The three-decade, two-story steak house looks like a red Alpine cottage. You can expect to rub elbows with bigwigs while chowing down on juicy steak. Also stop by at Neil’s famous bakery, and park your car at the parking elevator. The kitchen begs for a bit of patience, but the service is experienced. Corkage B500.
The three-decade, two-story steak house looks like a red Alpine cottage. You can expect to rub elbows with bigwigs while chowing down on juicy steak. Also stop by at Neil’s famous bakery, and park your car at the parking elevator. The kitchen begs for a bit of patience, but the service is experienced.
This restaurant and bar offers flavors from America in the heart of Bangkok. If you were expecting plain ole Mac n’ Cheese, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised—try their duck liver pate or the lamb shanks. Downstairs it’s a bar, the second floor is the restaurant and the third floor offers a mini chill-out lounge, complete with its own humidor and selection of cigars. They also have a wide selection of California wines plus a daily happy hour between 5-6pm; it’s a buy-one-get-one-free promotion on all cocktails and local beers.
First things first, there’s no question that Hyde and Seek is hot; flavor of the month with the pretty, powerful, privileged and just plain rich of Bangkok. It’s packed most nights and the must-go spot if you want show off to out of town friends that you have the finger on the pulse of the city. Does it deserve this lofty position? Well, probably.
Former interior designer turned cocktail connoisseur and the man behind Flow, Chanond Purananda, and Chef Ian Kittichai, of New York City’s Kittichai fame, came together to share their love of food, drink and detail at Hyde and Seek, a chic gastro bar with a playful edge. The beveled windows, dark woodwork and leather couches make this a spot worthy of a Mad Men cocktail meeting. The menu features lovingly-made traditional pub food with a high-end twist, like baby back ribs in a chili and chocolate glaze. But we go mostly for the cocktails, which are quite simply the best in town.
The venue: Very chic and GQ, like a Mad Men-style cigar and cocktail meeting should be taking place here. That means lots of dark wood and leather inside, or head outdoors to the garden and look all free spirited and coquettish on their bed-like sofas.Why it’s hot: It serves up high-end pub grub and delicious, fancy cocktails that do not skimp on the booze. Not to mention it’s packed every night with the young, rich and powerful. Oh and often beautiful.
The folks behind Flow ensure that this GQ-esque hangout for the young and hi-so is strong on the cocktails front (Ian Kittichai is behind the food). In addition to their usual drinks list, they do 11 new cocktails every month and even dedicate entire months to flights of single liquors like whiskey, rum and vodka. Definitely a spot to be seen at and get liquored up before hitting the clubs.
Elevated pub grub, one of Bangkok’s best cocktail menus and a décor that conjures up both Victorian drawing room style and NYC sophistication.
Bali was a pretty lonely representative of Indonesian food in Bangkok. Revamped and renamed La Lune, its menu can now best be described as Tawandang Brewery with a splash of Jakarta. As the French name suggests (not), La Lune is a dizzying journey from German taverns (pork legs with mashed potatoes) to Bangkok-style izakaya (deep-fried river prawns with sweet ebiko sauce) with a detour through Thai pub food and, as a kind of afterthought, a page of Indonesian dishes. The kitchen pops it all out so quickly, you have to wonder if some magic Doraemon-style oven is involved.
It’s a family affair at Baan Glom Gig, opened by TV host Kiat Kitcharoen, a.k.a. Sumo Gig, with his mother, Khun Sucha, in the kitchens. We originally went expecting a family meal cooked with love, but got steep prices and inconsistent quality instead; most of the items listed on the five-page menu are similar to what you can find at other restaurants, only they cost around B200-220. Even a no-frills dish like the fried rice with salted beef will set you back B180.
Situated within an easy walk from the mouth of Soi Ruamrudee, Delices is a two-story eatery decked out in a cheery tricolor scheme: bright cream ceiling, orange walls and pink tablecloths, while the dark-wood furniture gives the much-needed contrast. In a town that has surprisingly few decent (or affordable) restaurants serving Vietnamese food, then Delices makes a good, if not overly exciting, starting point, featuring all the usual suspects.
If you crossed Eat Me with a Greyhound Café, not that they’re galaxies apart anyway, you’d get Wanara. Located in the Tenface serviced apartments, the restaurant’s requisite Greyhound (same interior designer) minimalism—white walls, wood floor, black leather couches, marble tabletops—has been augmented with very local pieces that range from surreal prints of brick eggs walked by tiny elephants to iron Thai letters protruding from a wall.
With its new location in Ploenchit, this Lang Suan institution still remains a go-to joint for off-the-clock office workers, thanks to it usual offerings of booze and delicious Thai food and gab glaem. Grab a table out on the patio for some of the much-needed breeze.