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 som tam joint and an American-Italian food haunt to a traditional Thai cuisine-focused restaurant, ditch the old, humdrum spots and head over to these new restaurants to wine and dine at in Bangkok this November.
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Bringing the flourishing farm-to-table practice to the heart of Bangkok, Taan is a Thai cuisine-focused restaurant situated within Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok that focuses on using produce from the local farmers of Thailand. With a local ingredients-driven menu, the restaurant is working closely with growers and is always in search of pristine and seasonal ingredients across the land. Following the philosophy that Thai food is always evolving, the food served here is made in a traditional way but presented with a modern touch. So expect to savour organic chicken Massaman curry or steamed sea crab caught within the day of it being served from either Surat Thani or Samut-Songkhram. Giving a makeover look to traditional Thai food, this so-called farm-to-table restaurant will not lie to you about what they are serving.
Taan, 25th Fl. Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok, +6665 328 7374
Lola by Cocotte
The farm-oriented restaurant, Cocotte, never ceases to surprise us with its fun and fine concept of serving good-quality and farm-to-table food to customers. Having recently launching its new sister spot, Lola by Cocotte is a new restaurant with a focus on Italian-American fare that — if you ask us – is the ultimate comfort food that will cosy up any mealtime. Rev up your appetizer game by getting the Lola’s Board (THB 1,490) which features five kinds of cheeses and five types of cold cuts. And as for stellar mains, tuck into Cheesy Ravioli (THB 370) and Amazing Meatballs (THB 320), a plate of fresh tagliatelle coated in tomato sauce and topped with juicy meatballs. For pizza buffs, try the meaty Bolognese (THB 390) or the cheesy Cheeseburger Pizza (THB 390) to satisfy your carb needs. The venue also makes smashing cocktails so make sure you look over the Lolalipop Cocktails section and get yourself a glass of New York Memories (THB 300) — Beefeater dry gin with ginger liqueur, fresh lime and egg white — or the Polycat (THB 300), which is a mix of elderflower liqueur, Absolut original, lychee liqueur, peach foam and grenadine.
Lola by Cocotte, 39 Ekkamai alley soi 12, Bangkok, +6662 208 8828
Teppan Niku Kappo Bangkok
The new Kappo-style (a meal prepared and cooked right in front of diners) Japanese restaurant Teppan Niku Kappo, houses within the Opus Building in Thonglor, serves up not only juicy aged wagyu but also a range of korokke (Japanese-style croquette) and grilled meat skewers. Those looking to indulge in the perfectly charred or fried Japanese fare, head over there and enjoy both the food and the live cooking show in their relaxed yet beautifully decorated space. Teppen Niku Kappo also has a wide collection of sake and Japanese craft beer for you to choose from, so don’t forget to down some drinks and stay hydrated throughout the meal.
Brooklyn-style pizza means wood-fired oven, thin crust, and minimal toppings. Add a rustic, warm vibe to the setting and you’ll get the idea why people are obsessed over the New York-originated pies. With the opening of Pizzeria Mazzie, the New York-pizza connoisseurs are in luck; they are serving Brooklyn-style pizzas in the heart of Bangkok so you no longer have to fly out just to indulge in the sumptuous American pies.
Boasting that New York pizzeria atmosphere, the outlet is serving a pie made out of naturally leavened dough that doesn’t use of commercial yeast. The tomato sauce also features sweet and sour flavours that truly celebrate the taste of the tomato. The menu offers a variety of pizzas like the Sausage & Peppers (THB 430), Pepperoni (THB 450), and Fennel & Sausage (THB 430). Opt for the Brooklyn Classic Cheese (THB 350) if you love a pie that oozes out milky creaminess. Or go for The Hot Hipster (THB 510) if you love a pizza that is blanketed with spicy Calabria salami and showered in sweet hot honey and Pecorino cheese.
Som Tam & Chardonnay
Hankering for a perfect way to drink in Bangkok? This Som Tam wine pairing dish at Som Tam & Chardonnay restaurant will unquestionably take your dinnertime entertaining up a notch. As acidic and umami-packed as it is, a plate of spicy yet tasty Som Tam goes really well with a glass of white wine to elevate the menu’s bright and complex flavours.
Perched on the 11th floor of the dazzling Akyra Thonglor Bangkok Hotel, the establishment boasts this five-star vibe that adds a flair to traditional Thai dishes they are serving. Built upon an East-meets-West concept, the menu’s highlights include over five types of papaya salad cooked with grade-A ingredients along with a variety of traditional Thai food and Italian-inspired dishes like the house-made beetroot Gnocchi (THB 570) covered in beef ragu and Kra Prao Kai Pizza (THB 370). The venue also offers a wine-pairing option that will accentuate the umami tastes of the in som tam or whatever dish you order.
Som Tam & Chardonnay, 88/333 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, +662 090 9052