Dolly Churro fries up freshly-piped Spanish-style dough with a perfectly crispy crust and slightly chewy interior. As well as the curved 50-cm-long signature stick (B65), this churro specialist also rolls out items like Dolly Churro C&C (short churro sticks with cream cheese and chocolate, B155), strawberry and chocolate sundae (B215) and Dolly Churro Banberry (with banana, strawberry and chocolate sauce, B185). Other offerings include homemade cakes (B175-185), coffee (starting at B85) and smoothies (B125-145).
G/F, The Taste Thonglor, Thonglor Soi 11, 02-712-8413. Open daily 11am-8pm
This cozy little venue on the corner of Thonglor Soi 10, certainly lives up to its name. The homey interior comes courtesy of Be Gray (who else?) and is dominated by warm brick work, worn wood and pot plants. In addition to cafe staples like eggs Benedict, served here with pulled pork (B240), chef Chanachai Chansamak (previously of Sirocco) does familiar all-day eats like tuna salad (B240), ebiko cream pasta (B280) and ribeye steak (B850). There’s an equal focus on desserts, with pastry chef Praparporn Leosirikul (also formerly of Sirocco) whipping up delicious desserts include thing fluffy, chocolatey souffle (B320) and—our favorite—the airy churros (B220), accompanied by spot-on yuzu and chocolate dips.
137/1 Thonglor Soi 10, 02-714-9974. Open Tue-Sun 9-1am
The industrial-chic glass box that is Thyme sits in an unlikely location on Nang Linchi Road. While maintaining a casual eatery vibe, Spanish head chef Victor Burgos doesn’t compromise on his European offerings. Expect Spanish classics like croquettes (B180), patatas bravas (fried potatoes, B180), cherry gazpacho (B190), cold cuts (B550) and delicious paella (B850-1,600). More ambitious items on the menu include shaved foie gras terrine (B290) served with crispy corn atop peach puree, angus beef carpaccio (B500) and rack of lamb (B850-2,500). Don’t miss dipping the crispy churros (B200) in the accompanying dark chocolate and dulce de leche.
411/2 Nang Linchi Rd., 02-678-1333. Open daily 11:30am-11pm
One of this city’s first brunch institutions, Asoke’s Chu, has finally expanded to rising Sathorn. The second branch sees a warm space tucked inside Trinity Complex, a short walk from BTS Chong Nonsi. Starting off as a dessert shop specializing in churros (B100) and hot chocolate (B120-140), Chu has long since established itself as an all-day dining spot. Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef/owner Chirayu Na Ranong whips up breakfast favorites like eggs Benedict (B250-290), as well as crab linguine (B280), chicken pesto salad (B220), tuna melt sandwich (B170) and barbecue pulled pork burger (B320), using artisanal products from baker Maison Jean Philippe and butcher Sloane's. But we come back for those crisp-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside churros.
Trinity Complex, Narathiwas Soi 3, 02-636-8685. Open Tue-Fri 7:30am-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-9pm. BTS Chong Nonsi
One of our favorite home-cooked Mexican restaurants has been given an update. Not far from the original location, Tacos & Salsa has moved to a bigger, bolder and more visible spot on the same soi, decorated with hand-painted works by one of the owners. In addition to old favorites like guacamole (B150) and tortilla soup (B200), you’ll find a new menu including the likes of Yucatan specialty pork pibil huaraches (slow-roasted pork with achiote, orange and other Mexican spices, sitting atop a refried-beans-stuffed tortilla, B270) and taco dorados (deep-fried tortilla filled with pork carnitas and topped with cabbage, tomato salsa, cheese, sour cream and guacamole, B240). Among the new dishes are the delightful churros, which come in at just B89.
21/3 Sukhumvit Soi 18, 02-663-6366. Open Mon-Fri 3-11pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
Set on the 54th floor and overlooking the city skyline, Uno Mas serves a wide range of both hot and cold tapas alongside raw oysters, Boston lobsters and Joselito ham (considered the best Iberian jamon in the world). A special treat is the Cochinillo suckling pig (B1,490, serves 2-4 people), which is served Spanish style for parties of two or more: halved down the mid-dle, perfectly salted and scented with fresh rosemary. At B395, their churros don't come cheap—but you can also order them as part of the B999 Saturday brunch (11:30am-2:30pm).
54/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255. Opens daily daily 4pm-1am. BTS Chit Lom