BK's weekly round-up of all the best dining and drinking events, deals and more.
Wednesday, Dec 5
Thursday, Dec 6
Chef Primo Rivera, the Mexico City-hailing head chef of Charley Brown's, hosts a one-night pop-up at Smalls on Dec 6. Expect Mexican classics pork carnitas tacos and camarones al aillo, as well as churros with chocolate for dessert. Bookings recommended.
Smalls, 186/3 Suan Phlu Soi 1, 094-264-9535
Friday, Dec 7
Fin Wine, one of Bangkok’s leading wine importers, is taking over Grand Hyatt Erawan from 11am onwards on Dec 7 with over 50 labels of organic, natural and biodynamic wines with 90+ critic ratings. Tickets to the wine tasting are just B500 and, even better, the entry fee is discounted when you purchase a bottle. Part of the proceeds will be put towards the Children’s Day 2019 activities of the Khlong Toey Music Programme, which provides after-school music and art lessons to underprivileged children in Khlong Toey slum.
Dec 7, 11am. Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-254-1234
Arguably Bangkok’s biggest and best annual wine event for the better part of six years, hosted by renowned wine critic James Suckling, joins its usual landing spot at the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel on Dec 7. Join the event to sample over 180 Italian wines curated by Suckling, each receiving a score of 90 points or higher by the man himself—three of them scored a perfect 100. B1,200 early-bird tickets are available now.
Dec 7, 5-8pm. Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Ratchadamri Rd.
Proclaimed the “new Noma” by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, it’s fair to say that Copenhagen’s ultra-seasonally focused 108 restaurant is something of a darling among international foodie circles. This Dec 7-8, try what all the fuss is about when head chef Kristian Baumann visits Bangkok to cook alongside this city’s own Garima Arora at her Lang Suan restaurant, Gaa. Priced at B4,500, the menu has yet to be released, beyond details that it will include certain signatures from 108’s kitchen together with dishes created in collaboration between the two chefs.
Dec 7-8. Gaa, 68/4, 68/5 Lang Suan Rd., 091-419-2424. B4,500.
Sunday, Dec 9
This Sunday Dec 9, Pesca rolls out impressive brunch deal with all-you-can-eat-French-oysters with free-flow drinks for B1,490. Besides the wide selection of oysters, the buffet also includes pizza and burgers, meat, seafood, cheese, cold cuts, homemade desserts and salad bar.
Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro, Ekkamai Soi 12, 063-267-7778
On Sunday Dec 9, Chivas Masters finalist Rick Marson (usually found behind the bar at World’s 50 Best Bar Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam) will shake up his signature cocktails over at Tropic City.
672/65 Charoenkrung Soi 28, 083-838-2750.
December means one thing: Christmas! We may not have snow in Bangkok, but luckily we do have plenty of winter markets to make up for it. Leading the pack, the Sansiri Winter Market Fest is back for its sixth year, bringing over 170 vendors to T77 Community from Dec 15-16, 4-10pm, promising gifts, clothing, food and much festive spirit, as well as live music.
Dec 15-16, On Nut Soi 1/1.
Sathorn’s Blue Parrot (Sathorn Soi 10, 02-235-4822) is making good use of its back garden with a Christmas Market on Dec 16, featuring lovely locally-made gifts, such as decorations, jewelry, bags, kids goods, arts and crafts, with activities for children.
Dec 16, 50 Sathorn Sathorn Soi 10, 02-235-4822.
For the next six months, a bright orange Volkswagen van parked in front of Surawong's Le Meridien hotel will dedicate itself to Aperol Spritz, the low-alcohol Italian drink synonymous with summer. Here, you can order up an authentic Aperol Spritz (B230)—three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol (a Venetian citrusy-bitter liqueur) and one splash of soda—to go with a Salmone Selvaggio (an open-face sandwich with wild salmon and tzatziki, B180), all while lapping up the somewhat cooler breeze of winter. Until Apr 30, 2019.
Le Meridien Bangkok, 40/5 Surawong Rd., 02-232-8888. Open daily 5pm-midnight.