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Bangkok restaurant REVIEW:
El Tapeo

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The buzz: The latest tapas contender in town is the sister restaurant of a 12-year-old place in Madrid called El Rinconcito de Juan. That restaurant’s chef, Ruben Gonzalez, teams up with husband-wife duo Manatsanan Charoensuk and Jorge Arnanz to give a three-story space on Soi Thonglor a vibrant makeover and serve authentic flavors.
 
The decor: What was previously the dark and macho three-story setting of Hunt’s restaurant and bar now boasts decidedly Spanish flourishes in the form of beautiful patterned tiles, yellow accents and the odd hanging photograph. A wooden bar seats four at the entrance, while the third floor’s full-height windows offer views over the bustling street and the under-construction Eight Thonglor mall.
 
The food: Chef Ruben works with imported cheese, cured meats and black squid ink from Spain and local seafood and vegetables to whip up down-to-earth but delicious small plates. Prices are cheap for this part of town, too, starting at B130 for the gazpacho. Expect all the classics like gambas al ajillo (B150), which sees perfectly fried prawns come with little crisp shards of garlic, and albondigas de cerdo caseras (B150), minced pork meatballs in an unctuous tomato sauce. More substantial is the arroz negro (squid ink paella with seafood, B850), which serves 2-3 people and comes with a flavorful garlic aioli. For drinking snacks, ask for their pintxos of the day or try out the pimientos de padron (Galician roasted peppers, B150) and the baked potato skins with sour cream (B150). There are also tostas (open sandwiches) in combos like jamon Iberico with tomato (B250) and salmon with brie (B195).
 
The drinks: Owner Jorge Arnanz sources most bottles from Spain (from B690 for the house cabernet sauvignon). There are a handful of options available by the glass, with the house white and red wines starting at B150. It wouldn’t be a Spanish restaurant without sangria, here made with cava at B220/glass; or B850/jug; teetotalers can get the virgin option at B135/glass. Beers include draught Estrella Galicia at B70.  
 
Why we’d come back: Tapas in Bangkok doesn’t come much better than this. Throw in affordable prices and there are really no excuses.
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Phone: 02-052-0656
El Tapeo, 159/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok, Thailand

Nearest Train:

BTS Thong Lo

Opening Hours:

Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11:30-1am

Cuisine:

Spanish
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