With many establishments around town insisting on feeding the city with their scrumptious fare, Bangkok dwellers are always in luck and always get their cravings met.
With restaurants and cafes back to opening and serving kitchen-to-table meals, city dwellers are now back to the usual ritual of dining out. From a stellar weekend lunch to a cacao-spiked meal and a monsoon-themed menu, we’ve been giving new food establishments and menus a shot. Here is our list of the best bites we are currently obsessed with and can’t get enough of this week.
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2020 is real chaos but if there’s one thing I can truly count on right now is a good meal. Apart from their terrific tasting menu and dreamy movie-like setting, Mia’s new weekend lunch is also another highlight that deserves your attention. The Weekend Lunch (THB 1,250++) curated by Chef Top Russell features palate-pleasing snacks like Chorizo Beignet, Lavosh studded with Ikura, and herbaceous house-made focaccia. There are also mouth-walloping main starters (your choice of Wild Mushroom Risotto or Salmon Tataki), mains (Chicken en Croute or Roasted Red Snapper) and a lovely dessert of Sour Cream Cake by the one and only Pastry Chef Michelle Goh. It’s available now every Saturday and Sunday from 12-2 pm, so if you’re looking for a spot for a stellar weekend meal, Mia should be your move. — Kankanit Wichiantanon, Dining and Interiors Writer
Though the monsoon weather has been woefully unpredictable, one thing for certain is the promising Monsoon Tasting Menu (THB 3,000++) at 80/20. Consisting of 10 courses, the menu available both for lunch and dinner is a true celebration of hyper-seasonal, local produce, and Thai flavours. Tried and tested, there was not a single dish we disliked, but, just like parents, we have our favourites: the Slow-Cooked Pork Belly deliciously lacquered with black garlic glaze, the Local Chicken 3 Ways and the Bua Loy Nham King definitely top our list. — KW
Ministry of Crab
I think I’ve turned into a foodie and I definitely don’t feel guilty about it. All my life, I’ve eaten ‘only’ chicken biryani, so when I heard about the new Crab Biryani menu at Ministry of Crab, I had to give it a shot. With the newly-launched Crab Biryani menu, the restaurant takes sustainable seafood to another level. There’s no doubt that the name perfectly encapsulates the vibe here because you can find crab in every dish and bite. They serve the Crab Biryani in a clay pot here with 500-700 grams of iconic Mud Crab together with Basmati rice and eggs. What makes it so unique? The aromatic blend of Sri Lankan spices is really what hits the spot for me. Not to mention, their classic Malay pickle from their secret family recipe and fresh mint sambol just elevates the whole experience. Even though I don’t usually opt for coconutdesserts, the Coconut Creme Brûlée changed my mind as it was so rich and creamy — it had me melting every bite. What’s there not to love? If you also fancy crab biryani, make sure to head to the Ministry of Crab on Wednesdays. — Alisha Pawa, Culture Writer
Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant
My chocolate cravings see no bound and when I heard that Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant is doing a bean-to-plate menu with Kad Kokoa, that was it — I was ready for my chocolate escape. Can you imagine chocolate in every single dish? Chef de Cuisine Sylvain Royer took us on a chocolate journey where from savoury to sweet dishes, everything was curated using locally sourced cocoa from Thailand. I guess, when Thai chocolate meets French technique, you get a host of drool-worthy dishes to dive in. The best part? You can pair it with some wine, too, if you like. I would definitely go back for the Lamb Chop which came with Chumphon chocolate jelly, and the Pan-Seared Foie Gras Burger that includes the Chumphon chocolate brioche buns. Because I have a sweet tooth, my heart was all for the Sea-Salt Caramel Tart which came with Javanese Milk Chiang Mai Chocolate, and also, the Dark Prachuap Chocolate Cylinder. — AP
Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like to leave my little safe space of Sathorn, and anyone who knows me well knows that I am a sucker for a good cheese and charcuterie board. Enter Bardo: a Mediterranean bistro located on Sathorn Soi 10, bringing together all these little things I love. Bardo opened very recently to a great reception, and welcomes every night many of the neighbourhood’s most notorious characters, as well as some F&B industry favourites. I like the spot for a casual dinner after work, or drinks with a group of friends, and I love its overall vibe. It’s always friendly (and pretty French), it’s always buzzing, and it has a good energy all around. For bigger bites, I highly recommend the Chicken Milanese (really, really good), as well as the Beef Tartare and garlic-y Portobello Mushroom. Obviously, if you’re there for a wine night or one of the many special drinks events, you’ll never go wrong with the signature Bardo Board, packed with a divine selection of cheeses and cold cuts. Everything comes at quite a friendly price point, so it’s a hangout you can definitely put on your regulars list. For art nerds like myself, you’ll also love the works displayed here by Kostar, rounding out the evening with some great ‘gram material, too. — Lisa Gries, Managing Editor