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Eat This: the best bites we’re legit obsessing over this week

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.

Especially with the lockdown being eased and 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 chicken wings to a seafood-loaded lunch menu and a from-scratch pasta feast, we’ve been giving new food establishments a shot, for both dine-in and delivery. Here is our list of food deliveries and restaurants we are currently obsessed with and can’t get enough of this week.

Mahanakhon Bangkok Skybar & About Eatery– Kankanit Wichiantanon, Dining and Interiors Writer

I like a meal that makes me feel as though I’m on vacation. And that’s why my latest fixation is the new weekend lunch menu at Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar. Not only does the restaurant perched on the 76th floor of the iconic King Power Mahanakhon come with a stellar view, but this season it also comes with a stellar weekday lunch menu (THB 990++ per person), serving three scrumptious dishes (starter, main, and dessert). What really gets to my attention is the weekend lunch set one (THB 1,490++ per person). It comes with an eye-pleasing, palate-satisfying Seafood Platter which is comprised of Langoustine Prawn from Scotland, French Whelks from Mont Saint Michel, Holland Razor Clams, and French Oysters from Normandie. And if that isn’t good enough, add half of the rosy, meaty Maine lobster in for a wow-worthy effect (THB 1,990++). As for the other two courses, diners can choose the fork-tender Roasted Chicken (highly recommended) or Beef Cheek Parpadelle for mains, and Apple Tatin or Chocolate Tart for dessert. Here’s where lunch truly gets a grand upgrade.

There’s nothing groundbreaking about a box of pasta but when it comes to a freshly made one, especially by an Italian pasta guru through and through, there’s something deeply enjoyable about that if you ask me. From now until the month of September only, Chef Gabriele Tozzo Luna of About Eatery has curated a pasta-focused menu where patrons can choose over 10 types of pasta from different regions of Italy. From North to South, I can now enjoy garganelli from Emilia Romagna, Pici from Tuscany, Tajarin from Piedmont and Casarecce from Sicily – my newfound love. What makes the menu unique though lies in the “About Pasta” corner which the chef has set up for diners to see each and every one of the pastas they order being made. I seriously can’t help but fall in love with the pasta love language Chef Gabriele tries to convey to his diners, just like how his nonna was to him. Can’t decide what to get? Opt for the Giro d’Italia (THB 980) where you and your date can tuck into four different types of pasta all cooked in four succulent sauces. Delizioso!

Le Normandie & Sri Trat – Lisa Gries, Managing Editor

Our managing editor, Lisa Gries, just had her birthday last week. And where else to celebrate a memorable birthday if not at Le Normandie? Situated within the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, the riverside restaurant boasting two Michelin stars churns out French fare that oozes out a real-deal succulence and maximum flavour. This time around, Lisa went for the new 4-course lunch tasting menu curated by Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier. The Tomate De Bruno Cayron, which is a medley of colourful heirloom tomatoes, provides that punch of summery brightness she loves, whilst the Canard Challandais (Challan duck) is an excellent mail dish. The dessert of Fraise Gariguette also caps off the meal right on a bright, refreshing note. Here’s the kind of lunch Lisa could swoon over on any special occasion.

For a fine Thai feast, Lisa’s go-to choice is Sri Trat. Her love for fiery food is real and it seems Sri Trat just never disappoints in that area. Our managing editor spent her birthday dinner there last week savouring all the mouth-walloping items the venue has to offer – think 23 dishes that include both appetisers and mains. The must-tries here include Massaman Curry with Chicken Thigh and Upripened Durian (THB 280), Deep-fried Duck Eggs (THB 190), and Pan-fried Minced Pork & Salted King Mackerel Patties (THB 220).

 Saucey Chicken and Beer Bomb– Alisha Pawa, Culture Writer

Fried chicken is a thing of divinity. It’s highly addictive and always pleases any type of crowd. But just when you think this classic fried food can’t get any better, Saucey Chicken and Beer Bomb made it happen. The Chicken Wings Set Party Wheel is our culture writer’s current favourite. The Ferris wheel-like platter comes packed with 25 chicken wings and sides like grilled corn, coleslaw, truffle-spiked mashed potato, and two servings of rice or sticky rice. It’s the type of party food you do not want to miss out on.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.