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7 hot new restaurants to check out in Bangkok this December

The arrival of Jamie Oliver, American-style ribs, a new rooftop hangout and cured meats galore. 

By Natcha Sanguankiattichai | Nov 26, 2016

  • 7 hot new restaurants to check out in Bangkok this December
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Above Riva

Above Riva is the rooftop restaurant of Riva Arun, the latest shop-house boutique hotel in Tha Tien, the neighborhood opposite Wat Arun. Head up to its rooftop—stairs only—and you’ll find an alfresco terrace where practically every table gets prime river views. Dishes add a Thai touch to Western classics, from light bites like deep-fried calamari served with a salted egg yolk and shrimp roe sauce (B325), to a take on osso bucco (braised veal) in massaman curry (B720).
4/F, Riva Arun, 392/25-26 Maharaj Rd. Tel. 02-221-1188

City Skyline

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.

36/9 Sukhumvit Soi 21, Tel. 02 664 4300

Hot Wheels Pizza

Former food truck Hot Wheels Pizza has finally found a permanent home at Thonglor’s The Society Fair, a newly-launched communal food zone. The pizza joint’s chef-proprietor Teddy Blackway serves his 55-hour-raised pizza, baked in a big wood-fired oven inside the kiosk. Expect familiar flavors like four cheese (B280/360) and Teddy’s Favorite (four cheese, black olive, mushroom, mild chili, B290/390) or create your own pizza from B240. They also deliver (Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight; Sun 6-10pm).
G/F, Opus Bldg., Thonglor Soi 10, Tel. 02-066-6300

Jamie's Italian

The Italian restaurant chain of Britain's most-celebrity of celebrity chefs, Jamie Oliver, has opened in Bangkok. For those who aren't familiar with the name, Oliver is the personality behind numerous cooking shows and best-selling UK cookbooks. If you've ever eaten at any of Jamie's other branches, you'll recognize Jamie's Italian's menu of antipasti (starting B490 for two), pasta (try the prawn linguine, B300) and pizza (margherita, B310). Mains are unambitious but comforting. A 12oz rib-eye steak sets you back B1,490 and comes with wild mushrooms, gremolata (a chopped herb condiment), balsamic onions and chips. Elsewhere there's burgers (B560), fish stew (B520) and pan-fried fish-of-the-day (B620).
G/F, Siam Discovery, Rama 1, 02-255-5222. BTS Siam

Slanted Taco

Tucked right beside Craft beer bar on Sukhumvit Soi 23, colorful new Mexican restaurant Slanted Taco sees a familiar face helm the kitchen. Mexican native Jorge Bernal (previously of Sabroso and the former incarnation of Tacos & Salsa) rolls out the full list of comforting fare: guacamole and chips (B200), tortilla soup (B180), quesadillas (from B200), burritos (from B210), fajitas (from B480) and, of course, tacos (from B70). Bernal's homespun flavors remain, but armed with a larger kitchen and more staff the chef has the means to be more ambitious. Enjoy the freshly house-made corn tortilla as tacos with your choice of filling: roast chicken, pork carnitas (slow-cooked pork), chicken tinga (seasoned shredded chicken, B70 each), chorizo, grilled beef and sauteed mushroom (B90 each). Big timers can also tackle “El Diablo," a 1.5kg wet burrito, stuffed with all the aforementioned fillings, plus Mexican rice, beans and a spicy hot sauce. Yours for B999. To drink, there are Mexican beers (from B260) and a few margarita variations (from B320).

16 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Tel. 02-258-0546

The Cured Chamber

Walking into The Cured Chamber, you’re confronted with a display room of hanging ham hocks and dried meats. These well-preserved products are the undoubted stars here, be it the highly-priced Spanish Iberico ham, Italian San Daniele ham, speck (pork belly), chorizo or salami (B520 or B980 a platter). They’re also part of dishes like pancetta-wrapped, pan-fried tiger prawns (B410), served with spicy tomato sauce, and rigatoni Iberico ham (B440). Elsewhere on the menu are soups, salads, pastas and steaks. Sip some wine (from B290) with your plate of cold cuts or opt for one of the cocktails like The Ultimate Cherry (St. Remy VSOP, cherry brandy, guava juice and cherry, B280).
G/F, Somerset Ekkamai, 22 Ekkamai Soi 2, Tel. 02-381-4381

Wild & Co.

The land that used to be pre-game institution Stu-fe now opens with a meaty new concept. Wild & Co. takes you into the wilderness with both its forest-y interior and carnivorous food, served in two stylish glass houses. Heading the kitchen here, Chatphon Thavornvanit (who’s also behind Munchies sausages) focuses on hefty meat dishes, especially game, rolling out dishes like baked bacon-wrapped rabbit with kidney, liver and greens dressed with rabbit jus (B690) and quail salad (B390), as well as Australian Angus tomahawk (B3,290 for 1.2kg). One glasshouse is dedicated to the bar, which serves classic cocktails and the odd spirit-forward concoction.

31/3 Soi Farm Wattana, Rama 4 Rd., Tel. 087-999-9948


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