The perfect way to soothe you into that sweet Friday feeling: meet the Lifestyle Asia BK Playlist. 

Taking inspiration from our favourite venues about town, every month we’re inviting a Bangkok cool cat to curate an exclusive playlist for our readers (and listeners) to tune in to. Whatever your jam, consider it the ideal pre-game, house party, solo party, or even casual commute track list at your handy disposal. We only give our guest DJs one prerequisite: make it really, really vibe-y. 

Given that this spot boasts a sign beaming “Keep The Funk Alive” above the bar, we had high hopes for July’s playlist. 

And indeed, the modern Laotian restaurant in the heart of Thonglor swirls together plenty to bring the funky to life. A hot haven for those who like to go all out when they eat out and spend a wild night out, our playlist this July is curated by none other than Funky Lam Kitchen

[All images courtesy of Funky Lam Kitchen]

The brainchild of two Laotian princes named Sanya (you know him from various notorious joints across Bangkok past and present) and Saya, Funky Lam Kitchen opened a little over two years ago on Thonglor Soi 11. It’s a space also inhabited by Bangkok brunch babe Luka Moto, which ran the day shift, before undressing and redressing as Funky Lam for the evenings. As of late, we’re told by an insider, Funky Lam also serves up a compact menu during the day — so you don’t have to wait until sundown for your sai oua fix. 

But back to setting the scene for this piece. Funky Lam stands for something that oftentimes feels lacking at other restaurants. For one, the menu is actually an interesting one, celebrating Laotian food with a modern approach that does not feel overwhelming to the newcomer. You’ll find dishes you’ll know if you’ve eaten Thai food, like, ever, but you’ll also find bold and exciting new flavours to text home about. The wine list is extensive and beautifully put together, and the cocktail list to accompany also sports many an inspired combination. Play it up to bias, but we’ve seldom had a disappointing night at Funky Lam. 

A lot of it comes down to the overall vibe, too. It’s unpretentious and it’s unassuming. Dimly lit, share-able dishes, and a friendly atmosphere make up a lot of the charm here. Importantly — and you know where this is going now — the music also adds a lot to the general ambience. This proved crucial when the restaurant started a take-out/delivery service during lockdown wherein a playlist was even included in the Lao bento box set, and continues to prove a signature every time you enter the place. 

Curated by Sanya himself, for the first time ever, our July playlist features largely instrumental tracks. It’s actually extremely fitting, given that it provides ample balance for both a casual shimmy and also a good backdrop for ‘mmm’ sounds after slurping that rich lamb khao soi. The playlist is mostly a jazz playlist (there’s a lot of Jimmy Smith), with the occasional Molam track in between. Between Bacon Fat and Blue Juice, it’s a fine one to play in the evenings after a long day with a glass of natural wine, or with coffee/tea/tequila as you get ready in the morning. The touch of jazz and jeaw you never knew your day needed, here’s a teaser taste: 

Like what you hear? Follow us on Spotify and stay updated with all the best tracks about town, and head on over to Funky Lam for more. 

Funky Lam Kitchen, The Taste, Thonglor Soi 11, +66 205 004 69; Open daily 12pm-5pm and 6pm-11pm. Their infamous Funky Lam Party set is still also available for delivery. 

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.