The Rose Natural Wine Bar
Thonglor’s chill, zero-pretense natural wine bar.
The buzz: A cafe by day, Thonglor’s first natural wine bar offers a playful, approachable atmosphere for budding oenophiles or those who just crave a good drink.
The decor: Candles, thick velvet curtains and dim lighting bring extra intimacy to this tiny space that during the day operates as the monochromatic Hands and Heart cafe. And we mean tiny—for a little privacy, seek out the floor space next to a retro lamp that gives out a moody red glow.
The drinks: There’s no elevated concept, here. The single-page menu listing 14 or so bottles is based very much just on the owners’ sustainable, organic or biodynamic favorites. One of the highlights comes from the Gentle Folk winery in Adelaide Hills, South Australia, whose Blossoms blend (B395 per glass; B1,950 per bottle) is a mellow mix of Merlot and Chardonnay prepared through a cold fermentation technique (meaning the white and red grapes are fermented together, when usually they’re fermented separately and only blended later). It is so tasty you won’t want to share the bottle with anyone. For something refreshing and dry, get the Enderle & Moll Muller-Thurgau from Oberrhein, Germany (B325 per glass; B1,600 per bottle), a white with a bit of skin contact during fermentation explaining its slightly orange hue. The bar also offers home delivery (with 20-percent discount!) starting as early as 7am.
The food: For something that will fill you up, order the grilled Sakhon Nakhon beef which comes served in Argentinian-style strips with chimichurri sauce (B250), or the squid marinated in salt and lemon, then fried with garlic and served with chorizo and steamed potatoes (B250). Other tasty morsels come in the form of toasted baguette with your choice of topping (B190): in-house smoked salmon with cream cheese, balsamic, mulberry and honey puree; mussels with tomato sauce; and mixed Thai mushrooms stir-fried with garlic and topped with parmesan.
The crowd: Hip, young first-jobbers just starting to dabble seriously in wine.
Why we’d come back: This is a low-key, low-pressure space in which you can enjoy a few bottles with your friends, whether you’re a wine newbie or not. Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj