Is this quaint Sukhumvit neighborhood the new Ari?
There's a new food-truck contender for Bangkok's best fish and chips and it comes from a Malaysian chef with over 25 years' experience. Chef Kan Bright San, a former executive chef of Raddison Blu who's also worked for Le Meridien and Anantara as well as Hilton, Marina Mandarin, Royal Plaza at Scott and Maison De Fontaine in Singapore, has parked his truck permanently outside Masaru Japanese Store in Pridi Banomyong Soi 3. Here, it's all about high quality lightly-crusted fish and chips (B120) made with halibut fish featuring Chang beer batter for a bitter-tangy finish, thick Belgian fries and homemade tartare sauce. The set comes with homemade citrus and mustard seed coleslaw, but sides like cheese pops (B100) and the three-cheese halibut quesadilla (B80) are well worth trying. For refreshment, there's a range of Italian sodas (B50) in flavors like elderflower lemon and kumquat orange, as well as a 100-percent cheese, cream-free tiramisu (B80) made with amaretto liquer and French cacao barry chocolate powder.
Soi Pridi Banomyong 3 (outside Masaru Japanese Store), 089-156-2764. Open Wed-Sun 1pm-8:30pm. BTS Phra Khanong.
The latest barbershop to jump aboard the Bangkok gentlemen's grooming train is this laid-back little spot. Craftsman Barber Shop is the work of Akepawee Prakongpetch and Danupat lavanapipat, two guys whose savvy eye for distressed workwear and artfully placed vintage knickknacks will have you begging for a cut. The service starts at B100 for a shampoo and goes up to B400 for haircuts, hot towel shaves and—get this—“beard styling.” You can also grab yourself some American pomades (B750) and Italian shaving lather (B750), or shampoo (B590) and conditioner (B750) from local brand Love Me Tender. Drip coffee (B50) and beer (B100) are also on offer, ’natch. In the near future, serious hair products like Grime Grease, Bluebeards and Daimon will all be available.
5/38 Sukhumvit Soi Pridi Banomyong 3, Phra Khanong. 099-425-3554. Open Mon 1pm-8pm; Tue-Fri 1pm-10pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm. BTS Phra Khanong.
W District, Sukhumvit Soi 69-71, 086-366-0034. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm. BTS Phra Khanong
Phra Khanong's new low-key Japanese speakeasy Koryoriya-te serves a full range of shochu, sake, umeshu, Japanese whiskey and beers, plus an ever-changing snack menu. Inside the dimly-lit, wood-heavy venue, situated next to the ever-popular Kinjo Okinawa Restaurant, you'll find popular Japanese shochu brands like Nikaido (B200) and Doragame (the wheat B200, potatoe B220 come recommended) as well popular sake brands such as Masumi (B220 glass, B420 bottle). The Japanese snacks may include the likes of smoked pork jerky (B80), lotus root and burdock pickles (B100) and, our two personal favorites, anchovy potato salad (B120) and orange and raison cream cheese (B80). Currently, the chalkboard menu is completely in Japanese, but owner Moe Arihama says an English one is on the way.
24 Sukhumvit Soi 69, 092-472-0701. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight. BTS Phra Khanong.
Bangkok’s newest trampoline park has traveled all the way from Singapore to Phra Khanong, joining the gym community at Training Ground. Amped Bangkok is the brand’s fifth branch in Asia, offering a 10,000-sq-foot playground split between a public zone and three private rooms for group sessions or private events. Compared to the city’s other huge arenas, this mid-size offering goes for a friendlier atmosphere with trained staff who will teach you the basics free of charge. The prices are comparatively cheaper, too, starting from B240/hr on Monday up to B290/hr on weekend, while the party rooms start from B4,200-B4,700/hr with a maximum of 10 people. You can also connect all three rooms for parties of up to 30 people—advanced booking required.
Chavanich Building, 36/3 Sukhumvit Soi 69, 02-136-7858. Open Mon 10am-7pm; Tue 3pm-10pm; Wed-Fri 10am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; 9am-9pm. BTS Phra Khanong.
Bangkok's latest board game cafe stays open late, right through till 3am on Saturday nights. At Phra Khanong's W District, the small but cozy Whiteboard Game Cafe offers more than 200 board games, with titles that go far beyond Monopoly and Cluedo. So sit back, roll the dice and sip on some old-school Ovaltine (B49). There's also a full espresso menu (B60-B105) for those late-night gaming sessions, plus specialty drinks including The Force Awakens (creaming soda, lime and Redbull, B80) and Pee in the Pool (passionfruit, lychee, blue curaco, green apple and soda, B90). Food includes easy bites like fish and chips and German sausage, as well as ice cream which starts at B59 per scoop. Best of all there's no table charge, so order up!
W District, Sukhumvit Soi 69-71, 095-429-1686. Open Sun-Fri 9am-1am; Sat 9am-3am. BTS Phra Khanong.