All year long, we’ve been cruising the lengths and breadths of Bangkok city for newly-opened deluxe restaurants. And as the end of 2018 creeps closer, we thought it would be cool to show you the roundup of best new spots we simply couldn’t stop talking about this year. Scroll down to see our list of 2018’s best new restaurants that you need to check out, if you haven’t already.
Hero image credit: Taan
Situated within Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, Taan is a Thai cuisine-focused restaurant that weaves together the booming farm-to-table practice with modern Thai cuisine. The restaurant works closely with growers and farmers of Thailand in order to create their unique hyper-local menu. So, savour your taste buds with their Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wagyu Beef Brisket Wrapped in Charred Banana Leaf (THB 370), Ratchaburi’s Galangal Coconut Soup with Prawns (THB 450), and Nakhon Pathom’s Organic Tapao-Thong Chicken Massaman Curry (THB 550). Really, this farm-to-table restaurant doesn’t lie about where they get their ingredients from.
Taan, 25th Fl. Siam@Siam Design Hotel, Bangkok, +6665 328 7374
The Front Room
Housed within Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, The Front Room offers dishes that fuse Nordic and Thai cuisine together. Run by chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, the former chef of Copenhagen’s far-famed Kokkedal Slot and Noma, that’s enough to explain the inspiration behind the dishes they’re serving. The menu is divided into a la carte and course set menu (THB 2,500 for seven-courses and THB 3,200 for a ten-course meal). Those hankering to get a good taste of progressive Thai cuisine, The Front Room really is a sure-win.
The Front Room, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Ratchadamri Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, +662 846 8888
M.T Rollin Club
Set in an old colonial house, M.T Rollin Club is a western-style clubhouse slash restaurant. The outlet is divided into four themed rooms set for different purposes: a picturesque dining room; a Victorian-style room for the ladies’ high tea; a cigar bar for the gents; and last but not least, a vintage navy bar crammed with a selection of spirits. For stellar starters, opt for the Madam Sofia (THB 460), which is French oysters showered in white wine vinaigrette and Manhattan Dream (THB 580) – sea bass basted in garlic butter sauce. The restaurant also offers sweet delicacies fit for an afternoon tea or just an after-meal dessert to clean the palate.
M.T. Rollin Club, 94 Asadang Road, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, +661 664 4969
Led by mastermind Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn, the former chef of Lord Jim’s, Sra Bua, The House On Sathorn, Issaya Siamese Club and at the Michelin-awarded Baan Padthai, Sawaan restaurant is bringing authentic and hard-to-find Thai delights to the table in the realm of fine dining. The food here is a feast of flavours. Each dish combines the tastes of sweet, salty, spicy and sour — all for the sake of creating umami-rich food that Thailand is known for. Savour their 10-course menu (THB 1,950++) and be amazed by the array of umami-packed Thai dishes they’ll be serving.
Saawaan, 39/19 Soi Suan Plu, Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +662 679 3775
La Dotta ‘La Grassa’
Branched out from its first and most popular location of La Dotta on Thonglor 9, La Dotta ‘La Grassa’ is the new artisanal pasta bar inspired by the regional cuisine of Italy situated in the heart of Asoke. Making fresh pasta daily, this place is where you will encounter everything you love about the al dente noodle and more. Tuck into their fragrant Truffle Balls (THB 320), Sardinian-Style Crispy Skin Suckling Pig (THB 690), and Bouillabaisse (THB 990), which is their iconic seafood stew pasta. But if you’re a Mac & Cheese fan, go for their Wagyu ‘MAC & Cheese’ (THB 540) with the conchiglie (shell-shaped pasta) that’s stuffed with red wine-braised Australian wagyu before getting baked in creamy béchamel sauce.
La Dotta ‘La Grassa’, G/F Sacha’s Hotel UNO, 28/19 Sukhumvit 19 Road, Bangkok, +662 254 9599
Let’s enjoy Greek fare and plate smashing at Aesop’s – Sala Daeng’s Greek restaurant – which will be sure to kick your dining experience up a notch. The venue makes mean house-made pita bread, sesame bagels, and Greek dips like hummus, Tzatziki (Greek garlic yoghurt sauce) and Taramasalata (Greek cod roe spread). Got a big crowd? Get “The Greek Feast Set” (THB 1,150 per person), which includes pita bread, sesame bagels, Greek salad, scorched calamari, chicken souvlaki (chicken skewers), lamb shoulder, and an array of dips and side dishes. The restaurant also boasts this unique down-to-earth feel that only reminds you of the white and blue island. The plate smashing activity and Greek dance are perhaps the main reasons why people are so hooked on this place.
Aesop’s, 120 Soi Saladeang 1/1 Silom, Bangkok, +6662 567 7751
Mahasan Burnt & Bowl
We don’t know about you but when it comes to a good steakhouse, our mouths scream Mahasan Burnt & Bowl. Situated in Charoen Krung, the newly opened meat-fuelled venue serves up locally-sourced steaks with big flavours along with great portions. The menu highlights include the juicy Grilled Picanha (THB 420), Sous Vide Beef Tongue (THB 270) served with reddish egg yolk and the magnificent T-bone Steak (THB 580). Decked out with only four dining tables, Mahasan is an intimate space that gives off a welcoming and old-school cool vibe that only makes you want to dine here more.
Mahasan, 1843 Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, +6663 406 5566
Nonna Nella by Lenzi
2018 has welcomed another outstanding Italian restaurant, Nonna Nella by Lenzi — which is the Italian chef Francesco Lenzi’s second venture after the much-loved Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen. Offering pristine Italian products like wines, cured hams, aged sausages and cheeses from his own farm in Italy, the restaurant also cooks yummy family-style dishes, inspired by the recipes of Lenzi’s grandmother. The menu repertoire spans pasta, pizzas, salads and soups such as the Caprese Salad (THB 320), Bufala Pizza (THB 450), which is a buffalo mozzarella — loaded pie and the mouth-watering Spaghettoni Cacio & Pepe, the Roman Pecorino-basted spaghetti dish.
Nonna Nella by Lenzi, CRC Tower, All Seasons Place 1st floor, Wireless Road, Bangkok, +662 038 2184
Lola by Cocotte
Go here for Italian-American fare. Joining Cocotte’s food enclave, Lola by Cocotte at Ekkamai is the new sister of the celebrated, farm-oriented restaurant group. Rev up your food game by tucking into their finger-licking good Cheesy Ravioli (THB 370), Amazing Meatballs (THB 320), a plate of tomato-coated tagliatelle topped with scrumptious meatballs, Bolognese Pizza (THB 390) and the cheesy Cheeseburger Pizza (THB 390). If you’re craving a high-carb slash high-fat feast, undoubtedly, this place won’t disappoint.
Lola by Cocotte, 39 Ekkamai alley soi 12, Bangkok, +6662 208 8828
Nabah Grill & Sky Lounge
Though Indian cuisine hasn’t completely made it into Thailand’s trendy food craze, we can’t deny its spice-packed magic. Offering Indian-infused dishes in a grand royal Indian setting, Nabah rooftop Skybar & Grill, perched on the 16th floor of the Solitaire Hotel, should be your go-to spot when that Indian-food craving hits your stomach. The menu also offers alternative choices of Mediterranean, European, Italian and Continental dishes like steaks, stews, pasta, and hamburgers to cater to all types of food cravings.
Nabah Grill & Sky Lounge, Solitaire Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, +662 081 3815