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 living in. From a Mexican and Greek restaurant to an izakaya haunt, here’s a list of new Bangkok restaurants to wine and dine at this August 2020.

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Mediterra

Just when we think Bangkok can’t have any more decent Italian restaurants, Mediterra Bangkok proves us wrong. The restaurant nestled within the white two-storey house boasts a breezy Mediterranean design, with an alfresco space out in the garden dotted with woven seating. Even the dining hall indoors exudes warm modern European vibes, perfect for the dining as well as for the ‘gramming.

The open plan kitchen led by Head Chef Walter D’Ambrosio complements the setting with a menu highlighting and honouring the cuisine of Southern Italy where Chef Walter comes from. Expect to see everything from pizza and pasta to salads – all made from scratch with a touch of Sicilian culinary flair.

Mediterra Restaurant, 14 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok, +662 115 7776; Open: Tue-Sun, 12-2 pm for lunch and 6 pm-12 am for dinner.

Cholos

If most of Bangkok’s Mexican restaurants are love letters to the traditional cuisine of Mexico, then Cholos is a sonnet to the Cali-Mex culinary culture of Los Angeles.

Run by chefs who previously had their tenures at Gaa and Gaggan, the new taco-focused haunt is all about mouth-walloping Mexican fare — LA style. The Pork Birria Taco (THB 170) that comes packed with birria pork and a medley of red onion and coriander, all atop a freshly pressed corn tortilla, is a must-try. More of a burrito buff? Then try the Chicken Tinga Burrito (THB 220) and you won’t regret it.

Cholos, Bangkapi Mansion, 89 Sukhumvit 12 Alley, Bangkok, +6681 831 6277; Open: Wed-Sun, 11 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 5:30-9:30 pm for dinner.

Rallis

This new-ish Greek Restaurant, Rallis, now adds to Bangkok’s small repertoire of Greek eateries another outlet which tips a hat to the Hellenic culinary culture. Here, apart from the warm and welcoming vibe oozing out from their setting of 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-9:30 pm.

Kisu Izakaya

Ari Recipe is back bigger and bolder with their brand new concept and name “Kisu Izakaya.” As the name suggests, the Ari outlet is all about izakaya-style food, featuring scrumptious small bites accompanied by Japanese traditional liquors and concocted drinks. Those who show up hungry, substantial meals like hot pot brimming with quality meats and veggies are also available, so no fret. 

Kisu Izakaya, 19, 2 Ari 4 Fang Nua Alley, Phayathai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, +6665 385 5565; Open: Tue-Fri, 5 pm-12 am; Sat-Sun, 12 pm-12 am.

Viva Filipinas

Run by the same food masterminds behind Lola’s Kitchen, Viva Filipinas is similar in terms of serving up Filipino comfort food but with an upgrade of luxe decor that gives off vibrancy and a sense of opulence. The outlet acts as a multi-purpose space where you can indulge in Lechon Belly (THB 550), Seafood Palabok (THB 220) and Chicken Ala Viva, whilst enjoying bubbles and cocktails by the bar dubbed with wooden and luminescent elements to get you ready to unwind.

Viva Filipinas, 372 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Thanon Phyathai, Rajthevi, Bangkok, +6699 051 3665; Open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-9 pm.

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.