As the weeks go by, and dining out again becomes the “new OLD normal”, more and more Bangkok restaurants are luring foodies in with reimagined menus, as well as a few other savoury surprises.
As we bravely enter the month of August, it seems like the number of fine dining restaurants in Bangkok that have now reopened well outnumbers the remaining venues that have yet to resurrect themselves. Most eateries have jumped back into the game picking up right where they left off, while others have bounced back with bold new menu concepts and a few other surprises, which is great news for local foodies looking for intriguing and novel dining experiences.
The fantastic new 18-course tasting menu (THB 4,500) at Canvas shows that this Michelin-starred resto hasn’t lost any of its adventurous culinary spirit over the years. In fact, it’s better than ever as long as you, the diner, are prepared to set any gastro inhibitions aside and journey with Executive Chef Riley Saunders across the length and breadth of Thailand, sampling the vast array of edible items this Kingdom produces. The first five courses are all artfully crafted one- or two-bite nibbles, but each is such a flavour-packed, tour-de-force – most memorably the mud crab with pumpkin, dill, mountain pepper, and finger lime – it’s difficult to imagine how the next course will top it… until it does! Other unforgettable standout dishes include the Hua Hin sturgeon with hausa potatoes, peppercorn, and sea grapes, the Khao Yai smoked duck breast with slow-roasted pineapple, long pepper and ginger, and the purple yam ice cream dessert with lemon basil. Each course offers a veritable explosion of bold yet skillfully balanced flavours, for which General Manager Roberto Cini Mencacci has curated an equally daring drink pairing menu (THB 2,900). It begins with a delicious yogurt sake liqueur, and then incorporates sparkling apple cider, orange wine, Greek Retsina (wine infused with pine resin), fermented plum sake, and Thai rice spirit with bael fruit, which appear alongside the superb reds and whites. If you’re dining out lately has been missing that “wow factor”, look no further.
Address: 113/9-10, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor)
Phone: 09 9614 1158
Modern Thai fine dining restaurant Taan, which offers guests stunning cityscape views from the 25th floor of the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, has just unveiled its brand-new ‘Wasan Ruduu’ seasonal tasting menu that celebrates Thailand’s monsoon season. Executive Chef Monthep “Thep” Kamolsilp has teamed up with top local artisanal producers to create his six- and nine-course tasting menus (THB 1,600++/THB 2,500++), which are unapologetic in their commitment to showcasing true Thai rustic flavours. The nine-course experience begins with a taste of the sea; raw Ranong lobster served with caviar and fresh-water fish sauce, followed by a plate of crispy fried Yala gobi fish – scales and all – paired with tender bamboo shoots, giant catfish roe, and a seasonal mushroom sauce with ya-nang leaf. Other menu highlights include the three-part seafood golae – flame-grilled oyster, baby squid, and grouper, all enhanced with a longan-golae sauce – and the beautifully smoked free-range organic duck breast served in a rich broth. The dish of seasonal field frog with Northern Thai herbs and tamarind-flavoured biodynamic pork belly and roasted sticky rice takes diners in a slightly daring (but still delicious) direction, while the final entrée of milled organic jasmine rice congee with stir-fried Royal Project black chicken, northern-style crab paste, cured duck egg, crispy pork belly, and stir-fried bitter beans on the side represents gourmet Thai comfort food at its finest. To accompany, the organic wine pairing (THB 1,600++) is highly recommended as it features a diverse and intriguing selection of labels handpicked by Bangkok’s leading wine master, Wine Garage.
Address: Siam@Siam Design Hotel, 865 Rama I Road, Wangmai, Patumwan
Phone: 06 5328 7374
The superb French-fusion tasting menus that brought The Allium so much attention when it first opened in late 2019 are back, now being brought to life by the skilled hands of Chef JoJo (ex of Elements) who adds his own panache to the menus originally designed by chef Roxanne Lange. Located on the 3rd floor of The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, this elegantly designed restaurant currently offers three set menus – titled Nature, Seasonal, and Plant-Based – with the nine-course Nature (THB 2,980) being highly recommended if you want to sample both veg and non-veg gourmet items. Courses such as Petuna ocean trout with fennel and salmon roe, the delightful Chiang Mai heirloom tomatoes with a dollop of gazpacho sorbet, and the seared Hokkaido scallop with pumpkin and a touch of curry are light but joyously flavourful courses that prep your plate for the delectable entrées still to come. The first of the two mains sees a healthy chunk of red snapper topped with sunchoke and bathed in a pool of creamy beurre blanc, while the second arrives starring a perfectly grilled and superlatively tender Spanish Pyrenees Iberico lamb rack sharing plate space with artfully prepared, bundled asparagus. The meal ends with a trio of sweet treats, and chocolatey petit fours. The wine and drink list also has plenty to offer, including creative signature cocktails and well-chosen wines by the glass (try the 19 Crimes Shiraz from Australia, 2018, for a succulent, jammy red).
Address: The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, 61 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini
Phone: 0 2650 8800
French- and global-inspired fine dining is the concept behind Stage restaurant, where the kitchen is led by chef/owner Sainisa “Jay” Sangsingkeaw and her highly talented brigade of ex-L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon staffers. Having recently launched their brand-new seasonal ‘Stage Menu 3.0’ signature tasting menus – which will change every two months according to ingredient availability, etc. – the “stage” is set for diners to return to this highly acclaimed bôite. Inspired by European carnivals and circuses, each dish on the new menu is presented with plenty of colour and a fun plating, complementing the quirky culinary twists. Some of the signature dishes now include: white tuna belly with pickle vegetable and olive ice-cream; spot prawn with jelly, smoked salmon roe and cotton candy; Orecchitte with sea urchin and black winter truffle; sweetbread schnitzel with black garlic and sauerkraut; Japanese scallop with seaweed butter and smoked trout roe; and Japanese Wagyu with bone marrow, dry-aged beef, and red wine jus. Meanwhile, Parisian-trained pastry chef Rekha Limpichart whips up carnival-inspired desserts like ‘Space Brownie’, alongside bite-size desserts from the whimsical dessert trolley. The 7-course tasting menu is THB 3,500++ (wine pairing: 3 glasses THB 1,400++; 5 glasses THB 1,900++), while the ‘Stage Experience’ 10-course feast is THB 4,900++ (wine pairing: 5 glasses THB 1,900++; 7 glasses THB 2,500++).
Address: 359/2 Ekamai Complex, Sukhumvit 63, North Khlongtan, Wattana
Phone: 0 2002 5253; 08 3623 4444
ALATi at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
For something different when it comes to weekend feasting, try the brand-new ‘Riviera Sunday Brunch’ at ALATi restaurant, at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, which features sumptuous dishes inspired by the diverse flavours of the entire Mediterranean region. The dishes, carefully executed by Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano, are inspired by traditional recipes, ingredients, and cooking techniques of the various countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea, such as Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. The meal begins with a luscious seafood platter, followed by a classic lobster bisque served individually at each table. The third course embraces a wide selection of salads and appetizers, while the diverse cheese and charcuterie selections range from creamy Camembert to cold cuts and chicken liver pâté. The unlimited choice of à la carte main-course dishes includes Wagyu beef medallions, lamb cutlet, pan-seared foie gras, and homemade cavatelli pasta with crab. This fascinating journey ends with a selection of delicious desserts, followed by affogato coffee or freshly brewed Moroccan mint tea. This brunch is priced at THB 2,400++ per person (THB 1,200++ for children aged 6 to 12), with a free-flow premium wines and cocktails package for THB 1,200++ per person, and a free-flow champagne, wines and cocktails package for THB 2,200++ per person.
Address: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 991/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan District
Phone: 0 2162 9222
NEXT2 Café at Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok
The riverside restaurant NEXT2 Café, at the Shangri-la Hotel, recently brought back their popular ‘Seafood Night’, which lets diners indulge in a sumptuous seafood selection that includes Canadian lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, and freshly shucked oysters, to name a few. Available exclusively on Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6:30pm to 10pm, this buffet dinner offers unlimited “fruits de mer” alongside your choice of bottomless soft drinks and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Embark on a culinary journey of undersea delights where dedicated chefs are on hand to prepare your chosen delectables “à la minute”. The buffet is priced at THB 1,980 net per person (children aged under 12 years old dine for free), and until August 31, 2020, Golden Circle members will earn double reward points.
Address: Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok, 89 Wat Suan Phlu Alley, Khwaeng Bang Rak
Phone: 0 2236 7777 or 9952
Belga at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
If you’d rather host a dinner gathering at home, but you still want the grand restaurant experience, consider having the chef from Belga restaurant at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit plan your menu and cook an exquisite meal for you and your guests. There’s new 3-, 4-, and 5-course menus available, as well as a cocktail menu for an evening soiree. Package starts from THB 2,500 ++ per person with a minimum spend of THB 10,000. And if you require a mixologist to stir up some heady concoctions, just ask. They even offer complimentary cleaning service for your apartment to clean-up after the party. It’s just one part of the new ‘Sofitel Suk At Home’ a range of curated offerings which includes: Sofitel Market Place (order gourmet produce, seasonal vegetables and fruits, artisanal cheese, freshly baked goodies, and more from trusted suppliers); DIY gourmet Meal Kits (for cooking enthusiasts); flower delivery; and several home cleaning and maintenance services.
Address: Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 89 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea