Thailand’s hottest month is finally here, and while the weather is as hot as it can be in the month of Songkran, so is Bangkok’s culinary scene, which never ceases to deliver new and exciting spots to thrill the foodies amongst us. From a sustainable produce-driven fine dining concept, an art gallery-chef’s table experience to Thailand’s first avocado-themed bistro, here’s a list of the coolest Bangkok restaurants to check out this April.
Sustainability is the new luxury — and it’s not everyday that you find a restaurant with a fine dining setting surrounded by beds of herbs, flowers and vegetables that go straight to your plate. Tucked away in Sukhumvit soi 31, Haoma takes diners on a culinary journey of progressive urban-farm dining, complemented by a backdrop of an impressive organic farm that is at once sustainable and beautiful. The forward-thinking produce-driven concept comes from chef-owner Deepanker Khosla (‘DK’), who is also the founder of health-conscious meal plan service Nutrichef. Using only the freshest home-grown ingredients, Chef DK’s ‘zero-waste’ approach shines forth in the visually stunning, nature-inspired dishes that make up Haoma’s menu, which gets freshened up with the best seasonal produce every few months. Our favourite dish is ‘Secret of the Woods’, served with ricotta, morels, wild mushrooms and burnt garlic – a mushroom galore with bold flavors of truffle that will leave you craving more.
Haoma, 231/3 Sukhumvit Soi 31 Bangkok, +662 258 4744
Erawan Tea Room
If you ask us, there’s no better way to cool down during the hot season than enjoying Thai summer treats (other than coconut ice-cream and mango sticky rice). Traditionally prepared for the royals in the hotter months, Thai specialties such as Khao Chae (Steamed Rice in Jasmine scented Iced Water with Condiments), Miang Pla Too (deep-fried mackerel with fresh vegetables and vemisary) and Lhon Poo (Crabmeat,coconut cream chilli shallot and fresh vegetables) will be featured on a special menu at Erawan Tea Room, on 2-22 April. Expect also a makeover of the popular Thai Afternoon Tea from 1 April to 30 June, with decadent Thai delicacies like Meang gaysorn bua (Lotus flower, roasted coconut, cashew nut), Kanom mor gaeng med bua (Gratinated egg custard with lotus seed) and Kanom chan (Sweet layer cake) displayed on the three-tiered feast.
Erawan Tea Room, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, +66 2254 6250
The art-space-slash-chef’s table establishment is the brainchild of Parkorn “Tan” Kosiyabong, the chef behind One Ounce at Chang Chui and his artist friends. Available every Thursday and limited to 12 people only, the Chef’s Table menu is composed of a seasonal selection of local produce straight from the farmers, which mean diners get to experience unique flavours prepared with the freshest produce every time. A must-try is Triple C — named after three ingredients: coconut, cucumber and crab, the dish features crab meat directly from Surat Thani and edible flowers from Nakhon Pathom. Be sure to make a reservation three days in advance for this uber-chic dining venue.
Ekamian, 297/2 Sukhumvit 49, Bangkok, +6683 789 9091
After a triumphant win in Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants 2018, Gaggan Anand is pulling off what he calls one of his ‘bravest attempts’. The long-awaited omakase (a chef’s choice menu) restaurant specialises in dishes made with tofu from the Mihara family with generations of tofu making in Fukuoka. Backing Anand’s new venture is his close friend and and fellow cook, Goh Fukuyama, whose fine dining restaurant, La Maison de La Nature Goh, ranked #31 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2017. While the 16-course menu highlights different textures of bean curd, you can expect more than just tofu in each course: from A5 wagyu, fresh sea urchin to dashi broths made with water imported straight from Japan, Mihara Tofuten brings a whole new dimension to tofu in the most genuine (Japanese) manner.
Mihara Tofuten, Sathorn soi 7, +6683 655 4245
With a lifespan of only 18 months — just as that of a firefly — Wanghinghoi is a new pop-up dining concept that features a secret garden dotted with real fireflies brightening up the space with a magical ambience of soft glows. Located at an old golf course, the restaurant’s theme rotates every four months between the four elements of astrology: fire, earth, air and water. Helmed by two Thai head chefs, the forest-themed fine dining spot presents a set menu of deconstructed traditional dishes, including gaeng phed ped yang (crispy duck confit with red curry) and double-boiled tom yum goong. Make sure you don’t miss their selection of Thai-inspired cocktails (crafted by the team behind Ku De Ta and Morimoto) when you visit.
Wang Hinghoi, Petchaburi Rd., Bangkok, +6691 979 6226
Sister branch of hip brunch spot Luka inside Casa Pagoda shop in Sathorn, Luka Moto is the new trendy hangout at The Taste Mall in Thonglor. In partnership with BMW, Luka Moto takes instagram-worthy photos to another level — with retro-styled fancy motorbike display and mouthwatering comfort food such as the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich (crisp battered chicken, Sloane’s bacon, melted emmental cheese, avocado and all the good stuff) and the indulgent Cheesecake3 with homemade jams, fruit and berries, weekend brunches at this lifestyle café is quite hard to beat.
Luka Moto, Thonglor soi 11, Bangkok, +662 050 0469
The Hass Bistro
Move over avocado toast — the new food trend is avocado burger. We’re talking about The Hass Bistro, the first restaurant in Bangkok to have a menu dedicated to the creamy green superfood. Situated in Sukhumvit soi 49, the bistro uses the Hass avocado imported from New Zealand and prepares them in every way you can dream of. While the eatery has avocado salads on offer for those who prefer to eat clean, we recommend indulging in the avocado heaven starting with the deep fried Crunchy Avocado served with Sriracha aioli dip, followed by the Avocado Burger with Chicken and ending on a sweet note with the irresistible Avocado Pancake.
The Hass Bistro, Sukhumvit soi 49, +6699 192 9626