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7 hot new restaurants to check out in Bangkok this November

Starring incredible tapas in Ekkamai, Cocotte's sister seafood restaurant and a legendary beef noodle shop's hip new home. 

By BK staff | Oct 30, 2017

  • 7 hot new restaurants to check out in Bangkok this November
    Broken Eggs
  • 7 hot new restaurants to check out in Bangkok this November
    The Raweekanlaya

Broken Eggs 

Broken Eggs ran a stall serving tapas in Phra Khanong’s W District for two years before hitting Ekkamai with this full-scale restaurant for tapas-dining feasts. Galician-born chef Jacobo Astray, the guy behind Bangkok-based private fine-dining business Gula, makes tapas like grilled octopus with potato pure and paprika, Iberico pork shoulder that comes with addictive chimichurri sauce and, the house signature, huevos rotos—eggs fried in plenty of olive oil and beaten up with Iberico ham. Also don’t miss the classic gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimps), which comes in an ample portion with plenty of robust, crispy garlic. The restaurant also boasts a delicious seafood paella, cooked on the weekends in a big pan by the front door. Quench your thirst on the Mediterranean-style gin and tonics, and in-house sangria. 

Sukhumvit Soi 63. See full details here.

 

JUA

Chef Chet Adkins was among the team who made the old Ku De Ta’s Signature restaurant one of the most creative—and delicious—Japanese restaurants in Bangkok. His new Charoenkrung space deals in wallet-friendly but impeccably prepared izakaya-style skewers, served alongside an impressive sake collection. The concise menu charts just half a page, offering luscious banana prawns grilled to that medium sweet spot on aromatic longan wood and smeared with durian butter. The house-cured bacon-wrapped asparagus earns an equally pleasant smokiness from tamarind wood, as do the tender chicken wings spiked with kampot pepper powder. The cured bacon reappears in the simple dish of corn tossed in butter and bacon cubes.

Charoen Krung Soi 28. See full details here.

Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro

Cocotte's new sister restaurant ditches the farmhouse for the Mediterranean seaside and serves up imported seafood alongside hefty slabs of meat. Within the sprawling blue and white house, an open kitchen bustles with all the action of a fresh seafood market complete with tanks of live Maine lobster and oysters. Italian chef Marco Pacetta (formerly with Issaya) highlights Spanish-style big plates like a paella in which bomba rice is cooked in lobster bisque with half a Maine lobster and chicken, and a bouillabaise where the fish stew is spiced up with saffron potatoes. Like at Cocotte, you can pick up cold cuts from a market-esque deli counter and take your pick of bottles from a small wine room. 

Ekkamai Soi 12. See full details here.

 

The Raweekanlaya

The Raweekanlaya is a new boutique hotel in the Old Town whose grand colonial structure can be traced back to the late 1800s. Now there’s a genuine reason to settle yourself down on its terrace shaded by gorgeous old banyan trees: a new Thai menu that spotlights ingredients plucked straight from the hotel’s organic garden, such as beetroot and roselle. Try the homemade rice noodles with Isaan-style jungle curry and prawn or grilled beef steak with sticky rice and Thai melon salad to go with a refreshing butterfly pea or pandanus juice.

Krung Kasem Rd. See full details here.

 

Tacochela

Mikkeller, the Danish microbrewery that opened a bar in Ekkamai in 2014, combines a love of tacos and beer at Tacochela, its new venture in Ari. Inside, the decor is fun and playful with rainbow-colored chairs and window frames contrasting with the exposed white brick. Tacos come heaped with the topping of your choice on either a corn or flour wrap. Try the fried barracuda coated in a crispy thin batter and drizzled in spicy mayo, or the beef steak with herby chimichurri sauce. Mexican-born chef Jimmy Rojas Lopez also whips out spice-heavy dishes such as longaniza (Spanish sausages with smoked chipotle), served with warm, fragrant flour wraps. With 20 different beers on tap, Tacochela hasn’t forgotten its brewery roots, while kegs of margarita-based cocktails add a Mexican touch. 

Ari Samphan Soi 1. See full details here.

 

Thing Things

Over in Thonburi, hipsters are getting excited over ThingThings, a little multi-label craft store that serves incredibly flavorful Trang-style Southern food come the weekend (Sat-Sun only, for now). The dishes here are notable for the heavy use of black peppercorn, so much so that the super-hot kua kling pak sod (spicy ground pork) comes in a far darker shade of yellow than you’re probably used to.The gaeng kua puu bai chapluu (crab curry) is just as fiery, using only undiluted coconut milk for a richer flavor and germinated brown rice noodles that have been boiled in pandan juice for a little earthy sweetness. Here, you can also shop for ceramics from Don Moo Din, soap from Mood Mind Body, Japanese-style cotton clothes from Chiang Mai’s Baanyen Store and pleat bags from A Pale Petal.

ThoetThai Soi 9. See full details here.

Yih Sahp Luhk

Phra Athit Road's legendary Nai Soi beef noodle shop, in business for over 40 years, has now popped up with a new, spin-off branch in the Rattanakosin area, courtesy of the Teochew-founder's son. Complete with air-con and a fresh, Wong Ka Wai-worthy vibe of red lighting and cool, white terrazzo, Yih Sahp Luhk dishes out beef-heavy dishes amid fragrant aromas of Chinese spice. Yih sahp luhk literally means “easy to cook” in Cantonese, and the menu offers a single-page of simple, hot pot and rice dishes. Order up a beef hot pot to share, featuring braised beef, sliced tenderloin, beef balls and vegetables. You can also add in tendon-rich beef shank or braised kobe beef to the herby soup. Too much? Then try our fave: the beef steamed rice in a clay pot, featuring perfectly cooked rice and hints of pleasant smokiness. 

Charoen Krung Rd. See full details here.

 
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