If there’s anything constant and certain about Bangkok, it’s that the food scene will always evolve. Rich, diverse, and always changing, you can count on the city to consistently amaze with new and exciting options. And as we welcome 2020’s fresh beginnings, what better way to kick-start the new year, than by satiating our appetites with these recently-launched concepts? Among the choices that Bangkok has for us this year, we see quite a bit going on in the drinks scene. For one thing, Vesper’s said goodbye to The Art Book after three years. Before you start crying, don’t worry — the new Contrast menu is just as thought-provoking, and very much worth a try. The brains behind Tropic City, and other notable names like Sugarray and Q&A have also joined hands to launch a new bar called Konkord, promising great vibes, music, and drinks.

In the dining scene, Bangkok’s five-starred hotels are doling out their seasonal offers, including a revamped concept and menu — and even a new chef! — at Shangri-La’s Volti, among many other tempting promotions. Scroll to see where you’ll be drinking and dining to welcome the new year!

Of course, there’s no better time than the start of a new decade, to launch a new restaurant menu concept. This year, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok’s Volti restaurant and bar sets to redefine its epicurean journey with the launch of a new menu, and a new executive sous chef. Known for a playful approach to traditional Italian cooking techniques, chef Deivid Paiva’s adventurous creations are all about unpredictable flavours and interesting twists, including the likes of slow-cooked octopus, tomato compote and burrata cream, and more. We especially love the ravioli with smoked buffalo mozzarella, while flame-grilled Australian Wagyu cuts and flambeed tagliatelle with truffle in grana padano cheese wheel are also deserving of praise. On the sweet side, expect menu items like mandarin mousse, vanilla biscuits, and orange sorbet. Inspired by traditional Italian trattorias and aperitivo lounges, the setting offers a laid-back and cosy approach to high-end dining, where guests can treat themselves to hearty food and relaxed surroundings, both indoors and outdoors.

6-10:30pm, daily. Volti Restaurant & Bar, The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2236 9952, or email restaurants.slbk@shangri-la.com.

After three years of The Art Book — which, truth be told, still holds a very special place in our hearts — the Vesper team has finally decided to close that chapter, and start afresh with a whole new cocktail concept. Continuing Vesper’s streak of thought-provoking drinks, the recently-launched ‘Contrast’ menu is naturally the brainchild of bar manager Supawit “Palm” Muttarattana, who’d been challenged by Foodie Collection’s owner Choti Leenutaphong to take two wholly opposing things and create something unique. The result? A series of fascinating drinks that explore a wide range of differences, from physical — ‘Moon & Sun’ — to abstract — ‘Local & Global’, and even ‘Republic & Democrat’. If you do drop by, be sure to try the ‘Dirty & Clean’, which gives you a refreshing yet complex blend of passion fruit, charcoal, sherry and dirty gin. If you prefer local flavours, opt for the ‘Thai-Tai’, where Thai spices are mixed with ginger, citrus, lychee, and topped with egg white and Ketel One. If, like we admittedly are, you’re among those who loved The Art Book menu, and are saddened by its departure, don’t worry. Vesper’s new menu comes with a special ‘Hall of Fame’ section, where the bar’s favourite drinks throughout the years make a comeback, including signatures such as the ‘Silver Vesper’, ‘Grapes of Wrath’, and ‘Flower Carrier’.

5:30pm-1am, daily. Vesper Cocktail Bar, Convent Road. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2235 2777, or visit the Official Facebook Page

Here’s one we’re very, very excited about. The brains behind Tropic City — Philip Stefanescu and Sebastian De La Cruz — have teamed up with Sitthan “Turk” Sa-Nguankun from Socrates Delicious Syrup, Sugarray You’ve Just Been Poisoned, Q&A, Thaipioka, and Alone Together Bars, to launch Konkord. A high-end cocktail bar channelling modern retro vibes, brutalist design styles and an intimate club-like feel, Konkord is all about introducing a new cocktail bar concept to Thailand’s drinks scene, through an equal focus on cocktails, atmosphere, and music. Drinks here are unpretentious, made using authentic flavours and fresh ingredients. At the front bar — which almost looks like a classic bistro cafe — expect classic cocktails and spirit-forward concoctions. You’ll also find the likes of amaro and vermouth drinks, or even coffee, sandwiches, and smaller bites. Promising the best of everything, the bar will also be offering a stage for international and local DJs and performers, letting guests enjoy an eclectic and unique mix of genres that go from disco to hip hop, soul, house, and more.

7pm-2am, daily. Konkord, Sukhumvit soi 11. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 06 4709 9817, or visit the IG @konkord.bangkok

Let’s be honest — the arrival of food delivery services such as Grab Food and Line Man have had some pretty life-changing implications on some of our day-to-day routines. If you happen to be a fan of quick and easy delivery options, but are still looking for top-notch food options that offer better quality than your average burger to-go, Supanniga Group has your needs covered. Enter Sood Kua, the group’s new delivery service that specialises in dishes based on Khun Yai Somsri Chantra’s crab roe, and roasted salt chili mix. In true Supanniga fashion, expect delicious servings of these rare recipes, all of which are carefully prepared using some of the best ingredients — including himalayan salt, bird’s eye chili with garlic lime — in a flaming hot wok with a protein of choice. Choose from a selection that includes crab roe, minced shrimp, minced pork, or a combination of everything, topped with, of course, a fried or boiled duck egg. The best part is the food is freshly delivered to your doorstep, whether you’re making orders from the comfort of your bed, or your nine-to-five. Make a request not to have disposable utensils and tissue to do your bit of do-good for the environment and get a special discount.

THB105 – THB 185. Available for order through LINE @supannigagroup, Line Man and Grab Food. To find out more, call 0 2714 7608, or visit supannigagroup.com

Beef lovers, here’s one for you. The Dining Room at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is offering a special promotion that’s all about the divine, marbled texture of Australian Black Angus. Through specially cooked menus that complement an international buffet line during lunch and dinner hours, guests can relish in tender, juicy, and flavourful meat — of premium quality, of course. Friends with a beef enthusiast, but not quite so enthusiastic yourself? Worry not! The buffet line-up also includes premium lamb, fresh, sustainably sourced seafood such as Nordic salmon, a variety of sushi and sashimi, and sweet treats to satisfy your cravings. 

THB1,769 per person for lunch. THB2,236 per person for dinner. Lunch takes place from 12-2:30pm, Monday – Friday, while dinner takes place from 6-10pm, Sunday – Thursday. The Dining Room, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2254 6250, or click here for lunch , and here for dinner.

While all of us get excited about 2020, and the idea of “out with the old, in with the new”, there are times when the old is great and worthy of celebration. Such is the case at The District Grill Room & Bar, where the team are revisiting their best dishes of 2019, by offering them in a special promotion for the whole month of January 2020. Featuring a series of delectable must-try highlights, regulars at the restaurant may feel a sense of nostalgia at the comeback of beloved dishes such as the kurobuta pork back ribs with braised vegetables and grilled puff sour bread, Iberian pork tenderloin with chorizo and saffron rizo, and even the 120-day grain fed black angus short ribs served with baked potato fondant.

THB990++ per menu item. 6-11pm, daily, and 12-3pm for Sunday brunch. The District Grill Room & Bar, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2797 0000, or email diningbangkok@marriott.com.