There’s a new Cantonese barbeque specialist in Silom. Located in Sathorn Soi 11, Apollo Duck serves up roasted duck that’s crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. Here, the scent of lychee wood infuses into this umami-packed roasted duck, and the meat is tender and naturally sweet. The skins are glistening and crispy with a little bit of crunch, all coated with natural duck fat.
Sathorn Soi 11, 081-201-4444. Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-6pm.
Hybrid Restaurant and Wine Bar is a new Thai-Italian restaurant in Ploenchit’s busy Mahatun Plaza. Headed by Chef Yodying “Sasha” Phoomcharoen who graduated from the Rome Chef Academy and who lived in Italy for nearly a decade, the new spot offers progressive Thai cuisine and mostly small production wine. The current mashup menu includes three tasting menus, the largest being the nine-course Travel Diaries Degustation Menu (B4,120 and B2,190 for the wine pairing).
Mahatun Plaza, 878, Phloen Chit Rd., Open Tue-Sat 5pm-midnight.
Banthat Thong goers are spoiled for choice when it comes to food due to all the affordable and fancy spots that take turns opening here. Adding to that juicy list is Kemuri, a Japanese beef specialist, boasting not only grilled marbled beef over rice but premium beef nabe (hot pot). Like its namesake, Kemuri—”smoke” in Japanese—prides itself on high quality beef, sliced and grilled over charcoal. Can’t eat beef? The venue also has the charcoal-grilled pork rice bowl (B239) as well.
1372, Rama VI Rd., 02-215-0866. Open Tue-Sun 5pm-midnight.
Opening in May, Mimosa is a new spot in Sathorn serving Mediterranean dishes from Italy, Spain, and France with high quality ingredients. Helmed by executive chef Chris Beverly with more than 20 years in the trade, the space is very Mediterranean in design, featuring wooden chairs and tiled tables set right on Sathorn and the corner of the foodie haven of Soi Suan Plu.
67, 69 S Sathon Rd., 063-474-6858. Open daily 11am-11pm.
Chong Nonsi’s behemoth corporate citadel, Empire Tower, is now home to a new udon specialist, Shiko Udon. The brand has expanded from its two other locations in Langsuan and elsewhere in Silom. This operation is the biggest yet, with a minimalist design, long tables running down the center, and booths for window-side dining. Food wise you will find creative mashups from Chef Watanabe and all the Kishimen-style udon their loyal customers love.
GF, Empire Tower, 1 South Sathorn Rd., 093-956-4262. Open daily 7am-9pm.
The massively popular Chengdu-born purveyor of Sichuan mala hot pot Shu Daxia opened its palace gates at Crystal Design Center this May 18. We weren’t exaggerating when the place looks like a traditional Chinese palace-slash-temple. Here, you can choose from six different broths, and adjust their spice levels from the mildest pork bone collagen soup (B500) and tomato soup (B500) to the spiciest options like the flavorful Sichuan beef (B620) and vegetable-based soup.
888, Pradit Manutham Rd., Khlong Chan, 02 019 4989. Open daily 24 hours.
This newly opened Mediterranean restaurant in Eastin Grand Phayathai Hotel is all about creamy hummus, toasty falafels and wafer-thin pastries. You will find it perched atop the 22nd floor of the hotel and boasts large floor-to-ceiling windows and a connection to the hotel’s pool. You might have your doubts about hotel restaurants, but the food’s authentically straightforward, homey, and generous.
22/F Eastin Grand Hotel Phayathai 18 Phayathai Rd., 02-483-2899. Open daily 12pm-11pm.