72 Courtyard gets taste of Italy.
The buzz: 72 Courtyard’s Hopeland has been transformed into a very casual wine bar that serves up carb-loaded dishes.
The decor: A mix of wood, concrete, neon signage and hanging bulbs makes for a rustic-industrial feel, all framed on one side by a well-stocked bar. The front wall has been knocked through to create a more open space that’s connected to 72 Courtyard’s al fresco seating area. The kitchen is separated from the dining area by a large glass window, so you can watch the staff hard at work from the comfort of one of the family-sized wooden tables.
The food: As the name suggests, this place is all about carbs—sorry, diet, you’ll have to wait till tomorrow. If you’re really serious about cutting down, you can go for the hanger steak (B340)—you’ll just have to be disciplined enough to hold off on the side of barbecue fries that comes with it. We loved the arancini (B150) so much that we had to order a second helping, stuffed full of camembert, parmigiano-reggiano and sun-dried tomatoes, with apricot jam for dipping. Go hard or go home with the ultra-cheesy parmigiano-reggiano-soaked spaghetti cacio e pepe (B220), or for something a little spicy, try the linguine vongole (B250). Pizzas come in four toppings, with prices ranging from just B220-390.
The drinks: A long list of wine with offerings rarely found in Bangkok, ranging from B260-320 per glass. For white, we recommend the 2016 Babich Sauvignon Blanc (B320) from Marlborough, New Zealand, and for red, the 2015 Ave de Presa Elegance Tempranillo from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (B260)—a perfect match for the hanger steak. The signature Strawberry Frose (B250) cocktail tastes more like a smoothie, combining prosecco and strawberry puree with an oregano garnish.
The crowd: The atmosphere here is very chilled out and fun for a wine bar, which draws a young and chic Thonglor crowd seeking something a little more grown-up yet still light-hearted.
Why we’d come back: A wine bar that manages to keep the vibe casual and fun in fitting with Thonglor is exactly what this area needs. Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj