Banh Mi Bo
Where: 762 Sukhumvit Rd.
The Vietnamese sandwich specialist
left its original spot on Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 in February for a new, bigger home on Sukhumvit’s main drag (between Soi 30/1 and 32). The grab-and-go concept remains the same, though, with a bigger menu and few more tables on-site. The construction is still ongoing with a plan to finish in August.
Where: Soi Amorn, Nang Linchi Rd.
’s French chef Jeremy Tourret has left the market-bistro to open his own place on Nang Linchi Road. As the name suggests, the restaurant will focus on roast chicken, as well as other healthy organic food.
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Burger and Lobster
Where: Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd.
The renowned UK chain is now coming our way
. Those who have visited the UK might be familiar with the brand, known for offering only three items: hamburgers, whole lobsters (poached or baked) and lobster rolls. The affordable prices for quality lobsters also mean regular queues for tables. Founded in 2011 by Russian owners in Mayfair, London, the chain has now expanded to 20 branches in the UK and internationally, including Dubai, Stockholm, New York and Genting Highlands in Malaysia.
Changwon Express at Flow House
Where: Flow House, A Square, Sukhumvit Soi 26.
The indie Korean craft beer bar on the far end of Asoke is branching out. With the recent launch of two canned beers (Asoke Pale Ale
and Chao Phraya Stout
) under its own name, Changwon Express
is now fully supporting local brews. The new place will be located inside Flow House on Sukhumvit Soi 26 (where Chang Bar was to be), serving 30 taps of Thai craft beer alongside big slices of New York-style pizza.
Insects in the Backyard
Opening: End of June
Bangkok will soon welcome a restaurant dedicated to edible insects
—a trend that’s been creeping onto menus globally of late thanks to places like Noma. Insects in the Backyard sits in Thonburi’s soon-to-open art complex, Chang Chui, and has been conceptualized by the team behind the Old Town’s beloved Seven Spoons. So, rest assured the food will be a little different to the fried insects we’re familiar with on the street. Chef Thitiwat Tantragarn will serve the likes of cricket pasta with pesto and chorizo, red ant and peppercorn-marinated tomahawk steak and Marou chocolate-covered crickets.
Where: 39/F, Sathorn Square, 98 Sathorn Rd.
The closure of Signature
in 2015 has left a restaurant void in Sathorn Square which, happily, is now going to be filled by another Japanese restaurant. US-born Koi jazzes up its traditional dishes like wagyu carpaccio with yuzu dressing, lobster tacos with yuzu guacamole, quinoa croquette with edamame cream and braised short ribs with plum wine reduction. They also promise a bar with a proper sommelier and sake specialist.
Ministry of Crab
Opening: End of the year
Where: Sukhumvit Soi 31
On Asia’s “50 Best Restaurants” list for a few years now, the Sri Lankan crab specialist offers its signature crab in four ways: chilli crab, pepper crab, garlic crab and Sri Lankan crab curry. Chef Dharshan Munidasa has stopped by Bangkok a few times, and rumor has it that Sukhumvit Soi 31 is getting a Ministry of Crab by the end of the year.
Penthouse Bar & Grill
Where: Park Hyatt, 88 Wireless Rd.
Walnut woods, pale marble, leathers and antique mirror ceilings high above the city play host to the three tiers of restaurants and bars at Bangkok’s hottest new hotel opening. Penthouse Bar and Grill features a vintage car-racing themed cocktail lounge complete with an “antechamber”, or secret room, hidden behind a walnut panel. In here, we’re being told of red-tiled walls sourced from Chiang Mai, Macassar-ebony wood and classic button-tufted leather. The pale marble-clad grill restaurant serves premium meat, while there’s also a garden-styled roof terrace.
Supanniga x Roots
Opening: July 1
Where: Riva Arun, 392/25-26 Maharaj Rd.
We know the name “Supanniga
” for its casual chic locations and reliable Thai food. But if there’s one thing missing from the restaurants, it’s the view. The third branch of Supanniga sits on the riverside deck of Tha Tien’s Riva Arun. On top of the food, you can get Roots
’s fine coffee here.