The buzz: A restaurant whose name literally translates to “rice” in Spanish, Arroz vies for the title of best-paella-in-town with the offerings of Spanish chef-owner Victor Burgos (formerly of Thyme), whose portfolio includes stints at Michelin-starred restaurants like The Principle in Hong Kong.
The decor: Thanks to one of those charming mid-century homes dotted around Thonglor, it has that quaintly residential feel, which Burgos’ team have directed in a Latin direction with colorful tiles, custom-made clay pots and dishware from Spain. The indoor dining area is vast (with nice views through to the kitchen), but we’re betting the terrace will be the spot to book Oct-Feb, thanks to its easygoing garden vibe.
The food: We’ve already bigged up their paella (the black ink and Euro-hailing seafood variety at B1,200/2,300 is a real highlight), but the restaurant also specializes in another Spanish rice dish arroz meloso, known in English as paella’s creamier cousin. Burgos’ flavorful stewed pork variety in a paprika-rich broth (B550) packs a real kick. Other tapas staples on the menu include cold cuts (of course there’s iberico ham at B750/500g), gazpacho soup (B150), croquettes (B160) and garlic prawns (B280). You can also have rice for dessert in the form of a rice pudding with mint and chocolate (B180).
The drinks: The menu lists an impressive 100-odd Spanish wines, and over 20 of those can be ordered by the glass or carafe. Prices start from B165 by the glass. The restaurant also stores beers like Estrella Galicia (B100/330ml).
Why you should care: The spot actually belongs to Burgos himself, and restaurants driven by a chef are nearly always better than ones imagined by business partners. Plus, we’ve tasted the paella, and it’s intense.