The festive season is here! As you might expect from December, it’s an extremely busy month for new restaurants in Bangkok. From a brand-new Mediterranean spot to the latest burger and beer bar, there is bound to be something that suits your taste this holiday. Here are the top Bangkok restaurants that you should check out this month.
Kika Kitchen and Bar
Opened by the team behind OSKAR Bistro, BIRDS Rotisserie and Quince, KIKA Kitchen and Bar is the newest addition. Located on Soi Convent, the cosy two-storey restaurant has a laidback shophouse vibe, as well as a delectable selection of Spanish small plates. Celebrated architect and partner Frédérique (Frédo) Guillouet is the mastermind behind the new space’s transformation. Warm hardwood bar, sleek metallic touches and plenty of vast windows — the restaurant looks exactly like those Spanish bodegas in Madrid. Featuring a combination of Spanish and Asian flavours, KIKA serves up intriguing dishes such as tom kha-style beef tartare, porcini and chanterelles with organic onsen egg, and confit pear and plum with spiced sangria.
Kika Kitchen and Bar, Soi Convent 14, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 955 920 510
A collaboration between Foodie Collection Group and chef Luca Appino — the culinary genius behind La Bottega di Luca and Pizza Massilia — Via Maris is a casual bistro serving a series of scrumptious Mediterranean dishes. Inspired by the ancient trade route connecting the countries along the stunning coastline of Mediterranean Sea, the name Via Maris literally translates ‘the way of sea’ in Latin. And you guessed it — the menu here focuses on the freshest sustainable seafood that Thailand has to offer. Here, you’ll find grilled octopus tentacle with chickpeas and smoked paprika, Moroccan-style lamb couscous, and black grouper fish carpaccio with Royal Project figs.
Via Maris, 10/15 Convent Road, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2 236 5558
Just last month, The Sukhothai Bangkok unveiled the brand-new La Scala after an extensive six-month renovation. The floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar, suave black marble bar and signature red touches against the charming earthy tones all lend the airy space sophistication and elegance. Aside from the stunning refurnishing, La Scala is also featuring an all-new menu of modern Italian cuisine with a creative flair. Here, you’ll have to try the selection of heart-warming pastas, as well as seafood delights such as seared Hokkaido scallop served with kale, Brussel sprouts and herring caviar.
La Scala, The Sukhothai Bangkok, 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +66 2 344 8888
The newest wine bar and restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 8, InVite Bangkok features a rustic spread of Mediterranean small plates. On the menu, you’ll find intriguing dishes like grilled octopus served with cauliflower cous cous, dill and crispy Thai shallot, dill granita and carrot chips paired with white chocolate mousse. For those who are looking for a spot to unwind on Sunday night, look no further than InVite. They’ve got Aperitivo Sunday (from 6pm to 9pm) where you get to enjoy complimentary finger food if you order selected cocktails.
InVite Bangkok, 4/20 Sukhumvit Road, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Bangkok, +66 2 254 9290
With a chatty, wood-lined interior, this beer-, beef- and board game-forward restaurant and bar is a great spot for ale aficionados. Here, you’ll want to play the board games and dive into the wide array of microbrews from the United States. Caveman Base’s menu ranges from rare wagyu striploin and pork shoulder barbecue to beef nachos and parmesan fries. Drop by this playful place the next time you’re in Ekkamai for a game or two.
The Meatchop Butcher and Spirits
Meat lovers, rejoice! This local deli and restaurant offers hearty meals and comfort foods, all made with the best local produce and imported cuts. With a sleek black interior, The Meatchop Butcher and Spirits is probably the most stylish deli in town. Aside from exquisite cuts like 150-day-old Australian wagyu striploin and 70-day-old Black Angus ribeye, you’ll also find small plates to share on the menu. It’ll be a mistake to pass up the rare cocktails here. Cut the heft with The Pickle Surfer, which is a blend of homemade pickle juice, bourbon and spiced syrup.
The Meatchop Butcher and Spirits, 1/4 Sala Daeng 1 Alley, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2 033 2709
Jim’s Burgers & Beers
A collaboration between Jim’s Burgers and Stone Brewing, Jim’s Burgers & Beers features an irresistible selection of hot, juicy burgers and ice-cold, hoppy beers. Here, there are numerous gourmet burgers to choose from. The Apocalypse comes with king-sized beef patties, double bacon, double cheddar cheese, French fries, fried onions — both embedded in the burger — and a special homemade sauce. Check out this new spot on December 15 or 16 to savour grand opening promotions.
Jim’s Burgers & Beers, Sena Nikhom Soi 1, Bangkok, +66 2 002 3343