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This semi-chef’s table is turning heads with its feel-good food and daily-changing menus. Chef-slash-owner Kunanun Lertpisikul offers something between a Michelin-caliber meal and wine bar fare. On the menu might be fresh Dover sole, Rangers Valley ribeye, or diver scallops from Norway. Currently, you can try grilled shiitake with coffee dashi and pink peppercorn (B350); hanger steak with gorgonzola (B950); and risotto alla Milanese with bone marrow (B650). All the dishes include one or more smoky elements—even the signature flatbreads, which include smoked artichokes and taro in the dough. As far as drinks go, wine is the way to go, and it’s bottles-only for now, with plans to change to by the glass. Eventually, the space plans to stay open late night with a snack menu offering dishes like cereal-coated fried chicken and curry ramen, too.
116/8 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 088-979-5436. Open Tue-Sat 5-11:30pm
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Attached to Tax, the latest cocktail bar from the Teens of Thailand
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crew, comes this pizza- and pasta-forward bar-restaurant off Soi Nana. Inside a minimal shophouse space speckled with contemporary art, including some cheeky calligraphy in the back of the dining room, Karit “Gong” Yuvaboon uses Italian food as a canvas to explore new flavors and combinations, particularly those that draw on Asian cuisines. For example, the Black King, a pizza with a striking charcoal-black, squid ink-infused crust, chopped scallop, squid, and bacon (B345), and the Inglorious AOP (B399 small/B650 large), a dish of homemade al dente pasta with chunks of Surat Thani tiger prawn and a coating of oven-baked prawn head fat.
701 Soi Maitri Chit, 096-841-6619. Open Tue-Sun 12pm-12am
Bo.lan is back after a tumultuous year. The restaurant has re-emerged with a distinctive tasting menu called The Never Ending Amuse Bouche. A kaleidoscope of thought-provoking bites take diners across Thailand as well as the evolution of the now 12-year-old restaurant. You can choose between the five-flight (B1,200/15 bites) or eight-flight menu (B1,800/24 bites), both of which feature regional flavors and are categorized according to cooking technique and how people in Thailand eat. Bites include steamed red curry with fish, minced pork, and crab; a Thai-style cupcake (khanom krok) with crab curry, green curry wafer, and longan; a Southern rice salad with fermented fish sauce; and an Akha-inspired larb. Only available until mid-April.
24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-260-2962. Open Wed-Sat 6pm-late, Thu-Sun noon-2pm
Sleek yet minimal, quaint Conti boasts a French-bistro vibe, with splashes of olive green and dark brown. Intimate lighting fans out across the counter bar, through the banquet seating, all the way to the velvet-curtained private dining area upstairs. The menu draws on European traditions for inspiration: beef tartare with mustard, capers, shallots, and quail egg (B370); crispy lotus root and foie gras ravioli topped with a Parmesan foam (B250); and standouts like the Jack’s Creek ribeye (B990), served with mashed potato, garlic confit, and sauteed mushrooms, and pan-seared North Atlantic lobster (B890/half) with aligot foam and crispy potatoes. Pair your meal with a medium-bodied Antinori Villa Chianti (B390 glass/B1,990 bottle), or go for a smooth Kelleri Bozen (B1,390), a light-bodied white with remnants of citrus and green fruit.
34/1 Si Bamphen, 099-494-9428. Open Mon-Sat 5-11pm
Located at the Fox Thonglor, Crave Man specializes in juicy burgers made with Australian beef and fully loaded sandwiches. Keep it simple with a classic beef burger topped with special sauce (B200), or level up to options like the Crave Man (B270), loaded with grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheddar, and special sauce, or Jose Del Craver (B250), topped with fried onion rings, jalapenos, and a spicy chipotle-honey barbecue sauce. The selection of sandwiches include steak and cheese melts (B260) and vegan wraps (B200), and there are loads of classic, gut-busting sides—mozzarella sticks (B140), buffalo chicken wings (B160/5 wings), and more.
The Fox Thonglor, 209 Sukhumvit Soi 55, 096-960-3042. Open daily 11am-midnight
Run by a chef who spent ten years at Sunrise Tacos, the colorful yet kind of minimal two-floor space serves over 20 styles of tacos, including tacos de alambre (B260/3 tacos), with spiced grilled chicken topped with onions, bell peppers, and cheese, and the on-trend birria (B260/3 tacos) made with beef slow-cooked in an adobo sauce made of vinegar, dry chilies, herbs, and spices. What people are really going loco for are the vegan tacos, from the jackfruit tacos (B260/3 tacos) to the hibiscus flower tacos (B240/3 tacos) served with refreshing hibiscus salsa. For drinks, they offer a wide variety of Mexican spirits and cocktails.
2/8 Sukhumvit Soi 34, 02-040-0473. Open daily 7am-11pm
Run by the folks behind Cholo’s, Miss Fish is a brightly colored space serving up Aussie-inspired seafood fare. Go for the BFF (B250), loaded with deep-fried cod, pickles, tomato, onion, and cheddar on a homemade potato bun; the Miss Fish Royale (B250), featuring fried cod, shredded iceberg lettuce, and a mountain of their signature tartare sauce, also on a potato bun; or the classic fish and chips (B200 dory/B290 cod). Rice bowls, meanwhile, offer a healthy alternative for dine-in or takeaway. Choose from salmon (B350) or tuna (B390), with options like the Green Goddess, which packs in greens like broccoli rabe, peas, guacamole, brussels sprouts, pea sprouts, and yogurt-cucumber dill dressing on brown rice.
67 Soi Suksavithaya, Sathorn Soi 10, 081-831-6277. Open Wed-Sun 11:30am- 9:30pm
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At Mod Kaew, there’s no wine list—instead, browse the bottles yourself or ask for some assistance from co-founder and ex-Gaggan somm Ottara Pyne, a walking thesaurus of wines. If you still can’t decide, try the flight school (B690), which includes three options like the Bruno Duchene 2019, a dry, spicy natural red, and the Italian Elisabetta Foradori 2017, a house-recommended entry point into the world of orange wines. Food is no afterthought, with a menu of bites like the WAP (B380), made with beyond meat, Texas toast, black garlic chickpea mayo, and crispy shallots.
1041/21 Phloen Chit Rd. Open Thu-Sun 5:45pm-1am; Mon 5:45pm-1am; Tue 5:45pm-1am
Chefs Napol “Joe” Jantraget and Saki Hoshino are back with a brand-new project after departing from 80/20. Soon-to-open Samlor moves away from the formalities of fine dining, however, aiming for no-frills comfort food and gap glaem like “Hunting Dog” chicken wings (B180), mussels baked with gapi and Thai basil (B300), crispy cauliflower tacos (B220), and the Canadian classic, poutine (B180). For drinks, expect jugs of beer, Thai whiskey, and buckets of booze instead of upscale cocktails and wine. It’s food and drinks for the many, not the few.
1076 Charoenkrung Rd. (on the corner of Si Phraya Rd.)
Set sail on the Sirimahannop, the Marriott group’s boat dining experience stationed on the river in front of Asiatique. Aboard the three-deck ship replica of an old Royal Thai Navy ship, kitted out with an outdoor lounge, private dining room dubbed the Bridge, and rum bar hidden below deck, guests enjoy menus that reflect its globetrotting past. Think dishes like smoked pepper mackerel served with hardtack biscuits and Scandinavian horseradish sauce (B270), and fish sliders with Danish remoulade and homemade dill gherkins (B160). Sundowners here come in the form of cocktails like the Tamarind (B380), a mix of Caorunn gin, curacao liqueur, clarified tamarind, beer syrup, and foam.
Asiatique, Charoenkrung Soi 72-76, 02-059-5555. Open Mon-Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 1pm-midnight