We round up the best things to do in Bangkok this week, including the launch of a bi-weekly market at The Commons, an exciting taste battle, and Gaa’s farewell party.
As usual, Bangkok continues to be abuzz with happenings. This week in particular, we see quite a few exciting events to catch in the wine and dine scene, from a night of exquisite Spanish flavours at recently-opened Jam Jam Chinatown — interview coming soon, so stay tuned for that! — to a battle of tastes between two of the world’s largest wine-making regions. For those who’re looking to take a break from all the gourmand adventures, why not drop by The Commons Saladaeng for the debut of their bi-weekly market, or catch a film screening at River City Bangkok?
On a bit of a wistful note, this week also sees the temporary farewell of Gaa restaurant, with a series of dinners hosted by chef Garima Arora, as her way of saying “so long, Langsuan”. While we’re sad to see the establishment leave its Langsuan corner, these dinners are definitely not to be missed, and we’re secretly hoping for a swift return to the scene. On that note, scroll to see your plans for the week.
El Willy Spanish Nights
WINE & DINE — You’ve probably seen posts of Jam Jam Chinatown on your social media feeds as of late. The brand-new dining destination, set in recently-opened ASAI Hotel Chinatown, will be hosting chef Willy Trullás Moreno for two nights of exquisite Spanish fare. Expect eight courses of Spanish tapas, complemented by biodynamic Spanish wines from Wine Garage, and a selection of refreshing cocktail concoctions.
THB1,200 per person (additional THB850 for wine pairing). September 23 – 24, 2020. Jam Jam Chinatown. To book your seats or find out more, call 0 2220 8999, or visit the Official Facebook Event Page.
Battle Royale at Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie
WINE & DINE — As part of the ongoing Sofitel Wine Days 2020 celebration, Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie at the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok hosts the ultimate wine showdown competition, pitting two of the world’s largest wine producing regions – Burgundy in France and Piedmont in Italy – against each other in a head-to-head taste battle. For wine connoisseurs this will be a one-of-a-kind event and not to be missed. Watch as sommeliers Guillaume Celante and Gabriele Arturo Ferri duke it out in a competition that will highlight six classic labels. The exceptional wines at this event will be perfectly paired with classic canapés from the Belga kitchen.
Chef Garima Arora Farewell (For Now!) Dinners
WINE & DINE — Although the much-loved Michelin-starred restaurant Gaa is relocating (and the new address is still a mystery), chef Garima Arora is making sure to say one last goodbye to her former neighbourhood by hosting a pair of special farewell dinners at the Spice Market Restaurant at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. The “So Long Langsuan” farewell set menu will showcase the beauty of her modern Indian cuisine, featuring 12 of her most famous dishes, all of which meld traditional and forgotten Indian cooking techniques with local Thai ingredients.
THB3,800++ per person (optional wine and juice pairings on offer). 6pm onwards, September 25 – 26, 2020. Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2126 8866 ext. 1232, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCB Film Series
ART & CULTURE — RCB Film Club (at River City Bangkok) presents the next in their series of award-winning foreign films with a 4pm screening of the 2017 comedy Se Busca Novio… Para Mi Mujer (Looking for a Boyfriend… for my Wife) from Chilean director Diego Rougier. It’s an entertaining but thought-provoking movie, with a well-known Chilean cast. Studded with comedy, action, and slapstick fun, it tells the story of a henpecked husband who hires a local lothario to romance his wife so that he can rid himself of her. Since its release it has won over diverse audiences around the world. The event is supported by the Embassy of Chile, and the Ambassador of Chile, HE Christian Rehran Bargetto, will introduce the movie. The Embassy of Chile will also be hosting a post-screening reception.
THB100 per ticket. September 26, 2020. River City Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, visit ticketmelon.com.
Weekend Wellness Retreat
BEAUTY & WELLNESS — The Yard Hostel Bangkok is hosting a mini retreat over the weekend, with a range of workshops and classes for those looking to get some R&R while staying in the city. Going from Art Therapy Sessions, to Sunrise Kundalini Yoga and even Vegan Candle Making, treat yourself to a weekend of physical, mental, and spiritual rest. Vegan meals will also be provided throughout the weekend by Pranaa – Food For Life, complemented by delectable desserts by The Banana Warrior.
Packages are priced at THB6,200, THB6,800, and THB7,500. September 26 – 27, 2020. The Yard Bangkok. To book your spot or find out more, visit the Official Facebook Event Page.