasta, served cold like zaru soba, with salmon sashimi and ponzu wasabi sauce (B240).
Award-winning Korean-American chef Akira Back introduces Thais to his brand of cooking at his namesake restaurant in Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel. Soaring above Sukhumvit on the 37th floor of the five-star hotel, Akira Back breaks new ground by offering cuisine that fuses Japanese, Korean and Western influences. Akira Back’s Bangkok outlet is a study in sleek, contemporary Asian décor. Japanese shinto ropes hold up elongated arches and provide an interesting canopy to the entire space. The posh restaurant is an expansive space that can seat up to 100 diners at a time, composed of a main dining room, sushi bar, omakase bar and private rooms.
Ciao Terrazza—a poshed-up version of a trattoria, Mandarin Oriental-style—has returned to the hotel’s riverside terrace in front of the leafy lawn of the century-old Author’s Wing. Patrons will be able to enjoy hearty Italian dishes enhanced by views of the Chao Phraya River. Chef Marcello Scognamiglio merges traditional Italian dishes with delicate plating. His version of caponata, a favorite Sicilian dish, sees chopped veggies like eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper lightly marinated with red wine vinegar and nicely paired with zesty tuna tartare (B450). For pasta lovers, the agnolotti (a folded pasta native to northern Italy) comes highly recommended.
A green staircase right by the entrance to Meatchop steakhouse leads up to Happy Endings. Unlike the pastel shades that dominate downstairs, the restaurant-slash-bar keeps its interiors modest in terms of color. A bare concrete wall functions as a blank canvas for a dark blue abstract piece, while Asian-inspired objects like cabinets, amulets and artificial flowers play a part in constructing a “less is more” Oriental vibe. The whole venue has the feel of a cocktail den, mainly due to a large bar occupying most of the space and dim lighting. Drinks were created by Watcharapong “Bank” Suriyaphan (one of the founders of Backstage Cocktail Bar), who smartly injects Asian tweaks into his libations. Curry Expression is a delicious drink that mixes tequila with long pepper syrup, curry-infused pineapple juice, black pepper and lime (B300), while Jasmine Collins is a delicate gin-based sour with floral hints (B280). Pair your cocktails with Vietnamese comfort fare that’s not afraid to play with original recipes.
Posh hotel bars that serve great cocktails are, in most cases, rare in Bangkok. (We usually encounter juice-heavy numbers that skimp on booze). But new waves of establishments, including Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, are doing their best to change this situation. Launched alongside the highly anticipated Akira Back restaurant, ABar impressively combines style with substance by pulling off well-rounded libations in two distinct venues: a Victorian-themed drinking palace and a rooftop drinking space up above.