A wave of celebrity chef restaurants are heading to Bangkok, but one of the year's most exciting openings comes from a much-loved local name.
Food truck pioneer Daniel Thaiger is opening a proper restaurant and the menu will go beyond burgers. Set to launch mid-September, Crying Thaiger will take over the intimate wedge of space formerly belonging to Opposite Mess Hall on Sukhumvit Soi 51.
Kitted out with a big flat-top griddle and a charcoal grill, the open kitchen will serve up what Daniel Thaiger founder Mark Falcioni calls "American steakhouse burgers" along with steaks, other proteins (pork, lamb) and a few side dishes. The hint, he says, is in the name, which is a reference to the famous Thai dish of grilled steak and jim jaew.
There will be a full cocktail bar, craft beers and wine, while the plan is to also open up the rooftop space to host some booze and food parties.
Explaining the decision to open the restaurant, Falcioni said: "[We] didn't always want to open a brick and mortar restaurant of our own but the more we see the limitations of a food truck the more we want to create and make something more using our collaborative creative minds."
It's already been a busy few months for Falcioni and co. After rolling out a deliciously decadent back-to-basics burger in collaboration with Brew Beers & Ciders, the truck recently moved to a new home on Sukhumvit Soi 30/1.
Fear not, Falcioni assures us the truck will continue to operate as normal after the opening of Crying Thaiger.