Dining out is back, and these venerable venues are welcoming back diners with new revamped menus and other exciting surprises.
As we all adjust to the so-called “new normal”, the reopening of many of Bangkok’s best loved fine dining restaurants means that you can still get a taste – literally – of the old normal, although with some post-pandemic parameters and safety restrictions in place.
2019 was a year of incredible highs and lows for chef Gaggan Anand, but 2020 has proven to be a different beast altogether. Last year, after dramatically closing his multi-award-winning Gaggan restaurant, this superstar celebrity chef launched Gaggan Anand restaurant a scant few months later on Sukhumvit Soi 31. As expected, his trademark, show-stopping 25-course tasting menu was bringing in throngs of foodies – both local and international – but then Covid-19 arrived and everything changed. The restaurant closed for a brief period, but has recently reopened with reconfigured, and much less extravagantly priced menu options. Choose either the 15 course (THB 4,000) or 18 course (B5,000) set dinners, or drop by for a weekend lunch priced at just THB 2,000 for eight courses.
Address: 68 Sukhumvit Soi 31
Tel: +66(0)98 883 1022
It’s great news that Mia, one of last year’s best new restaurants, is back with an intriguing new concept. The restaurant’s interior is now divided into two sections, the first of which is entitled ‘Rooms’ – a vibrant dining space on the 2nd floor offering a seasonal 8-course tasting menu. Highlights here include: pea tartlette with smoked curd and finger lime; foie gras biscuit with dark chocolate and piquillo pepper; shiitake chawanmushi with fermented mushroom and black truffle; and the 48-hour slow-cooked short rib. From Tuesday to Sunday diners can choose between a 6-6.30pm or 7-7.30pm start time for their meal. By contrast, the second section of the reconceptualized interior is now known as ‘The Curtain’, a lively ground floor cocktail bar and eatery where diners can enjoy a selection of crafted cocktails – when alcohol restrictions are fully lifted – alongside Mia’s signature plates and desserts.
Address: 30 Attha Kawi 1 (Sukhumvit Soi 26)
Tel: +66(0)2 258 6745
When White Lies reopened their doors in the second week of May this year, chef Maurizio Menconi introduced two new elaborately prepared and plated omakase set menus: the ‘Essenza’, consisting of up to 11 courses (THB 3,500++, lunch only), and the ‘Evoluzioni’, consisting of up to 15 courses (THB 5,000++, available for lunch and dinner). However, for diners still craving the safety of at-home dining while simultaneously craving gourmet fare, chef Maurizio offers a lavish ‘Home-Makase’ experience, wherein the whole kitchen team duplicates the restaurant experience right in your own home (minimum spend required).
Address: 53 Penninsula Plaza, Rajdamri Rd.
Tel: +66(0)65 319 8877
Chef Dan Bark has kept remarkably busy during the recent lockdown. Not only has he been putting the finishing touches on Cadence and Caper, his anxiously awaited new restaurants – the fine dining venue Cadence is set to open first, on July 1st – but he’s also been keeping the kitchen at the one-Michelin-starred Upstairs Mikkeller going strong with home delivery. Now that this restaurant has reopened, dine-in guests can once again enjoy his exquisitely prepared tasting menus, opting for either the five-course lunch seating (THB 2,300++), or the 10-course dinner seating (THB 3,800++), both of which are available Thursday through Sunday only. Highlights include: red shrimp with cucumber, coconut, calamansi; a salad of taro, truffle, and shimeji; Wagyu tartare with beets, caper, and parmesan; Hokkaido scallop with radish, yuzu, and scallion; and duck with pumpkin, cranberry, and hazelnut.
Address: 26 Ekkamai 10 Alley (2nd Floor)
Tel: +66(0)91 713 9034
La Bottega di Luca
It’s hard to keep a boisterous restaurateur like Luca Appino down, so it’s no surprise that his restaurant mini-empire – which also includes Pizza Massilia – has stayed quite active during the Covid-19 crisis. In fact, he used the shutdown period to make substantial renovations to La Bottega di Luca, which diners can see for themselves now that the restaurant has reopened. Indulge in divinely prepared dishes prepared by Sardinian head chef Andrea Ortu, including: foie gras and brioche with red fruit sauce; succulent crab meat served with avocado ice cream, pickled red onion and lemon oil; New Zealand roasted baby lamb rack, with sautéed spinach, potatoes and mint sauce; and Chilean seabass in a clam and chive sauce, served with Italian sea asparagus. The à la carte menu items can also be ordered for home delivery.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 49, Building Terrace 49 (2nd Floor)
Tel: +66(0)2 204 1731
New on Bangkok’s dining scene as of late 2019, the wonderfully elegant Clara restaurant was just hitting its stride when it was forced to close its doors due to the city’s Coronavirus lockdown. However, they bravely reopened in early May with new lunch and dinner set menus on offer highlighting their superb Euro-Mediterranean fare. The multi-course lunch menu is enticingly priced at THB 1,180++, but is only available Thursday to Sunday, from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The dinner menus, meanwhile, are available Tuesday to Saturday, from 6pm to 10pm, and consist of a ‘7 Moments Menu’ (THB 2,680++) and a ‘9 Moments Menu’ (THB 3,080++).
Address: 69 Soi Prasat Suk, Yen Akart
Tel: +66(0)95 879 6257
By the time you read this, the one-Michelin-starred restaurant 80/20 will have reopened their doors, and chef-patron Napol “Joe” Jantraget and pastry chef Saki Hoshino will be presenting a pre-monsoon tasting experiences showcasing 100 percent local ingredients. Their short 5-course lunch menu features dishes such as smoked river fish and banana blossom, as well as “flavours of local beef”, while their full experience 10-course dinner menu offers intriguing fare like local gourd and salted duck egg, slow-cooked pork belly, barley koji with local cabbage and honey and lychee. And, to celebrate this comeback, prices for the 5-course menu (Thursday to Sunday from 11am) is just 1,900++, while the 10 course menu (Wednesday thru Sunday with seatings at 5pm and 7pm) is just 2,500++.
Address: 1052-1054, Charoen Krung Rd.
Tel: +66(0)99 118 2200