Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a scrumptious year for Bangkok’s dining scene – just consider the booming food delivery scene as well as the boatload of new culinary creations.
Just like any other year, really, the city was blessed heavily and continuously with a wealth of very interesting new restaurants. We got the privilege to check out many, and — real talk now — many we found and absolutely loved.
Star or no star, we make it our mission regardless to keep you in the know of the best, newly-opened restaurants to check out in town. Scroll down to see our list of 2020’s best new restaurants that you need to check out. We seriously couldn’t stop talking about them.
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For lovers of farm-to-fork fare, come right this way. Nestled beside the organic garden of Sansiri Backyard, RONG Sabiang is led by the masterminds behind Rongros, and is adding a splash of wholesome scrumptiousness to its green community. They’re doing this with an array of Thai and western dishes, highlighting the products grown right at the garden outside. Think, organic cabbage, papaya, pumpkin, and even free-range eggs from their own mini chicken farm. If Sansiri Backyard is already on your agenda, make sure to stop by the outlet to take your experience up a notch.
RONG Sabiang, Sansiri Backyard, T77 Community, 91 Phra Khanong Nuea, Bangkok, +6695 962 4272; Open: Mon-Sun, 7 am-8 pm.
JHOL offers some of the best food we’ve gorged on this year — and we can’t stress that enough. Indian food as we know it boasts bold flavours and sizzling spiciness, but this new Indian restaurant focuses on Southern coastal Indian cuisine in a way that is a bit more out of the ordinary. JHOL provides haute-cuisine sophistication to mesmerise your palate. Chef Hari Nayak, who’s also an acclaimed author of various Indian cookbooks, is the mastermind behind JHOL, and together with JHOL’s talented Executive Chef Suresh, expect nothing less than a gold-standard of taste and presentation when dining here.
JHOL, 7 2 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Bangkok, +662 004 7174; Open: Mon-Sun, 12-3 pm for lunch and 6:30-10:30 pm for dinner.
Crave for a fine marriage of Thai produce with western goods at its best? WORKSHOP is the place to be, and it comes to no surprise when helmed by the French-native Chef Clément Hernandez who had his previous tenures at The Bar Upstairs, J’AIME by Jean Michel Lorain (2 Michelin Stars) and Le Relais Bernard Loiseau (3 Michelin Stars), to name a few. This time around his food thrives on comfort, projecting simplicity and sustainability instead of being centred around a fine dining ethos. Serving as a multipurpose venue, WORKSHOP is a café and brasserie, and also a gallery and event outlet.
WORKSHOP, 15/1 Yen Akat Road, Chong Nonsi, Yan Nawa, Bangkok, +6662 519 0055; Open: Mon-Sat, 11 am-11 pm.
Nan Tei Yakitori Bkk
For simple fare with big flavour, yakitori can give you just that. Nan Tei Yakitori should be your stop if all things grilled with a side of Japanese spirits are your passion. The venue offers up a range of meat skewers grilled on live charcoal fire, from the chicken wings to oyster, salmon, squid, and veggies. Enjoy a glass of Japanese whisky and get a high ball or two, or, for the sake savvy, a sake tasting set is also available.
Nan Tei Yakitori Bkk, 50 Montien Mall, Ground Floor, Unit G3, Si Phraya, Bangkok, +6692 214 8585; Open: Mon-Sat, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-11 pm for dinner.
Here’s a new cool-hip spot to wine and dine. Marrying an Indian-style canteen with a wine bar, HERE on Sukhumvit Soi 53 is the new casual dining restaurant by Chef Garima Arora and her team of Restaurant Gaa (ranked as #15 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and awarded one Michelin star). It aims to fuel you with nutrient-dense yet umami-packed modern Indian dishes. A canteen by day and a wine bar by night, HERE is a place where diners can take delight in an all-day menu complemented by staple drinks like chai and shikanji (Indian lemonade), and from 5 pm onwards, indulge in an old world wine list alongside the impressive a la carte menu. Think, grilled meats, vegetarian kebabs, naans, and even betel leaf chaat, to name a few.
HERE, 46/1 Sukhumvit 53, Klongtan Nuea, Bangkok, +6697 140 5647; Open: Mon-Sun, 7:30 am-5 pm for all-day breakfast and 5:30 pm till late for dinner and wine bar.
Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE
If you think this is an ordinary food court, think again. For a food hall with stellar upgrades, look no further than the Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE. Situated within Mahanakhon CUBE, the new dining hall features over 12 eateries with big names like Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu and Phed Phed Hey serving up real-deal local deliciousness at an affordable price point.
Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE, 96 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +662 677 8721; Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-8:30 pm.
A Fox Princess Kitchen
It seems like Tha Tien can’t get enough have cool, retro eateries, and here’s another one to add to its repertoire. A Fox Princess Kitchen is an Italian restaurant you need to visit. The establishment might not sound so new and foreign to city foodies’ ears considering it branches out from its sister restaurants: It’s Happened To Be A Closet and the four outlets of A Fox Princess chain (A Fox Princess + A Spider, A Fox Princess + Friends, A Fox Princess + A Coffee Shoppe). Here, relish in their array of Italian fare along with a vibe that makes you feel as though you’re falling down the rabbit hole, adorned with random yet splendid vintage decor.
A Fox Princess Kitchen, 83 Soi Tha-Tien, Maharat Road Bangkok, +6662 660 5558; Open: Wed-Mon, 10 am-10 pm.
Vaso –Spanish Tapas Bar
Say goodbye to humdrum tapas haunts and welcome Vaso – Spanish Tapas Bar into the repertoire of your regular restaurants. Situated within Velaa Sindhorn Village, the new Spanish haunt stands between an upscale restaurant and a casual bar, with a menu packed with tapas in all types and forms. The food here is a marriage of Spanish and Asian cuisine, inspired by Head Chef Álvaro Ramos’s journey from his homeland in Spain to living in Asia. Another highlight to this spot is the vibe-y Spanish playlist and the oval-shaped seating, enveloping the small open kitchen where all the cooks, servers, and bartenders operate everything from cooking, serving, and entertaining (think, dancing and pouring you surprise shots). All this makes diners feel like dining at an eclectic bar, but just with real mouth-walloping food.
Vaso – Spanish Tapas Bar, Velaa Sindhorn Village, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +6698 914 4664; Open: Mon-Sun, 12-3 pm for lunch and 5:30 pm-12 am for dinner.
Mexican food fanatics, this one is for you. Comforting, simple, and flavour-packed: these three adjectives describe a lot of Mexican fare righteously. Boasting all three attributes, Tortilla Quemada churns out a delicious range of hearty Mexican dishes created by chef-owner Colin Stevens. These include the Breakfast Taco (THB 175), Huevos Rancheros (THB 240), Lazy Man Meat Lover Quesadilla (THB 210), Carne Asada Taco (THB 140), Lazy Man Beef Burrito (THB 270), and more.
Tortilla Quemada, 41, 1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +6665 237 3307; Open: Tue-Sun, 11 am-9 pm.
For a Greek Restaurant that oozes out warm-welcoming vibes, Rallis should be your move. The venue tips a hat to the Hellenic culinary culture and it now adds to Bangkok’s small repertoire of Greek eateries. Here, apart from the extremely cosy air exuding from their setting of a home slash restaurant, take comfort in scrumptious feeds like pork and chicken souvlaki, drool-inducing gryo, watermelon salad, house-made Greek yoghurt, and more. Helmed by the extremely hospitable Greek-Thai brothers, Alexander and Achilleus Ralli, diners are guaranteed to be entertained greatly by both the food and the hosts.
Rallis BKK, 15 Soi Ramkamhang 44 Yaek 1 Huamak 10 Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok, +6699 620 9544; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-10 pm.
Just when you think the riverside restaurant scene couldn’t get any better, there’s Rongros: a splendid, artfully decorated restaurant with a passionate focus on homestyle Thai fare. Nestled by the Chao Phraya River with Wat Arun as a backdrop, Rongros embraces Thai cuisine at its comfort best. Along with a blend of Thai, Western, and Chinese adornments (such as chandeliers put right against Chinese wall murals and Italian David-like statues wearing Thai flower garlands), the venue oozes free-spiritedness that differentiates it from the usual Thai comfort food outlets.
Rongros, 392/16 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, +662 106 2198; open: 11 am-3 pm for lunch and 5-10 pm for dinner on Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun; 11 am-10 pm for Tue and Sat.
If you need Mexican food in your life, then you need Cholos. The taco truck hidden behind Bangkapi Mansion is a love letter to the Cali-Mex culinary culture of Los Angeles, and we absolutely can’t get enough of their Fish Tacos, Chicken Quesadillas, and Tres Leches Cake. Really, these are the must-tries, so hop to it.
Cholos, Bangkapi Mansion, 89 Sukhumvit 12 Alley, Bangkok, +6681 831 6277; Open: Wed-Sun, 10:30 am-4 pm for lunch and 5-9:30 pm for dinner.
Cadence by Dan Bark
Recently awarded one Michelin star after opening just this year, you know Cadence by Dan Bark will not disappoint. Having helmed the Michelin-starred Upstairs at Mikkeller BKK over in Ekkamai and with former tenure at the 2-Michelin Star Avenues and 3-Michelin Star Grace, Chef Dan Bark is now putting to sea a new journey at restaurant Cadence. This time, he’s diving even deeper into his style of cooking focused around progressive American cuisine through his eyes. Although Upstairs is no longer around, regulars won’t be left missing Chef Dan’s fare and his touch on haute cuisine, as well as mixology.
Cadence by Dan Bark, 225 Soi Pridi Banomyong 25, Bangkok, +6691 713 9034; Open: Tue-Sat, 5 pm-12 am.
Berlin’s Doner Kebab
Traditional kebab is delicious but times ten the scrumptiousness when you have this Berlin-style döner kebab. Arguably the first proper eatery in Bangkok to serve Germany’s beloved sandwich, Berlin’s Doner Kebab churns out a variety of dishes, with diners having a choice of meat and carbs to cater to taste. The Original Beef & Lamb (THB 280/190) comes with house-made bread speckled with sesame seeds, and is stuffed to the brim with a mix of ribboned beef and lamb, herbaceous salad, and two sauces of your choice. Almost every single thing here is also made from scratch, so don’t let its slight fast-food look fool you.
Berlin’s Doner Kebab, 28 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-9 pm.
Giglio Trattoria Fiorentina
Serving up dishes traditional to Tuscan cuisine, there’s no wonder why Giglio Trattoria Fiorentina is so popular. Chef Manuelo Pintore (former chef at La Bottega di Luca and Peppina) together with Paolo Vitaletti of Appia and Peppina, created Giglio to compensate for their longing for home food and wine from Tuscany. Discerning diners who are on the hunt for classic Tuscan fare, gorge on succulent grilled meats, handmade pasta, and traditional focaccia sandwiches here in their relaxed, trattoria-like ambience.
Giglio Trattoria Fiorentina, 149 Sathon Soi 12 Alley, Silom, Bangkok, +6688 923 0961; Open: Mon-Fri, 11:30 am-3 pm for lunch and 5-10 pm for dinner; Sat-Sun, 11:30 am-11 pm.
Beast & Butter
Calling out all burger buffs, Beast & Butter churns out an array of incredible meat-on-bun variations we are wild for. It’s a haven for juicy burgers and steaks combined with thirst-quenching beverages like wine and craft beers. If there’s anything we know about 2020, it’s that we still loved a good burger.
Beast & Butter, Thonglor 10, Bangkok, +6665 441 1145; open: Tue-Sun, 11:30 am-2 pm for lunch and 5 pm-12 am for dinner.