The weather is hot as usual and so is Bangkok’s dining scene, which never fails to deliver new and exciting spots to tempt our taste buds. This month, we’ve got interesting newcomers including a tonkatsu restaurant from Japan, a new farm-to-table destination in Sukhumvit Soi 49, 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 June.
The latest farm-to-table concept in Sukhumvit Soi 49 promises to be an absolute delight for carnivores, celebrating the primal pleasures of ripping into premium hunks of lamb, beef, pork and chicken prepared by Turkish-born chef Semet Mehmet. You may recognise chef Semet from MasterChef Thailand, who has made a name for himself in Bangkok’s dining scene well before the reality show, remarkably through his modern Nordic fare at Mallard’s brother restaurant InVite. He describes the culinary creations at Mallard as ‘rustic food’, a new cuisine built on local ingredients such as sweet green strawberries, musk ox and flowers harvested from the seashore. There’s no shortage of meat-centric options for you to choose from in Mallard, whether it’s a lamb rack marinated with garlic and thyme or Australian prime beef tenderloin served with bearnaise sauce. Of course, the signature dishes here are not all meaty; the lifestyle kitchen also churns out hearty offerings from the sea, with highlights including a whole baked barracuda and a sumptuous grilled seafood platter.
Mallard, 16 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, +662 662 6117
The Fork Eatery
A rising star in the Ratchatewi neighborhood, The Fork Eatery has already become a favourite among locals and tourists since its opening in May. The brainchild of three global-minded friends who share the common passion for food, the eatery serves up comfort food without limiting itself to a particular cuisine; it’s Thai, western, and delicious. Meat lovers should try their wagyu beef pad kapraw with osen egg and grilled marinated nam jim jeaw wagyu, while those looking for something different can opt for egg shakshuka, made with Thai-style egg served with minced pork and chinese sausage. Make sure you save space for the Walnut Carrot Cake and Double Chocolate Layer Cake, which are arguably the best you can find in town.
The Fork Eatery, 365/9 Soi Phaya Nak, Phayathai Road, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, +6686 842 4426
With air conditioners operating at full power everywhere, it’s never too hot to have hot pot in Bangkok. Following the success of their joint venture, 100 Mahaseth, a nose-to-tail dining concept focusing on Isaan cuisine, chef-owners Randy Noprapa and Chalee Kader have partnered again to create this trendy hot pot joint. Each hotpot comes with three fixed broths, including pork bone with peppercorn, chanko nabe soup with red wine, and chicken turmeric soup, with a a fair range of ingredients for dunking, such as thin cuts of beef and pork pork and beef, and varieties of vegetables and seafood — which all go particularly well with Mrs. Wu’s special soy sauce and picked egg.
Mrs. Wu, 3/F, The Portico Building, 31 Lang Suan Rd., Bangkok, +662 052 2214
Maison Chatenet is finally making a comeback after closing its first location in Sathupradit. Tucked away in Warehouse 30 in the old town district, Charoenkrung, the newly launched French pastry bakery is all the rage at the moment. While a bakery serving French baked goods is nothing new, Marcel Chatenet, the brother of Laotian-French baker Albert, who made a hit in Bangkok with his croissants a few years back, sets his pastries apart by using only top ingredients imported from France. For first-timers, we recommend going for the classic butter croissant — flaky and luscious, the rich, buttery flavour is the result of a three-day baking process. The same pastry dough also makes a perfect base for sweet fillings and toppings: fine almond cream, fresh strawberries, chocolate, cheese, you name it. A heaven for sweet tooths, the good old bite-sized chouquettes and the beautiful canelé are just as irresistible. In the mood for something savoury? Their moules marinière, quiche and sandwiches are great for a light meal, too.
Maison Chatenet, 30 Charoen Krung Rd., Bangkok, +6692 408 0308
Primal Modern Grill
Rama IX’s latest grill house is a sleek dining space furnished with wooden furniture, hanging potted plants and glasshouse-like windows. With a semi-open kitchen concept, you get to see the Michelin-trained chef Yakup Tangsongsirisak and his talented team in action, hopefully putting a glorious char on your steak. The restaurant boasts a wide selection of cuts, including smoked beef short ribs, brisket and herb crusted tenderloin, as well as a choice of lamb rack and roasted chicken. If you opt for beef, we recommend their signature Australian short ribs. While this all sounds good with a glass of red wine, Primal is an alcohol-free steakhouse — but what it lacks in alcoholic beverages is more than made up for in delicious mocktails; our favourite is The Blonde Bombshell, an oriental blend of grape juice, lemongrass, elderflower and mint.
Primal Modern Grill, Rama IX Soi 49, Bangkok, +662 046 5332
After 14 years in the tonkatsu business, KIMUKATSU from Japan has now opened their first branch at CentralPlaza Rama III, bringing the legendary Mille-Feuille Katsu they have perfected to Thailand. Having created the signature ‘crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside’ texture by using free-range pork loins that soon get pounded into thin slices before getting folded to create 25 layers using a refined technique that allows the right amount of air in between each. Using only healthy canola oil to deep fry the pork, the meat itself takes centre stage in this dish, coated with a very thin layer of breadcrumb so you won’t be left feeling bloated, not to mention their signature tonkatsu sauce that balances the greasiness of the deep-fried pork with a slight acidic flavour.
KIMUKATSU Thailand, 6/F, CentralPlaza Rama III, Bangkok, +6661 535 8666
Looking for a caffeine-based drink to change up your usual cappuccino or flat white? Head over to Pressed Cafe, a new minimalist café in Rama IX that serves up both decaffeinated and caffeinated drinks with a creative twist. Decorated in a monochromatic colour palette, the cafe offers Instagram-worthy drinks that are just as delicious as they look. Must-try items include iced DIY chocolate, a chocolate drink that requires squeezing chocolate sauce from a toothpaste tube; Summer Garden, an elderflower drink served alongside floral vanilla syrup contained in a dropper bottle, so you can adjust the sweetness the way you like it. Coffee lovers should try the AeroPress brews, which are best enjoyed with their homemade baked goods such as almond croissants and chocolate chip scones.
Pressed Cafe, 61/120 Rama IX soi 7, Bangkok, +6696 834 8461