Bangkok’s food scene never moves at a slow pace. The city is often, if not always, hungry for the latest and greatest in dining. With a slew of new restaurants popping up every month, Bangkok is becoming one of the best culinary landscapes food lovers could ever dream of dwelling in. From a European-themed restaurant to a ramen-focused haunt, here’s a list of new Bangkok restaurants to wine and dine at this August.
Waiting for Clara
Whilst we await the opening of former Sensi Chef Christian Martena’s new Italian-themed restaurant ‘Clara’ at the end of this year, his dining pop-up ‘Waiting for Clara‘ over at Ruamrudee Grove is here temporarily as a teaser to excite your palates before the real deal. Joining hands with his partner in life and business, Maitre D’Clara Del Corso-Martena, the venue offers up modern Italian cuisine, co-mingled with essences of Chef Christian’s cooking and Clara’s sophisticated style. Their food is also spiked with Asian tangs and spirits inspired by their experience of living in the Oriental lands.
Ruamrudee Grove, 51/2 Ruam Ruedi, Lumphini, +6695 879 6257
Open: Tue-Sat, 6:30 pm-12 am.
Saladang Dining Hall
Thai food doesn’t always have to go with old-timey Thai music and Thai wall art as a backdrop. Saladang Dining Hall proves that the Siamese cuisine also goes hand in hand with a contemporary warm and welcoming setting sprinkled with stylish chairs, tables, and a modern bar studded with top-notch liquors and fresh fruit for crisp drinks. Tuck into their Palo Soup with Duck Egg (THB 170) for an old-school classic or the Nam Prik Kapi (THB 150), which is a pungent shrimp chilli paste served with veggies.
Saladang Dining Hall, 14, 9-10 Sala Daeng 1 Alley, Silom, +6695 907 9947
Open: Mon-Sat, 11 am-11 pm.
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar
A sky-high restaurant in a sky-high building? Yes, please, we love our sundowners. And if you already plan to take a walk on the world’s largest glass tray and the highest glass skywalk at King Power Mahanakhon, you might as well stop by their newly opened restaurant Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar situated on the 76th and 77th floors, where they offers haute cuisine with Asian tweaks. The food here is as equally Instagram-worthy as their view of the urbanscape.
Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, King Power Mahanakhon, 114 Narathiwas Road, Silom, Bangkok, +662 677 8722
Open: Mon-Sun, 5 pm-1 am.
Mixing together European flavours with Asian flair, Mia is one of those throw-together restaurants – and they make it work really, really well. Helmed by the two Bangkok-based chefs Pongcharn ‘Top’ Russell and Michelle Goh, who previously had their tenures at Freebird and Sühring, Mia serves up a bunch of vibrant western dishes fused with Asian twists and flavours in a soothing slash sleek setting dubbed with pastel plush armchairs and potted plants.
Mia, 30 Attha Kawi 1 Alley, Khlong Tan, Bangkok, +6698 862 9659
Open: Tue-Sun, 6-11:59 pm.
EAK Hideya Ramen
Ramen connoisseurs: get ready to partake in the fatty, spring-y glory of Yokohama-style (iekei) ramen at EAK Hideya Ramen in Soi Sukhumvit 11. Famed as a family-style Japanese noodle bowl joint, Yokohama ramen comprises of homey, down-to-earth Japanese elements like cha-siu pork (Chinese BBQ pork), bean sprouts, seaweed, spinach and noodle. If you are pork belly eater, opt for the Chuka Soba Special (THB 275), which comes with braised pork belly, half-boiled egg, and spinach. And for vegetarians, no fret, enjoy the Tonkotsu Vegetarian Ramen Special (THB 275), where you’ll get to gorge on a drool-inducing noodle bowl bejewelled with two torched marinated tofu.
EAK Hideya Ramen, 26 Eleven Bangkok, 15 Soi Sukhumvit 11, +66 90 886 5329
Open: Wed-Mon, 12 pm-12 am.