Bangkok’s food scene never moves at a slow pace.

The city is often — if not always — hungry for the latest and greatest in dining. With a slew of new restaurants popping up every month, Bangkok is becoming one of the best culinary landscapes food lovers could ever dream of living in. From a hot dog-focused restaurant to a cool-hip Mexican haunt, here’s a list of new Bangkok restaurants to wine and dine at this February 2020.

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Krok

Think of 80/20 but with a more down-to-earth approach and an affordable price point. That’s KROK. Running with the same 80/20 team, the new green-splashed spot brings a range of Thai traditional nam prik into the limelight. The kitchen doles out a set menu, with your own choice of relish, protein, onsen eggs, and seasonal vegetables ­– exotic ones you probably have never seen before. Brace yourself for a real sassy, spicy session tagged with real satisfaction.

KROK, 78 Yotha Road, Bangkok; Open: Mon-Sun, 6 am-3 pm.

JHOL

Indian food as we know it boasts bold flavours and sizzling spiciness. But this new Indian restaurant focuses on Southern coastal Indian cuisine a bit more out of ordinary. JHOL provides all that stated above but with a side of haute-cuisine sophistication to mesmerise your palates. Chef Hari Nayak, who’s also an acclaimed author of various Indian cookbooks, is the mastermind behind JHOL, so expect nothing less than a gold-standard of taste and presentation when dining here.

JHOL, 7 2 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Bangkok, +662 004 7174; Open: Mon-Sun, 6-10 pm.

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Dick Hotdog

Dick Hotdog, go figure, is a sausage-focused eatery that totally makes eating hot dogs seems chic (and cheeky) and extra fun. Suggested by its name, the menu items here are laugh-inducing and playful ­– think Yummy Munchie Dick, Big Dick Boy, Thai Dick, Viet Dick Dog and Cheesy Dick. As light-hearted as they may sound, the backstories too actually deserve to be praised. Dick Hotdog uses Thailand-made sausages, buns from local bakeries made specifically to pair with their hot dogs, and house-made sauces and condiments to go on top of each dog. Hot dog devotees, give this D some love.

Dick Hotdog, 4 Soi Saengchai, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok; Open: Mon-Thu, 11 am-9 pm; Fri-Sun, 11 am-10 pm.

Keller Bangkok

Get a taste of the contemporary European here at Keller Bangkok. Having worked at Water Library Chamchuri for almost a decade, Chef Mirco Keller has knack for delivering big flavours with a mashup of textures and colours, all made from top-notch ingredients. Not only is the food crucial here, but the impressive cocktail and wine list is also treated equally to complete your dining experience in one go.

Keller Bangkok, 31 Soi Suan Phlu 2, Sathon, Bangkok, +662 092 7196; Open: Wed-Mon, 6-11 pm.

La Cocina

The former Barrio Bonito is now transformed into a new modern industrial-themed eatery, La Cocina ­– Tacos & Ceviche Bar. Serving up South American (mainly Mexican) staples, you’ll find tacos and ceviche with a deep dive into a healthy route. Expect to see a bundle of beautifully char-grilled herbs, seasonal veggies, grass-fed marbled beef, and fatty chunks of avocado wrapped in house-made corn tortillas. Those who’d like to eat more consciously without sacrificing the indulgence touched with exotic Mexican charm, make La Cocina your new go-to spot.

La Cocina, 355 Thonglor Soi 17 at The Commons, Bangkok, +662 006 3225; Open: Sun-Thu, 11 am-10:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am-11 pm.

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.