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The best new restaurants in Bangkok right now

Bangkok loves to eat, and the city only keeps on growing with new restaurant openings, seasonal menus, and special limited-time pop-ups. Keep track of all the most interesting culinary happenings about town, every month of the year with our new restaurants round-up for 2024. 

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The best new restaurants in Bangkok this May 2024

Indian restaurant Tapori promises no butter chicken, yet plenty of unconventional flavour

Tucked into quiet Sukhumvit 47, Tapori has opened as a new Indian restaurant that goes “beyond clichéd Indian cuisine.” Given the plethora of Indian restaurants in Bangkok, Tapori genuinely offers something new and exciting — boasting that no regular butter chicken is served here — to inspire both those who are new and familiar with Indian flavours. ‘Tapori’ is Hindi slang for ‘wanderer,’ and wander and wonder you will. 

The vibes: Inside a colourful and elegant villa, diners are welcomed into a design-savvy space that reflects the diversity and vibrancy of India. Helmed by culinary storyteller and chef-owner Rohit Sharma, the interiors offer plenty for diners to admire, from the geometric Warli art patterns to the Bastar tribal motifs, and the gorgeous 32-foot long Kerala-inspired oil canvas. There’s even a hand-cut mirror mosaic of a peacock by the stairs. 

The food: Tapori has really and truly managed to set itself apart from the crowd and stands out for its bold and genuinely interesting flavours. Showcasing India’s lesser-known dishes, diners can explore the map at the beginning of the menu, and try favourites and hidden gems from each region. We loved the spicy and crunchy Wahan Mosdeng (pork salad from Tripura), the Gobhi Mussallam (grilled cauliflower), the fun Sindhi Dal Pakwan (“a Sindhi brunch masterpiece”), and the intriguing Tawa-Masala Kaleji Ice Cream (made with chicken liver!). The menu is vast and worthy of many revisits to retry, though unmissable is definitely the Benami Kheer dessert. Hailing from the royal kitchens of Awadh, it is made with a secret ingredient all diners are invited to guess. We assure you that you’ll be very surprised. 

Tapori, 22/2 Sukhumvit Soi 47, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 5.30-10.30pm. 

Kwann combines the heart and soul of Thai cooking into one wholesome sitting

Chef Napol ‘Joe’ Jantraget and Chef Jirapat Sept of NAWA fame set out to blend tradition and modernity, and Kwann was born. Focusing on live fires and charcoal — the smokiness that enhances the dish — the tasting menu highlights Thai ingredients and the culture that surrounds them. Locals will find the experience warm and comforting, and the visiting locals will definitely have their interests piqued.

The vibes: Located on the ground floor of NYSA Hotel in Sukhumvit 13, it feels a quite serene to dine in Kwann — like a corner tucked away from all the chaos of the area. As the venue is quite spacious, it’s perfect to dine with your preferred company because of how intimate it feels. The open kitchen in full view also adds a touch of connection between diners and all the action.

The food: “Kwann” is translated directly to “smoke,” so you’d expect their proteins to be on point, and they certainly do not disappoint. The wagyu beef tongue nam-tok is aromatic and refreshing — a punch greatly welcomed as a start to the meal. What diners should look forward to is the sharing-style main course. Grilled duck in Hoisin sauce, grilled mushroom nam prik, and more; not only do they taste amazing, the portions are very generous. That alone evokes a sense of swapping plates around the table and sharing, as if you’re sitting at a homey Thai dining table.

Kwann, 73/7-8, Soi Sukhumvit 13, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok. Open daily, 6-11pm.

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Brooklyn-beloved Roberta’s Pizza brings a slice of NYC to Bangkok

There’s no way you haven’t already spotted this on the Instagram stories of your pizza-loving foodies, but just in case, the excitement is real with Roberta’s. The renowned New York pizzeria has opened at Siam Discovery, bringing its American-style pizzas to the heart of Siam. 

The vibe: There’s street art on the walls, neon light signs to ‘gram, and a pizza oven for all to admire. Whilst Roberta’s Pizza is located on the third floor, it is worth the trek and climb for the easy, breezy, hipster vibes.

The food: Roberta’s Pizza started as a small chain in New York City, before expanding to many locations across the US and Singapore. For its Bangkok debut, diners who have visited Roberta’s abroad will find many familiar wood-fired pizza favourites. Whilst the menu is expansive, go for the signature “Bee Sting” pizza with honey and spicy cured meats, or the more local inspired pork belly. Don’t forget to wash it down with a classic Arnold Palmer for the full experience. 

Roberta’s Pizza, 3/F, Siam Discovery, 194 Phaya Thai Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok. Open daily 10am-10pm. 

Rosewood Bangkok unveils the revamped Lakorn to showcase soul-soothing Thai cuisine

Lakorn European Brasserie is now just Lakorn, an all-day dining restaurant that aims to do just one thing: to present authentic Thai flavours on a plate, and to do it perfectly. With sustainability and quality in mind, the experience is sure to impress locals, as well as connect international friends with the essence of Thai dining.

The vibes: Lakorn’s venue is comforting and relaxing to dine in. It offers natural sun peeking through the glass panes without the scorching temperature of a Bangkok summer. You’ll see other diners having a great time with smiles on their faces, and hear the glasses clinking beautifully as the staff are preparing your drinks by the counter at the end of the room. It’s as if the song “Put Your Records On” becomes a dining venue.

The food: Thai people know that the key to good Thai food is the ingredient. Lakorn partners with local producers to make sure the freshness is unbeatable. As a result, you have dishes from the four parts of the kingdom, prepared by Chef Bua Pattama. Their chicken khao soi is bursting with flavour, their yum naem khao tod doesn’t compromise on spices. Even their bua loy is deserving of praise — and serves as a perfect end to a meal.

Lakorn, Rosewood Bangkok, Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok. Open daily, 11.30am-10pm.

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L’OLIVA launches a new Chef’s Table experience in a private glass room

Whilst you need not ask us twice to head back to L’OLIVA, the charming Italian restaurant on soi 36 now gives us yet another reason to revisit. This month, L’OLIVA unveils an exclusive Chef’s Table Lunch in their private glass room. 

The food: Inspired by the diverse regions of Italy, the multi-course menu this month is centred around the flavours of Sicily. Chef Gabriele has carefully curated a selection of dishes including Casarecce all Norma (hand-twisted pasta with tomato, fried eggplant, and ricotta salatta) or Pesce Spada Alla Griglia (grilled swordfish fillet with vegetables caponata). To end the meal, the Cassata Sicilian is unmissable, and the wine pairing with Sicilian wines comes highly recommended. Those who know L’OLIVA will know the private glass room is an absolutely magical space, and now a most beautiful venue for a fine meal. 

The Chef’s Table experience is available as a four-course set menu, priced at THB 2290. The wine pairing is priced at an additional THB 2990. L’OLIVA is now accepting bookings for the following dates: 9 May at 12pm, 15 May at 12pm, and 23 May at 12pm. 

L’OLIVA Ristorante Italiano & Wine Bar, Soi 36 subsoi 2, Khlong Tan, Bangkok. Open daily 11am-10.30pm. 

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Punjab Grill’s new tasting menu packs a strong punch of Northern India

This Indian dining destination first opened its doors in 2016 and earned their spot in the Michelin Guide. In 2024, the team still pride themselves in providing dishes that are hearty, packed with kicks of spice, made with care, and served with warm hospitality.

The food: The tasting menu is a balanced journey through the region, with ingredients spiced and cooked to perfection. Grilled tiger prawns never fail to impress the crowd, but marinated in fresh herbs and served with cherry jalapeno relish — now that’s a keeper. If you order the New Zealand lamb chops with saffron paratha, you’ll leave the establishment with a smile.

Punjab Grill, Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit, 23/2-3 Soi Sukhumvit 13, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok. Open daily, 6pm-midnight (12-3pm additional on weekends)

Dining events in Bangkok this May 2024

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Acqua to host Chef Riccardo La Perna and Sommelier Marino Braccu of 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana on 9-10 May 

A few of Macau’s greatest are heading to Bangkok this May, as Italian fine dining venue Acqua will host a four-hand collaboration dinner curated by Chef Alessandro Frau and 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana’s Chef Riccardo La Perna. An elegant wine pairing will also be available, with a selection by the Macau restaurant’s General Manager and Sommelier Marino Braccu. 

The collaboration dinner consists of a 7-course menu, and will take place on 9 and 10 May from 6pm. The menu is priced at THB 8000++ with an option for wine pairing at THB 4500++. Find out more by emailing Acqua at reservations@acquarestaurantbangkok.com. 

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CLARA will welcome Chef Antimo Merone from Hong Kong’s Estro on 11 May 

Yen Akart’s beloved CLARA is set for yet another exciting collaboration as Chef Antimo Merone from Estro, Hong Kong, will be joining hands with CLARA’s very own Chef Christian Martena on 11 May. A proud Naples native, Chef Antimo is known for rewriting the rules of Italian cuisine, elevating Neapolitan dining to new heights. After leading the kitchen at 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo in Macau for six years, he opened Estro in 2021, and also received his first Michelin star in 2023. Currently, Estro is ranked at no. 71 on the extended Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. 

For one night only, Chef Antimo and Chef Christian will highlight their shared southern heritage with a contemporary menu and unique twist on traditional Italian flavours. 

The 7-course menu will be served for dinner on 11 May, and is priced at THB 4800++. For more information, visit CLARA. 

Siri Sala’s Travelling Chef series returns with Aisha Ibrahim and Pinaree Sanpitak this 10-12 May 

Siri Sala welcomes the return of the Travelling Chef series with a unique dining event on 10-12 May. The collaboration will see a powerful and immersive experience hosted by Chef Aisha Ibrahim of Canlis, Seattle, and feature artist Pinaree Sanpitak’s Breast Stupa Cookery. Celebrating both seasonal flavours and the arts, the event is for a good cause, as there will be fundraising for breast cancer through a collaboration with Kad Kokoa. The Thai chocolatier has produced a limited edition box of Breast Stupa Cookery bonbons just for the occasion. Each box sold will sponsor a complete health screening at QSBC. 

The dinner takes place on 10-12 May from 6pm. Diners will begin the journey at Is Phraya Pier before embarking on a sunset boat ride to Siri Sala. The experience is priced at THB 7500, inclusive of beverage pairing. Diners who can show a Philippine Airlines boarding pass from any date in 2024 will receive a 10% discount. Find out more at Siri Sala.

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Chef Goo Goo to showcase modern Burmese cuisine at Araksa on 18-19 May 

Are you curious about Burmese cuisine? This 18 and 19 May, Chef Goo Goo will be at the helms at Araksa tea room, showcasing the rich cooking wisdom passed down through generations in her family. Drawing inspiration from traditional recipes, diners can expect a menu that blends modern Burmese flavours with a few exciting twists, from the Burmese fermented tea salad to the crab mala, Rakhine eggplant, Anglo-Burmese tiger prawn masala, and so much more. 

The limited-time menu will be served on 18 and 19 May. Find out more at Araksa tea room. 

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Kataru promises a slurp with a twist (if you can book them)

The vibe: The name sounds like a new contender for the ramen scene, but this new Ekkamai ramen spot is actually the brainchild of the experimental and creative ramen duo “The Slurp Brothers,” who had tested the waters (literally) with their special pop-up at The Counter Culture last year. Just like at their previous pop-up, your chance of booking their special bowl of ramen is nigh to zero–the rumours have it that they’re already fully booked until the end of May. 

The food: Rotated and changed every two months, Kataru stays true to its ever-evolving craft, unveiling 2-3 menus featuring relatively unconventional approaches to ramen. Their current menu offerings range from Niboshi Shio Ramen with Buri and Katsuo (THB590) to the lavish Karasumi Buckwheat Abura Soba (THB1,280) served alongside 3 kinds of shell fish toppings. 

Kataru Ramen. 67 Ekkamai Soi 30. Accessible Via BTS Ekkamai. Open Fri – Sun 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm. 

Cento brings simple, good Italian food to Sathorn

The vibe: Provided that you are a huge aficionado for Italian food in Bangkok, here’s a new Italian restaurant that you can be excited about. It’s not about fancy dishes and offerings nor cosy decor that make us fall for this Italian eatery. It’s about simple, good Italian food done right with no need for superficially sparkling sprinkles on top. 

The food: We loved the Hamachi Crudo (THB550), consisting of thinly sliced hamachi (Japanese amberjack) seasoned with yuzu, lemon, and a slight touch of pungent wasabi. Another commendable dish was the Black Truffle Ravioli (THB 980) which oozes out fresh egg yolk blended with truffle and pecorino cheese. What we really liked, however, was their simple Chocolate Mousse (THB380), served alongside vanilla gelato–the salt flakes sprinkled on top provide a good respite from making the dish become too sweet. 

Cento Bangkok. 120 Saladaeng Soi 1. Silom. Bang Rak. Tue – Sun 5.30pm-midnight. For more information, visit Cento Bangkok. 

NILA takes diners on a voyage through India’s coastal region

In Malayalam, “nila” translates to the colour blue. As such, from the menu down to the interior, the restaurant pays homage to India’s rich heritage surrounding maritime trade. From Goa to the Bay of Bengal, along with the reflection of European influences on the area’s cultures, dive into history with Chef Bharath Bhat’s tasting menu.

The vibe: Located on the 4th floor of the Amari Bangkok, the restaurant interior really pops with warm colours and patterns — a portrayal of how Portuguese architecture has its roots in Goa until today. Dine by the window for the view, or near the kitchen to see the magic unfold.

The food: The tasting course showcases coastal Indian cuisine at its core — packed with spices, and feisty kicks that do not compromise. Despite the majority of the courses packing a punch, Chef Bharath manages to present each with harmony, with nothing feeling too overpowering nor too heavy. The flame-grilled peri-peri-marinated prawns and lamb with mustard oils are two stars to look forward to, and one good reason to return.

You can find more information at NILA’s website. 4F, Amari Bangkok, 847 Phetchaburi Rd, Phaya Thai. Open daily, 6pm-midnight.

Man Ho Bistro brings the essence and sophistication of the award-winning Man Ho Restaurant to Ratchaprasong

Man Ho Bistro takes the essence and sophistication of the award-winning Man Ho Chinese Restaurant at the JW Marriott Bangkok, and presents it in a more laid-back and casual atmosphere. Chef Leslie Du and the team are showcasing the Chinese flavours we know and love, and adding a touch of modernity with cool presentations and generous servings.

The vibe: The sleek design, the contrasting earth tones and white walls — it’s sophisticated but not uptight, lively but still evoking warmth and intimacy. If you’re with company, their biggest private room is equipped with a live cooking station in the middle, perfect for Instagram updates.

The Food: Chinese cuisine is all about a sense of comfort, and flavours jam packed into one bite. Man Ho Bistro certainly does not disappoint, focusing on the vibrant flavours of Sichuan and Shandong provinces, with highlights including wok-fried egg crab with sweet potato noodle, char siu barbecue Australian beef rib, and a lot more.

You can find more information at Man Ho Bistro’s website. Erawan Bangkok, 494 Phloen Chit Rd. Open daily, 11.30am-10pm.

Kinu by Takagi introduces the ritual of sake to its new seasonal menu

Kinu by Takagi’s new Chef de Cuisine Hiroshi Shimada welcomes diners to celebrate the advent of early spring in Japan with a new seasonal menu that celebrates the season. The 10-course experience is further augmented by the addition of French caviar and a very special sake pairing.

The vibe: Chef Hiroshi is warmly welcoming and excited to serve guests his new menu, delicately pairing the subtle flavours of his dishes with sake at different temperatures. The result is an enhanced Japanese dining experience that feels even more exclusive with the presence of French caviar to top almost every course on the menu.

The food: Each dish depicts beautifully the essence of late winter and early spring in Japan, with highlights including grilled yellowtail with radish, delicate Kyoto carrots with mizore soup, and melts-in-your-mouth grilled wagyu beef sirloin with Koji and red miso sauce. The addition of French caviar not only underpins Chef Takagi’s pioneering innovation, but also adds a new level of complexity.

The limited-time 10-course  menu is available until mid-April, and is priced at THB 8000++/person. The sake pairing is priced at an additional THB 2500++ for a sake pairing of six cups. Find out more at Kinu by Takagi, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Ave, Bang Rak. Open Wednesday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm.

ANJU Korean Rooftop Bar welcomes a new chef in Chef YoungDae Shim

If you haven’t yet made your way to ANJU Korean Rooftop Bar, here’s a fine new reason to do so. The restaurant atop the Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok has recently welcomed a new chef in YoungDae Shim, introducing a fresh take on modern Korean food for his new menu.

The vibe: A highly ‘grammable hidden gem energy permeates through ANJU, disguised cleverly by both K-pop and international beats as you overlook Langsuan and Chidlom from above. Fun, easily-shareable dishes (and soju bombs!) ensure your experience is at fun as it looks.

The food: The menu is welcoming to both the regulars and uninitiated to Korean cuisine. Highlight dishes include the Pickled Salmon & Prawn, Busan Style Fishcake and Beef Tendon Soup, and Egg Lava with Caviar Trio. Meat lovers must not miss the Bone in Short Rib, which comes sizzling on the plate as an ode to Korean barbecue, while dessert lovers will enjoy the Jooak & Makgeolli Ice Cream (yup) and Fruit Bibimbap Bingsoo. The latter especially is a cool saviour during these hot months.

ANJU 68 Soi Langsuan, Lumphini, Pathum Wan. Open daily from 5 to 2am. Find out more on ANJU’s website.

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Gaggan at Louis Vuitton arrives at ‘LV The Place’ as the Maison’s first restaurant in Southeast Asia

After much anticipation, Gaggan at Louis Vuitton has arrived at ‘LV The Place’ as the Maison’s first restaurant in Southeast Asia. 

The vibe: Located on the second floor, Gaggan at Louis Vuitton is laden with the Maison’s iconic designs, with Louis Vuitton’s trunks greeting you right at the entrance. Inside exudes a simplistic, warm charm, conveying understated opulence with subtle hints of the Maison’s motifs, like lamps and glasses featuring monogram patterns. 

The food: Available for both lunch (8-course dining experience for THB4,000) and dinner (17-course dining experience for THB8,000), the concept revolves around the 5 “S”– Sweet, Sour, Salty, Spicy, and Surprise. Fans of Gaggan will find his iconic dishes like Lick it Up, for which you need to forego fine-dining etiquette while licking up a vivid flower-patterned monogram sauce from the plate. 

You can find more information at Gaggan at Louis Vuitton’s website. 2/F Gaysorn Amarin. Open Thu – Mon. 

Kobe’s popular ramen spot Enishi lands in Ploenchit

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The wait has finally come to an end as Kobe’s popular ramen spot opened its door at Ploenchit’s One City Centre last month. For those who may be new to the scene, Enishi Ramen, despite its Japanese origin, was relatively under the radar back in its hometown. When the ramen chain branched out to Singapore’s International Plaza, however, Enishi Ramen has won over ramen lovers there with their dashi-based broth and its famous ‘Dan Dan Ramen,’ which warranted them the Michelin’s Bib Gourmand recognition. 

The vibe: Think of the wooden counter bar typically found in Japanese ramen spots, with only 10 seats available. The queue may not be as scary and disheartening as what it may have been for most of the buzzed spots back in the days, but you still need to brace yourself for long waiting lists during the evening.

The food: Ramen aficionados may know how ubiquitous the tonkotsu (pork bone) broth is when it comes to the Japanese noodle scene. Enishi offers a refreshing alternative where they focus on broth made with dashi–edible kelp and dried goods. Try their basic Japanese Dashi Noodle (THB360), featuring a slice of pork chashu and fatty roasted ducks. Don’t miss their Dan Dan Ramen (THB480), which showcases 32 types of spices and a large assortment of ingredients. Slowly pour the soup or enjoy it with a mini bowl of rice. 

You can find more information at Enishi Ramen’s Instagram. 2/F One City Centre. Ploenchit Rd., Bangkok. Open Mon – Sat 11am-3pm; 5pm-9pm.

Jharokha brings the allure of Rajasthan’s polo clubs to Bangkok

Fire pit cooking in a Rajasthani polo club-inspired venue? Say no more as the team behind the beloved Indian restaurant Indus has unveiled their new snazzy spot Jharokha at Erawan Building. 

The vibe: Jharokha translates to “window,” in reference to the ornately carved windows of the Rajasthani palaces. Similarly, diners enter to a beautiful interior, with touches of mahogany and leather, and polo equipment adorning the walls. A central bar welcomes guests into the restaurant, before you enter into the mirrored dining hall with views of bustling Chidlom just outside.

The food: Jharokha’s menu draws its inspiration from the fireside cooking traditions of the Indian royals, who, after going hunting, would gather around open flames to enjoy the fruit of their conquests. Thereby, the menu sees a large selection of “fire pit” dishes, from more classic items like charcoal fish (THB 1400) and wagyu rib eye (THB 2900/350g), to stuffed morels (THB 450), Achari paneer (THB 400), and ground duck kebabs (THB 480) from the Kopa charcoal oven. Unmissable is also the Bheja Pav (THB 490), made with goat brain (yes) and crispy potato, as well as the colourful selection of chutneys (THB 500/5 chutneys) to start and to share. 

You can find more information at Jharokha’s Instagram. 2/F Erawan Bangkok. Open daily noon – 10pm. Tel. 082-997-3399.

Baba brings casual Indian dishes with modern twists to Marche Thonglor 

While the name may evoke stressful memories when you were forced to read Hosseni’s The Kite Runner when you were studying English Literature in your high school years, this Baba is a generous daddy who serves you smokey, fiery Indian favourites at Marche Thonglor 

The vibe: Set inside Marche Thonglor, Baba sports a vibrant decor with arresting colours–think, red-clay hues as a nod to its fire and smoke theme, along with a repetitive wall pattern with a Hindi scripture that reads “Baba.” 

The food: Order some dishes to share–think Puri Yoghurt Bombs (THB140), vegetarian crispy bread puffs stuffed with spiced yoghurt, tamarind, and coriander. Don’t miss their Lamb Vindaloo (THB380), featuring 8-hour slow-cooked lamb in Rajasthani chili. Wash them all down with Chocolate Chai (THB120), housemade chai blended with chocolate. 

You can find more information at Baba’s Instagram. Marche Thonglor. Open daily 11.30am – 10pm. 

The Ancient Tea House presents riverside dim sum with gorgeous golden hours

When it comes to watching the sunset by the Chao Phraya river, Asiatique is certainly one to beat. Chinese food enthusiasts will be thrilled to dine at The Ancient Tea House, a new dining destination that fills your stomach with great food and soothes your soul with an array of tea. Not sure how to pair? Just consult their in-house tea sommelier.

The vibe: This tea house is ancient. It was repurposed, refurbished, and made anew while keeping the old-world Chinese aesthetics — think ‘House of Flying Daggers’ with a more modern take and without the flying daggers. The view of the merry-go-round by the window is oddly calming, and the lighting is amazing especially at sundown.

The food: It’s Chinese food, done right. They do great noodles and fried rice, but where they shine the most is certainly their dim sum. They nailed the dough-to-filling in their hargow, and we just can’t seem to put down the shrimp siu mai. Definitely try one of their teas; you can stick with what you love or be adventurous, as they have different teas from all over the world for you to enjoy.

For more information, contact Asiatique Ancient Tea House. Asiatique, 76 Soi Charoen Krung 72. Open daily 12pm-12am. 

The Haru Omakase at Kissuisen’s Seifu Omakase Bar sets the bar for good sushi in Sathorn

Have you checked out Kissuisen yet? We strongly advise Japanese food lovers head here immediately, as the 5-floor Japanese dining haven features four exciting dining concepts, all centred around the philosophical ‘Godai’ elements: Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water. While the first few floors feature an izakaya, teppanyaki dining, and private rooms, the fourth floor is home to Seifu, the restaurant’s omakase bar.

The vibe: The intimate space sees intricate wall patterns and an unpretentious, cosy ambience that is wholly calming — even in the busy city district of Sathorn. It’s all in the details here, with artful sake cups and paper cranes to dot the dining counter. 

The food: We tried the Japanese spring-inspired omakase on our visit, gushing through 17 courses of hot, cold, steamed, and grilled dishes. Every few courses is interspersed with a sushi course of 2-3 pieces, each thoughtfully selected and very carefully assembled. Whilst omakase is starting to become commonplace in Bangkok, Chef Yuichi Mitsui and the team manage to entertain guests with anecdotes, detailed explanations, and even showcasing of the fish on the menu. The variety and the colourful energy of the experience makes Seifu one to seriously watch, and the upstairs rooftop sake bar, Mizu, gives it a massive bonus point. 

The Haru Omakase course is priced at THB 6888++. Find out more at Kissuisen, 262 Surawong Road, Bang Rak. Open daily 11.30am-2pm and 6-10pm.

Nico’s Grill & Craft House keeps things interesting on Thonglor Soi 13

Thonglor Soi 13 is seeing a mini renaissance as new restaurants and bars seem to be opening in the area. One of the latest additions is Nico’s Grill & Craft House, specialising in wood-fire grilling and Mediterranean-inspired delights. 

The vibe: A casual ambience meets the friendly energy of Nico Merten, a seasoned chef with a background in Mediterranean, French, and Italian cuisine. Formerly at the Anantara Siam and Anantara Riverside Bangkok, Nico now presents a price-friendly and comforting menu of time-tested favourites. 

The food: Diners can expect a selection of premium meats from the wood-fire grill, as well as a series of classic Mediterranean dishes. We loved the chili grilled prawns and the mixed barbecue platter especially, though the showstopper is undeniably the ‘Mom’s Spaghetti Ice Cream.’ Arguably a first for Bangkok, the dessert comes with a small show, and will leave you curious about it for days. 

You can find out more at Nico’s Grill & Craft House, 87 Thong Lo 13 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana. Open daily 12-10pm (Fri-Sat until 11.30pm).

New menus and other dining news in Bangkok this March 2024

Yak Yang’s all-new menu highlights a medley of Top Chef Thailand’s most iconic dishes 

Opened as a casual French bistro spin-off from his fine-dining establishment, Yak Yang is helmed by chef Arttasit “Big” Pattanasatienkul, whose cameos in Top Chef Thailand 2023 and Netflix’s culinary horror film Hunger, along with his viral Beef Wellington Mooncake Creation in 2021, have definitely made their way into your memories. Recently, chef Big has brought out his most popular dishes from his fine dining establishment to his more casual and accessible a la carte menu. There’s everything from Hokkaido Scallop XXL Carpaccio to Foie Gras Poele, and his famous Beef Wellington, which, personally, we found tastier than even the one offered at Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street. On our last visit, chef Big also teased us with his upcoming new fine dining restaurant, which he said should be open by June this year. 

You can find more information at Yak Yang’s Instagram. 627, 9 Rama III Rd, Bang Khlo, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok. Open Tue – Fri 5pm-10.30pm; Sat-Sun 12pm – 10.30pm.

Restaurant INT’s new menu scours local rare finds for unique flavours 

The Thai fine dining spot with a French-inspired approach, Restaurant INT has unveiled its new menu, blending unique local ingredients for fresh flavours. Here, chef Pathin “Knock” Promsawasdi offers a judicious combination of Thai flavours and French techniques while also drawing his inspiration from small moments that he and his team shared with one another. In the ‘Moo Krata’ dish, he draws inspiration from his post-work meal, using a layered pork terrine with elements that will evoke fond memories of sharing an all-you-can-eat pork barbecue buffet. 

You can find more information at Restaurant INT’s Instagram. Rooftop floor 17 Sukhumvit 20 Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok. Tel. 093-256-9995

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ORE sources fresh spring water from Kanchanaburi’s Sai Yok Valley to make their 23-course dining experience

After teasing foodies since their newly-minted multi-purpose culinary space BK Salon opened last year, the new fine-dining restaurant ORE has finally opened, boasting fresh spring water sourced from Kanchanaburi’s Sai Yok Valley to elevate their ingredients and flavours. 

The vibe: The blond-wood 8-seat counter may remind you of the Japanese-Scandinavian trend that has already overtaken Bangkok’s food scene. Behind the intimate counter, however, are the bustling chefs who make great use of their compact but functional space. 

The food: Helmed by chef Dimitrios Moudios (who doubles his posts at Lahn Yai and this new space), ORE promises to cultivate a new allure through its fresh takes on simple ingredients. Here, you can savour dishes like Chiang Mai strawberry topped with lardo marinated with fresh makwaen from Nan province; winter gourd cooked in zesty kaffir lime paste; and pumpkin simmered in oil, soaked in dashi with sabo-cha (Japanese buckwheat), which lends the dish a crispy finish. The venue also boasts an incredibly long list of tea offerings, all of which are curated by Gaiwan of Tea, where you can taste some of the best quality leaves both local and from across Southeast Asia–think Chiang Rai’s ancient trees aged around 500-600 years old, for example. Soon, they are planning to unveil the fruit lab, where they dedicate their time and energy to discover novel ways in which they can play around with local fruits. 

For more information, contact ORE.

Chop Chop Cookshop finalises menu filled with heartwarming modern Chinese recipes

Sometimes we don’t need much more than a meal that’s done well and cooked to perfection. David Thompson’s Chop Chop Cookshop just finalised their full menu — gone are the ones from soft opening, and in with tried-and-tested recipes that are quintessential Yaowarat, done right.

The vibe: With groovy retro decor and red everywhere, we know exactly what kind of food we’ll get from the moment we walk in. It also gives us the perfect chance to sit and watch the bustling streets of Yaowarat go by. We recommend going on days other than Mondays to get that full experience, since there’s no stalls outside and there’s just less of a crowd on Mondays.

The food: When we think of Chinese delicacies, the important parts are the taste as well as the aroma. After all, it’s essential for the herbs and spices to really kick in — can’t compromise on those fronts, and boy, they do not disappoint. Their barbecued duck is slathered in honey and wine, the century egg feels refreshing, and their crispy prawn wafers don’t hold back on the filling. Tens across the board.

You can find more information at Chop Chop Cookshop.

Winter arrives at Sushi Sora, and they’re showcasing the best ingredients of the season in one go

As the season changes, diners get a chance to switch up their usual palette and sample the best ingredients that the season has to offer. One of the best ways to do so is by sitting comfortably at an omakase as a professional crafts their creations in front of you, delivering each bite with craftsmanship and expertise. Sushi Sora, located on the ground floor of SO/ Bangkok, has never failed to impress any visitor, and diners can expect only the best during this slightly-more-cooler season. The fact that they get their fish fresh from Toyosu Fish Market also confirms the quality.

The Shima Aji is paired well with the Akai Yuzu Kosho — the fat combined with the punch from yuzu is unbeatable combination. For those looking for more tender bites, they’ll be enticed to taste the Kinmedai, served simple in all its glory. Or perhaps what’s best to showcase winter, the Kawahagi brought from the coasts of Japan will impress anyone walking through the door as it’s served with its own creamy, rich liver that will enhance each others’ flavour profiles.

You can find more information at Sushi Sora.

Mickey’s Diner brings back its crowd-favourite menus to Gaysorn Amarin

After a short hiatus, Bangkok’s much-loved American diner Mickey’s Diner has found its new home at the newly renovated Gaysorn Amarin. 

The vibe: Forget the whimsical red-themed American diner you remember from their last spot at Portico Langsuan–a phase that everyone had to pass through after experiencing their midlife crisis. Their new space promises a much more mature and minimal space, with their olive-green leather sofa and abstract paintings adorning the walls. There’s also outdoor seating available when PM2.5 is kind enough to let you dine outside. 

The food: While the menu stays largely the same–think their Chicken & Waffles (THB480), Cured Beef Tongue & Mash, and AFR Fried Combo (featuring bacon from Phrom Phong’s breakfast spot Larder)–Chalee Kader tells us the future additions will see more Italian-American offerings. 

For more information, contact Mickey’s Diner

Korea’s No.1 fried chicken BHC has landed in centralwOrld 

If you’re a die-hard fan of everything Korean, then you have probably heard of or dined at BHC Chicken during your pilgrimage to South Korea. While travelling to Korea has become such an onerous task for Thais–particularly due to their recent fiasco on screening tourists from phee noi (a cute slang for illegal workers: Casper)–you can now enjoy BHC’s finger-licking good chicken at centralwOrld without fear of getting deported.  

The vibe: Bright yellow, with adorable neon lighting and an LCD screen that repetitively teases you with their golden crispy fried chicken. 

The food: Living up to its name “Better Happier Choice,” BHC offers a slightly healthier option to your usual crunchy fried delicacies thanks to their use of high oleic sunflower oil. Try their Bburinkle Chicken (starting at THB189), a crispy fried chicken coated with a cheese, garlic, and onion dust. Those who can’t get enough of their Bburing can opt for their crispy cheese balls (THB199). Since it’s also their first Thailand outpost, BHC also presents country-exclusive menus–think the crispy chicken skin (THB159) sprinkled with Bburingkle and American Fried Rice (THB249).

For more information, contact BHC Chicken Thailand

Nagoya’s eel specialist ‘Unagi Yondaime Kikukawa’ opens its first Thailand outpost at Emquartier

Bangkok may have already been full with Japanese eel specialists, but with Nagoya’s eel expert Unagi Yondaime Kikukawa opening in Emquartier, the scene could get, well, a little bit more competitive. Long established since 1912, this eel specialist boasts an astonishingly long history of over 112 years and is under the helm of its yondaime (fourth generation) owner Yohei who has been trained under his family since he was 12. Now, the restaurant has brought its first outpost to Thailand, opening on Emquartier’s 6th floor. 

The vibe: As minimal and functional as it may get, Unagi Yondaime Kikukawa Thailand is one of those places that let the dishes speak for themselves. The best part? You can see them catching eel live and grilling them on the spot. 

The food: Order their hitsumabashi set (THB940), a thinly sliced grilled unagi placed over rice served with a bowl of clear soup, for which you can add to the dish to enjoy it with a variety of flavours. They also have smaller and more affordable sets, such as the premium unagi set for THB620. 

For more information, contact Unagi Yondaime Kikukawa Thailand.

Kokugara Ramen is your new go-to spot for ramen in Ari

Ari may be many things, but spots for ramen may not be one of them. With this new ramen-slash-izakaya spot hidden above White Cloud Building in Ari Soi 7, however, this could be a game changer for Ari’s ramen culture. 

The vibe: Situated on the 7th floor of White Cloud Building, the place may not look far different from other ramen spots with its wooden counter bar and some stand-alone seating, but the venue will transform into a drinking spot for wine, sake, and gin lovers by night. 

The food: While we haven’t paid our personal visit to the place yet, several of our friends who are way more seasoned and experienced in Bangkok’s ramen scene all unanimously praise all of their ramen offerings here. Their current menu sees Gyokai Tonkotsu Ramen Special (THB399), featuring a rich, opulent broth of pork bone and seafood dashi; and Ika Sumi Tsukemen served alongside the black squid sauce and three slices of pork chashu

For more information, contact Kokugara Ramen

 The culinary sandbox Napha Chef opens its flagship store in Emsphere

When a group of esteemed chefs–Thaninthorn “Noom” Chatrawan, Kamol “Gigg” Chobdee-ngam, Namthip “Jah” Poosri, Kongwuth “Kong” Chaiwongkachon, Vijjuda “Namchuem” Sumpantaworaboot, Pruek Sumpantaworaboot, and Penny Jirayuwatan–realised they could join hands to support one another in their pursue of culinary creations, they collectively kickstarted the culinary space Napha Chefs in 2022, promising tasty yet affordable delicacies. Two years passed since then, and they have finally unveiled their first flagship store on the GM floor of the bustling Emsphere

The vibe: It’s mall dining, yes, but the vibe is relatively warm and inviting, boasting some intricate design works with patterned walls and antique-looking wooden furniture that is judiciously blended in with the space.

The food: The menu, which showcases specialisations from each chef, encompasses recipes from all four regions of Thai cuisine. There’s the traditional roasted pork with egg noodles, deep-fried snow fish with palo sauce, stewed beef khao soi, and Northeastern platter of phakao, which sees a firewood-smoked pork sausage, fried chicken, pork rind, and shrimp jaew sauce. 

For more information, contact Napha Chefs

Paii launches ‘The Experience’ as a journey through modern Thai seafood

Known for its innovative take on modern Thai seafood, Paii has recently launched ‘The Experience’ as a special set menu within its gorgeous House on Sathorn venue. 

The vibe: It’s always a vibrant affair at Paii, and with its new set menu option, diners are presented a fantastic snapshot of their culinary highlights. Packing flavour, texture, and variety for a beautiful Thai seafood meal, the experience is fun and refreshing, and definitely very filling. 

The food: It begins with a kick of spice in the fresh oyster, Mekhong whisky-flambéed razor clams, and Paii’s famous spicy banana blossom salad, before a family-style feast of mains is presented. Amongst many others, these include Choo Chee lobster, scallop Pad Phong Kari, and Chef Joe Weeraket’s beloved crab fried rice. Don’t miss the “Thai-tearamisu” and lemongrass panna cotta dessert, ending the meal on a lightly sweet and charmingly Thai note. 

The ‘Paii The Experience’ menu is priced at THB 3500++ per person. For more information, contact Paii.

The best new restaurants in Bangkok this January 2024

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar brings Gordon Ramsay’s iconic dishes to Bangkok

Gordon Ramsay’s sophisticated yet approachable all-day dining spot promises the British chef’s iconic dishes–think beef Wellington and the classic fish and chips.

What’s the vibe? Mall dining is often met with eye rolls, mostly from everyone, whether it’s because of the dull, soul-draining decor or the sheer number of crowds passing by. However, at Bread Street Kitchen, the venue may make you forget that you’re dining inside a mall, with its industrial-warehouse vibe and open kitchen.

Why go? While the hype for his Beef Wellington was justified, the prices and portions made us reluctant to say we’ll definitely go back for it–think THB3,900/set and a massive size enough to feed 5 people. Still, we loved the Sticky Date Toffee Pudding. Should the crowd thin out a bit, you might spot us booking a table just for this dessert plate.

You can find more information at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar.

Casa Lenzi is bringing hearty, no-nonsense Italian dishes to Thonglor

The mastermind behind Bangkok’s crowd-favourite Italian restaurants–Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen and Nonna Nella–chef Francesco Lenzi has expanded his repertoire to Thonglor with his new Italian establishment Casa Lenzi

What’s the vibe? Tucked away inside Phrom Sri Soi 2, his new spot is a timeless-yet-modern space, with its exposed stone-brick facade and chic arched window from the outside. Once stepping inside, however, you’ll see the crystal chandeliers, tufted leather seats, and an occasional splash of colour here and there from abstract paintings on the walls.  

Why go? Chef Lenzi is known for his use of great produce and unparalleled techniques, sourcing his high-quality ingredients from his family farm in Tuscany. The main draw is undoubtedly his wood-fire grilled creations–think the Grilled Tasmanian Grass-fed Lamb Chop (THB1,280) served with carrot puree and roasted leek and 270-days grain-fed Australian Angus beef tenderloin paired with a fresh heap of rocket salad and cherry tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (THB1,400).

You can find more information at Casa Lenzi.

The little sister of Bangkok’s cool khao gaeng spot, Charmkrung opens in Charoenkrung 

Not to be confused with Iberry Group’s upscale mall khao gaeng, Charmgang has been garnering a loyal fanbase ever since its opening in 2019 with its authentically tasty Thai curry offerings. In December last year, the mastermind behind this trendy curry spot Aruss “Jai” Lerlerstkul launched a sister branch called Charmkrung, just a stone’s throw away from the OG spot.

What’s the vibe? Situated on the 6th floor of an old building in Charoenkrung Soi 31, this new little sister is an ideal spot for those who are looking for a laid-back, cozy atmosphere with a view overlooking Charoenkrung’s bustling streets. Head there before 5.30pm and sit by the window to bathe yourself in the sunset. 

Why go? Charmgang is already synonymous with good food, and its food offerings are always a joy to read. Start from hoy kor lae (THB220), the Southern-style grilled curried mussels, and Charmkrung’s liver pate (THB220) with chives served in Thai pancakes, kanom krok. Equally intriguing is their Massaman curry (THB590), featuring a tender chunk of beef cheek served with raisin roti sheets. There’s also a special late-night menu where you can order their braised beef cheek soup with rice for THB490. 

You can find more information at Charmkrung.

Mezze is Bangkok’s latest addition to the Lebanese cuisine scene

It’s hard to imagine what’s not to love about Lebanese cuisine–the spice-kicked meat skewers, the crunch from deep-fried falafels, or that silky, smooth bowl of hummus. Who wouldn’t love that? The city may have its Lebanese mainstays–think Rawabina, Beirut, Al Khayma, and Al Saray–all of which boast the level of authenticity and richness of the cuisine. Here, at Mezze, not only will you get a homey, traditional style done right, you can also indulge in a more playful and younger take on Lebanese cuisine as well.  

What’s the vibe? Stepping inside Mezze, situated on the second floor of a shophouse in Sukhumvit Soi 16, would give you an impression that you were walking into a cafe–with its light wood accents, abundance of natural light, and eye-popping blue color palette. 

Why go? Their grilled halloumi cheese and tomato (THB175) was truly a showstopper with its pomegranate molasse complementing the grilled cheese skewers quite well. On our last visit, we saw that there was also a halloumi cheese salad (THB245) which featured a larger portion of the grilled cheese, and wished we could have exchanged the skewers for that one instead. There’s also a creativity to be admired for their lamb kofta ragu (THB235), featuring minced lamb and pecorino cheese–though be warned that the dish leans towards the salty side. Their baklava (THB155) is unmissable.

You can find more information at Mezze

Sushi Kuuya is set to be another buzz spot for sushi omakase in Langsuan this year

Langsuan has welcomed a new sushi omakase to the hood. Honing his skills at the Michelin-starred restaurants in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, chef Goji Kobayashi may be a familiar face to those frequenting the Pullman Hotel. At his new outpost, Sushi Kuuya, chef Kobayashi makes his sushi in the Edomae style in his winter menu (THB4,500), utilising his custom-made stove, lending a more precise control of temperature and consistency of the rice used in each dish. Some of the highlights include his anago (salt-water eel), which Kobayashi gently simmers for 60 minutes, tenderising the meat before grilling it to give it that crisp exterior. 

You can find more information at Sushi Kuuya

El Santo transports you to Mexico with its lucha-libre theme, and lots of mezcal and tequila 

The people behind Soho Hospitality Group–the masterminds behind places like Above Eleven, Havana Social, and Yankii Robatayaki–have brought out their newest outpost, and this time, it’s a Mexican restaurant with masked wrestler themes, opening this 8 January.

What’s the vibe? We’re not sure if it’s just us, but El Santo does remind us of Cartoon Network’s old series ¡Mucha Lucha! with its painted murals of renowned wrestlers like Rey Mysterio and the ring-robe similar to those used in the real stadium.  

Why go? Chef Daniel Calderon Camacho whips up some of the most unapologetically authentic Mexican food in dishes like Panuchos de Cochinita Pibil, featuring fresh bean-stuffed tortilla with marinated pork, and Aguachile Verde, a spicy shrimp ceviche. The place also boasts over 65 labels of mezcal and tequila in its arsenal, so you can make liberal use of these the next time you go out with your peers. 

You can find more information at El Santo

New menus and other dining news in Bangkok this January 2024

Den Kushi Flori’s new winter menu showcases bold fusion flavours done right

Tom Khai Kai with chicken yakitori and tamarind-almond senbei; scallop mousse jiggling with soy milk pudding and winter truffle; duck meat skewer with bok choy puree; and confit beef tongue with ‘khao mok kai’ sauce–these are chef Susumu Shimizu’s take on his new winter menu which showcases his French and Japanese culinary techniques while infusing elements that are essentially Thai. But that’s not all, this upcoming 14 January, chef Zaiyu Hasegawa from Den and chef Hiroyasu Kawate from Florilege are joining Shimizu for an exclusive collaboration, too.

You can find more information at Den Kushi Flori Bangkok.

Ginza Tenharu launches its new winter menu with Edo-style tempura

There’s always a satisfying crunch when it comes to tempura, but what’s better than your regular deep-fried delicacy? It’s the tempura omakase where you can indulge in some of the most highly-prized produce fried to golden perfection. Since 2018, Ginza Tenharu has been captivating Bangkok’s taste buds with its meticulously deep-fried Edo-style tempura, and for its new winter menu, the seasonal selection sees some of the finest seasonal ingredients, such as tarabagani (king crab), madara (Japanese cod fish), and kaki (oyster) imported directly from Japan’s renowned Toyosu Market, the largest fish market in the country.

You can find more information at Ginza Tenharu Bangkok.

R-Haan’s new winter menu showcases Thailand’s best seasonal produce, while steering towards sustainability

Sometimes we’ve almost lost count of how many years R-Haan has been awarded two Michelin stars–it’s been five years in case you’ve forgotten. To celebrate its fifth anniversary of receiving two stars, the Thai fine dining establishment has launched a winter menu, showcasing Thailand’s seasonal produce while steering towards sustainability. Some of the highlights include the delectable starter, formed into an axe-shape Thailand map, which allows you to take a pilgrimage across all regions of Thailand, from the grilled northern pork sausage topped with nam prik num and Udon Thani’s duck salad served with heaps of herb, to the sweet and sour crispy rice vermicelli topped with caviar sourced from Thailand’s Royal Project, and southern-style spicy rice salad featuring Thai mackerel with Sai Buri’s fermented fish sauce.

You can find more information at R-Haan.

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