Where to eat after the party’s over.
Sun-Thu: International buffet dinner at Romsai at B1,472 from 6-10:30pm.
21/100 South Sathon Rd., 02-679-1200. Open daily 12-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm
Wed: The Pavilion offers a French buffet dinner at B1,888 (with two glasses of red wine) with dishes including lobster thermidor and pan-fried foie gras from 6:30-10:30pm.
946 Rama 4 Rd., 02-200-9000. Open daily 6am-11pm
Sunday brunches aren’t the only fancy buffets out there. Here’s where to pig out for dinner any evening of the week.
The Seafood Bar might have now closed, but fortunately you still have its sister eatery. An upcoming event at The Oyster Bar (395 Narathiwas Soi 24, 02-212-4809. www.theoysterbangkok.com) on Jun 8 will herald the arrival of yet more craft beer in Bangkok, with the American Deschutes Brewery (www. www.deschutesbrewery.com) lining up some of their creations like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter.
The fine folk behind popular café and hipster haunt Casa Lapin (Sukhumvit Soi 49 [opposite Samitivej Hospital], 081-257-7920. Open daily 7:30am-9:30pm) have expanded beyond the rabbit-hole original branch to now serve up a good cup of joe in a larger, even more lovely, venue. The brains behind this new hidden café’s Brooklyn-evoking industrial décor is Be Grey (whose previous work includes Karmakamet and In the Mood for Love). The result is a gorgeous and thoughtful place well worth a visit, from the chic daybed out front to the lofty ceiling inside.
Kiintim strikes a good balance of flavor: sweet and creamy with a real taste of coconut courtesy of some delicious little fleshy chunks. It also gives off a pleasant aroma. The only complaint might be that it’s a tiny bit too sweet.
Verdict: All smiles.
In front of the grocery store Lor Yaowaraj, Yaowarat Rd., 089-927-9425. Open 8am-midnight
A summer’s day isn’t complete without ice cream, so we did a blind taste test of the small boutique labels doing coconut-flavored frozen treats.
While many Bangkokians are hooked on their daily cup of coffee, most are still opting for syrupy caffeine hits. With cafés popping up on every corner in Bangkok, BK takes a look at some independent establishments run by owners who are looking to elevate our coffee appreciation in line with the third wave coffee culture sweeping the globe. That can involve sourcing a higher quality of bean, roasting their own, or brewing cups using slower, more intricate methods to ensure a full-flavored cup.
Top-shelf beans, slower drips and in-house roasting are all driving Bangkok's new wave of cafés.
The Dining Room (Lobby Floor, Erawan Hyatt, 494 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-254-1234. BTS Chidlom) is trying to get carnivores through the door with their wagyu promotion between May 10-26. Grilled, roasted or braised, your hunk of beef comes any way you like it at their dinner buffet (B1,380 for Mon-Thu and B1,750 for Fri-Sat). Note that although it’s not Kobe beef, it is Japanese, and comes from prefectures such as Omi and Miyasaki.
There’s yet another Japanese dining hotspot in town with the arrival of High Hat Sushi Bar (Petchburi Soi 47 [Soi Soonvijai], Yaek 1, 02-716-7495). Here, the stylish grey-hued décor is topped off by hanging lamps in the shape of oversized bowler hats, while the kitchen serves up Japanese fusion dishes like hamachi with jalapeno (B520), scallop with sweet corn (B350) and mango green tea macadamia rolls (B150).
Set in an old teak house originally built sometime in the 1920s, new bar and restaurant Hemingway’s (1 Sukhumvit Soi 14, 02-653-3900. BTS Asoke) is causing quite a stir. With a menu that’s said to feature the food and drink much-loved by the intrepid author Ernest Hemingway, its leafy garden sounds like the perfect place to order some pizza, tapas or steak. More adventurous dishes include pan-seared wild caught Hokkaido scallops with cauliflower puree celeriac (B350) and angel hair with roasted asparagus, chive veloute, and King oyster mushroom (B360).
The new Japanese-inspired Nikko Café (Ekkamai Soi 12, 02-381-5291) is set up as a welcoming meeting spot with its wide-ranging drinks list spanning coffee, wine and craft beer. The wood-dominated two-story venue has all the feeling of a comfy home office, with the added bonus of a large outdoor space. Drop by for drinks or a bite from the similarly expansive menu which covers sandwiches, udon and Thai favorites.