A new month is here, and with it a brand-new batch of restaurants to tease your taste buds. From a Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar to a fun Mexican taco spot, authentic omakase courses to Japanese–Issan cuisine, here are 10 new Bangkok restaurants to check out this November.
Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro
From tapas to meze, Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro serves up a selection of tantalising small plates from the Mediterranean. As Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery’s sister restaurant, Pesca takes on a different focus: sustainable seafood dishes with Mediterranean flavours. Here, you get to savour in myriad seafood creations like grilled octopus with corn mousse, beef tartare with oyster foam and French “bouchot” mussels. With a sleek slate-grey and nautical-blue colour scheme, the restaurant offers an al fresco dining terrace as well as an outdoor cocktail bar. Aside from delish tapas and refreshing sips, Pesca also provides indulgent dishes such as a seafood tower on ice, paella with freshwater lobster and succulent meats imported from the same suppliers used by Cocotte.
Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro, 39 Ekkamai Soi 12, Watthana, Bangkok, +66 63 267 7778
Combining rustic Mediterranean flavours with local ingredients, Layers is a bistro that offers a lush selection of creative and fusion tapas. The menu here is inventive and comforting, turning an array of classic Mediterranean dishes into tasty small plates with a kick. For instance, you’ll find tom yum koong pide, arrabiata-style meatballs with asparagus and fresh rosemary, and shrimp chermoula with baked salmon fillet and hollandaise. With fun bites and low-key vibes, Layers is a great spot for small social gatherings.
Layers, 24/5 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Wattana, Klongtoei Noah Bangkok, +66 2 085 6092
Tacochela by Mikkeller
Mikkeller Microbrewery’s latest addition in Bangkok, Tacochela by Mikkeller offers not only authentic Mexican cuisine but also — you guessed it — award-winning beers and perfect margaritas. At this new taco spot, you’ll find eclectically colourful accents complemented by cool graffiti art. Laid-back and easy, Tacochela serves up a marvellous selection of tacos, filled with ingredients such as succulent beef tongue, beer-battered fish and pork chorizo. Those who love a hot salsa, you’re in luck: Head chef Jimmy Rojas Lopez crafts a deliciously spicy version made with freshly imported Mexican chillies. If you happen to be in the Ari neighbourhood, Tacochela is a must.
Tacochela by Mikkeller, 1 Rama VI Soi 30, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 2 617 0425
The city is now dotted with omakase restaurants, and here’s another newcomer for you check out. Ichika Omakase is located within The Rembrandt Hotel in the busy Asoke neighbourhood. Helmed by Japanese-Thai chef Akira Kemavuthanon — formerly at Dusit Thani Bangkok — the sushi bar offers a wide selection of aesthetically pleasing sushi, maki and sashimi. The past offerings include Japanese half-beak sayori fish with baked uni, baked shirako temaki, and Hokkaido kekani hairy crab. Here, you can savour a mix of hot and cold dishes by ordering the omakase menu, with prices ranging from THB 1,700–3,700 for lunch and THB 3,700–9,700 for dinner.
Ichika Omakase, Rembrandt, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Bangkok, +66 2 261 7100
Combining the cuisines of Japan and Thailand’s Issan region, Raan Keng is undoubtedly serving up some very unique food. Nestled in a two-storey house not far from the BTS SkyTrain station at Saphan Kwai, the restaurant has been attracting foodies since it first opened its doors thanks to its Instagram-ready violet-blue tempura prawns. (The restaurant dyes the tempura batter with natural colouring from Thai butterfly pea flowers to achieve the bright hue.) Other items on the intriguing menu include salmon sashimi salad with Thai spices, deep-fried shisamo willow leaf fish and tako-wasa octopus tentacles.
Raan Keng, Pradiphat Soi 14, Bangkok, +66 2-279-1555
Right by Speedy Grandma Art Gallery, Jua is chef Chet Adkins’ new izakaya in Charoenkrung. Serving a delectable selection of Japanese skewers and an excellent sake collection, Jua is a cosy spot for after-work drinks and small Japanese plates to share. On the sake menu, you’ll find storied sips from some of Japan’s most celebrated artisanal breweries such as Masumi, Kirinzan, Kozaemon and Tedorigawa. If you’re ever in the area for gallery — or bar — hopping, drop by Jua for their luscious array of grilled delights. It would be a mistake to pass up the 270-day, grain-fed Australian Black Angus beef skewers, which are delicately glazed with tangy ume teriyaki sauce.
Jua, 672/49 Charoenkrung 28 Bangkok, +66 61 558 7689
Situated on bustling Sukhumvit 31, Haoma is Bangkok’s first urban farm restaurant offering sustainable fine dining. With an exciting eat-local concept, Haoma is chef Deepanker Khosla’s — also the co-owner and chef at Nutrichef — latest establishment. At Haoma, the menu focuses on seasonal homegrown ingredients, and each of the dishes is a work of art, beautifully crafted and stunningly plated. The current offerings include vibrant plates of root vegetables and locally inspired dishes such as miang kham. Make sure you don’t miss their selection of craft cocktails when you visit.
Haoma, 231/3 Sukhumvit Soi 31 Bangkok, +66 93 014 3002
Taking over the space that R.E. 234 formerly occupied, Na Chalong is a newcomer on Sukhumvit Soi 24. Nestled in a traditional, old-style house, the restaurant has kept the former bar area as is but refurbished the décor to add a European touch. Na Chalong offers a selection of authentic southern Thai food that are almost purely crafted with homegrown produce from the south. Here, you’ll want to try the pungent gaeng som pla (yellow fish curry topped with catfish roe), tom yum stir-fried freshwater prawn with tomato and egg, and gai rod kamin (fried chicken thigh with turmeric).
Na Chalong, 45 Sukhumvit Road, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 91 454 6254
Nuvola Caffè Milanese
The latest Italian restaurant on the block, Nuvola Caffè Milanese is a stylish bistro that features a lovely array of comfort Italian favourites. From golden-crisp pizzas to homemade tiramisu, the menu is filled with heart-warming dishes and delectable pick-me-ups. For those who are look for more meat, order the succulent Australian tomahawk and juicy lamb chops grilled on hot volcanic stones. The bistro is situated in a lavish old house, and the walls are adorned with oil paintings and framed works. With comfy sofa seating available, too, Nuvola would make a great weekend date spot.
Nuvola Caffè Milanese, 58 Thong Lo 5 Alley, Klongtan Nhua, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 2 712 7817
Frequent W District-goers will already be familiar with Broken Eggs, but the tapas stall in Phrakanong is now a full-service, gastropub in Ekkamai. Of course, Broken Eggs has kept the signature dishes like huevos rotos (eggs and Iberico ham cooked in fragrant olive oil) and grilled octopus with potato and paprika. Galician-born head chef Jacobo Astray is the brainchild behind both Broken Eggs and its sister restaurant Gula Bangkok, which offers private dining services. At this brand-new location, you can savour chef Jacobo’s classic gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) and delectable seafood paella.
Broken Eggs, 112/7 Ekkamai Soi 69-71, Bangkok, +66 2 047 7811