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Where to dine, what to see, and where to stay in the New Year

by Ashima

Our round up of this month’s most exciting openings. 

By Muskan Shah and Nafisa Singhsachathet

EAT AND DRINK

LOST & FOUND

Conceptualised by Ashley Sutton, the brains behind The Iron Fairies, Lost & Found (pictured above) at the Avani + Riverside Bangkok Hotel centres on the narrative of a long lost underground shelter once enjoyed by the affluent, while battles raged on above ground. Lost for centuries, the shelter has been rediscovered by a group of rebellious youth looking to escape societal pressures. To reflect this story, this LGBTQI+ friendly bar aims to act as a stage for self-expression, where patrons can enjoy extravagance in the realms of fashion, art, theatre and drag. Of course, no Bangkok bar would be complete without superb refreshments, so you can sip on creations like Queen of lost souls (THB 350), an aromatic amalgamation of vodka, vanilla, passionfruit, and prosecco or She-ro (THB 350) crafted using raspberry gin, lemon, apple, honey and truffle oil. Make sure to nibble on some of their decadent bar bites too, including zesty Baby shrimp chips with kimchi tartare sauce (THB 210) and Onion rings dressed in Sichuan pepper salt (THB 190). www.avanihotels.com/en/riverside-bangkok

ENZO’S

Enzo’s is a brand-new restaurant nestled within the WRU Building in Langsuan. A former tailor shop, the space has been transformed into a lively, upscale all-day dining restaurant serving international comfort food. The restaurant takes its name from Chef Lorenzo de la Cruz (former chef at MeatChop) who helms the kitchen. Chef Lorenzo is also the brains behind the eatery’s vibrant menu, which focuses on fusion flavours and is broken down into four components to ensure a wholesome culinary journey for all diners: salads, small plates, pastas, and rock grill and barbecue. The menu has many standouts but one must-try is the Beef tongue sandwich (THB 285), where braised and grilled ox tongue is sandwiched between artisan bread and served with house barbecue sauce and pickled cucumber. The all-day dining approach means you can indulge in home-blends and pastries in the morning and sip on creative cocktails as dusk arrives.
Facebook: @enzosbkk

THAI TASTE HUB AT MAHANAKHON CUBE

To celebrate the diverse nature of Thai cuisine, Thai Taste Hub has opened its doors on the first floor of Mahanakhon CUBE in Sathorn. A modern adaptation of a food court, it features outposts of well-known street food shops such as Pinn, Limlaosa, Kor Moo Rama 5, and Boon Lert, as well as four Michelin-recommended restaurants. The expansive space has over 200 seats and its décor draws inspiration from Sino-portugese architecture. The walls are adorned with colourful murals from respected local artists such as Gongkan, Benzilla and BeerPitch. With so much choice, we recommend trying dishes like Pad thai with crispy pork belly (THB 220) from the renowned Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu; juicy Papaya salad (THB 275) from Phed Phed Hey!; and delectable Patonggo with pandan dip (THB 45) from Chumpol Patonggo. kingpowermahanakhon.co.th/cube/

WORKSHOP

Priding themselves on quality, Yenakat’s newest addition offers a rustic and accessible take on French fine dining. Workshop is a café by day and elegant restaurant by night while also acting as a gallery and event space. Led by celebrated Chef Clément Hernandez who has worked at top tier restaurants across Bangkok, the restaurant combines the prestige and technique of classic French food with a more comfortable setting; one that is reflected in the cosy, intimate seating and an airy open terrace. Currently, you can opt for the four-course tasting menu Sincere dining (THB 1,000++; THB 1500++ with wine pairing) which highlights sustainability, or sample delicacies from the à la carte menu, including the flavourful Stuffed squid (THB 390) and rich Black truffle risotto (THB 520). Elevate the experience with seasonal cocktails that are constantly reimagined to reflect the restaurant’s current exhibitions. workshop.co.thDINING AT THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOK

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok has officially opened its doors and is poised to become a leading establishment for top-tier drinking and dining. For an enchanting taste of five-star French cuisine, the Four Seasons Brasserie Palmier boasts a menu of fish and seafood delicacies along with a well-stocked oyster bar. Dine al fresco on the riverfront amidst the lush tropical foliage for a truly memorable experience. The hotel also houses other global cuisines. Pay a visit to Yu Ting Yuan for Cantonese fare in a stunning setting complete with lush gardens, a shimmering reflection pond, and an open kitchen where you can watch chefs prepare dishes such as dim sum and juicy Peking duck. At Riva Del Fiume, soak up river views as you tuck into modern Italian cuisine before heading to BKK Social Club, an upbeat venue specialising in craft spirits, cocktails, and cigars. www.fourseasons.com/bangkok/

SPICE & BARLEY

Launched by Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort and Avani + Riverside Bangkok Hotel, Spice & Barley has opened its doors on the third floor of Riverside Plaza. The Asian-inspired gastro lounge tells the story of three Sichuan sisters: May, Zaza and Fei, whose paths lead them to a new city, full of promise. Once there, they established a humble restaurant overlooking the river, where they cooked delicious cuisine inspired by their upbringing and ingredients from home. Spice & Barley’s menu (crafted by celebrity Chef Sam Leong) pays homage to this story, offering a plethora of Sichuan-inspired delicacies, from Szechuan mapo tofu (THB 300) and Tom yum goong lava buns (THB 280) to Lychee and crab tempura (THB 310). For the perfect tipple, the team has collaborated with the Cornelissen Brewery in to select a range of beers that pair perfectly with Asian cuisine. Wines, spirits and signature cocktails are also available. Facebook: @spiceandbarleyriverside

CÔTE BY MAURO COLAGRECO

Conceptualised by three Michelin-starred Chef Mauro Colagreco, Côte at Capella Bangkok serves up contemporary reinterpretations of traditional recipes and the culinary heritage of the French and Italian Riviera. The upscale, light-drenched restaurant boasts stunning views of the glittering Chao Phraya, creating a sophisticated and serene setting to enjoy Chef Mauro’s colourful offerings. Drawing inspiration from traditional recipes from Nice all the way to Genoa, the lunch menu offers Four-course (THB 1,500) and Five-course (THB 3,600) degustation and sophisticated à la carte creations. For dinner, opt for the Nine-course degustation (THB 6,100) to truly get a taste of Chef Mauro’s brilliance, or order from the à la carte selection, which has enticing options like Confit trout with ricotta and citrus-stuffed ravioli and mushroom consommé (THB 890) and Quail with black trumpet mushrooms, foie gras stuffing, ‘diable sauce,’ beetroot and radicchio (THB 1,680). www.capellahotels.com

BARDO SOCIAL BAR AND BISTRO

In a short time since its opening, Bardo Social Bar and Bistro has become Sathorn’s latest after work hot spot. Dishing up classic French cuisine in a casual setting to be enjoyed with friends and loved ones, visitors can expect dishes like the Truffle tourton (THB 100 for two), beignet-like fritters made from potato, truffle, and Raclette cheese, and their Juliette platter (THB 760), which features cuts of three cheeses, three cold cuts, pork rillettes, summer rolls, tomato garlic toast, and chicken croquettes. In addition to home-style cooking, the bistro also has plenty of libations to get you through any tough day, including fun signature cocktails. Some standouts include the Khaleesi (THB 320), made with gin, dry vermouth, dragon fruit, lemongrass, and galangal, and El Bandido (THB 320) crafted using tequila, Pampelle (a ruby red grapefruit aperitif), basil, jalapeños, lime, and spiced rum. Keep an eye out for one of their ‘beat the bartender’ events where you can challenge the bartender for prizes! Facebook: @bardobkk

THE BANANA WARRIOR CAFÉ

Queen of all things vegan, Julia Panchkowry, together with her team at The Banana Warrior have opened their first plant- based café inside ANOTHER STORY on the fourth floor of EmQuartier’s Helix Building. In a similar vein as their online offerings, the café specialises in wholesome, vegan, health-conscious cuisine, so you can dine on something delicious without the guilt. With the launch of the café also comes the launch of their bottomless plant-based prosecco brunch, where you can tuck into delights like the plant based Shakshuka with smoked paprika, mushroom-filled plant meat and their special ‘Eggs’ made with creamed cashew nuts and turmeric; Cacao smoothie bowl; Pumpkin bread; and Pumpkin and lemon cookies. In addition to brunch, the café’s sheer variety makes it a great choice for breakfast, an afternoon snack, an after gym treat, or even a casual dinner. Facebook: @thebananawarrior

STAY

OZO NORTH PATTAYA

Whether travelling with friends or as a family, OZO North Pattaya can be a tempting choice. In addition to vibrant, comfortable accommodations spanning suites and ocean view rooms, the hotel boasts a huge SPLASH Swimming Pool with slides for children of all ages and adjacent are large green spaces for afternoon games. To break up a day filled with activities, EAT all-day dining and pool bar offers delicious Asian and Western cuisine as well as refreshing cocktails and non-alcoholic refreshments. For those seeking more than just relaxation, the hotel also houses the BIG CHILL room; a space designed for people to hang out, talk, or use one of the many computers to finish up on work or check emails. Moreover, the resort also has a modern 24-hour gym called the TONE fitness centre that is equipped with cardio and strength training machines so you don’t have to give up on your fitness regime while on holiday! www.ozohotels.com/pattaya

REMBRANDT HOTEL & SUITES’ NEW BALLROOM

Established Bangkok property Rembrandt Hotel & Suites have announced that they have revamped their event spaces. The hotel, best known for their impressive food and beverage options spanning Rang Mahal, 1826 Mixology & Rooftop Bar, Mexicano, and Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, have refurbished their event spaces, transforming them into versatile settings for gatherings of all sizes. Most prominent is their new Grand Ballroom, which now boasts sleek light fixtures, cutting-edge light and sound systems, elegant décor and contemporary furnishings. To celebrate this revamp, the hotel are offering competitive rates for those looking to host an Indian wedding celebration. For something more intimate, opt for either their Michelangelo or Picasso rooms, both of which can be adapted to suit a plethora of events ranging from MICE to family get-togethers and wedding functions. www.rembrandtsukhumvit.com

COMO POINT YAMU PHUKET

If you’re looking for the epitome of paradise, look no further than COMO Point Yamu. Having recently reopened its doors, the five-star luxury property is named after its location at the very tip of Phuket, which offers stunning panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. The hotel’s style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary Thai elements that have been designed by award-winning designer Paola Navone. The resort boasts 106 rooms, suites, and villas, each equipped with all the luxuries one would need for a restful island escape. In addition to impressive accommodations, COMO Point Yamu is also worth visiting for exceptional gastronomy. The resort houses two restaurants: La Sirena, an Italian restaurant open all day, and Nahmyaa, dishing up southern Thai cuisine. The grounds also offer a fully equipped Kids’ Club, a saltwater pool with a capacious sundeck, versatile event spaces, and the COMO Shambhala Retreat, a luxury spa where you can leave behind all your stress.  www.comohotels.com/en/pointyamu

RDS PHARMACY

The RDS Pharmacy at the Ratchapruek Medical Center opened its doors last month; with the goal of providing comprehensive care, the medical centre offers several useful services. The first is a 24-hour pharmacy so that patients can receive safe and reliable medicine at any time. The centre is also stocked with wellness products, vitamins, supplements, herbal products, products for pain relief, diabetic care kits, body support devices, walking aids and wheelchairs, baby and mother care products, beauty items, surgical supplies, and more. In addition to pharmaceutical services, the centre also provides a delivery service for a wide-range of products, as well as wellness consultations to ensure that everyone has access to affordable care whenever necessary. www.rdsdrug.com

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