Mikkeller, the Danish microbrewery that opened a bar in Ekkamai
in 2014, follows it up with a new Ari bar and restaurant specializing in tacos.
The decor: Fun and playful, with rainbow-colored chairs and brightly painted window frames contrasting with the exposed white brick. Painted figures (named Henry and Sally) run across one wall with a giant chili in tow. Remember the laid-back bean bags in the lawn of Mikkeller Ekkamai? They're back, but in a smaller outdoor space.
The Food: Tacos come heaped with the topping of your choice on either a corn or flour wrap. Try the fried barracuda (B280) coated in a crispy thin batter and drizzled in spicy mayo, or the beef steak (B220) with herby chimichurri sauce. Mexican-born chef Jimmy Rojas Lopez has done stints in the kitchens of W Resort on Puerto Rico as well as the two Michelin-starred Annua in Spain. For his longaniza (Spanish sausages with smoked chipotle and spices, B280), he uses meat from Sloane’s butcher and serves it with warm, fragrant flour wraps. The queso fundido (Mexican cheese fondue, B250) also comes with tortillas for you to wrap up gooey cheese and toasted mushrooms in. A tray of chipotle paste, roasted tomato salsa and onion pickles is on hand for those who want to spice things up a bit.
The drinks: Of the 20 beers on tap, Mikkeller Mexas Ranger spiced porter (B160) and Mikkeller SD Mango Berliner Weisse (B360) are particularly tasty, while Zeffer Apple Crumble spiced cider (B220) provides something for non-beer drinkers. Kegs of margarita-based cocktails also add a Mexican touch. Wash down your tacos with some bubbly passion fruit margarita (B260/150ml) in a glass rimmed with Cholula hot sauce.
Why we’d be back: The impeccable beer selection and vibrant flavors of Mexico come served in a laid-back house down a tranquil soi.