Latvian fine dining, a new project for Top Russell, a restaurant owned by pro footballers and a cafe that develops film.
Ever dream of sipping a latte while you develop your film photographs? If yes, then this new cafe has got you covered. Located right by BTS Chong Nonsi, this ultra-hip spot is quickly becoming a hub for film shooters across the city. Alongside film developing services (color film B150/black and white B200), they offer a full coffee menu ranging from Thai-style espresso (B80) to matcha blend (B110). The staff are also extremely knowledgeable about photography and more than willing to discuss tips and tricks for blossoming film photographers.
36,38 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd., 087-768-2244. See full details here.
Big-name British chef and TV personality, Martin Blunos, has teamed up with chef Aleksandrs Nasikailov to open Bangkok’s first Baltic fine-dining restaurant (and his second restaurant in Bangkok, following Blunos at The Eastin Grand Sathorn Bangkok). Meanwhile, Nasikailov’s restaurant Vincents, in Riga, Latvia, is one of the nation’s most highly regarded. Now, the pair are exploring their shared Latvian heritage in multi-course Baltic Crossover set menus (six courses, B2,900/eight courses, B3,400). Featured dishes include sea urchin with som sa; scallops topped with Mottra caviar, kombu (kelp), bonito and fresh sea grapes; and black chicken with foie gras, porcini mushrooms and Jerusalem artichokes. Baltic Blunos also has a chocolate room and a bar with its own menu.
G/F, Mercury Ville, 540 Phloen Chit Rd., 062-604-9882. See full details here.
Walking down BTS Chong Nonsi, the smell of fresh baked brioche oozes from this newly opened bakery—look to the left as you descend the stairs and you'll even see chefs in toques mixing the dough on the second floor. From dessert specialist chef Kai of Iron Chef Thailand, also of Soufflé and Me, the place is already drawing a crowd, and selling out fast. Head there early to grab a slice of heaven, from Peanut Butter Brioche (B120) for an instant childhood flashback, to the more grown-up Apple Brioche (B120), paired with a good old vanilla shake (B120) or affogato (B130).
32 Charoenkrung Soi 44, 089-792-6496. See full details here.
The former Freebird has now been transformed in to sleek, monochrome, modern French restaurant. Owned by a pair of Bangkok United star players (Sam Nordine and Tristan Do) and with a kitchen run by chef Francois Lecouvez (previously of Alliance Française's on-site restaurant, Cafe 1912), the restaurant boasts a menu of Scottish salmon tartar (B450), glazed Maine lobster (B1,300) in ginger and port wine jus and succulent 270-day grain-fed Australian Angus rib eye (B1,200/250g). Upstairs, a hip cocktail bar run by the energetic Aaron Feder is well worth a visit in its own rite—though you can order off the menu (cocktails from B310), we recommend leaving it in his capable hands.
28 Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-116-5253
Moving from Phaya Thai to Silom and now Phrom Phong, this place is all about Thai comfort food. Belonging to the family of classical music legend Luang Pradit Phairoh, the bright, modern-yet-retro restaurant is littered with musical paraphenalia, from framed record covers to black and white photos of King Rama IX playing the piano. The recipes make the most of well-sourced ingredients and house-made curry pastes in familiar fare like beef green curry (B175), grilled pork neck (B120) and moo palo (stewed pork and eggs with Chinese five spice, B120).
AVORA31 Residence, 28 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 098-881-6362. See full details here.
From the owners of Chong Nonsi’s Local Canteen, this is the new kid on the block for khao tom kui. The chic, white aesthetic creates a laid-back atmosphere in which to feast on lunches of spicy duck drumstick stew (B165), rice sets (from B195 for fried soft-shell crab with five-spice soup and rice) and pomelo salad (B145). Head there in the evening, when the menu of gap glaem (Thai drinking snacks like crispy salted pork belly, B135) meets its match in a lengthy cocktail list (lychee martini, B195).
150 Narathiwas Soi 3, 097-078-5710. See full details here.
This playful “modern European” restaurant is owned by chef Julien Imbert (formerly of London’s Sketch, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton’s City Social), while the kitchen is run by Top Russell, the former head chef at Freebird (and BK’s Young Chef of the Year in 2018) and Michelle Goh, former pastry chef at Suhring. Food runs from comically decadent “foie gras doughnuts” with prune jam (B360) and aubergine in homemade Sriracha sauce with tofu (B260) to hefty sharing portions of Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder in caramelized yogurt (B1,850) and Darling Downs wagyu flank steak with “mushroom ketchup” (B2,350). For dessert, the whole tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream is already establishing itself as a Mia signature. Pair it with a refreshing Thrill of the Dill (B340), a mix of gin, St. Germain liqueur, dill, lime and Pisco Demonio de Los Andes—aka Peruvian firewater.
Calling all sushi fiends: some of Japan’s finest is now available in Bangkok. Chef Hiroki Nakanoue earned his reputation and two Michelin stars at the original branch of Sushiyoshi in Osaka. Following two further branches in Hong Kong, a fourth has now landed in Sathorn. Here, a delicate omakase dinner will set you back B6,800/person, served to a traditional 12-seat blond-wood counter in just two sittings per night. Expect traditional sushi to be treated to inventive Western touches and premium imports with stunning presentation.
G/F, W Hotel Bangkok, 106 North Sathorn Rd., 082-546-4456. See full details here.