Looking for new restaurants to try? Well, Bangkok’s dining scene isn’t slowing down as we approach the end of the year. We've picked the most noteworthy venues you need to have on your radar.
Phukej is a brand-new, elegant southern Thai restaurant located in Chinatown. The location is well tucked away in Yaowarat and offers upscale southern street cuisine. For example, traditional grilled meats (B590) are given a fancy touch-up using Australian wagyu beef cooked over longan wood and charcoal, served with Phuket pineapples, Thai-style chimichurri, and shrimp paste prepared in the South. And it wouldn’t be a restaurant inspired by the islands without seafood bites, like the charcoal cups stuffed with Hokkaido scallop (B350) rich coconut, pomelo, and shrimp.
730 Mangkon Rd., 081-983-6650. Open Mon 11am-9pm, Thu-Sun 11am-9pm
Asoke is now home to a new Lebanese eatery with prices that won’t mangle your wallet: Mezze. Mezze emphasizes a conventional, family-style preparation of Lebanese food. If you’re only familiar with kebabs and hummus, Mezze is looking to change your mind with 20 homestyle mezze dishes—light bites similar to tapas—in Bangkok. The cold and hot mezze sets include dishes you might already know, like falafels (B145) kibbeh (B135), and baba ghanoush (B135). Less familiar are the signature cheese rolls stuffed with cream cheese spread, labneh cheese, akawi cheese, honey, and roasted almonds (B135).
16 Soi Sukhumvit, Khlong Toei., 081-802-3802. Open daily 11am-10pm
Owner Rugsitt "Jai" Apinuntakulchai launched Shidai Kushiyaki, a quaint Japanese eatery, after having recently completed his latest chef's table project. The eatery includes dishes like fried chicken, grilled saba, and skewered beef. Be sure to try the chicken breast coated with their very own shidai sauce. It took more than a year to perfect the sauce. The shidai sauce, which is savory and sweet with a hint of heat, is a crucial component of the fried chicken (B138), which goes well with certain cocktails. Mentaiko Tamagoyaki (B198) is another popular dish that combines the creamy mentaiko (cod roe) with a sweet egg prepared in the Japanese way.
7, Sukhumvit Soi 60, 089-669-2882. Open Tue-Sun 11am-2pm / 5-10pm.
Overseen by Chef Thitit ‘Ton’ Tatsanakhachorn and head chef Jutatip ‘Jane’ Chuenchai. BK Salon is a one-stop shop for casual and fine dining, coffee, cocktails, and a chic hang out area. BK Salon derives its name from the French term for “living room,” and the interior is modeled from sticky rice-weaved baskets. Innovative coffee varieties include the harb bua loy, a milk coffee with sweet potato bua loy, palm sugar, and smoked coconut cream. For brunch, there's the gaeng hung lay sandwich, fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict and the dessert that must be tried: mont blanc charcoal toast.
31 Sathu Pradit Rd, Chong Nonsi., 061-516-6555, Open daily Mon-Fri 11:30am-12am, Sat-Sun 9:30am-12am
One of the top Italian restaurants in Bangkok, Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen, has expanded to a second location, Casa Lenzi. It is renowned for using top-notch cheeses and meats from chef Francesco Lenzi's family farm in Pisa. They want to revive traditional tastes that are disappearing faster than they can be cooked, coupled with inventive pasta meals and wood-fired meats.
9 Phrom Si, 2 Alley., 02-127-0977, Open daily Thurs-Mon 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm, Tues 9am-5pm, Wed 5:30pm-10:30pm
Franca offers steaks and modern Italian cuisine as well as an assortment of creative drinks. On the menu, besides steak, there's the burrata salad with a variety of vibrant, fresh cherry tomatoes from Australia and Northern Thailand. The wagyu short ribs in the pappardelle ragu are cooked until they are soft and fragrant. There's also carbonara—the authentic Italian way! Nothing except guanciale, cheese, and egg yolk. The eatery also offers a garden view that’s perfect for a long boozy brunch.
31 Sukhumvit, 10 Alley., 097-426-6423, Open Tue-Sun 11am-1pm and 5pm-10pm
Searching for a romantic restaurant? Ari's newest modern Italian cafe and bar opened with Italian and Japanese inspired dishes. It is a spacious restaurant with high ceilings surrounded by wall art, mirrors, and velvet seats. There’s seafood spaghetti like the oceantini or the uni bisque, which consists of stir-fried spaghetti with uni on top. There’s also grilled scallops or salmon tartare for lighter bites. Look forward to DJs every Friday and Saturday.
2/F Building C, 304/2 Vanit Place Aree., 065-291-9928, Open daily Mon-Fri, Sun 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm
You know the resto at Icon Siam, now you can step into the world of Blue by Alain Ducasse Bakery Boutique. The new spot features the work of chef Christophe Grilo, the executive pastry chef at Blue by Alain Ducasse, along with executive chef Wilfred Hocquet.Right now the new space is offering a mix of classic and signature sweets—think croissants and pain au chocolat alongside chocolate hazelnut brioche and 48-hour fermented sourdough. You can also grab Alain Ducasse Coffee and Alain Ducasse Chocolate from La Manufacture in Paris to pair with their assortment of baked goods.
G/F Iconsiam., 061 267 2775, Open daily 10am-8pm.