Straight out of the mourning period, we’ve been inundated with visiting Michelin chefs, rescheduled parties, menu launches and restaurant pop-ups. Here’s a run-down of all the very best happenings from restaurants and bars:
Vesper launches its long-awaited new menu of Galician art-inspired cocktails
On Nov 22
, from 6pm, Silom cocktail bar Vesper
launches its new cocktail menu, dubbed “The Art Book.” The 14 new drinks are said to take inspiration from Modern Art figureheads such as Pablo Picasso and Rene Magritte and are the result of a nine-month collaboration between bar own Choti Leenutaphong and Diageo World Class Winner Pailin Sajjanit. The new cocktails will be available at B320 each or B900 for three.
10/15 Convent Rd., 02-235-2777. BTS Sala Daeng
The Owl Society’s rescheduled bartender takeover at Bunker
Ekkamai whiskey bar The Owl Society
's head bartender Suchada “Fahbeer” Sopajaree (who's also one of 2016 Diageo World Class bartender competition finalists) takes over the bar at Bunker for one night this Nov 22
. Expect special cocktails based on Jefferson's Bourbon and Rebel Yell Bourbon.
118/2 Sathorn Soi 12, 092-563-9991
This Nov 23-25, the sky-high tapas restaurant of Centara Grand hotel welcomes two Spanish chefs from Michelin-star kitchens back to back next month. Roberto Terradillos heads restaurant El Serbal in Santander, which Michelin called “the gastronomic reference in an area teeming with restaurants.” On Nov 23, he cooks a seven-course dinner at B3,900 plus B1,000 for Spanish wine pairing. The following night, on Nov 24, drop by to taste the seven-course menu of Toni Gonzalez (also B3,900 + B1,000), whose restaurant El Nuevo Molino, also in Santander, serves contemporary tasting menus from a converted chapel. On Nov 25, both chefs join together with Uno Mas’s head chef Joan Tanya Dot for a final seven-course dinner priced at B4,250. Wine pairing on this evening costs an extra B2,000.
54/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255
This Nov 25-26
, the chef-owner of Tippling Club
in Singapore, Ryan Clift, visits Vertigo
to present a taste of his much-praised food and booze. Opened in 2008, the restaurant is known for its modern, avant-garde cuisine and innovative cocktails. Not only was Tippling Club named no. 31 in this year's Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant list, it also placed no. 12 in the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. The British-born chef will present signature dishes like charred and smoked peppers, foie gras with apple, walnut and date, and John Dory with roast cauliflower and masala veloute, plus cocktails said to span sweet, sour, dry, bitter, fruity and smoky. The six-course dinner sets you back B4,900 or B7,700 with wine pairing.
Banyan Tree, 21/100 Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200
Rama 4’s Italian grill restaurant Il Fumo
opens its beautiful villa for an afternoon workshop devoted to slabs of delicious steak. Taking place this Nov 26
from 3pm onwards, the Carnivore 101 workshop sees the restaurant’s chef-partner Luca Appino leading sessions covering the world’s best artisanal beef producers, beef cuts, and the art and science of grilling. At B1,300, you’ll get to sample Il Fumo’s four prized types of beef—Australian wagyu, French Limousin, Spanish Rubia Gallega and Italian Chianina—and attend a family-style alfresco dinner following the workshop. A session on meat and wine pairing by the house sommelier will set you back an extra B800 net. Limited to 15 seats. Sign up at 02-286-8833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1098/2 Rama 4 Rd., 02-286-8833
Chef James Sharman’s One Star House Party project sees a team of ex-chefs from Noma in Copenhagen and The Ledbury in London traveling the world to 20 cities in 20 months to organize a week-long pop-up in each place they visit. Their journey started in September, and so far they’ve cooked in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City. Their next stop: Bangkok. Right now, the chefs are already searching for ingredients somewhere in Thailand to prepare for a series of dinners from Nov 27-Dec 3 at Banyan Tree Bangkok’s outdoor lounge Latitude.
Dinner sets you back US$120 (roughly B4,190) and can be booked from Nov 16 at bit.ly/2fgu7CB
. Check out the trailer for their Bangkok project here:
Banyan Tree, 21/100 Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200
Backstage Cocktail Bar welcomes the co-founder of Fords Gin
This Nov 28, Backstage Cocktail Bar and Bootleggers Trading Company team up to welcome Simon Ford, the co-founder of The 86 Co., which collaborates with some of the world’s best distilleries to create lines of rum, tequila, vodka and, most notably, gin—namely, the cult favorite Fords Gin.
L/F, Playhaus Thonglor, 205/22-23 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-712-5747