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 ramen joint and a carb-focused restaurant to a Korean barbecue spot, ditch the old, humdrum haunts and head over to these new spots to wine and dine in Bangkok this October.
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La Dotta ‘La Grassa’
Literally translating into ‘the chubby one’ which is another name for Bologna in Italian, La Grassa is the new artisanal pasta bar branched out from its first and most popular location La Dotta on Thonglor 9. Making wonders out of reddish egg yolk and double zero flour, the kitchen here produces fresh pasta by hand in different shapes and sizes daily with true and trusted Italian methods. All pasta dishes are cooked to al dente perfection and then coated in the four-hour slow-cooked tomato sauce. Try the Wagyu bolognese tagliatelle (THB 590) if you love the sound of 24-hour braised beef shoulder with red wine and a sprinkling of parmigiana reggiano. Or opt for the Roman-style carbonara (THB 390) if you love pasta and cured pork cheek cooked in organic egg yolk and pecorino romano cheese.
La Dotta ‘La Grassa’, G/F Sacha’s Hotel UNO, 28/19 Sukhumvit 19 Road, Bangkok, +662 254 9599
The Front Room
Run by chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, former chef of Copenhagen’s far-famed Kokkedal Slot and Noma, The Front Room that’s housed within Waldorf Astoria Bangkok seems to be the hotel’s next big thing. A walk through the restaurant’s fine-dining interiors and menu is enough to explain why. And although The Front Room follows in the footsteps of the sophisticated vibe of the hotel, the restaurant boasts this warm atmosphere due to its five-star hospitality and sumptuous fare. The venue offers dishes that fuse Nordic and Thai cuisine according to the chef’s culinary experience. Diners can also choose between a la carte or the course set menu (THB 2,500 for seven-courses and THB 3,200 for a ten-course meal). Those looking for a nice meal out with family or a special date night with a sweetheart, The Front Room really could be a sure-win.
The Front Room, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Ratchadamri Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, +662 846 8888
Planning your night or weekend around a high-carb diet? Well, carb up here at 72 Courtyard’s new pizza and pasta joint, Carbar. As the name suggests, there is obviously no shortage of carbohydrate-centred dishes here. The menu at Carbar boasts a wide range of Italian-style pasta and pizzas baked in the blazing wood-fired oven. Be sure to not pass up the opportunity to try their cheese-oozing, thin crust pies and the charcuterie board (THB 850 for a full board and THB 550 for a small board) which is filled with dry-cured meats, pickled olives, cheese and crackers. Wash your carbs down with a glass of opulent vino from the venue’s wine bar to elevate the experience to a whole new level.
Carbar, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, +662 392 6922
Korea’s series have been all the rage in Bangkok and so has its food. Hot on the heels of this month is the newly opened Charm, an authentic Korean-style barbecue situated at the Novotel Bangkok on Sukhumvit 20. Focusing only on grade-A ingredients, the outlet offers a beautiful array of beef and pork cuts such as deeply marbled wagyu and sirloin. Tuck into Korean classics like the Kimchi soup (THB 280) and their Signature rib-eye steaks (THB 890-890) also to enrich your barbecue experience.
Charm, 19/9, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Soi Sukhumvit 20, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +6680 008 8473
Thai noodles, you’ve got competition. Japanese-style noodles are starting to hold a very special place in Thai people’s hearts. Something about the pork bone-based broth and silky ramen noodles just makes the right satisfying combination that captivates all who devour it. Nestled in Siam Square Soi 3, Yuzu Ramen is a new noodle joint ramen lovers should totally check out. Serving up a classic selection of Japanese noodle bowls like the Tonkatsu ramen (THB 240), the venue also offers their signature shiso plum fried rice and the braised pork belly dish for those who want more of a substantial bite. For those craving something slightly more sophisticated, opt for the Special truffle ramen (THB 790). Its hearty and pungent flavours will not disappoint.
Yuzu Ramen, 258/9-10 Siam Square Soi 3, Bangkok, +662 086 9659