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5 dining pop-ups not to miss this July

In a city where new restaurants are popping up every month, we’re always hungry for the latest and greatest culinary offerings. This perhaps explains why restaurants keep bringing a number of visiting guest chefs and temporary pop-ups to make sure the city dwellers are fuelled joyously with new eats and drinks each month. So if you are currently circling through town looking for a place or an exclusive seasonal menu to dine and wine this July, here are the five dining pop-ups we’ve compiled for you to keep an eye out for.

Il fumo bangkok

Basic Instincts: The Sensory Dinner by Il Fumo x Naturalista

When: 3 July, 6.30pm -9.30pm
Price: THB 3,700++, including wine pairing

Hosted by Il Fumo, Basic Instincts is a music pairing dinner where melody meets delectable food and premium wines. Set over five courses which feature pristine Portuguese and Italian produce, the menu is in collaboration with Naturalista, the online natural wines delivery portal, offering four opulent wines like Aldeya Dorondon Chardonnay 2015 and Aphros Aether 2014, just to name a few. Each course will also be paired with different tones of music from the live band, depending on the unique character and ingredients in each dish. Guests can expect to savour the sensational creations from Il Fumo’s talented chefs, including Memory of Carabineros which is represented through the violet prawn from Sicily and a dish of sous-vide pork tenderloin laced with clams and coriander sauce.

Il Fumo, 1098/2 Rama IV Rd., Bangkok, +662 286 8833

Madison at Anantara Bangkok

Napa Valley Wine Dinner

When: 6 July, 6pm-10.30pm
Price: THB 3,900++ including wine pairing

Treat your taste buds to an exclusive wine pairing dinner taking place at Madison in Anantara Siam Bangkok. Featuring five courses full of innovative recipes including prime meats and sumptuous seafood by Chef Nico Merten, the menu will be paired wonderfully with wines from Silverado Winery of Napa Valley, a destination best known for its award-winning wines. Jason De Leo, who has worked in the wine trade across the globe, will also be at the event to guide diners through the unique characters of each wine while guests savour the flavourful dishes prepared by Madison’s proficient chefs.

Madison, 155 Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok, +662 126 8866

SO Sofitel Bangkok

Cheese at SO: For the Love of Cheese

When: 6 July, 7pm-9pm
Price: THB 850 nett (Cheese only); THB 1,200 nett for free-flow wine

Craving cheese? Make your way to SO Sofitel Bangkok for a cheesy, all-you-can-eat pop-up featuring 30 types of cheese nibbles selected by chef Thomas Smith, from Comté to Brillat-Savarin and Raclette, all imported from the lands of cheese such as France and Switzerland. Though it is a cheese-focused dinner, guests will also get to enjoy an array of cold cuts, charcuterie, sourdough bread that will help balance out the pungent tastes. Of course, a cheese extravaganza is not complete without wine; opt for the two-hour free-flow wine package and while away the evening in relaxing tunes from the live DJ and saxophonist.

MIXO Bar, 9/F, SO Sofitel Bangkok, +662 624 0000

corn dogs

Corn Dogs and Thai-inspired cocktails

Feel like having something different this month? Head over to Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and check out the Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar’s special snack offerings this month, where the American street food corn dogs take the spotlight. Unlike the classic corn dogs, these ones at Octave come in three creative flavours: Norwegian Salmon with Tartar sauce and Caviar, Chicken sausage with Black Truffle Parmesan Cheese and Truffle Mayonnaise, and lastly, Pork Sausage served with Thai whiskey BBQ sauce, pickled gherkin onions and crispy bacon. Complement the delicious bites with the bar’s new Thai-inspired cocktails, such as ‘Phad Thai’ made from Mekhong rum, lime Juice, pineapple Juice and tamarind Puree and ‘Lod Chong’, a fresh mix of tequila, coconut juice, coconut cream and flavors of pandan and jack fruit.

Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 57, Bangkok, +662 797 0000

2 Michelin-Starred Chef, Bruno Oger at Le Normandie

2 Michelin-Starred Chef, Bruno Oger at Le Normandie

When: Lunch and dinner on 5-7 July
Price: 5 courses lunch menu for 4,800++; 8 courses dinner for 9,200++ exclusive of wine

Acclaimed French chef Bruno Oger, who helms the two-Michelin starred La Villa Archange in southeastern France, is returning for a three-night pop-up at Le Normandie of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, where he had launched his career back in 1989. Joining forces with the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred chef, Arnaud Dunand Sauthier, the executive chefs will create an extravagant four hands lunch and dinner to showcase the sophistication of their haute cuisines throughout July 5-7.

In the special five-course lunch menu, the spotlight goes to the seven-hour braised veal chest, Gillardeau oyster and Petrossian caviar dish by Chef Bruno. Looking to indulge in the eight-course dinner? The menu takes the main course and dessert to another level with premium ingredients such as Pigeon de Pornic and a cheese selection from the Alps. Wine lovers can also enjoy a selection of European wines exclusively selected for each course by the restaurant’s in-house sommelier, too.

Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, +662 659 9000

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.
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