The new Western restaurant Number 9 Grill is already drawing in weekend crowds of families and couples. Seat yourself in the dark-hued dining room and dip into the menu of regular comfort dishes like seafood ravioli (B185), pasta with white clam sauce (B260) and roasted lamb shank (B560).
Run by the same people behind Water Library and Hong Bao, Bistro Amarone serves up impressive, authentic Italian dishes at very reasonable prices. Popular dishes include the wood-fired square pizza, scallop and eggplant ravioli and mango tart with passion fruit sorbet. Otherwise, you can also drop...
Ramen Santouka | Bangkok
Joining a host of nearby ramen eateries like Saboten and Yumemiya, Santouka landed in Bangkok having already opened 40 branches across Japan, the US and Canada. After some training at the mother branch in Hokkaido, the owner, Pornpawan Chamriangrit, came back home with a Japanese chef in tow and a...
Situated in the best spot of the Asiatique riverside arcade, it’s easy to see why this industrial-loft-like space easily attracts swarms of diners with its warm and cheerful atmosphere. We don’t think the packed tables come down to the food, though. Sadly, Happy Fish doesn’t break...
This new face at Nihonmura Mall, an izakaya, is adorned with bamboo trees, Japanese lanterns and sake barrels. We particularly like this place’s high-ceiling which gives it an airy and grand feel that all but transports you out of the mall. Besides the variety of beef for yakiniku (meat...
As the name suggests, Flann O’Brien’s is your archetypal Irish pub (they also have branches at Silom, Impact and Asiatique) serving up imported beers, classic pub grub and big screen sport. Still, it benefits from a great location out the front of 8Thonglor, has a nice roomy...
If you’re tired of the existing old wine bars in town, you might want to try the newly-opened Japanese-owned wine bar Tamaya and its pleasant outdoor terrace. The big wine cellar holds more than 300 labels of wine, while the pizza made in the big clay oven is their other pride and joy. Other...
The Buzz: Located in the new Centra Central Station Bangkok in Hua Lumphong, this new day spa promises high standard treatments befitting the four-star chain, ranging from spa packages, and traditional Thai massage to facial therapy.  The décor: The lobby of the spa on the 14/F sports a simple...
The buzz: This newly-arrived American salad café franchise puts the focus on health-conscious eating. The concept is simple: control your calorie intake by creating your own salads, wraps or pasta. Otherwise, you can select from their à la carte menu for chef-designed sandwiches and paninis. You...
The aptly named Green claims to put the focus on healthy lunch options, with soups, sandwiches and salads that come with different toppings (from B30) such as teriyaki chicken, oriental pork and garlic black pepper pork. For your fill of good-for-you carbs, they also have pasta dishes like penne...
Phra Arthit newcomer Jaywalk Café brings a serious approach to coffee to the neighborhood’s café scene. Order yourself a regular cup (B60) or drip coffee (B110), made with beans sourced from popular café, Alto, at Mega Bangna. While you’re there, tuck into the rocky road brownies (B70)...
Located across the river, the Chinese restaurant Charoenthai boasts that they’ve been cooking up their Szechuan suki for 40 years. Once you’ve tasted their big hot pot you can see the reason for their longevity. The venue is a shophouse but, despite it being packed with staffs, service...
Hip Zen-inspired coffee shop on Ekkamai Soi 12, Nikko Café, is now making moves into the nightlife. Having redecorated the outdoor area as a vertical garden, they have also introduced a full list of signature cocktails that can be enjoyed with shisha. While the second floor deck is all...
The buzz: As the name suggests, Ocean Urban Lounge and Boutique Resort goes for a beach club-cum-resort atmosphere, with eight rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a club, right in the heart of the city. The restaurant, Ocean Gastro Tapas Bar, puts the focus on tapas dishes courtesy of Spanish Chef...
Straight out of Okinawa in Japan, Mekiki No Ginji is a popular izakaya franchise that’s packed with energy, entertaining, smiling staff and lots of shouting (especially when you’re leaving—staff will shout “customers are going home!” setting off a chorus of goodbyes)....
Zen is CentralWorld’s department store; Horizon is Zen’s eating and drinking complex occupying its top floors; and Shintori is Horizon’s Japanese restaurant, the latest branch of a franchise spanning Shanghai, Taipei, and Beijing. The décor, inspired by Japanese Zen Buddhism, sees...
New sushi restaurants are a dime a dozen in Bangkok, but if you fall for the hype behind every new opening you’re likely to miss the low-key, authentic charm of a spot like Suikin. Hidden down a dead-end soi next to the Bank of Ayudhya Building, this warm and welcoming two-story restaurant...
Opposite Mess Hall | Bangkok
Opposite is a confusing place. They state that first and foremost they’re a bar, not an out-and-out restaurant, yet they have one of the most talented chefs in Bangkok working in their tiny open kitchen. And clearly, the crowds making a beeline to their petite second-floor shophouse space are...
New bar and restaurant 50/50 has all the makings of a dating hotspot. Maintaining a similar modern, romantic vibe to previous tenant To Die For with black walls, intricate light fixtures and artsy details, it serves up Western fare like truffle soup (B590) and salmon steak (B650). It also does a...
If you’re venturing out to the new Suan Rod Fai Market, prepare to come face to face with some fluffy European cats. Makura Cat Cafe creates a cozy Japanese vibe with pale wooden furniture—and lots and lots of feline friends. Watch the cats at play and feed your stomach with dishes like...
Phra Athit café Nakorn Brasserie is decked out in a cozy vintage style­­—think faux-Victorian furniture, stuffed animals and other knick knacks. The food is pretty easygoing, too, with dishes like the spinach crepe (B150), while snacks include the brownie with ice cream (...
The buzz: The newest arrival to The Green Connect building, in the happening Sukhumvit 31 neighborhood, Potion Bar puts its main focus on furniture and creative Thai-influenced cocktails. Here, the owners’ passions really come to the fore: one partner runs an import wallpaper business,...
The buzz: This brand new restaurant is a relatively low-key addition to the buzzing Thonglor area. Occupying the space recently departed by Meeting Room Asian Gastro (above a MaxValu supermarket), much of the interior remains the same, making for a venue that’s very easy on the eyes. A...
Perhaps the last new arrival at the full-to-the-brim Mille Malle, Masami is already proving a popular spot to gaze at the cute chef serving up fusion rolls. Highlights include the crispy eel roll (B285) and red dragon roll (B350), while the restaurant’s decor goes the popular route with...
The concept: The latest addition to the Charoenkrung art neighborhood is the Modern Gallery at OP Garden. It’s a project by art collector Ritt Slipsophon, who has been active on the scene for over 20 years and previously ran 44 Arts Gallery. Here, the focus is on showcasing contemporary works...
The simply named Treat offers a vibe suitable for both a date and just hanging out on the weekend either in the conservatory or the garden strewn with bean bags. The décor features some beautiful dried flowers, while dishes include foie gras with mixed berry (B380), smoked apple salad with toast (...
The buzz: Sanriku’s Japanese owners aim to lure in their compatriots with classic sushi they claim is made for the Japanese palate, all served up in the usual wood setting. Tucked in the soi next to Terminal 21, it’s also open till 2am, making it a convenient and affordable place for a...
You have to be pretty determined to visit this place; not only is it situated across the river, it’s also down a deep, barely-lit soi. Pla Song Kwai Restaurant sits on the first floor of an old condominium with little other signs of life. While they have a big, bright sign at the entrance,...
Joining the raft of new cafe and bar openings in Sathorn is the third Bangkok branch of Indian restaurant Bawarchi (Indian-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Specializing in traditional Mughlai cooking, popular dishes include tandoori chicken (B580) and seekh kebab (B400).
The Pastale has been delivering its bakery treats to office workers in Bangkok for a few years already through their Facebook page. Now, they’ve launched a proper café serving up sweets like chocolate croissant B60), scones (B70) and Thai tea crepe cake (B110). Savory bites include waffle...