As much as we love going to our all-time favourites and neighbourhood establishments, Bangkok’s foodies are a fast-moving bunch, always intrigued by what’s new. Luckily for us, the city’s food scene provides plenty of hot new dining spots to keep us busy — and our stomachs satisfied. From the arrival of the King in the world of truffles to southern Thai fine dining, rustic German to modern Japanese, there’s no shortage of new restaurants to dine at this month. Here are our top new tables to book this July.
From Think Beyond, the group behind the city’s hot brunch and coffee joints, Roast and Roots Coffee Roaster, comes a refined restaurant in Sathorn with a easygoing, cosy vibe. The menu itself is full of creative East-meets-West flavours: think Barron Point oysters served fresh with grapefruit yuzu mignonette, shiso, pimento peppers, or the crunchy version marinated in homemade hot sauce and buttermilk rolled in cornmeal batter and plunged in hot oil. With ingredients made fresh and in-house, Ocken offers a couple of upscale dishes, and we recommend the beef tartare served with homemade potato crisps, which pair perfectly with the tang and heat from the herbed nduja aioli and pickled chili. While the menu delivers big flavours, Ocken is also a great place to grab a tipple — try Vine valley, a wine-centric cocktail made with Pisco, Cognac, red vermouth, ginger syrup, and smoked grape.
Ocken, Bhiraj Tower at Sathorn Building A, 1st Floor, South Sathorn Rd., Bangkok, +6682 091 6174
Sorn Fine Southern Cuisine
Get a taste of authentic southern Thai cuisine this month at Sorn, where Supaksorn Jongsiri, the owner of local Thai restaurant Baan Ice, takes his home food to an elegant setting with his new branch in Sukhumvit Soi 26. Focusing on the traditional cooking techniques, from charcoal to clay pot, he emphasises on using only the freshest ingredients painstakingly sourced from 14 southern provinces. Decked out in a calming colour palette of cream tones and warm wood furniture, while an alfresco area features a lush garden for enjoying the southern Thai staples under the stars. Here, the set menu is consisted of five courses, with standouts being the yellow curry with young mangosteen and morning glory with coconut rice and baby shrimps, presented in casual, convivial-style sharing plates.
Sorn Fine Southern Cuisine, 56 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok, +6699 081 1119
Ask anyone in Bangkok for the best chicken in town, and you’ll be directed to Birds Rotisserie with a firm recommendation of their roasted chicken. The French-run bistro on Soi Amon has just opened its second branch in Thonglor, taking up the prime location on theCOMMONS’ newly opened second floor. Under the helm of co-owners and chefs Jeremy Tourret (formerly of L’Appart and El Mercado), the chickens are sourced from a free-range farm run by a French artisan farmer in Khao Yai, where they roam on 92 rai and feed on crickets, corn and herbs. Marinated for days before cooking to ensure every part of the chicken is absorbed with all flavours of seasonings, the result is a crispy paper-thin, golden-brown skin on the outside with juicy, tender meat on the inside, served up with hearty vegetables and sides and comes doused in your choice of house sauces. We recommend going for the good ol’ chicken jus or the smoky ‘Angry Birds’ chili dip for the bona fide local palate looking for intense heat to complement that chicken goodness.
Birds Rotisserie, 2/F, theCOMMONS, Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, +6695 594 6675
One of the pioneers of food trucks and burgers in Bangkok, Daniel Thaiger is an ever-popular burger truck that offers classic burgers available in wagyu beef and lamb. Now with a proper sit-down on the second floor of theCOMMONS, fans of Daniel Thaiger can expect their signature pre-filled burger choices: Thaiger, Mr. Steve, Cowboy, and Sumo Oat, together with new crispy salmon and vegetarian options. Teaming up with The Beer Cap’s second branch in the Thonglor community mall to serve dangerously good combos of gourmet burger with craft beer, this casual eatery is all you need for when you crave a good burger that sticks to traditional recipes, quality ingredients and wallet-friendly prices. The Cowboy beef burger is not something you can find in any other burger joints in Bangkok, with its double bacon, jalapenos and barbecue sauce — you’ll know what we mean once you take a bite.
Daniel Thaiger, 2/F, theCOMMONS, Thonglor Soi 17, Thonglor, Bangkok, +6684 549 0995
There seems to be no better time than now for Thai fine-dining in Bangkok; With restaurants serving up sophisticated Thai cuisine gaining recognition in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, the city is welcoming another establishment dedicated to deliver authentic Thai flavours. Helmed by Thai-born chef Andy Yang, who received a Michelin star in 2010 with his Thai restaurant in New York, Table 38 is a chef’s table-style restaurant committed to traditional Thai street fare, reinvented into molecular bites with a contemporary spin. Offering two rounds of dinner every night, with the first shift at 6pm serving a 10-course menu, and the second slot at 9pm with a more extensive 12-course, Table 38 can accommodate up to 12 diners in each round. Of course, to get a full experience of chef Yang’s creations, we recommend opting for the full 12-course menu. Our favourite is the visually stimulating red curry with grilled duck, inspired by artist Jackson Pollock’s paintings and splashed with a pineapple curry sauce in a curious blood-like color, which comes from dehydrated beetroot.
Table 38, 8 Ideo Morph Condominium, Sukhumvit Soi 38, Bangkok, +6683 399 9888
The Steakhouse Co.
Steakhouses are dime a dozen in Bangkok, but the newcomer The Steakhouse Co. has caught foodies’ attention with its location in Patong, a section in Silom that might be best know as the red-light district. It is a rare right to see an upscale restaurant in the area, but chef Krittin Kerdnaimongkol plans change that with an upmarket meat eatery serving up a mouthwatering selection of premium-quality cuts. The highlights here are — you guessed it — prime steaks from USDA Angus prime, and Black Angus and Wagyu beef from Australia, and we’d recommend starting your meal with the roasted baby beet salad with freshly-diced mango, feta cheese and honey mustard dressing, which makes a refreshing starter to prepare your palates for the meat feast.
The Steakhouse Co., 9/8 Patpong Soi 2, Silom Rd., Bangrak Bangkok, +6661 097 8325
Urbani Truffle Bar & Restaurant
Truffle lovers are no strangers to Urbani Tartufi — claiming a staggering 70% of the world market for both black and white truffle production, the truffle purveyor’s reputation in leading the truffle industry is second to none. Boasting International branches from New York to Denmark, a Truffle Museum and a Truffle Academy in Umbria, Urbani Tartufi has eventually landed in Bangkok with its international division, Urbani Truffles. Sharing the 39th floor of Sathorn Square with Koi restaurant and club, the restaurant offers two lunch and two dinner set menus, featuring well-executed dishes bursting with truffle flavours; think sous-vide Dover sole fillet with zucchini and truffle chermoula, homemade agnolotti filled with truffled wagyu ragout, topped off with truffle bearnaise sauce and white truffle tiramisu that ends the truffle-filled meal on a high note.
Urbani Truffle Bar & Restaurant, 39/F, Sathorn Square Building, 98 North Sathorn Rd., Silom, Bangkok, +662 2331990/1
Set to be an instant Instagram hit, the stylish Tenshino is now open at Pullman Bangkok King Power, replacing the hotel’s Wine Pub and offering innovative Japanese cuisine with a French twist. The interiors are luxuriously appointed with bright red, yellow and teal leather armchairs, glass-panelled chandeliers and walls covered in beautiful Japanese-inspired wallpaper, setting the tone for an extravagant meal. Here, executive chef Yohei Okita from Tokyo pairs the freshest ingredients imported from Japan and France with Japanese cooking techniques to create innovative dishes like wagyu beef tartare with caviar and crispy leek nests and fettuccini with sea urchin. Featuring an extensive sake list, you cap off the evening with some of the most exclusive artisan sakes on offer.
Tenshino, Pullman Bangkok King Power, 8/2 Rangnam Rd., Ratchathewi, Bangkok, +662 680 9999
Alexander’s German Eatery
Iconically strewn with fairy lights and wooden tables in the alfresco dining area, this new German eatery in Ekkamai offers rustic fare in a casual, laid-back setting. Here’s you can expect the usual German staples such as crispy pork knuckle, plated up with cabbage salad, mashed potatoes and dark beer gravy, and Nuremberg Sausages, as well as the hefty Viennese-style crumbed pork escalope, served with French fries and cranberry jam. You can top off the comfort food meal with the indulgent fresh strawberries macerated in Cointreau liquor and fresh mint, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipping cream.
Alexander’s German Eatery, 337/3 Ekkamai Soi 12, Bangkok, +662 116 5750