Home Run Bar & Grill
The buzz: Farang haunts in Sukhumvit are often geared toward English and German appetites. Looking to make his own home away from home, an American expat who had worked for Planet Hollywood in Asia, Africa and Australia, combines his restaurant experience and love for baseball in this themed sports pub and lounge. The décor: The second floor offers a warmly lit, semi-formal dining room with big, comfy chairs, one big flat screen TV and walls filled with framed baseball memorabilia to give a nostalgic, sports lounge atmosphere. Downstairs, there is a low lit contemporary bar featuring lots of mirrors and clean concrete beams, standup cocktail tables, a pool table, two flat screens and a giant 110” screen for your HD sports-viewing pleasure. Oh, and oddly a chandelier. The food: The American and Australian imported beef is the main attraction, served as generous 300g burgers with an array of toppings (B349, comes with fries and coleslaw). Wednesdays are Wagyu Wednesdays, which offers two 300g New York Strips or Rib-eyes for the price of one. The appetizers are reminiscent of bar-food favorites, from potato skins to buffalo wings, and the highlight of the desserts is Moss’s homemade Philadelphia Cream Cheese cheesecake. The drinks: Heineken and Tiger are available on draught, in addition to a handful of bottled Belgian favorites. There is a small selection of Jacob’s Creek wine, and a Babe Ruth signature cocktail. The crowd: This place offers live American sports coverage, even when the World Series is showing at 6am, so neighborhood American expats are expected to be regulars. But the growing Asian love for baseball (the owner even plans to offer a Japanese menu) could mix things up. Carissa Devine
We aim to appraise restaurants on their own terms. We don’t begrudge a mom and pop shop for having pink paper napkins or a hi-so hotel restaurant for B900 mains (as long as they’re good). We accept Home Run Bar and Grill as a popular drinking hole screening American sports and offering a dinner menu comprised mostly of over ten types of burgers, a couple of cuts of steak and some classic American pub grub. But the sit-down dining room upstairs and the availability of wagyu suggests they are aiming to be something more, something that the kitchen can’t quite deliver. We love that their pub grub is such a throwback, with dishes like firehouse chilli and buffalo wings (with celery sticks and blue cheese sauce), but feel the chilli should be spicier and less sweet and that the buffalo wings could do with being marinated longer. The chilli potato skins, too, would benefit from more chilli per potato skin. To be fair, though, the sea scallop sliders (B195 for 3, with fries), a clever variation on the beef option, are smoky and melt-in-your-mouth. As for the mains, burgers reign supreme, such as the teriyaki burger which comes with a huge, competently handled patty and great fries. Still, we’ve had better for under that price. The grilled chicken with avocado, pico de gallo and Monterey Jack cheese is exciting in theory, but in execution, the chicken is dry and bland, and the pico de gallo offers little help. Even on the drinks front, we’re surprised that while Home Run does a number of Belgian beers by the bottle, there are only two local choices on tap (Heineken and Tiger). But despite all this, people like this place. The classic rock soundtrack is great, the use of the pool table is free (we confess to playing a couple of games and rocking out on our last visit) and you can still get a lot of food for under B1,000 per person. Just go with the expectation that Home Run Bar and Grill’s way more of a bar than a grill.