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


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


Chef Ayo & Chef Top 4 hands

On May 17, chef Ayo Adeyemi of Singapore's Tippling Club teams up with Freebird's chef Top Russell for a 12-course menu (B2,850). 5:30-11pm.

28 Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-662-4936



Fiesta of South American Flavours

On May 18Le 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

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


Say Wine, Say Cheese

On May 18, Riverside Grill offers up a wide range of cheese paired with wines at B850/per person, from 6:30-8:30pm.

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotels & Towers, 2 Charoenkrung Soi 30, 02-266-0123


Peroni Pop Up Set in the Driveway

Enjoy an Italian-style drinking session in the driveway at Novotel Sukhumvit 20 every Friday from May 18-Jul 6. Specially priced Peroni beer at B200/half pint, B300/full pint will be served alongside Italian bites from B200.

19/9 Sukhumvit Soi 20, 02-009-4999


Vesper 4th Anniversary

To celebrate its fourth birthday on May 18-19, Convent cocktail bar Vesper welcomes 2010 Diageo World Class Winner Erik Lorincz, formerly of the American Bar at the Savoy in London. Try for of his cocktails for B1,900. 7pm onwards. 

10/15 Convent Rd., Silom, 02-235-2777



World Whiskey Day

May 19 sees bars around the world celebrate World Whiskey Day with tasting flights, pairings and parties. We've rounded up the best events in Bangkok


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


New England IPA Tap Takeover #2 

Try the best of Thailand’s new and upcoming brewers such as Hop Hog, BrewOcean, Wood Wood and Paul's Beer at Changwon Express on May 19, from 5pm.

Changwon Express, 37 Asoke-Dindaeng Rd., 084-422-4649


Interstate BBQ Cookout 

SpareParts Smokehouse in FooJohn Building kicks off its new weekly event offering a taste of every legendary BBQ state. This May 20 is the turn of Texas with slow-smoked beef ribs from Charolais cattle and smoked, grilled free-range chicken. 4:30-9pm. 

FooJohn Bldg., 831 Charoenkrung Soi 31, 087-593-9973




Food & Wine Pairing Principles 

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, and The Cookhouse Number 9 for an afternoon workshop on May 22 dedicated to food and wine pairing. For B5,500 you’ll taste a variety of bubbles, whites and reds with Cortes offering guidance on complementary and contrasting pairing possibilities. Running from 2-5pm, the workshop is limited to 16 people. Reservations at marketing@winegarage.asia.

The Cookhouse at Number 9, Sukhumvit Soi 30, 086-571-1773


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



Dinner with Gottfried Pollinger 

On May 23, chef Andrea Ortu of La Bottega Di Luca and chef Nino Scognamillo of La Casa Nostra team up for a six-course dinner (B2,700), featuring with Nals Margreid's south Tyrolean wines.

2/F, Terrace 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-204-1731

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.


Wine Talk @ Riedel Wine Bar

On May 24, Riedel invites you to try out new flavours of Italian wines with the Falvo brothers from 6:30pm onwards at B1,500/per person.

Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar, 2/F, Gaysorn, 999 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-656-1133


Arcadia Private Tastings | Edition 002: Best-Kept Secrets

Enjoy “hidden gem” biodynamic and organic wines, and light bites (B1,650) amid mysterious antiques from around the world at Mighty Private Dining on May 25. Reservations at rosalind@arcadia-fine-foods.com, limited to 20 people only. 6.30pm-8pm.
Mighty Private Dining, Sukhumvit Soi 49


TDL & Smiling Mad Dog Presents: It’s Craft O’clock 

On May 26, The Drunken Leprechaun hosts 18 taps of craft beer, BBQ and open-air live music from Scott Lucille, Yamin and PHD. Coupons from B260 are available at the front door. There will also be a peer pong tournament (B1,000 per teams of two, including craft beer coupons. Winners get flights to Phuket with Nokair. 

The Drunken Leprechaun Bangkok, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 15, 02-309-3255


Kitchen Takeover: Yardbird Hong Kong

Multi-label fashion store turned restaurant and bar, Siwilai City Club, welcomes Canadian chef Matt Abergel of Hong Kong’s cult yakitori restaurant Yardbird into the kitchen this May 31. 6-11pm, at B2,800/per person. 

Siwilai City Club, 5/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5631