The weather is hot as usual and so is Bangkok’s dining scene, which never fails to deliver new and exciting spots to excite the foodies amongst us. This month, we’ve got interesting newcomers including a sea urchin-obsessed restaurant within The Opus in Thonglor, a new destination for modern Asian-fusion cuisine, and so much more. Feel your stomach growling? Let’s cut to the chase and check out these 7 new Bangkok restaurants to try this October.
Combining international favourites with local ingredients, Grassroom presents a selection of Western comfort food with an Asian twist. The Asian-influenced menu is very innovative, turning an array of traditional dishes into fresh flavour combinations. For instance, you’ll find gochujang mac and cheese, grilled kurobuta pork chop with nam prik pao, and herb salad with caramelised moo hong kurobuta pork belly. Exposed brick walls, green décor and wooden furnishings lend the space warmth and good vibes. Check it out next time you’re in Siam.
Grassroom, Siam Square Soi 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, +66 2 178 7899
Sea Truffles Seafood Bar
Seafood lovers, rejoice! Sea Truffles Seafood Bar is committed to serving only sustainably raised and wild-caught fish and seafood. They’ve got the freshest ocean delicacies sourced from the States, UK and Japan. We’d recommend you kick off with fresh Irish oysters and then indulge in a series of sea urchin creations. From uni sashimi and sushi to uni ravioli and uni udon, the menu offers a wide selection of decadent dishes that’ll satisfy all your uni cravings.
Sea Truffles Seafood Bar, The Opus, Thonglor Soi 10 (Sukhumvit), Bangkok, +66 8 694 4186
Taking over the space that Little Bao formerly occupied, Hopeland is the newcomer in 72 Courtyard. Hopeland offers a selection of Asian-fusion comfort food with a Korean flair, so you can still get your fix of baos. We recommend you try the succulent beef brisket and kimchi bao, spicy bulgogi kimchi fries and of course, their signature bibimbap with a choice of pork belly, veggie, chicken or beef. Interestingly, Hopeland serves up tiki-themed cocktails and offers retro video game consoles on the side, making it a fun hangout spot for friends.
Hopeland, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), Bangkok, +66 2 392 6922
White Café & Black Bar
White Café & Black Bar sits atop of Somerset Hotel, offering international and Thai-fusion cuisines. The sleek décor in the restaurant is made up of pale hardwood, hanging indoor plants, and black and white touches. The menu features crispy seafood fritters with lemon tartare, smoked salmon made in-house, and pesto penne with seared ahi tuna. Over by the rooftop pool, the establishment’s Black Bar also offers a lush array of crafted concoctions with names likeTequila Honey Bee and Nimbus Blue.
White Cafe x Black Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, +66 2 381 1561
One Ounce at Changchui
Our favourite coffee shop, One Ounce for Onion, has just opened their very first casual dining spot at the creative art space Changchui. On the day of the grand opening, they released a tasting menu with novel flavour combinations like sun-dried mackerel with watermelon and galangal, red banana prawn with cotton fruit, and baby squid stir-fried with salted duck egg. Aside from intriguing flavours, One Ounce offers exceptional local roasts, as well as new dessert selections. Try their unique mung bean cheesecake tart and their take on upside-down pineapple cake with basil.
One Ounce at Changchui, 462 Sirindhorn Road, Khwaeng Bang Phlat, Khet Bang Phlat, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 2 116 6076
Yoong Khao Hom
The successful Thai restaurant Khao Hom in Koh Samui has opened its second branch in I’m Park community mall. Famous for their authentic selection of Southern specialties, Yoong Khao Hom serves up homely, family recipes that’ll make any Southerner miss home. On the menu, you’ll find wholesome dishes such as traditional moo pad kapi (stir-fried pork kurobuta with local shrimp paste), classic goong pad kapi sataw (stir-fried prawns with bitter beans) and spicy kanom jeen namya puu (rice vermicelli with crab sauce).
Yoong Khao Hom, No. 355 Chulalongkorn 9 Charoenmueng Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 63 465 6565
The hot pot chain Pot Ministry has opened its third branch inside Siam Paragon. The newest addition continues to offer the regional flavours of Thailand, and a wide range of hot pot soup options. Unlike other branches, however, this location features white marble accents, gold touches and sleek leather seating. Here, you can cook your Australian beef and kurobuta pork slices in Northern-style tom maen or Southern gaeng lueang. Sneak into Pot Ministry on one of those rainy days and enjoy some warm comfort food.