With a rich interior of timber, brick and leather, El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse (8, 8/1-7 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Bangkok, 02-255-2864. www.elgaucho.asia) lives up to its macho name (a gaucho is a South American cowboy). Following its success in Vietnam, the steakhouse is now introducing Argentina’s great love of meat to Bangkok, offering high quality cuts simply prepared.
I’ve always liked eating dessert. For a long time I dreamed about opening a dessert restaurant. I was afraid someone would do it before me.
I taped cooking shows and watched them over and over again as a kid. I always enjoyed seeing the women beating eggs or whipping cream. Over time, I realized I wasn’t really into savory cooking. I just love the sweets.
Kulapat “May” Kanokwatanawan, 29, owner of the incredibly popular dessert café After You, talks to BK about the sweet success of her business and explains why she really doesn’t begrudge her many imitators.
Once a month isn’t nearly enough, so here are our picks of the produce from Bo.lan’s Farmer’s Market and where else you can find them.
If you’re looking for a reason to get out of town, then Siam Winery is holding monthly events at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard (081-701-8874-5, 081-701-0222. www.huahinhills.com) starting this Sep to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Monsoon Valley Wines. Through June 2013, the Vineyard is offering bon vivants a weekend getaway of wining and dining, including a 5-course dinner on Fri (B1,800) and a 3-course lunch on Sat (B690), prepared by a guest chef to match a selection of Monsoon Valley wines.
From Oct, Zabbver (02-655-6000. www.zabbver.com) will deliver street food direct to your door. Between 10am-10pm, members can order from places like Rad Na Jae Fai, Guay Jub Nai Lek and Pad Thai Thip Samai, while exclusive members will get a 24-hour delivery option.
GrillMii (Siam Square Soi 2, Bangkok, 02-658-1951) may look like your typical Siam shophouse restaurant, but it actually aims to be just the place for stylish (and skinny) teens to get their fill of red meat at dirt-cheap prices, with pork steaks starting from B79.
Cozy new café Casa Lapin (Thonglor Art Village [between Soi 17 and 19], 353, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, 081-257-7920) has already built a bit of a following with its handsome bleached wood Japanese coffee bar vibe. Expect sweet treats like blueberry cheesecake (B60) and banana crumble cupcake (B25) best enjoyed with their Ethiopian drip coffee (B85).
The rooftop Zense Gourmet Deck & Lounge Panorama (17/F, Zen, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., Bangkok, 02-100-9898. www.zensebangkok.com) has returned to the center of Bangkok. Taste dishes from their five kitchens—White Café (fusion), Gianni Ristorante (Italian), The Kikusui (Japanese), Red (Indian) and To Die For (dessert)—all under the one renovated roof courtesy of Amata Luphaiboon, who designed Sala Phuket Resort and Six Senses Hideaway Samui.
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The Emporio Place, 93/332 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok, 02-160-4342. www.vjoteahouse.com. Open daily 11am-8pm
Is tea the new wine? Sip a fresh brewed blend at these new venues to find out.
On Sep 25-29, Sofitel So Bangkok (2 Sathorn Rd., Bangkok, 02-624-0000) will host its first major culinary event, So Amazing Chefs. Resident chefs Nicholas A. Vienne and Paul Smart will be joined by 10 chefs from around the world (all members of the Village de Chefs association), including Chef Patrick Jeffroy, whose eponymous restaurant holds two Michelin stars. Aiming for fun rather than pretention, the 12 chefs will host cooking classes (B2,900-B3,499), lunches (B900) and dinners (starting at B3,999 for six courses).