From a beachside café to a Californian-inspired bar, add these places to your list.
By Nafisa Singhsachathet
New Vegan Eatery
Golden State Vegan (pictured above) is another restaurant you can add to Bangkok’s plethora of plant-based eateries. Drawing inspiration from Californian cuisine, the restaurant puts a vegan spin on dishes traditionally made using seafood. Tempting offers include Ahi tuna steak (THB 290), cleverly crafted using watermelon and served with rocket salad and a citrus ponzu glaze; Boston lobster roll (THB 290), made using a plant-based substitute and served on a buttered roll; flaky Crab cakes (THB 270) served with creamy dill tartar sauce; and the Spicy tuna poke bowl (THB 260), crafted from watermelon ‘tuna,’ and roasted jalapeños. The restaurant also serves decadent cheesecakes in flavours like blueberry and banoffee, and a range of craft sodas, sparkling teas, cold brew coffees, smoothies, and biodynamic wines to pair with their refreshing dishes. Facebook: @goldenstate.th
With Instagram appeal at its heart, Miss T Bar & Café has officially opened on the white sands of Hua Hin. Offering a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, the café is packed with photo-friendly settings including rope swings with ocean views, retro-inspired surfboards you can pose with, blue bean bags you can sink into, and most famously, their To the Sea of Infinity, a large white door that leads to a backdrop of the ocean. On the menu are multi-cuisine options served with flair, including galaxy-inspired burgers, toast stuffed with rainbow melted cheese, and Japanese curry served with rice adorably shaped like a teddy bear. Their desserts are just as fun, spanning donut shaped blueberry cakes, Thai tea sugar buns, and their signature Miss T croissants available in a variety of flavours. Facebook: @Misstbarcafe
New Drinking Hole
The team behind Rabbit Hole, Crimson Room, and Canvas, have transformed a two-storey house on Thonglor Soi 20 into Bar Marco, a bar inspired by Californian modernism. Boasting an extensive gallery of vinyl albums by artists like The Beach Boys, David Bowie, De La Soul, and others from all genres, the bar emulates an unfussy living room, decorated with mismatched furniture and table and booths for groups of all sizes. The second floor overlooks the DJ booth and has its own bar and a private room for intimate celebrations. Mirroring the vibe, the drinks menu was crafted by Nu Danuwat (former bartender at Key Room No. 72) and offers fun signature libations like the Little bastard (THB 300), made from coconut rum, syrup, absinthe, and cacao liqueur; and the spirit-forward Non-ban-puen (THB 380), a creative spin on a Negroni made using spiced rum and bubbles. Facebook: @barmarcobkk
For fans of Peranakan cuisine, the Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit has officially unveiled Plate, a restaurant dishing up a melting pot of Malay, Chinese, and Indonesian food. The restaurant, brought to you by the talented Chef San, serves some of his most talked about dishes such as the Asam pedas stingray (THB 490), a spicy curry that features stingray fin cooked in gravy (must be ordered in advance); Laksa (THB 360), a spicy noodle dish consisting of Chef San’s spin on fermented rice noodles, fish cakes, boiled egg and dried bean curd; and Crispy pork belly (THB 450) complemented by a moreish chilli dip. Most dishes are served sharing-style but the restaurant also has an affordable set lunch (starting at THB 280) that includes a main, seasonal salad, dessert, and your choice of coffee or tea.