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 dim sum and tea restaurant to a wellness-forward Thai haunt, here’s a list of new Bangkok restaurants to wine and dine at this March 2020.
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Just when you think the riverside restaurant scene couldn’t get any better, there’s Rongros: a splendid, artfully decorated restaurant with a passionate focus on homestyle Thai fare. Nestled by the Chao Phraya River with Wat Arun as a backdrop, Rongros embraces Thai cuisine at its comfort best. Along with a blend of Thai, Western, and Chinese adornments (such as chandeliers put right against Chinese wall murals and Italian David-like statues wearing Thai flower garlands), the venue ooze free-spiritedness that differentiates it from the usual Thai comfort food outlets.
Rongros, 392/16 Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, +662 106 2198; open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-3 pm for lunch and 5 pm-10 pm for dinner.
Mayrai PadThai Wine Bar
It seems many new eateries this season are coming bold and boozy under the food-wine pairing theme. Lovers of natural wine and Thai fare enthusiasts prepare to be thrilled at Mayrai PadThai. Helmed by Chef Ton (Thitid Tassanakajohn) of Le Du and his wine guru brother, Tam (Chaisiri Tassanakajohn), Mayrai is a pad thai-focused wine bar with a sensual speakeasy-like setting, opposing to your typical bars and Thai noodle places. Opt for Pad Thai For Moo Yang (THB 189) or Pad Thai Beef Wagyu (THB 490) for a stellar meal.
Mayrai PadThai Wine Bar, 22 Maha Rat Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Bangkok, +6681 432 4050; open: Wed-Mon, 12 pm-12 am.
Tucked away in Bangkok’s oasis of wholesomeness of Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, lies Khum Hom – Chef Ian Kittichai’s new health-forward Thai restaurant. The celebrity chef who often appears on Iron Chef Thailand and MasterChef Thailand propels his progressive approach to Thai gastronomy toward a more nutritious route to include delicious plant-based, gluten-free alternatives. The venue serves umami-packed flavours through regional Thai staples from the North, Northeast, Central, and South cooked with nutrient-dense ingredients and modern techniques. The must-tries include Pla Nuang (THB 710), Gaeng Kua Neua (THB 910), and Gaeng Lobster Baichapool (THB 790).
Khum Hom, Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, 2 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 666 3333; open: Mon, 12-3 pm; Tue, 5:30-10 pm; Wed-Sun, 12-3 pm for lunch and 5:30-10 pm for dinner.
Dim sum and tea are a match made in foodie heaven. Similar to high tea but with dim sum instead of butter-packed scones, yum cha is Chinese tea time accompanied by scrumptious small bites like steamed dumplings and spring rolls. Situated within the new theCOMMONS Saladaeng, Yumcha links together the chic Bangkokian Lifestyle with the age-old Chinese tea tradition, serving up a range of pristine tea with dumplings. Opt for the wontons drowned in a shower of chilli oil. Delish.
Yumcha, 30 Sala Daeng 1 Alley, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +6697 286 3093; open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-9 pm.
Beast & Butter
Thanks to a repertoire of burger haunts in the city, Bangkok’s burger buffs never have to suffer in finding a spot to gorge on the succulent meat-on-bun dish. The newbie, Beast & Butter, is also another spot to be. It’s your new haven for juicy burgers and steaks combined with thirst-quenching beverages like wine and craft beers.
Beast & Butter, Thonglor 10, Bangkok, +6665 441 1145; open: Mon-Sun, 5 pm-12 am.