The best restaurants and cafes in Ari
Ari is welcoming yet another trendy restaurant. Yoong Chang, a restaurant that describes itself as “Neo-Chinese,” specializes in combining multiple culinary traditions in one dish. The menu boasts creative combinations created by owner and head chef Kulapol “Air” Samsen, who studied at a cooking school in Hong Kong and worked at Michelin-starred Bangkok restaurant Gaa. The handmade biang biang noodles (from B160), which originated in Shaanxi Province in northern China, is a must-try—the restaurant claims to be the only one serving the dish in Bangkok. The long, thick and chewy noodles are made from wheat flour using the hand-pulling method. The noodles are prepared in advance at Yoong Chang, but are only stretched, pulled and boiled upon order, before they’re served in bone broth. Try the one with stir-fried beef curry and topped with raw egg yolk (B235), a variation adapted from his mother’s recipe, or the variation with smoked and roasted red pork (B215). The menu also includes Cantonese-style pork dumplings (B120) topped with Sichuanese sauce, echoing one appetizer dish in Sichuan cuisine; and the Hangzhou dish Dongpo pork (B160), here smoked with the American barbecue method, then sliced, burnt and served with rice, vegetables and the eatery’s special soy sauce recipe. For drinks, you can go for the chestnut milk (B90) or one of the flavored soda (from B75). A selection of alcoholic beverages is also available, including beer and a lychee liquor that mixes imported Soj
Chinese theme have been enjoying a resurrection in recent years, with bars, cafés and restaurants displaying either retro or modern interpretations of this rich and colorful culture. Dai Lou, a Cantonese eatery in Ari, is next to take on the trend, displaying photogenic Chineseinspired décor, and serving progressive tapasstyle food with catchy names. Dai Lou, which means “big boss” in Cantonese, constructs a fictitious influential Chinese elite that people usually associate with Chinese movies (think The Bund and Infernal Affairs). Thus, the dining room is designed to represent the house of a Hong Kong boss man, but one with more subtle tastes. Instead of walls clad in red and gold, and gigantic Chinese statues, Dai Lou goes for white brick walls, globe lights and steel bar stools. Its courtyard is clad entirely in teal-colored mosaic tiles, inspired by the walls of subway stations in Hong Kong. The “big boss” is evidently a canine lover, as showcased by a dogshaped neon sign at the entrance, as well as dog “lucky charms” placed on each table. The menu is equally modern, featuring small dishes named after significant areas in Hong Kong. The crispy pork belly (B220) is named after Wan Chai, an area in the Chinese territory where people usually flock to savor the same dish. At Dai Lou, it’s a heavenly treat of crispy skin and tender meat, complemented by a sweet dipping sauce made from a “secret recipe.” Chek Lap Kok (B320), named after Hong Kong’s international airport, is a
Just a few months ago, Sanam Pao, the quiet neighborhood sandwiched between Victory Monument and hipster-friendly Ari, barely saw any foot traffic due to a lack of attractions. But with the insurgence of new condos and service apartments in the area, more eateries, bars, and clubs have been opening as of late, bringing in the young crowd and office workers who want to wind down after work in venues that don’t charge an arm and a leg. Rooftop eatery Vela’s contribution is a casual vibe complemented by crowd-favorite fusion dishes that merge local flavor with French influences, as well as creative cocktails. Its appearance is no different from the live-music pubs that spread throughout low-key neighborhoods in the city. The venue is partitioned into two parts: an air-conditioned dining room featuring bare concrete walls and dark-toned furniture, and an alfresco terrace that offers views of the Skytrain continuously rattling pass rather than the vertiginous scenes from sky-high rooftop bars. Elevated Thai-Western bar chow are on the menu, courtesy of celebrity chef Tawatchai “Bus” Akarawongwattana. one of the finalists in Top chef ThailandThe Nakhon Ratchasima-born chef uses French techniques to create Isaan-inspired bites, such as oxtail croquettes served with spicy jeaw sauce (B280), “duck confit” nibbles served namtok-style (B220), and tuna tartare packed with fragrant Thai herbs (B260). Western-style pasta dishes are given new life with Thai elements, as in the spicy spa
Thanks to Oktoberfest that has now been celebrated all over the world, you must have been so much familiar with Bavarian food and beer. But do you know that Bavarian breads have more kind than just sourdough and pretzel? Now, your chance to explore the many more varieties of Bavarian bread is here, with Landhaus, a new bakery in Ari that has taken the concept and recipes from its bigger sister in Austria, Gragger & Cie, to become one of the very few places in Bangkok that offers the most authentic Austrian-Bavarian taste. With the name that means ‘a farmhouse’ in German, the bakery flaunts itself as its name suggests: a tiny, homey white house with raw-cement walls, natural wood furniture, and a giant wooden table loaded freshly baked goodies—the space is all decorated in a bare minimal manner. In one corner, a coffee machine is at the ready to brew you smell-so-good coffee from beans from Northern part of Thailand. Despite adopting the Austrian-born recipe, Landhaus opts for a sustainable (and more practical and affordable) approach by making breads using locally sourced, natural ingredients—all of which will be carefully baked in a custom-made wood-fired oven built after the original oven at Gragger & Cie in Austria. (The bakery also donates leftover breads to a neighboring school or anyone in need instead of throwing them away.) The menu comes packed with loaded choices of pastry. Being indecisive? Go for one of their sets. The Austrian breakfast set (B250) comes with
Wagyu-importer-turned-beef-specialist Wagyuism pleases meat lovers with fine beef imported directly from Kobe and Hokkaido— we’re talking A4 and A5 grades. (It’s even one of the very few Kobe beef-certified restaurants in Bangkok!) Tucked in Soi Ari Samphan 5, the cozy eatery boasts loft-style interiors decorated with wood furnishings and Japanese art. Helming the kitchen is a Japanese chef who creates dishes for a specific part of the beef. Must-order dishes include wagyu soba (Japanese soba and wagyu simmered in soy sauce broth, B450); gyu tofu (a sukiyaki-style soup of bean curd topped with beef that’s been cooked for longer than 10 hours, B480); and smoked steak (price starts from B1,000), where beef is smoked with apple wood and served with three house-made dressings: ponzu sauce, Himalayan salt and yakiniku sauce. You can also choose from an array of prime cuts like striploin, ribeye and tenderloin, and tell the staff how you would like it to be cooked. One of our most favorite dishes is the wagyu white miso (B460), a dish that features a chunk of loin marinated in sweet Saikyo white miso, and marinated egg yolk. Complement your meal with a specially-curated selection of wines and sakes, and desserts like matcha pudding (B140). There’s a space for private parties on the second floor. Parking is not available.
Located next to Onedee Café, Ong Tong Khao Soi is a humble shophouse serving up northern Thai food with the main focus on—you can guess—khao soi (northern Thai-style egg noodles with curry).
The third branch of all-day breakfast establishment Bar Storia is so photogenic, it’s bound to be every Instagrammer’s new favorite hang-out. Surrounded by leafy trees, the café is decorated with European vintage elements mixed in with more modern details.
The new café in Ari is now creating a buzz by coming up with creative and delicious form of frozen delights that intelligently infuses Thai elements like nothing you’ve seen before.
This Ari’s hidden gem is soft serve lovers’ haven. From the people who brought to you overloaded, topping-filled roti treats at Ku Roti Chachuk (Aqua, Sapan Kwai, 09 6939 4922), Empty Tasty is a small, black-and-white sociable parlor boasting only two flavors of soft serve — milk and charcoal yogurt. You, however, can go crazy with the toppings — there are more than twenty to choose from. Got a craving for sweet tooth? Get sticky-fingered with foi tong Nutella soft serve (B139) of which the yogurt-y frozen thrill is given a sugary kick by thegolden flossy treat. Not into sugar-loaded stuff? Get it plain with selected fruity toppings.
Phed Phed whips up tongue-burning northeastern fare. The highlight is somtam, which comes in more than 20 varieties. Try tum tang poo dong (B55), in which a spicy cucumber salad is paired with preserved paddy field crab served with its shell.
Thani Khao Mudaeng is one of the legendary crispy pork (moo krob) and stewed pork (moo daeng) shops in Bangkok. Roasted crispy pork belly that is soft and tender inside is served with rice and topped with savory gravy is to-die-for.
Thammada means “simple” in Thai—exactly what this café is meant to be. Warmth and coziness pervade the air at Tham.ma.da, enhanced by the owner’s earnest welcome and the café’s comfortable vintage-style décor.
Pladib has been Ari’s favorite dining destination for many years. Decorated with minimal décor, this Japanese-fusion restaurant offers homey atmosphere for your group of friends to chill in.
This big fat bird’s nest captures everyone’s attention with its incredible façade. Step inside it and instantly feel at home in its warm and friendly atmosphere. The menu is attractive as the décor – Fatbird offers appetizing food and beverages that are comparable to many of the city’s more popular restaurants. If you’re looking for a place to chill and eat good food, go to Fatbird – you’ll instantly know you made the right choice.
Decorated simply with style, this coffee-lovers cave offers delicate drinks and homemade pastries. The subtle hint of coffee that will hit your nose when you walk in definitely guarantees smells that match the taste. Their recommended Hazelnut Milk Iced Cube Latte makes time fly, which can accompany you while reading one of your favourite books.
After the big renovation, Puritan turns to an instagram worthy vintage-style restaurant. The interior and decoration creates an ambient environment that’s perfect to enjoy their take on the classic calamari, varieties of cakes, and fruity shakes.
Laliart Coffee brews the best quality coffee, the beans are resourced from Mae Jam (in Northern Thailand), which also offer a selection of scones and bake goods. Laliart Coffee proudly offer dairy-free, egg-free, vegan bakery that’s low in sugar.