For foodies who need some extra inspiration to keep their inner food geek going this March 2021, we’ve got you covered.

Bangkok’s culinary establishments constantly feed the city with new dishes, new menus, new dining concepts, and bold pop-ups to keep us food buffs energised and excited. Here’s what’s new in the Bangkok dining scene that will sure enliven your appetite this month.

Image credit: Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 

Singapore-themed Afternoon Tea & Laksa 3 Ways at Tuxedo Espresso Bar, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit

Have had enough of the common afternoon tea laden with the same ol’ sweets and savouries bites? This Singapore-themed Afternoon Tea at Tuxedo Espresso Bar within the Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit should be your move. Only until the end of March, the afternoon tea curated by Carlton’s Executive Chef Kan Bright San will let you traverse through Lion City through a spread of Singaporean sweets and savouries. Think, Kueh Dadar, Durian Puff Craquelin, Oriental Egg Tart, Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Chwee Kueh Steamed Rice Cake with Preserved Turnip, and more. Priced at THB 1,080++ (for two), the special high tea set offers a change of scene to your humdrum afternoon tea and will satisfy your craving for the real-deal meals you miss in Singapore.

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For laksa fans, if you are not in the know already, World Laksa Day takes place annually on 6 March and 3 June, which gives us all the more reason to tuck into the bowl filled with delicious comfort. Available throughout March also, foodies are welcome to enjoy Laksa 3 Ways at Tuxedo Espresso Bar. Executive Chef Kan serves up three different laksa from three different regions of Southeast Asia – Peranakan Laksa Noodle, Assam Laksa,and Malaysian-style Curry Noodle, all priced at THB 380++ per bowl. Hungry now? Let’s get slurping.

Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 491 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, +662 090 7888

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Khao

For a Thai fine dining restaurant that’s worth splurging every Baht on, Khao is definitely in our top three. We recently got a chance to visit and took delight in one of their stellar tasting menus over at their latest venue in Ploenchit, the second branch of Khao Ekkamai which has been awarded one Michelin star in both 2020 and 2021.

Situated at Piya Place on Soi Tonson, the outlet churns out a drool-inducing array of traditional Thai dishes with no-nonsense tweaks. And as much as we love the signatures like Namphrik Long Ruea, Beef Panaeng, and Crab Khai Jiew from their a la carte menu, we suggest you opt for their tasting menus: 11 Courses (THB 950), 13 Courses (THB 1,350), 15 Courses (THB 1,700) and 17 Courses (THB 2,300). They all come brimming with signature dishes. Our advice? Save plenty of room for a meal here because it will surely not be like fine dining’s typical teeny-tiny portion.

Khao, 31/1 Soi Tonson, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, +662 252 1619; Open: Mon-Sun, 12-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10 pm for dinner.

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Market Cafe by Khao

Apart from enjoying Khao’s star-studded Thai delicacies in their Ekkamai and Ploenchit branches, discerning diners can now stop by the newly revamped Market Cafe, now known as the Market Cafe by Khao, at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit. Here, they’re serving up Khao’s signatures like Gaeng Runjuan, Massaman Curry, Crabmeat Satay, and more, alongside a list of special exclusives. If a city-centre hotel vibe is more of what you’re after for a nice meal out, this one should be your go-to.

Market Cafe by Khao, Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, 1, Sukhumvit Soi 13 Bangkok, +662 098 1346; Open: Mon-Sun, 6-10:30 pm.

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Rare BKK

For a more casual fine dining restaurant, head over to Rare BKK where diners will get to gorge on a boatload of fine edible luxuries like truffle, langoustine, uni, lobster, Miyazaki A5 wagyu, and more. Helmed by Chef Thanachot “Bam” Dolchalaikorn, the restaurant offers up special seasonal tasting menus changing according to what blooms best in each season. This time around, Rare BKK presents us their “French Fine Tasting Menu” (THB 2,800++), featuring 11 courses inspired by French classic dishes. Expect to see delicacies like truffle foam soup, sea bass-stuffed tortellini, and Jade Tiger abalone cured in herbs and butter.

Rare BKK, 258/25 Nakornchaisri Road, Dusit District, Bangkok, +6681 939 9949; Open: Thu-Tue, 12-2 pm for lunch and 5-7 pm and 7:30-9:30 pm for dinner.

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Restaurant Stage

Inspired by comfort street food from around the world, the new ‘Stage 5.0’ tasting menu (THB 1,900++ for five courses with an additional of 1,000++ for wine pairing) at Restaurant Stage already needs no convincing with that menu description. Head chef and owner Jay Sangsingkeaw and the team will transport you to China with the Bao Bun, to France with French Tarte Tatin, and all around the globe for more. Travel for the palate.

Restaurant Stage, 359/2 Ekamai Complex, Sukhumvit 63, North Khlongtan, Bangkok, +662 002 5253; Open: Mon-Sun, 6-11 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.