With a number of new exciting restaurants that keep popping up, Bangkok’s culinary scene certainly doesn’t lack spice or energy. From a classic French brasserie to the first tempura omakase restaurant in town, here’s a list of the hottest Bangkok restaurants to check out this July.
French food and fashion are the two main ingredients of this authentic Parisian restaurant Brasserie Cordonnier. Dark hardwood, leather banquette seating and framed photos of Parisian ladies in stylish heels – all the décor and settings evoke the urbanity and sophistication of Paris back in the 1930s. Featuring a variety of classic delicacies and comfort food, the extensive menu is also expertly designed to bring you back to a distant time. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of traditional dishes such as beef bourguignon, Burgundy snails, pappardelle wild boar ragu and French onion soup.
Brasserie Cordonnier, 32 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 2 045 4343
New omakase restaurant on the block, Sushi Matsuo is currently the only sushi spot that offers both sushi and tempura omakase courses. The sushi courses (prices range from THB 6,500 to 12,800) serve a wide selection of handcrafted sashimi and sushi, as well as kobachi small appetisers and yakimono grilled items in between. Their two crisp-crunch tempura omakase courses will both start you off with sashimi and kobachi first. The only difference is that tori (THB 2,900) focuses on chicken items and features eight tempura pieces, and the kaze (THB 5,200) gives you an assortment of 12 seafood and poultry dishes. We’d recommend booking early because the sushi omakase requires at least four days in advance and minimum two people per reservation.
Sushi Matsuo, No. 88 Sukhumvit 53, Bangkok, +66 2 712 7619
We all know that only an expert rotisserie will yield ultra-moist, succulent meat with a crisp, golden crust. And we’re absolutely thrilled that Birds Rotisserie is able to achieve that. Luckily for us, Birds is expanding their delivery business to a sit-down restaurant. Chef Julien tells us that the menu will always focus on free-range chicken items such as their signature roasts and juicy burgers. But from time to time, they’ll also feature other poultry like quail and turkey. The restaurant is now off to a great start with their soft opening, and soon in mid-July, Birds Rotisserie will be up and running full steam with their open-air sofa area ready.
Birds Rotisserie, Soi Amon, Nang Linchi Road, Chong Nonsi, Yan Nawa, Bangkok, +66 95 594 6675
Sharing the same home as Revolucion Cocktail and Clandestino, Blue Parrot is the newest addition in the blue building on Sathorn Soi 10. Boasting a shimmering pool and comfortable al fresco dining area, the Blue Parrot is probably the perfect place to host parties and private gatherings. Opened by the Revolucion Cocktail crew, Blue Parrot offers a lush array of European cuisines, as well as fun cocktails. Enticing dishes include seabass carpaccio with kaffir lime and fresh mango, chilled carrot soup served with avocado tartine, and their signature blue parrot quinoa salad. The restaurant also features a delicious selection of kids’ items, from mini chicken roast with penne and broccoli to steak and cheese with homemade pommes.
Blue Parrot, 50 Suksawittaya (Sathorn Soi 10), Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok, +66 2 235 4822
Insects in the Backyard
Nestled within Chang Chui’s art complex, Insects in the Backyard specialises in edible insects, arguably the food of the future. Unlike those you’ll find on the streets, each plate of ‘insect deliciousness’ is carefully crafted and stunningly presented. In inventive European recipes, chef Somkiat Pairojmahakij and chef Thitiwat Tantragarn transform these seemingly creepy crawlies into tasty treats. For starters, they recommend their cream of chestnut soup with quail and bamboo caterpillar. They also serve an intriguing crab and giant water beetle ravioli with turmeric saffron sauce and classic Italian tiramisu made with silkworm powder.
Insects in the Backyard, Chang Chui, 460/8 Sirindhorn Road, Bangkok, +66 81 817 2888
Nan Charcoal Grill
A Basque-inspired Spanish restaurant, Nan Charcoal Grill serves up a variety of special tapas and juicy grills. They pride themselves on charring succulent meats and seafood over hot charcoal and aromatic apple wood. Besides premium imported ingredients, talented chefs also utilise a selection of sustainable home-grown produce to craft their small tapas. Try their classic paella, charcoal-grilled octopus served with confit potato and 48-hour slow-cooked angus short ribs. Nan Charcoal also offers a tapas tasting menu (THB 1,290++ per person) which features four of their signature dishes, including a whiskey tart for dessert.
Nan Charcoal Grill, 1124-1124/1 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 17, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok, +66 81 939 8389
CORO Field, a Japanese-style organic farm in Ratchaburi Province, has recently expanded and opened a restaurant in Bangkok. Featuring all of its local organic produce, CORO Harvest lets you savour a wide range of healthy foodstuffs, as well as sugary treats. Highlights include: creamy carbonara topped with a runny onsen egg, pad Thai wrapped in a thin, crisp omelette, and Japanese sweet potato wedges with specialty homemade sauce. As for your sweet ending, we highly recommend you trying their melon lava, which is a Japanese melon bun with a cookie crust on top and irresistible liquid melon cream centre.
CORO Harvest, 99 Esplanade Building Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, +66 2 660 9341