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 to dwell in. From a plate-smashing restaurant and an organic-inspired Japanese venue to an Iron Chefs-run dining spot, ditch the old, humdrum haunts and head over to these new spots to wine and dine in Bangkok this month.
Take your dining experience a step further by adding a plate-smashing sesh to your meal at Aesop’s this month. Located in Sala Daeng, this newcomer to the lively Silom food enclave is a Greek-inspired restaurant. With an interior that looks more like a speakeasy than the typical white-and-blue design, the space features modern decorations and a full bar. The food consists of down-to-earth Greek and Mediterranean fare, such as braised Iberico lamb shoulder laced with garlicky yoghurt and lemon sauce, and cheese saganaki dish consisting of pan-fried Greek kefalograviera (Greek cheese) paired with sweet fig.
Big crowd? Enliven your dining experience with ‘The Happy Greek Set’ that includes pita bread and sesame bagels, Horiatiki Greek village salad, scorched calamari, chicken souvlaki, lamb shoulder, and an array of side dishes. Wash down the savoury meal with signature cocktails like the fizzy ‘Greek’ or the ‘Zeus’. Whatever you do, don’t leave without smashing a plate or two for the full Greek experience this hip new joint has to offer.
Aesop’s, 120 Soi Saladeang 1/1 Silom, Bangkok, +6662 567 7751
Those hankering for a good comfort meal in a cosy setting, head down to Ari Recipe, a new Japanese restaurant set amongst the greenery in Ari’s Soi 4. The warm blue and bright-yellow tones throughout the eatery create a lovely ambience for diners whose goal is to find a getaway lunch or dinner away from the bustle of city life. Authentic Japanese dishes served here are home-style, brimming with organic produce. The Japanese set menus consist largely of meat-on-rice dishes paired with a bowl of salad and miso soup. The must-try dish here is the ‘Gozen Set Mushi Shabu’: a simmering pot of thinly-sliced beef and vegetables served over a hot pot stove at the dining table. End the meal with a fabulous choice of kakigori (flavoured shaved ice dessert), in the traditional Strawberry shiratama flavour, or the local farm milk Thai tea. Want to be a bit more adventurous? Opt for the melt-in-your-mouth panna cotta that’s richened with velvety tofu. Simply delicious.
Ari Recipe, 19/2 Soi Ari 4 Nue Phahon Yothin Road, Bangkok, +6665 385 5565
Nonna Nella by Lenzi
Walk along leafy Wireless Road and don’t stop anywhere until you reach Nonna Nella by Lenzi. The Italian trattoria-pizzeria and Ggrocery by chef Francesco Lenzi, comes as the chef’s second venture after the well-known and much-loved Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen. The multi-concept space is offering everything from Italian fare and wine, to imported cured hams, aged sausages and, of course, cheese from Lenzi’s own farms in Italy. Centred around family-style dishes, chef Lenzi was inspired by his grandmother’s recipes (or his ‘Nonna’s recipes). The result is no-fuss hearty dishes cooked with top-quality ingredients.
Try the burrata and parma ham, which is made up of 72-hours fermented pizza dough, topped with house-made tomato sauce and a full-on sprinkling of arugula and ribbons of cured parma ham, as well as a whole chunk of burrata. Craving something creamy and comforting? Try the homemade orecchiette pasta, cooked and coated in taleggio and whisky sauce, served along with plump and meaty tiger prawns to add extra punch to each bite.
Nonna Nella by Lenzi, CRC Tower, All Seasons Place 1st floor, Wireless Road, Bangkok, +662 038 2184
Iron Chef Dragon
Helmed by Iron Chef H Group, this contemporary Chinese restaurant is bringing Thailand’s popular Iron Chef cooking show to the dining table. The Iron Chef Dragon sits on Thonglor’s Soi 11, serving up Chinese staples that are bigger and bolder in flavours and presentations than the originals. Diners can expect to feast on offerings such as the crab claw doused in Chinese liquor, served on a luscious steamed egg white; or the Premium Platter, which is a medley of 10 sumptuous dim sums, including a Japanese koi fish-shaped dim sum. Stay hydrated with their selection of innovative drinks, cocktails and mocktails. Our suggestion? Go for the ‘Let’s Take a Bath’: a fun concoction of earl grey and homemade rose syrup, topped with bubbly rose foam, and playfully served in a toy bathtub along with a few fondant ducklings. Vivid and tasty, this drink is as fun to look at as it is to drink.
Iron Chef Dragon, The Taste Thonglor, Soi Thonglor 11, Bangkok, +6681 819 6262
Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
To all Korean fried chicken aficionados out there, here’s one more spot to indulge in this month. Situated at CentralWorld, Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory will deliver what its original Seoul venue is known for: fried-to-perfection chicken. Try the garlic number, where the chicken gets fried until golden-crisp, before being tossed in a syrupy consistency of a spicy, pungent garlic sauce. The whole thing is then topped with a confetti of both fried and fresh sliced garlic. Also don’t miss the gooey rosé cheese ‘chiqueen’ — fried chicken tenders served on a bath of rosé sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese, potato fries, and veggies — which will get you swooning until the very last bit is gone. This chicken factory also offers a great selection of beer-based drinks, perfectly paired with the spot’s succulent fried chickens.
Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, 6F, CentralWorld, Bangkok, +662 252 2204