The Wine Room by Harvest
Phrom Phong’s farm-to-table restaurant jumps aboard the natural wine train.
The decor: The whole building is made of dark brown wood for a cozy farmhouse feel, like a countryside getaway in the middle of the city. With its low ceiling decorated with lights, the space looks like the hidden attic bedroom you always wished for as a child, though the adjoining 600-bottle wine cellar will have you still wishing it were your bedroom now.
The drinks: Almost 100 labels from Austria, Australia, France, NZ, Germany and Chile, with prices ranging from B350-390 by the glass. By the bottle, B1,750 will get you a crisp, refreshing Gelber Muskateller, Gruber Roschitz, Austria 2017 (or B350 per glass), while at the higher end, it's B6,900 for an Italian Sangiovase, Cabernet, Antinori Tigananello, Toscana IGT, from Tuscany. Those who are new to natural wines should start with this orange wine from Austria, a rare white blend of Weignut Gernot and Heike Heinrich Graue Freyheit from Burgenland (B2,900). Red wine drinkers can opt for Paxton, from McLaren Vale (B360 per glass; B1,800 per bottle), a full-bodied Australian Cabernet Sauvignon that offers a bright, fruit driven taste with soft tannins.
The food: Food comes from Harvest, which means a heavy focus on locally sourced ingredients, with new dishes like tomato and burrata (B580) with Thai-grown figs and unbelievably fresh local tomatoes. Homemade Pasta ai Funghi (mushroom sauce, B890) with locally grown mushrooms also makes a nice dine-alone meal. The house-cured and smoked short ribs fall off the bone and, though they'll set you back B3,200, can be shared between three to four people.
The music: Live jazz every evening from 9pm.
The crowd: A mix of nationalities, mainly young adults seeking the finer things in life.
Why we'd come back: Natural wine is firmly on the rise in Bangkok right now. With so many labels on offer in such a cozy and comfortable setting, we're excited to work our way through them. Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj