From Greek food in a party atmosphere at Aesop's to Italian fine dining at Sensi.
US restaurant chain 25 Degrees is a self-described “bordello meets burger bar.” They also say everything here is made from scratch, including the homemade buns. Burgundy wallpaper, iconic black and white photos, and a giant checkerboard mirror make for a suitably upgraded diner setting. The burgers, too, are upscale. The most popular order is Number One, with caramelized onion, bacon, arugula, Prelibato gorgonzola and thousand island dressing.
G/F, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188 Silom Rd.
This next-gen rebirth of a family-run Greek restaurant from Sydney conjures an ouzo-fueled party atmosphere, serving sharing feasts of vibrant classics like eight-hour lamb shoulder, mezze platters and moussaka. In a hall made for big, boisterous gatherings, guests are encouraged to hurl crockery, as is Greek tradition, to a soundtrack of “Zorba’s Dance.”
120 Sala Daeng Soi 1/1
The backyard at Revolucion Cocktail and Clandestino Cantina has become Sathorn's tropical escape. Blue Parrot takes a more family-oriented route, opening from 11:30am six days a week to offer a brunch-y vibe amid trees and faux grass. On top of a bottle-shaped swimming pool and petanque strip, there's a dedicated play area to keep the little ones occupied.
50 Sathorn Sathorn Soi 10
Overseen by one of Thailand's most decorated chefs, Tim Butler of Eat Me, Chef Lorin Janita serves feast-like food that, according to the pair, "chefs would cook for other chefs." To drink, you can expect a new wine list and an updated array of cocktails curated by sommelier Andreas Pergher and Bunker's bar team. Sold out in 2018—early booking is strongly recommended.
118/2 Sathorn Soi 12
Find your way to Cagette Canteen and Deli for a bounty of fresh seafood, stinky cheeses, cold cuts and simple French comfort dishes. “Cagette” is French for crate, the wooden sort that evokes the bountiful fresh markets of yester-century France, and the decor is thusly themed—farmhouse transmuted by the industrial revolution. As well as being one of the ‘hood’s top French restaurants, Cagette also doubles as a grab-and-go deli.
15 Yen Akat Rd.
This funky Vietnamese-themed bar restores some edge to touristy Silom. Find a corner in the neon-drenched dining room and tuck into straight-up takes on banh mi and banh cuon to go with other Thai-leaning dishes. The satisfying beef pho comes with generous slices of beef and a full supporting cast of fresh greens. What’s more, the herb-laden, Asian-inspired drinks (sample names: 100 Dong, The Pink Slip) arguably upstage the food.
1/5 Sala Daeng Soi 1
This swanky Japanese party lounge combines Koi restaurant and next-door hotspot, The Club by Koi. The California-born brand’s long, narrow space boasts a sultry ambience with leather upholstered seats, stunning views and a deeply polished bar. Their Japanese comfort food comes with a Californian twist, like salmon carpaccio with black truffle and ponzu or white shrimp tempura with sesame mayonnaise.
39/F, Sathorn Square, Narathiwas Rd.
Taking over a stately old home on Sathorn’s tiny Soi Goethe, this Italian restaurant has well-heeled crowds going gaga for its low-key vibe, wine list that’s arguably the best in town, and polished yet rustic dishes. Juicy grilled meats are joined on the menu by “nonna-style” gnocchi and premium produce like Cantabrian anchovies.
22 Sathorn Soi 1, Yaek 2 (Soi Goethe)
Perched 37 floors above Silom, with river views to boot, this wine bistro combines well-executed French comfort food, chargrilled Aussie steaks and a long, long wine list into one sleek package. Diners had nothing but praise for Scarlett during BKRW 2018—100 percent positive reviews.
37/F, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188 Silom Rd.
This welcoming Sathorn back-street institution makes the most of its incredible produce. Chef Stefano Merlo’s tasting menus offer a fun, interactive version of Italian fine dining, pairing dainty creations like the the Sensi caprese salad—mozzarella espuma, cherry tomato gelatine and cherry tomato sauce—with heftier meat and pasta plates, ranging from wagyu striploin to handmade ravioli in a lobster reduction. One of the first venues to sell out all seats in 2018—early bookings are a must!
Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Soi 17, Yaek 5
W Bangkok’s chic all-day restaurant deals in both Asian and Western flavors. Their recently unveiled “Tipsy Cow” menu features sees carefully selected meats treated to stateside cooking techniques, from smoked beef brisket and barbecue pork ribs to burgers and unique dishes like the duck lasagna. The restaurant shirks the hotel’s glamorous and glittery purple vibe in favor of classy warm woods and inviting amber lighting.
2/F, W Hotel, Sathorn Rd.
This carnivore heaven serves premium steak and tasty tapas bites from an open kitchen. In the dining room, black tiling meets pastel pinks and greens and pink-tinged lighting for a hip, fun atmosphere. Covering everything from ox tongue marmalade to flavorful hangar steaks, this menu is one for the meat-lovers.
1/4 Sala Daeng Soi 1