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5 dining pop-ups not to miss in Bangkok this December

Bangkok is an exciting city for 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. So if you are currently circling around town looking for an exclusive excuse to wine and dine this December, here are five dining pop-ups you should look out for.

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Rising-star guest chef “Ben Ungermann” graces The Athenee Hotel

When: December 5-9

The Athenee Hotel is getting ready to welcome Masterchef Australia runner-up’s Ben Ungermann to its gracious luxurious space this December for the five-day-only dining pop-up. Known as “The King of Ice Cream”, not only is Chef Ben is recognised as the co-founder of his own natural ice cream brand “Ungermann Brothers”, he’s also a talented celebrity chef that is all the rage in the Aussie world of the moment.

Starting with Father’s Day Brunch and Dinner Buffets at The Rain Tree Café (THB 2,400++) on December 5, Chef Ben will then continue to collaborate with skilful chefs within the hotel venues under different dining themes, for example, the “All About Chef Ben” three-course set lunch (THB 1,800++) and seven-course dinner (THB 3,800++) at the The Reflexions on December 6; “Chef’s Table with Ben” cooking demonstration plus six-course degustation dinner (THB 4,200++) at Kandhavas Place on December 9. If you do not want to miss out on the fun and also on the sumptuous selection of Chef Ben’s outstanding dishes, check out theluxurycollection.com/theatheneehotel for the full info.

The Athenee Hotel, The Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, 61 Wireless Road, Bangkok, +662 650 8800

Chef Kristian Baumann of 108 restaurant, Copenhagen visits Gaa

When: December 7-8
Price: THB 4,500++

The Seoul-born, Denmark-raised Chef Kristian Baumann of the star-studded 108 restaurant will touch down in Bangkok this December to cook at the newly awarded one-Michelin-starred Gaa, in collaboration with Head Chef Garima Arora — the first Indian female chef with the Michelin star and a former chef of world-renowned Noma and Gaggan. Known for his progressive approach to cooking, the famed guest Chef Kristian will bring with him breathtaking tastes and a Nordic touch to your plate along with special creations from Chef Garima. The menu is yet to be unveiled but knowing who are the host chefs, we guarantee the food will wow your palates nevertheless.

Gaa, 68/3 soi Langsuan, Bangkok, +6691 419 2424

Kika Cook-Out

When: December 7

For the past year, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Kika Kitchen and Bar has been brightening up Convent road with its bold and brilliant dishes. Suffused with sensual flavours of the Mediterranean sea and lands, the food and bar booze served at this open-aired restaurant will make you feel as though you are dining at a tapas joint on the street in Spain. Celebrating their one-year anniversary this December, Kika will welcome all food lovers to indulge in marvellous meals as well as their house pours starting from 9.30 pm onwards.

Kika, 14/2-3 Convent Road, Bangkok, +6695 592 0510

The Ultimate Dining Experience with the Newest 3-Michelin Star

When: December 4-8

Price: THB 11,000++ and THB 13,000 for wine pairing

For five nights only, the three-Michelin-starred Chef Christophe Bacquié will mesmerise your taste buds through his ten-course dinner at La VIE — Creative French Cuisine within VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery by Sofitel. Awarded the Best Craft Man of France (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, M.O.F) and also three Michelin stars recently, Chef Bacquié is far-famed for his creative and influential talents in modern French cuisine. So this December, get your tummy ready to tuck into his splendid ten-course dinner and expect to see his celebrated dishes like the Mackerel, which is a dish of marinated mackerel, smoked eggplant caviar drizzled in chestnut honey vinaigrette; Bluefin Tuna, a Japanese bluefin tuna with aloe vera candied tomato; Sea Bass, with the sea bass meunière paired with mashed Ratte potatoes and black truffle.

La VIE, VIE Hotel Bangkok, Phayathai Road, +662 309 3939

All-You-Can-Eat Oysters

Image credit: Unspalsh/Viviana Rishe

When: December 12

Price: THB 1890++

Oyster enthusiasts: here comes your glorious moment. Located in the centre of Sukhumvit 11, the bar slash French-inspired restaurant Alex Brasserie intends to spoil you rotten this month with their all-you-can-eat oysters pop-up, serving up beautifully shucked salted-water shellfish along with sumptuous sauces. Also, down some wine while you’re there to elevate the oyster experience to a whole new level.

Alex Brasserie, No.18 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, +662 057 3079

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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