Phloen Chit’s new kid on the block is the brainchild of Pablo Padilla Fernández of Soul Wines, Atcha Wongchindawest of Kim Jong Grill, and Ottara Pyne (ex-somm of Gaggan), who have joined forces to build a down-to-earth wine bar that’s all about minimal intervention.
The bar takes over what used to be Bambino, a space tucked down a sub-alley off residential Soi Nai Lert. Inside, the vibe exudes a moody yet homey feel with touches of red neon, minimal wood paneling, a wall lined with rows and rows of wine, and a giant Pablo Picasso portrait overlooking the living room-type space.
Forget what you think you know about wine bars: the goal here is to bring together anyone and everyone, from aficionados and industry folk to natural wine first-timers and people who might prefer the grain to the grape. There’s no wine list—instead, you can browse the bottles yourself or ask for some assistance from Pyne, a walking thesaurus of wines.
If you still can’t decide, try the flight school (B690), which includes three options like the Bruno Duchene 2019, a dry, spicy natural red; the funky Jauma Chenin Sand on Schist 2017, a complex, gold-hued white with notes of green apple and peach; and the Italian Elisabetta Foradori 2017, a house-recommended entry point into the world of orange wines.
Food is no afterthought, with a menu of small bites like the WAP (B380), a.k.a., the “wet-ass patty melt,” made with beyond meat, Texas toast, black garlic chickpea mayo, and crispy shallots, and the Wedgie (B340), a head of greens slathered in green goddess dressing and topped with onion ash croutons and Chiang Mai tomatoes.
Half of the menu features dishes from guests that will change every two months. Currently you can feast on tuna tostadas (B180) by chef Willy Trullàs Moreno and a smoked duck larb (B320) by Jarrett Wrisley of Soul Food Mahanakorn.
Images: Coconuts Media / Mod Kaew Wine Bar