BK's weekly Bites & Blends Market rounds up of the best dining and drinking events, deals and more.


Couscous x Natural Wines 

Every Wednesday in May (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), explore flavors of the Mediterranean in the couscous dishes of chef Francesco Deiana at Via Maris, paired alongside a selection of 10 natural wines at promotional rates.

10/15 Convent Road, 02 236 5558


Sake with Saki

From May 11-13, Charoenkrung izakaya Jua welcomes pastry chef Saki Hoshino from neighboring 80/20. Taste Jua's new menu alongside each of chef Saki's desserts, as well as sake, shochu and whiskey pairings. 
Jua, Charoenkrung Soi 28, 061-558-7689




Bangkok Farmers' Market

Support your local producers by shopping for natural products ranging from home and body care to arts and crafts and, of course, food. May 12-13, 11am.
Gateway Ekkamai, 982/22 Sukhumvit Rd. BTS Ekkamai.

Viva La Vida Kika

On May 12, Convent's chic tapas bar Kika launches its new Spanish-inspired gay tea dance promising a colorful fiesta of music, drinks and tapas from 6-9pm. On opening night, drag artists Kandy Zyanide and Gisele Rafaele will lip sync and dance, while DJs Yvan Ploge and Alex Fischer will provide the beats. 
14 Convent Rd., 095-592-0510. BTS Sala Daeng



Pasta Takeover: Series 2 Chef Davide Calo

From Lecce to Bangkok, contemporary Italian chef Davide Calo of Opus visits La Dotta to cook handmade pasta and other signatures. 5-11pm, May 14.
161/6 Thonglor Soi 9, 02-392-8688, 086-300-1111



Guest Bartender Jon Lee

The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental welcomes bartender Jon Lee from Singapore's Tippling Club (#7 in last week's Asia's 50 Best Bars 2018) for an evening of special cocktails, including three based on the unique taste of gummy bears, on May 15, from 8pm until midnight.
1/F, Mandarin Oriental, 48 Charoen Krung Soi 40 (Oriental Avenue), 02-659-9000



Fiesta of South American Flavours

On May 18, Le Meridien Bangkok's Bamboo Chic Bar offers a tasting of eight Chilean and Argentinean wines, alongside almost 30 small plates. Top wineries Concha y Toro (Chile), Argento and Catena (both Argentina) will supply great Malbecs, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio whites. To go with, nibble on chef Marco Cammarata's ocean-fresh, fruity ceviches and Latin tapas dishes. B1,500 per person, 7:30-9:30pm. 

4/F, Le Meridien, 40/5 Surawong Rd., 02-232-8888

Gaston Acurio

This May 17-19, The Mandarin Oriental will welcome arguably Peru’s most renowned chef, Gaston Acurio of Astrid & Gaston in Lima, who is credited with transforming Peruvian cuisine into the international fine-dining sensation it is today. From 7pm nightly, chef Acurio will present some of his signature dishes at Lord Jim’s restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental, with the likes of his famed ceviche afrodisiaco (lime-cured king crab, sea urchin, clams and scallops) available from the a la carte menu. For the full experience, though, you'll want to try the 5-course tasting menu at B4,120 net per person or 7-course at B5,650 net per person.

Lord Jim’s, Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave., 02-659-9000 ext 7680


Mash 1st Anniversary

Silom craft beer bar Mash celebrates its birthday with a happy hour all night on May 18: all taps B180. There’s also a keg of free welcoming beer for all guests (first in, first served).
Convent Rd., 089-692-5666


Prelude x Sarnies: Pop-up Brunch Part II

Modern Asia fine-dining restaurant Prelude teams up with coffee roaster Sarnies for a pop-up brunch on May 20, from 10am-3pm. Expect comfort food like eggs benedict and chicken waffles with a twist.
2/F, Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, 06-1384-1067


Portugal The New Dawn: Ep 4

Chef Vitor Matos of the one-Michelin-star Antiqvvm in Porto, Portugal, visits Il Fumo to cook alongside head chef Nelson Amorim on May 22-23. For two nights only, the two chefs will present six-course dinner (B3,800, extra B1,300 for wine pairing) featuring modern interpretations of Portuguese cuisine with personal touches. Expect dishes like meia desfeita (chickpeas with salt cod), and hake and clams a Bulhao Pato (in garlicky broth).

1098/2 Rama 4 Rd., 02-286-8833


Wine Pairing Workshop

The people behind Wine Garage, the online artisanal wine shop, will join forces with Jordan Cortes, the head sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, for an afternoon workshop on May 22 dedicated to food and wine pairing. Cortes, originally from northern Spain, has worked in  Michelin restaurants throughout Europe including a three-year stint with Robuchon in London before settling at the Bangkok arm (No.3 in Top Tables 2018). For B5,500 you’ll taste a variety of bubbles, whites and reds with Cortes offering guidance on complementary and contrasting pairing possibilities. It’ll all take place at The Cookhouse Number 9, a private supper club in a private home on Sukhumvit Soi 30, whose chefs (Le Cordon Bleu London grads with stints at Suhring and Mezzaluna) will whip out food to go with each wine. Running from 2-5pm, the workshop is limited to 16 people. Reservations at marketing@winegarage.asia.


Umberto Bombana

Italian chef Umberto Bombana, of Hong Kong’s three-Michelin-starred 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, will take over the kitchen at The Sukhothai’s old-school La Scala restaurant on May 23-24. Hailed as the “king of white truffles,” chef Bombana’s Italian restaurant is the only one outside of Italy to hold three Michelin stars and was also voted No.13 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018. For lunch and dinner, he’ll prepare extravagant dishes like white asparagus and Oscietra caviar, warm langoustine over a salad and egg emulsion, and tagliolini with butter, parmesan and black truffle fondue. The price of B14,600 net also includes a welcome cocktail, wine pairing and San Pellegrino water. Reservations at promotions@sukhothai.com.

The Sukhothai, 13/3 South Sathorn Rd., 02-344-8888.