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BANGKOK VENUE:
The Commons

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WHAT IS IT?

Good food takes center stage at this new loft-like, open-plan community mall from Varat and Vicharee Vichit-Vadakan, the siblings behind Roast cafe. The ambitious project works kind of like a food court, only a really, really good one. Diners can order their favorite dishes from the various food kiosks to dine at the central communal area before heading upstairs for dessert and shopping.
 

WHERE TO EAT

Barrio Bonito

Established about eight years ago on Koh Chang, Barrio Bonito quickly earned itself Tripadvisor's no. 1 restaurant spot on the island. Co-owner Mariana Villalobos Torres, a self-taught chef from Mexico City, turns out authentic native dishes on a short menu that rotates daily. Usual offerings include burritos, tacos and queso (cheese fondue) with different fillings and toppings like homemade chorizo, slow-cooked pulled pork, beef and lamb.
 

Egg My God

From the people behind Baan Ying Cafe & Meal come these fun, easy dishes all focusing on one ingredient, egg. Try the cold angel hair pasta with truffle and chive oil, shiitake and salted egg yolk (B250), salted egg cheesy fried (B160) and their version of steak and egg (B490) that places flavorful marinated Australian tenderloin on a bed of cream cheese scrambled eggs. For dessert, they also incorporate salty egg yolk into the baked custard cream (B90).
 

Meat & Bones

The most buzzed-about barbecue opening since Smokin' Pug is all about ribs—and pretty much ribs alone. There are two options: the standout eight-hour-roasted beef ribs (B480) and six-hour-roasted pork ribs (B280), both cooked in a smokehouse and slathered with the in-house recipe of rubs and barbecue sauce. 081-933-7143, www.fb.com MeatandBonesBangkok
 

Peppina

The ever-expanding Napoli-style pizza specialist (also found on Sukhumvit Soi 31Tha Maharaj and in Sriracha) continues to dish out some of the best and most authentic pizza (from B350) in town. Chef Paolo Vitaletti sets the bar high with his tangy dough, pillow-soft crust and delicious San Marzano tomato sauce. 02-119-7677, www.peppina.asia
 

Roast

The business that had a big hand in kick-starting Bangkok’s brunch craze serves all-day dishes like crab cakes with eggs Benedict (B360), corned beef hash (B280), and a sinfully rich strawberry waffle (B260). Other meals are represented on the menu too, such as lunch (burgers) and dinner (steak frites B890, roast chicken B480). Thanks to carefully-sourced beans roasted in house, the coffee here is excellent. 02-185-2865, www.roastbkk.com
 

Soul Food 555

The folks behind the perpetually popular Soul Food Mahanakorn’s new venture spotlights comforting Thai bites, some of which are turned into burgers: the Risky Chicken (B250) wraps up a meal of somtam with fried chicken in a Conkey’s brioche bun, while the Khao Soy Cowboy (B259) sees pulled pork in khao soy curry mixed with sweet potato and mustard pickles—ferociously fiery with a satisfying crunch from the crispy egg noodles. If the whole thing screams Brooklyn, it may come as no surprise that Soul Food also supplies some of these dishes to hip New York hangout Baby’s All Right. www.soulfoodmahankorn.com

Xiao Chi

Bao & Buns’ spin-off introduces Bangkok to yet more varieties of Chinese street food, this time mostly from the mainland, like dan dan egg noodles (B140) and grilled pork (B180) from Szechuan, and Shanghai-style grilled beef (B200). Of course, you can still expect a variety of bao buns, including the traditional braised pork belly bao (B130) and the delicious Xi-an burger (pan-fried bao with chopped lamb shoulder, B180). 02-185-2497, www.fb.com/xiaochishop
 

Holy Moly

Chef Chalee Kader (of Surface, The Beer Bridge, Knock) takes his snacks seriously at this fun-looking pie place. The name reflects the eureka moment when you bite into these gourmet pastry parcels and discover fillings as intriguing as Iberico pork char siu (B135), portobello mushroom with parmesan and truffle (B155), beef stew and egg (B155) and even a chunk of camembert with salted caramel (B155).The super-thin and crispy puff pastry is made using the best French flour and butter Chalee can get his hands on, and gets baked on-site all day long. 089-000-6659, www.fb.com/holymolybangkok

Maygori

This After You spin-off is all about icy treats, namely the much-hyped kakigori. Here, you can top your delicately shaved ice with the likes of ume (Japanese plum, B185), yuzu yogurt panna cotta (yuzu sauce, yogurt cream, panna cotta, B185), Milo/Jamba (chocolate malt, pink milk, B185/B175), hojicha (hojicha, tapioca pearl, shiratama dango, B225) and mont blanc (chestnut cream and roasted chestnut, B245). Like at After You, you have to pay for your order at the counter before sitting. 02-185-2519, www.instagram.com/maygori

 

Jona Waffle

Le Cordon Bleu grad owner Songpon Wongpaisan's Jona Waffle specializes in overnight yeast-raised waffles. The result: a crispier crust, lighter interior, and little trace of yeasty flavor. The plain waffle at B120 is just a starting off point for you to add ice cream (B55/scoop), fresh fruit (B20-50) and sauces (B40-60). Or go for one of their pre-prepared treats like the Lady in Red (original waffle with fresh strawberries, blueberries, yogurt honey, berry sauce and strawberry ice cream, B230) and the blueberry cheese pie-inspired Blue Angel (chocolate waffle topped with blueberries, cream cheese sauce and raspberry jam, B220). 02-185-2472, www.fb.com/jonawaffle

 

WHERE TO DRINK

The Beer Cap

Unlike its sister venue, Brew, The Beer Cap focuses on niche craft beers, both on tap and by the bottle. When we last visited, there were six beers on tap: BrewDog Punk IPA (B160/260 per pint/half-pint), Holgate (B220), Chainbreaker White IPA (B240), Epic Escape IPA (B220), Epic Mid Mountain mid ale (B220) and Limburgse Witte (B140/240). Bottles are categorized by style (not country of origin like at Brew) and cover brands like Hitachino, La Trappe, Rogue and Chimney. 02-185-2517, www.brewbkk.com
 

Track 17

Hidden away on the second floor, this cocktail bar is decked out in a vintage train cabin theme. Not only is the dark-wood decor easy on the eyes, the drinks are the real deal too. Familiar face Ronnaporn “Neung” Kanivichaporn (2014 Thailand World Class Bartender and co-founder and mixologist at Rood Hideaway) helms the bar where he serves a list of drinks that's heavy on forgotten classics. If you’re a fan of negroni, for example, try Rosita which replaces gin with tequila and also features homemade sweet vermouth, Italian dry vermouth, Campari and a dash of Angostura bitters (B330). 02-101-4525

 

ALSO CHECK OUT

Upstairs, you’ll find the Plant House florist shop, Mahajak sound equipment store and Treasures vintage fashion store, as well a new Absolute Yoga studio. Get your fresh-baked baguettes, croissants and more at Maison Jean-Philippe.
 

 

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Phone: 089-152-2677
The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Hours:

daily 8-1am

Open Since:

December, 2015
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