Where to Dine in Bangkok this November
As we enter November – winding down 2019 in fine style – the amount of new restaurants and eateries that have recently opened in Bangkok reminds us that the city’s dining scene never stops growing. Rich, diverse, and constantly evolving, there’s always something new and exciting to please every palette. So, as you go about making your lunch and dinner plans, we, as Thailand’s leading luxury authority, are more than happy to steer you in the right direction.
Amongst the section of what the city has in store this November, all eyes are first and foremost on superstar celebrity chef Gaggan Anand and his eponymously named new restaurant. Alongside this much anticipated opening there are three totally new restos that have recently launched, offering three totally different specialisations to explore. Finally, rounding out the list is a new branch of an old familiar favourite. We invite you to scroll to see where to drink and dine this November!
On November 1st celebrity chef Gaggan Anand opened his highly anticipated new Bangkok restaurant, a mere two months after dramatically shutting down the original Gaggan on Lang Suan road. The beautifully designed new restaurant, appropriately named Gaggan Anand, is located on Sukhumvit Soi 31 (sub soi 4) and will continue where the old restaurant left off – wowing customers with the amazing progressive Indian cuisine that earned this culinary superstar multiple Michelin stars and top rankings on celebrated international restaurant lists. As the pictures show, Gaggan’s ability to dazzle diners with artfully and exquisitely presented courses – imaginatively making use of edible flowers and other plant-based plating – shows no signs of slowing down. With room to accommodate 54, split between regular table seating and counter seating around an open kitchen, this new restaurant incarnation is bound to become the city’s most sought after dining experience in no time at all.
The recently opened Casa Sapparod (aka: House of Pineapple) puts the tart and tangy tropical fruit at the centre of almost every dish. Located on Charoenkrung Soi 44, this relaxed and comfortable eatery is yet another delicious initiative from famed local restaurateur Fred Meyer, meaning you know it’s going to be good! No less than five different types of pineapple are used on the menu, each chosen for its unique taste and texture. Order the DYI somtum where guests mix all the ingredients – including a half-ripe Phuket pineapple – at the table, or try the signature pineapple fried rice, made with organic brown rice and served in a pineapple, or the fiery red curry with roasted local duck, Phuket pineapple and snake fruit. Flambéed pineapple with ice cream, and pineapple pudding are highlights of the dessert menu, and as for drinks there’s pineapple kombucha or the more potent Tom-Kha-Lada, a Thai twist on the popular Pina Colada.
The newest branch of Supanniga Eating Room is now open Charoenkrung Soi 38. Situated in a charming, lovingly renovated two-storey heritage shophouse from the King Rama VII period, the restaurant features 10 brand-new heritage dishes inspired by Khunyai’s classic family recipes – only available in this outlet – which includes popular ingredients from Trad province, such as Salak, pineapple offshoots, crab roe, and lotus roots and stems. However, longtime fans of Supanniga can rest assured there’s no need to worry, as all the classics menu items can be found here as well. Meanwhile, from the drinks menu healthy-minded diners can savour a new range of cold-pressed juices, as well as some imaginative Supanniga signature tea blends. In addition, the restaurant’s wine selection includes a selection of 14 rosé wines, from various wine regions. Whether still, sparking, or champagne rosé, these refreshing wines are a beautiful match for Supanniga’s authentic Thai cuisine.
The culinary team behind Sing Sing and Iron Balls Gin Parlour have most recently opened Gigi Dining Hall & Bar, a colourful cantina on Sukhumvit Soi 45 that serves classic Italian comfort foods, divine wines (at fair prices), and boozy, hand-crafted cocktails with cheeky names like Bitch Spritz. Healthy highlights from the antipasti menu include the creamy burrata served with marinated tomatoes, sourdough shards, soft herbs, pickled shallots and olive oil, and the beautifully plated Sicilian-style wood-roasted cauliflower, accompanied by sweet and sour raisins, pine nuts, spicy pangrattato, dill, and saffron emulsion. The lengthy menu also offers pizzas, pastas, and meaty mains, as well as a tiramisu that’s as dreamy as a young Isabella Rosellini. Open daily during the evenings, but also for brunch on Sundays.
Using an open-flame char-grill to get the most out of its amazing cuts of meat, the newly opened Carne restaurant is the newest dining venue from the folks behind such restaurant favourites as The Local, and Crab and Claw. And, as the name of this new venture implies, it’s a haven for carnivores. Steak-ing it’s place on Sukhumvit Soi 23, the chefs here add a distinctive Spanish and Latin American panache to the modern American cuisine menu offerings, while at the same time utilising the finest quality local ingredients from Thailand. Highlights include amazing select cuts of grilled beef, fire-grilled chicken roulade, flame-grilled spicy octopus with seabean escabeche, and a tantalising charcoal grilled bone marrow served with Romesco sauce, boquerones (anchovy), and focaccia. Even the vegetable dishes get the BBQ treatment, with the sweet corn succotash salad and the ember roasted beet salad standing out as must-try mains.