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May is here! While it seems we’ve finally made it past the roaring near-40°C heat of April, we’re still undeniably in the midst of summer. Thankfully, there’s a lot of refreshing things happening in the drink and dine scene to keep us cool and gastronomically fulfilled, from new summer menus to bar openings. The month is also proving to be surprisingly plenty in holidays, meaning there’s ample time to go out and enjoy what the city has to offer.

Among the options Bangkok has in store this May, we see menu developments at Beer Belly, along with a whole new summer-inspired menu at 80/20. Shangri-La Bangkok celebrates the traditional Dragon Boat Festival with a special offer, while fluffy pancakes prove they’re here to stay, and Rosewood Bangkok announces the opening of a new retro-themed speakeasy bar. There’s enough going on to get our mouths watering — scroll to see where you’ll be drinking and dining this May!

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For Beer-and-Bites: New Menu at Beer Belly

You know the drill. It’s Friday night and you need a good, cold beer. Where do you go? Beer Belly. Taking up most of the ground floor space on Thonglor’s 72 Courtyard, the venue is known for great beer on tap, buzzing with a cool crowd even on a Wednesday, as well as a vibe that manages to be both tasteful and easygoing at the same time. If you’re the type who doesn’t want to sacrifice food for a good drink, you’re in luck — Beer Belly has always taken its non-drinks menu just as seriously, and the new dishes are especially created to impress. Expect an impressive selection that goes from snacks, to filling servings of pasta and smoked meat. Bar bites include the likes of grilled pork jowl and Chinese sausage yum, while rice-lovers can relish in menu items such as the grilled salmon garlic rice, or a dish of rice with crab roe. For those who are want the beer sans an actual beer belly, healthier options include the cauliflower caesar salad — or you can even go the indulgent route and order the five-hour smoked BBQ pork ribs. There’s much to look forward to at Thonglor’s popular beer joint, and everything is also available on Line Man if you prefer to stay in the comforts of your home.

The new menu is now available at Beer Belly, 72 Courtyard. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2392 7770, or visit the official Facebook page.

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Fluffy Pancakes: Japanese Soufflé Pancakes Delight at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Since Gram came to Bangkok, the fluffy pancakes trend has spread like wildfire, and The Okura Prestige’s Up & Above Restaurant got the memo. Known for being incredibly light and fluffy, with a cloud-like softness never before seen in other desserts, these special pancakes are taken to the next level under the hands of the talented pastry chefs at Up & Above. Expect a serving of incredibly melt-in-your-mouth soufflé pancakes, topped with a choice between smooth creamy vanilla or matcha ice cream, along with maple syrup or assorted compotes for a sweet finale touch. The sweet treats take around 20 minutes to prepare, but trust us, they are definitely worth the wait!THB450++. The Japanese soufflé pancakes are available from noon-10pm, until June 30. Up & Above Bar, The Okura Prestige Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2687 9000 or email [email protected].

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An Appetite Revival: New Summer Menu at 80/20

Here’s the thing about warmer days — the heat sometimes makes you lose your appetite. Unless, of course, you come across food that’s really, really good. Very well aware of this, chefs Joe and Saki of 80/20 set to combat this heat-induced appetite loss with an all-new summer menu, especially created to revive your taste buds under the strong heat of Bangkok summer. The tasting menu starts off with a series of bite-sized snacks, all of which have a streak of 80/20 tongue-in-cheek. While Thai flavours are in the menu’s spotlight — all dishes are now made using 100% Thai ingredients — there is none of the intense, fiery deep-fries so common in Thai cuisine. Instead, most of the dishes are served at room temperature to cool the body down. 80/20’s signature fermentation also reigns supreme in dish preparation, from the red koji curry with beef and grilled sticky rice in bamboo, to the ten-year aged honey. With 11 courses, there’s plenty to satisfy your cravings. What’s more, group sommelier Thanakorn Mankit has also hand-picked classic and biodynamic wines to accompany each course — our mouths are watering already.THB3,000++ per person for 11 courses. Additional THB1,500++ for five glasses of wine pairing and THB1,900++ for seven glasses. 80/20. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 09 9118 2200, or email [email protected].

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A Taste of Tradition: Rice Dumpling Festival at Shangri-La Hotel

In the traditional Chinese Lunar calendar, the Rice Dumpling Festival takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month. Also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, it’s a day when Chinese descendents take the time to celebrate their ancestors before them — among the traditions, a significant one is the making and eating of Rice Dumplings, or zongzi in Chinese, which are considered a symbol of luck. If you’re looking to try a taste of some luck yourself, head over to Shangri-La’s Shang Palace, where special Shang Palace rice dumplings await. The rice dumplings are made-to-order using premium quality ingredients such as pork belly skin, dried shrimp, salted egg, glutinous rice, Hong Kong sausage, chestnut and ginkgo. There’s also the option of ‘sticky rice with crab meat’, which gives you pork shoulder, chicken bouillon, dried shrimp sticky rice, and fresh crab meat.THB290++ per piece for the sticky rice with crab meat. THB140++ for a Shang Palace rice dumpling. Available until June 7. Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. To find out more, call 0 2236 7777, or email [email protected].

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New Branch Opening: Italian Comfort Food at Cantina Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

You no longer have to travel all the way to Ari for a taste of Cantina’s classic Italian flavours — the popular Italian trattoria is finally setting foot in Sukhumvit soi 11. Formerly Cantina Wine Bar, the new branch comes with a slight renaming. Now Cantina Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, expect a new focus on Napolitano pizzas and classic Italian comfort food — our stomachs are growling at the thought. Decor-wise, expect interiors inspired by underground wine cellars in Italy, as well as a secluded sense of rustic romance right in the city center. While the restaurant has been running a few soft opening months, the official grand opening party is set to take place this May 15 from 8pm onwards — complete with open bar till 9pm!Cantina Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, Sukhumvit soi 11. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2821 5113, or visit the official Facebook page.

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New Speakeasy: Lennon’s at Rosewood Bangkok

When Rosewood Bangkok finally opened its doors a few months ago, it brought with it an dynamic array of new to the food and beverage scene. Among them, arguably the most exciting is Lennon’s — a new speakeasy bar located on the highest floor of the hotel, tucked behind a whiskey library. Inspired by a mid-century home recording studio, Lennon’s is all about stylish retro vibes, and even features an impressive collection of 6,000 vinyls which guests can play. Manned by a talented team of mixologists, the bar features a refined selection of cocktails with an Asian twist — signature creations are named after iconic songs, including the stronger Fly Me to the Moon and an espresso-infused Wake Me Up Before you Go Go (our personal favourite). The best part? It follows an indoor rooftop concept, meaning you get all the perks of a rooftop bar — enter unparalleled views of Bangkok city and a flair for sophistication — sans outdoor heat. You can also smoke premium cigars at the cigar mezzanine by walking up a custom spiral staircase. 7pm-midnight daily. 30F, Rosewood Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2080 0088, or visit rosewoodhotels.com.

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