The new bar from the guys behind Escapade is all about laab and customized cocktails.
The buzz: The latest opening from Karn Liangsrisuk and Chalermpon (Van) Rohitratana, the mixologist and chef duo behind Phra Athit’s divisive burger institution Escapade, puts the spotlight on a well-stocked bar, customized cocktails and Isaan-inspired food.
The decor: Replacing the glass box that used to be Foong cafe on Phra Athit Road, not far from the burger joint, Rarb has a bit of a construction site feel—stickered and sprayed zinc roof sheets and bare, cracked concrete—with nostalgic touches courtesy of Thai thriller comics glued on the ceiling and white-out-strewn tables.
The music: On-point Thai funk from the ‘70s-'80s.
The food: The single-page handwritten menu lists roughly ten items which highlight secondary cuts of meat, with dishes like larb (with offal, B140 for pork/B180 for beef), deep-fried beef skirt (B240), blanched pig palate (B140) and stewed pig cartilage with rotating vegetables (B160). Despite their simplicity, chef Van’s dishes also reveal real attention to detail in the form of well-diced shallots, house-toasted rice, house-blended chili and sauces.
The drinks: Mixologist Karn rolls out a rotating list of signature drinks together with his daily special (written on a chalkboard pole) or limited items announced on Instagram, just like at Escapade. Don’t miss the outrageously named Fag Cavity, a bourbon-based long drink mixed with green apple, Thai basil and caramel (B350), and Fake Wedding, a Tequila-based drink featuring pink grapefruit, passion fruit and salted caramel (B340). Aside from the homemade umeshu and limoncello, Karn also serves up barrel-aged classics like negroni and Martinez, too. Estrella Damm Inedit (B550) and Evil Twin (B320) are two beer options if you’re not a big fan of cocktails. Teetotalers, don’t miss the refreshing apple and toasted rice mocktail (B140). Vasachol Quadri and Natcha Sanguankiattichai