Bangkok is an exciting city filled with all kinds of eateries and culinary institutions, and the town’s food scene only keeps flourishing. Undoubtedly, the city has turned into a true hotspot for food lovers, inviting both newbies and insiders to explore and taste the ever-changing offerings. This perhaps explains why restaurants keep bringing a number of visiting guest chefs and temporary pop-ups to make sure city-dwellers are fuelled joyously with new eats and drinks each month.
If you are currently circling around town looking for an exclusive excuse to wine and dine this October, here are five dining pop-ups you should look out for.
Hero image credit: The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok
“Babe” Pop Up by Michelin Starred Chef Jeff Ramsey at Kintsugi
When: Now until 15 October (every day except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Price: Three set menus with prices ranging between THB 1,980, THB 2,680, and THB 3,880 per person.
Chef Jeff Ramsey of the Michelin-starred Babe restaurant in Malaysia is bringing his signature dishes over to the soon-to-open Bangkok restaurant, Kintsugi, a multi-course Kaiseki Japanese eatery within The Athenee Hotel. Diners will get to choose between three set menus: an 8-course, a 12-course and a premium 12-course menu. Each dish will be a display of a happy and harmonious marriage of French and Japanese cuisines, so expect to gorge on an extravagant dinner accentuated with French flair and Nippon finesse.
Kintsugi, 61 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, +662 650 8800
Stranger Brews Round 1: Heart of Darkness
When: 3-6 October
Price: THB 1,400++ for two persons
Enagage in the glorious beer culture of Saigon with Happy Endings Eats & Bar’s Stranger Brews – a beer pairing of Happy Endings’ scrumptious Vietnamese dishes with four different types of beer from Heart of Darkness, a Vietnamese-native craft beer brewery. The booze-and-bites pairing will have your palates praising.
Happy Endings Eats & Bar, 1/5 Sala Daeng 1 Alley, Silom, Bangkok, +6680 961 4524; Open: Mon-Sat, 11 am-3 pm for lunch and 5-11 pm for dinner; Sun: 12-3 pm for lunch and 5-11 pm for dinner.
Rooftop Wine Tasting
When: 15 October
Price: THB 1,200 per person
Take a hike to Spectrum Lounge & Bar peached on the 31st floor of Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit this month for a sky-high Italian wine tasting. Featuring a range of wines from Pinot Chardonnay Spumante to Roero Arneis, Barbera d’Alba Rigina, and the famed Barolo Boscareto, this wine feast is laden with both vino as well as an all-you-can-eat tapas selection that will raise your rooftop bar experience to new heights.
Spectrum Lounge & Bar, 29/F, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Watthana, Bangkok, +66 2 098 1234; Open Mon-Sun, 5.30 pm-1 am
Wine Tasting at Up & Above Restaurant & Bar
When: 18 October
Price: THB 1,500++ for standing tasting and THB 2,800++ for a sit-down dinner.
October clearly can’t get enough of wine tasting. Transport yourself to two wine-enriched regions: Barossa Valley region in South Australia, and Marlborough region in New Zealand, via Up & Above Restaurant & Bar’s wine tasting. Known as one of the city’s landmarks for an extravagant international buffet, the venue will temporarily turn itself into a tasting field, offering two options for diners to dive deeper into the world of wine. Go for the standing tasting if you are more of a casual type who likes small bites with vino. This option comes with a selection of tapas like Serrano ham, melon, and chorizo to go with 7 white and 5 red wines. The sit-down dinner option includes free-flow wine, tapas, and a 4-course set menu — think tuna mignon and luscious tiramisu.
Up & Above, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 687 9000; Open: Mon-Sun, 6-1 am
M-Live Food Market
When: 25-27 October
Following the success of their first two editions, M-Live Food Market by Marriott, a food festival aimed at making fine dining more approachable and affordable, is coming back stronger than ever with a new setting by the poolside at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. Bringing over 80 dishes from Bangkok’s 19 Marriott Hotels to grace your taste buds with their top-notch, five-star food, prices range from THB 60-190 only. Get your tummy and taste buds ready, Marriott Marquis will take you on a multi-cuisine journey, tasting everything from haute-cuisine Chinese fare to Italian and Korean cuisines.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Bangkok, +662 059 5555