Asoke’s new diner City Skyline serves hearty meals the American way: burgers (from B225), macaroni and cheese (B255), ribs (from B255), onion rings (B125) and a whole lot more. Owner Katherine Aphaivongs developed her recipes after 10 years spent living in the US, lending her American comfort food real credibility. We especially love the breakfasts, served from as early as 7am on weekdays and consisting of the likes of country fried steak and eggs with milk gravy (B195), biscuits with eggs and milky sausage gravy (B155) and stacks of six-inch pancakes (B115). Finish your meal with an apple pie (B155) or one of the other house-baked items.
A partnership between designer Kelly Wheatley and Eat Me’s Tim Butler made this the hottest ticket in town at the beginning of the year. The kitchen, though, is helmed by Arnold Marcella, whose new-American cuisine is influenced from a head chef stint at The Elm in New York City and time working under two-Michelin-star chef Paul Liebrandt. Small plates of beef tongue and snails (B425) and veal agnolotti pasta (B450) are inventive, powerful amalgamations of flavor, while mains such as the sticky wagyu short rib (B2,300) play the role of comforting stomach fillers—a true taste of inventive, modern American cookin.
The wait is over! Ben and Jerry’s is now in Bangkok, at Siam Paragon. Ben & Jerry’s was founded in 1978 in Vermont by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, and is known for its outrageous flavor combos. Those who have been in the US may be familiar (or, actually, in love) with this popular ice-cream brand as it’s not hard to lose yourself in front of all the funky flavors on offer. Ever since it was announced, the opening of the Bangkok branch was highly anticipated, with the kind of trepidation that preceded the openings of Krispy Kreme and Garrett Popcorn. The Paragon outlet serves the beloved Cherry Garcia (cherry ice cream with cherries and chocolate fudge flakes), Chunky Monkey (banana ice cream with chocolate fudge chunks and walnuts), chocolate chip cookie dough and nine other flavors, starting at B129 for small cup or cone. You can add an extra B40 for a waffle cone or make it sundaes (from B245) and shakes (from B175).
After branching out to Tokyo, Dubai and Singapore, New York's Clinton Street Baking Company will open in Bangkok this December on the ground floor of Siam Paragon. The 15-year-old Manhattan-hailing diner is known for its all-day breakfast and American classics, especially the renowned soft-but-crispy-on-the-outside buttermilk pancakes—which the likes of New York Magazine and Lonely Planet have hailed as the best in the city. Chef-owner Neil Kleinberg guarantees that his top-selling pancakes, biscuits, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles will all be on the menu in Bangkok. In fact, we already had a chance to try some of his offerings—and we're in love with the rich, fudgy brownie.
Hot on the heels of Clinton Street Baking Company comes another all-American brand. Known for its breakfast items served all day with extra-long hours (some branches even stay open 24/7), the IHOP chain has more than 1,600 locations across the US, Canada and Asia. On top of its signature stack of five buttermilk pancakes, IHOP (short for International House of Pancakes) also serves the likes of French toast, crepes, omelettes, sandwiches and breakfast plates. The Bangkok branch is set to open this December. Stay tuned at bit.ly/2fKZzJ3
Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Red Rye Finish
Johnnie Walker's blenders looked to the American bourbons and ryes from Kentucky to create this first release in the new Blenders' Batch series. While regular bottles of Johnnie Walker stick to the brand's signature, slightly smoky flavor, for this series the blenders have been allowed to go down any route they like. The result is a whiskey that’s definitely cleared of any smoky notes, leaving something sweeter and easy to drink. At B899 per 700ml/bottle (available at most supermarkets) there’s a lot to like when fixing yourself a Sazerac or an old-fashioned.
Live jazz and soul bands take the stage Thursday to Saturday, while guests sip on potenet, whiskey-forward drinks creted by familiar face Suchada “Fahbeer” Sopajaree (one of 2016’s 12 finalists at Diageo World Class Thailand Competition and previously behind Hugo Eatery & Bar). Try the Horned (B360), a mule-inspired drink which sees Maker’s Mark bourbon mixed with homemade pear and rosemary puree, Southern Comfort, lemon and simple syrup. To eat, chicken wings, burgers and steaks complete the bar's American credentials.
This Land—A Celebration of the American Spirit from Johnnie Walker
In celebration of America’s varied landscape and unerring spirit of possibility, Scotch whiskey-maker Johnnie Walker recently created This Land, a 90-second video that features powerful images shot across the subcontinent. Taking inspiration from the lyrics of legendary country singer Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” the film presents a powerful message of hope and unity.
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