Local gourmands get a gourmet gift this festive season in the form of new restaurants opening up all over Bangkok this December.
December is a holiday-heavy month – what with Father’s Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve – and that, in turn, means plenty of fun-filled, food-focused get-togethers with friends and family. So, if you’re looking for suggestions of new and recently opened dining venues to add some extra pizazz to those year-end yuletide gatherings, here now are 9 noteworthy restaurants that have recently arrived on Bangkok’s ever-expanding dining scene.
Sushi Cyu Ryo
The 7th floor of the EmQuartier Helix tower is where you’ll find Sushi Cyu Ryo, an intimate 8-seat Japanese omakase restaurant featuring an outstanding 15-course lunch menu and an equally unforgettable 19-course dinner experience. This newest Sushi Cyu – there are three others in Bangkok – differs from its counterparts by providing a more contemporary minimalist atmosphere, and some truly unique dish preparations. Diners can watch the expert chefs up close as they masterfully assemble intricately assembled creations. Highlights include: Hokkaido hair crab laying atop a transparent gel covering a bed of pine nut, myoga, cucumber and chrysanthemum; Nodoguro (black throat rockfish) sushi with sakura leaves, Kuruma Ebi, served with shrimp paste blended with craft butter from France; Tsujiko salmon roe marinated with miso and sake; and three separate courses of uni, served cold as nigiri, warm with soba, and hot done tempura-style. And finally, for dessert, a wonderful sake pudding with yuzu emulsion.
To find out more, visit sushicyu.com/ryo-about.
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park recently unveiled their newest attraction, the historic Sirimahannop, which is the largest three-masted vessel in Thailand. This iconic nautical nightlife landmark, a replica of a glorious Royal Thai navy ship used by The Royal Thai Navy during the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910), is permanently moored at the pier at Asiatique The Riverfront. Those who visit this luxurious dining and event destination will discover the enchanting bygone era of Thai heritage, with timeless and elegant décor and historic photographs setting the maritime mood. The bar is appropriately stocked with craft beers, fine wines, premium spirits, while the galley offers diners a mouth-watering menu that showcases fresh local seafood and tapas-style plates. The ship can accommodate up to 300 guests across two levels, and there are also two private rooms – the Captain’s Table and the somewhat hidden Rum Room – that can each seat up to six people.
To find out more, call 0 2059 5999, or visit bangkokmarriottmarquisqueenspark.com.
Located on the ground floor of the Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok hotel, the recently opened Ms.Jigger is a swanky, yet wonderfully cozy bar and restaurant with a sophisticated cosmopolitan spirit. The name refers to the fictitious femme fatale who is described on the menu as the “bold and brash” lady who left her home in Bangkok to travel to Italy, and her European adventures inspire a list of artfully curated signature cocktails such as the elegant Nuitée à Paris. And while Barman Aaron Feder and his team have come up with an astounding array of divine drinks – a parmesan cheese cocktail, anyone? – the food menu is not to be overlooked. It also riffs on Ms.Jigger’s Italian sojourn, with standout dishes created by chef Danilo Aiassa that include: bruschetta with chicken livers; homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli with spicy tomato sauce and pesto; a selection of pizzas (one topped with mascarpone cream, mozzarella, porcini mushrooms and black truffles); and a glorious mustard and herb crusted lamb rack served alongside roasted potatoes, sautéed spinach, and wild mushroom marsala sauce. Then for dessert… a tempting tiramisu.
To find out more, visit kimptonmaalaibangkok.com.
Spice & Barley
Located on the 3rd floor of the Riverside Plaza, at the beautiful Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, Spice & Barley is a restaurant named for its two menu focuses. ‘Spice’ refers to the pan-Asian cuisine that takes centre stage on the menu – curated by celebrity chef Sam Leong from Singapore – while ‘Barley’ denotes the signature beers exclusively selected by Belgian brewery Cornelissen; one of the oldest and finest breweries in Belgium which has been producing fine craft brews since 1859. The two elements come together in an indoor-outdoor setting, where guests can relax while sipping premium beers (pilsners, wittes, wheats, etc), wines, and signature craft cocktails, and dining on sizzling Szechuan favourites, dim sum delights, and delicious desserts. The striking interior design, meanwhile, includes portraits of the fictional “three Sichuan sisters”, whose life story and exotic adventures have inspired the cuisine, the drinks, and the space itself.
To find out more, visit anantara.com.
Chef Garima Arora recently closed the doors on Gaa, her much-loved, Michelin-starred restaurant but, as we know, when one door closes another opens and so it is that Here, is now here. This amusingly named, multi-purpose eatery is housed on the first floor of a beautifully preserved, and now colourfully and eclectically decorated 60-year-old Thai house on Sukhumvit Soi 53. By day it’s a hip breakfast canteen, focusing on drinks and snacks: think chai teas, cold coffee with burnt ice cream sandwich, and rusk (double baked bread) with ginger jam and butter. There’s also healthy and wholesome Indian dishes, with signature specials like buckwheat pancakes with wild honey and homemade butter, Masala egg bhurji, black rice dosa with coconut chutney and spiced ghee, and poha (a rice dish) with crispy potato and pomelo. Then, at 5pm, it transforms into a cool wine bar restaurant, with a cellar housing close to 3,500 bottles and an à la carte menu showcasing the chef’s inventive twists on favourites such as fresh Indian breads, grilled meat and vegetarian kebabs, and betel leaf chaat.
To find out more, visit FB @herebkk.
The colourful “floral cuisine” of Chef Thierry Drapeau – who helmed the 2-Michelin-starred Thierry Drapeau Logis de la Chabotterie in France – makes its Bangkok debut at Signature Bangkok, located on the 11th floor of the VIE Hotel. Offering seasonal menus that are light, expressive, and complemented by the delicate flavours of edible flowers and herbs, this just opened resto promises to delight epicureans with a fresh twist on French cuisine in tandem with a dash of theatre. Here, each 3- and 5-course set menu meal tells a tale, connecting guests to nature by revealing the terroir and stories behind every ingredient, all within a beautiful, relaxed Art-Deco restaurant setting. Meanwhile, the predominantly biodynamic wines – chosen by sommelier Théo Lavergne, formerly of the 2-Michelin-starred Le Clarence restaurant in Paris – are a reflection of the restaurant’s culinary philosophy, with an emphasis overall on small-scale vintners committed to low-intervention techniques and presenting wines that are balanced and nuanced.
To find out more, visit signaturebangkok.com.
Tr.EAT by Sanah Jaan
The newly opened Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok, in collaboration with the Michelin-starred restaurant Saneh Jaan, recently launched the lunch and dinner dining spot Tr.EAT by Saneh Jaan. Located just above the hotel lobby, Tr.EAT by Saneh Jaan is described as an easygoing-modern Thai eatery, offering both an elegantly designed space and casual dining ambience, where the authentic recipe dishes are bursting with complex flavours. Signature dishes include: Khao Mun Somtam Moo Foy (rice cooked in coconut milk, served with papaya salad and shredded pork), Geang Ranjuan Moo (pork curry seasoned with fermented shrimp paste chili sauce), and Som Choon Hi Ma (mixed fruits in citrus syrup granita).
To find out more, visit sindhornmidtown.com.
Langsuan is a happening hub these days when it comes to restaurants and bars, and one of the new venues to have sprung up there recently is Enzo’s, located near the Lumphini Park end of this trendy little street. The kitchen is helmed by, and named for, Chef Lorenzo de la Cruz, who was previously at both Bitterman and Meatchop. The menu incorporates elements from culinary cultures around the globe, with four main categories for diners to choose from: small plates, pastas and salads, rock grill and BBQ, and desserts and pastries. Highlights include: chicken wings seasoned with Jamaican spices; beef tongue sandwich which comes with a house-made BBQ sauce; creamy pasta carbonara made with duck egg; spicy beef fries (the ultimate comfort food); mushroom and truffle risotto; and the Wagyu hanger steak served with flavourful sauces and sides. Beverage options, meanwhile, include mixologist crafted cocktails, a well-stocked wine list, and house blended coffee.
To find out more, visit FB @enzosbkk.
Fine food well plated is the motto of Plate, the new all-day-dining restaurant at the Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit. Serving Western and Asian popular classic dishes as well as à la carte selections and a satisfying set lunch menu (starting from THB 280++), this spacious venue offers indoor and outdoor seating within a sleek, modern setting. Executive Chef Kan Bright San prepares signature Singaporean specialties such as traditional chicken rice, laksa, stingray curry, and Bak Kut The (pork rib soup), but his menu also includes regional dishes such as Malaysian chicken satay, Thai-inspired larb salmon, and Western favourites like boeuf bourguignon, UK-style fish and chips, Roman-style pizza, and vegetarian burgers.
To find out more, visit carltonhotel.co.th.