From Tokyo's unagi-don specialist to Italian "omakase," here are Bangkok's most buzzing new openings.
Replacing L’Appart on the 32nd-floor rooftop of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, this new Belgian bistro doesn’t stray all too far from its predecessor’s French roots. Food does, however, take a more casual approach, ditching the flowery French creations for more everyday moules frites, cote de boeuf and Belgian waffles. There is also, of course, an impressive selection of over 30 Belgian beers.
Sukhumvit Rd. See full details here.
Check out this cozy white-walled restaurant with its faux grass for wholesome, Mediterranean set lunches—try the spicy Merguez-style beef balls wrap.A la carte mezes and mains are also on the menu, like the Adana kebab and the shaksuka-like fried eggplant and zucchini in yogurt sauce—or, simply give them your budget and leave it up to the chefs to decide for you. Having lived in France, the Turkish-born owner finds ways to incorporate things like cassoulet into the menu, too.
Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai). See full details here.
It’s official: Bangkok is Japan-mad. Welcome yet another opening from the Land ofthe Rising Sun. The beef specialist claims to have been the first to bring the Omi wagyu brand overseas back in 1839. They’re now bringing their succulent beef to Bangkok, direct from their own farm in Japan. Inside, concrete, brick, hanging bulbs and exposed pipes make for a bare industrial feel. Wide-ranging cuts are available, from the umami lean, to rare types like tonbi (only five servings per day).
Sukhumvit Soi 53. See full details here.
The Massilia family is expanding ever further, now boasting this new offshoot in CentralWorld. With Salerno-born chef Michele Fernando and Veneto-born chef Massimo Verzini at the helm, traditional wood-fired Italian pizzas are accompanied by some fusion options, enlivened with Thai ingredients. Don’t miss the sai oua pizza, which combines delicate Italian fior di latte mozzarella cheese with Chiang Mai’s famous sausage and crispy-deep fried pork skin.
CentralWorld. See full details here.
Busy, tropical wallpaper, a striking bright orange sofa and Art Deco-style bronze light fixtures complete the look at Suan Plu’s cozy new Thai dining spot. Set in a standalone building surrounded by greenery and a wooden deck—perfect for alfresco dining—classic Thai flavors rule in dishes like the 48-hour-braised pork belly and soft boiled egg with five-spiced soup and the fried smoked duck breast with chili and garlic. Pair your meal with a sweet Sanuk mocktail, which mixes watermelon, chocolate cookies, lime, rosemary and passion fruit Bangkok Soda.
Suanphlu Rd. See full details here.
Joining the ranks of Bangkok’s latest Tokyo-born openings, this unagi-don specialist is known for its affordable charcoal-grilled eel. Situated within a few minutes’ walk of BTS Phrom Phong in the Villa Soi 33 car park, it’s already welcoming lengthy queues and rave reviews in equal measure. A bold red frontage makes way for counter seating flanking a glass-windowed kitchen topped by a faux roof, evoking the feeling of sitting at a street counter, despite being indoors. Order the Unadon with a side of kimchi or miso soup, and a lychee beer cocktail.
Sukhumvit Soi 33/1. See full details here.
An elegant, intimate cream and marble dining room sits beneath a downpour of hanging crystals and chandeliers at Ratchadamri’s latest omakase venture. You may be expecting Japanese fare, but this cultural smorgasbord combines the chef’s choice menu concept with Italian fine dining. Behind the idea is chef Maurizio Menconi, who seeks to create an intimate and theatrical experience through his seasonal bite-sized dishes, featuring the likes of caviar, Kobe beef, game and lobster.
Ratchadamri Rd. See full details here.