Opposite’s Jess Barnes takes charge at this sprawling Thonglor restaurant.
Former Opposite Mess Hall head honcho Jess Barnes has taken the reins at Viva Thonglor, a sprawling five-story building undergoing a Commons-like metamorphosis.
For now, the Edison bulb-strewn ground floor serves up the kind of produce-forward, casual plates pulling from global and Asian influences for which Barnes made his name.
These include comforting old faves like bone marrow dumplings in a prawn broth (B600) and a beastly buttermilk fried chicken sandwich (B350), while even heftier sharing fare comes in the form of Chonburi goat braised in milk and wine served with gnocchi made from its own milk (B750)—absolutely delicious.
Get a taste with the daily lunch deal that’s the talk of in-the-know Thonglorites: B375 for three courses with a coffee, tea or cool drink.
Coming soon: a cocktail bar on the third floor, above which will sit Barnes’ own creative venture, 12:51, and a rooftop primed for Sunday sessions.
Coming even sooner, by the end of February: a full butcher corner from Joe Sloane, where his team will be grinding up sausages and prepping cuts of meat on the spot, much of which will also appear on Viva's menu.