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And just like that, we’ve passed the half-way mark of 2019. As we wade through July and its bipolar weather — should we expect sun, or storms? — we are continuously reminded that Bangkok stops for no one, especially when it comes to the drink and dine scene. Dynamic, vibrant, and rich with diversity, there’s always something new and exciting for avid gourmets to look forward to in Bangkok. As Thailand’s leading luxury authority, we relish in being the ones to point you in the right direction, when it comes to where you should be indulging your palates. 

Among the options of what the city has in store this July, we see a collection of new openings popping up everywhere from Saladaeng to Sukhumvit — there’s even a new speakeasy in town! Not only that, but several of Bangkok’s five-star hotels have once again made developments to their in-house dining destinations, bringing in award-winning chefs and giving their menus a revamp. With so much happening at the same time, it can be difficult to decide which spots are most deserving of your table reservations, which is why we’ve taken the liberty to round them up for you. From fiery mala-infused plates, to a premium buffet of Isaan fare, and creative cocktails named after idioms, there’s plenty to get your mouths watering this month. Scroll to see where to drink and dine this July!

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New in the Saladaeng Hood: Saladang Dining Hall

Saladaeng welcomes yet another hip establishment to its buzzing hood. Enter Saladang Dining Hall — a spot that promises uncompromising Thai flavours packed with an extra touch of fun. Focused on offering authentic Thai recipes, chefs Enzo De La Cruz and Clavin Fong join hands to transform traditional comfort recipes into a contemporary Thai dining experience unlike any other. From satisfying classics such as grilled prawn green curry, to flavourful servings of kaeng phed ped yang, expect a menu that goes beyond just food. For those with more fanciful palettes, opt for the som tum, which comes complete with roasted wagyu short ribs. A bar takes centre-stage, rising from the middle of the restaurant, where visitors can have a taste of delightful cocktails crafted from premium Thai spirits and ingredients, or enjoy an evening chat with the friendly bartenders. 

Saladang Dining Hall, Saladaeng Alley 1. To reserve your seats or find out more, call -9 5907 9947, or visit the official Facebook page

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New Georgian and Greek Venue: Argo Georgian and Greek Bar & Grill

In recent years, Thailand’s dining scene has seen an increase in diversity — an impressive feat, considering the rep we have for our rich and vibrant food culture. As the ever-dynamic industry continues to welcome one new opening after another, here’s one Greek food enthusiasts will be particularly happy about. Enter Argo Georgian and Greek Bar & Grill, Bangkok’s latest addition that promises authentic and delightful Georgian and Greek fare from Sukhumvit soi 8. With each dish prepared using the finest and freshest of locally-sourced ingredients, guests can get ready to experience a mouthwatering adventure — whether its from within the restaurant, or the vibing outdoor terrace.Open 5pm-midnight, every Tuesday to Sunday. Argo Georgian and Greek Bar & Grill, second sub-soi of Sukhumvit soi 8. To reserve your seats or find out more, visit argobkk.com.

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New Speakasy: Siam Flowers at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Tucked behind Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s Aqua restaurant is the epitome of an inconspicuous door — the kind you’d pass off as the entrance to a storage space, or perhaps not even see at all. Don’t let it fool you though — hidden behind the door in true speakeasy-fashion are the remnants of the hotel’s flower shop, which have been transformed into a new speakeasy, aptly dubbed Siam Flowers. Upon entering, visitors are greeted by a beaded red curtain, revealing a blooming haven that alludes to the bars’ origins as a florist. Dominated by warm hues and florals, those lucky enough to stumble upon the intimate space can expect an evening of creative cocktail concoctions and friendly conversations with the resident bartender. Menu-wise, the drinks are spirit-forward, with witty titles inspired by idioms. Created by Watcharapong “Bank” Suriyaphan — one of the founders of Backstage Cocktail Bar — the cocktails share the same out-of-the-box approach to blending premium ingredients. For a light start, opt for ‘A Good Riddance’, a Roku gin-based drink with white cacao and strawberry. If you’re up to something a little stronger, try ‘Flourish like a Green Bay Tree’. Made of Bulliet Rye, Tio Pepe, smoked bay and aged balsamic, the drink ends with a nice smoky finish. Our personal favourite, though, happens to be an off-menu option. For nights when you have trouble deciding, try your luck by letting the bartender “surprise” you — our surprise happened to be incredibly delightful, blending hazelnut alcohol with pandan shrub for a unique, sweet aftertaste.

6pm-midnight. Siam Flowers, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 02 126 8866, or visit anantara.com.

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A Fresh Start: New Dishes with Chef Pom at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

As we welcome a new month, the Mandarin Oriental also welcomes a fresh start at its Terrace Rim Naam restaurant, where chef Patchara “Pom” Pirapak — formerly of Michelin-starred Saneh Jaan — has been appointed as the new Chef de Cuisine. With her arrival comes exciting additions to the menu, based off of chef Pom’s personal philosophy of achieving authentic Thai flavours through sourcing only the freshest seasonal Thai ingredients. True Thai tastes that remind you of home are prepared with chef Pom’s own unique twist, ranging from signatures such as a Thai dip of grilled river prawn paste, to chilli and lemongrass served with seasoned vegetables and a serving of coconut soup with gourami fish. Whether it’s blue simmer crab curry with wild betel leaves, or a duck leg that has been slow-braised in herbs and coconut milk, these are dishes that are truly rare, special and hard to find.

5-10:30pm, daily. Terrace Rim Naam Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2659 9000, or email mobkk-restaurants@mohg.com

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Unlimited Isaan Fare: Fascinating Isaan Flavours at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

If you’re feeling like an all-you-can-eat kind of day, head straight to Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse for a dinner buffet of Isaan delicacies at Praya Kitchen. Available every Thursday, expect a selection of irresistible dishes from North-eastern Thailand. All the classics are there, created from the heart with premium ingredients. The naam tok pairs spicy salad with juicy lamb chop, and alternatively you can also opt for a serving of wagyu beef — grilled and marinated Isaan style, of course. If you’re still looking for good ole’ down-to-earth comfort food, go for the laab tuna, or some fried sea bass with herbal spicy salad.

Available during dinner every Thursday, until the end of August. Praya Kitchen, Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2088 5666, or visit bangkokmarriottsurawongse.com

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Hop on the Mala Trend: Sichuan Cuisine by Guest Chef Boris Yang at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

Adventurous gourmets in Bangkok will probably have already come across what we like to think of as Mala fever — the rapidly budding popularity of a particular oily, spicy and numbing Chinese sauce made of Sichuan peppercorn, chilli pepper and various spices simmered with oil. Having caught onto the trend, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok’s Shang Palace Chinese restaurant has welcomed guest chef Boris Yang, for 10 days worth of delicious Sichuan delights. Expect incredible plates seasoned with Sichuan Mala sauce, prepared to both tempt the taste buds and reflect on Sichuan culture through complex, spicy and addictive flavours. The chefs personal favourites include marinated chicken served with peanuts in spicy oil, sliced beef tripe with celery in chilli oil, and stir-fried prawn with chilli. With red-hot Mala making an appearance in most of the dishes, this sizzling course is perfect for the cool rainy season, and definitely not for the faint-hearted — fans of spicy food are most welcome. 

THB380 per dish. Available from July 11 – 21, 2019. Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2236 7777, or email restaurants.slbk@shangri-la.com.

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Enter Burger Paradise: The Lobster and Burger Lounge at The St. Regis Bangkok

Bangkok dwellers know the drill. In a city that buzzes like the big mango, there are days when you want to take the sky-high route — cue rooftop bar hopping, Michelin-worthy meals and evenings spent fine-dining. Then there are the days when you want nothing more than a really, really good burger. For days when you want both, The St. Regis Bangkok has you covered. With the newly launched Lobster & Burger Lounge, expect to enjoy Boston lobster and Australian Wagyu burgers, surrounded by the relaxing ambiance of the hotel lounge. On the menu, the St. Regis Classic Burger gives you grilled Wagyu patty, crispy bacon, Swiss raclette cheese and homemade Bloody Mary tomato sauce, held together by two warm sesame buns, while The Rossini Burger is filled with pan-fried foie gras and black truffle mayo. If you’re more a wrap and roll kind of person, don’t miss out on the Lobster Roll, where a whole steamed Boston lobster is served with wasabi mayo, garlic and parsley butter sauce on a brioche bun. While the experience is definitely lobster-centric — hence the name — this is definitely one for Bangkok’s beef lovers, as all burgers are made with premium Australian Wagyu beef. To top that off, all orders also come complete with parmesan, truffle fries and a crisp side salad — because health comes first, right?

The Lobster and Burger Tower (for family sharing) comes priced at THB4,999++ per set. Burgers start from THB550++. The Lobster and Burger Lounge, The St. Regis Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2207 7777, or visit stregisbangkok.com.

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A Taste of Thai: Central Thai Food Promotion at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok’s Erawan Tea Room is hosting a special Central Thai Food promotion, where visitors are invited to indulge in authentic and traditional Thai flavours from the central provinces. Enjoy an extensive selection of dishes, ranging from moo sa-rong — minced pork and water chestnut, wrapped in crispy noodles — to sang-wa goong mae nam, a Thai herb salad with grilled river prawns. For those who prefer warm, satisfying broth-based dishes, don’t fret — there’s plenty of hot soups and curries for you to indulge in. Opt for gang lieng if you like the sound of assorted vegetables and premium prawns in a hot and spicy Thai soup. If you’re looking to take the curry route, don’t miss out on the gang khee lhek kor moo yang — grilled pork neck and cassia curry — or the stir-fried krai fish, served with fresh peppercorns and white tumeric in red curry paste.

Prices start at THB220++. Available from July 5 – 21, 2019. Erawan Tea Room, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2254 6250, or email restaurants.bangh@hyatt.com.

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For the Weekend: Sunday Brunch at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

When it comes to the weekend, you can go two ways. It’s either delivery-and-netflix, or all-out champagne brunch. For those feeling up for the latter this weekend, The Okura Prestige’s Up & Above Restaurant has launched a new Sunday Brunch menu, especially created to “add sparkle to your weekend”. With courses ranging from pan seared foie gras on brioche and grilled Canadian lobster, to Thai-flavoured dishes, there’s much to look forward to. Fans of Japanese, don’t miss out on servings of fresh sashimi and sushi, along with tuna tataki with ponzu sauce and yakitori plates. The best part? Not only do dishes come complemented with healthy salads, fresh fruits, and indulgent desserts — yes, there will be lava cake! — but there will also be free-flow Champagne, Prosecco, along with selected wines, local beers, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks.

THB4,100++ per person for the full Sunday Brunch. THB1,050++ for children below 12. Every Sunday, noon-3pm. Up & Above Restaurant, The Okura Prestige Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2687 9000, or visit okurabangkok.com.

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For Elegant Italian Vibes: ‘Taste of Italy’ at Lady L Garden Bistro

If traditional Italian recipes, premium ingredients, and an incredibly elegant aesthetic — think sunshine and upscale brunch dates — is what you enjoy, look no further than Lady L Garden Bistro’s newly launched menu. Offering classic Italian dishes, highlights range from ricotta ravioli with walnut cream sauce, to baked whole trout with bacon and olives. If you’re feeling up for something extra exciting, there’s even the option of a 26-hour slow cooked lamb leg with red wine sauce. It won’t be around forever, so be sure to make reservations as soon as possible!

Available for lunch and dinner until the end of July. Lady L Garden Bistro, Park of Nai Lert. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2655 4446, or visit FB @LadyL.NaiLert.

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