New restaurants, hotels, and more.
By Ashima Sethi
Beast Burger + Pizza
A few years ago, Beast Burger opened their first Bangkok outpost in bustling Thonglor. Now, they’re expanding again with the launch of Beast Burger + Pizza (pictured above) on Wireless Road, which offers a range of juicy burgers as well as a new menu of crispy Sicilian-style pizzas. Some of their recommended burgers include the Cheeseburger (THB 195), crafted using your choice of pork, beef, or veggie patty, cheddar cheese, pickled cucumbers, and their secret beast sauce; the Swiss mushroom (THB 235) that includes a patty, Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, balsamic caramelised onion, and garlic mayo; and the Spicy Mexican (THB 245), which comprises of a patty, cheddar cheese, charred green chilli salsa, jalapeños, shallots, and jalapeño mayo. Just as tempting, their pizzas have a range of toppings including Italian sausage, shrimp and pesto, pepperoni, and more. Upgrade your entire meal with your choice of sides and refreshments!
Now open inside the ACMEN Complex, Ekamai, Terroir is a new fine dining establishment that aims to embody a progressive kaiseki restaurant, serving up carefully curated dishes from a sleek, dedicated chef’s table. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, ‘kaiseki,’ it is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner that aims to highlight a specific seasonal theme. Ingredients are used at the peak of their freshness, and each small plate is presented with utmost attention to detail and artistic expression. The restaurant is now serving a 23 course seasonal menu (THB 4,500++), with the majority of the dishes highlighting fruits and vegetables from local farmers and artisans from abroad while select dishes are meat courses. As the experience is all about pairing, whether it be flavours or ingredients, the team highly recommends you opt for the eight glass wine pairing as well (THB 2,800++).
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 38, Ang Morr is a new restaurant that hopes to modernise the cuisine one would fall in love with if you lived in the Bangkok of yesteryear. Taking inspiration from Chinese fare once served in mom and pop shops, the eatery boasts a menu of elevated dim sum, seafood dishes, stir fries and more. The restaurant’s interiors are stylish and boast a dark green and brown colour palette with floral motifs scattered across the walls, and the dining room offers plenty of different seating arrangements to cater to all group sizes. There are several standout dishes on the menu, including their Crispy aromatic duck pancakes (that draw inspiration from Peking duck); their UNI black shu mai, which are dim sum bites topped with cuts of rich sea urchin; and their signature Har gow truffle that are shaped like little goldfish. Super cute but keep in mind the dish requires advanced booking.
Elg Bangkok is a new fine dining establishment that has opened its doors on Sukhumvit Soi 71. Putting a focus on Scandinavian cuisine and design, the restaurant features an intimate dining room that has been decorated using teak furniture and cream accents for contrast, as well as plenty of images of Nordic landscapes. Currently, the restaurant is serving a seasonal nine-course set menu of dishes that have Scandinavian roots, with the hopes of bringing something unique to Bangkok’s fine dining scene. Some plates you can expect include Langoustine paired with edible beetroot crystal bread, lime caviar, parsnips and a langoustine broth foam; a Beetroot and barley risotto, which is served with smoked and pickled white asparagus and a parmigiano reggiano foam; and the Picanha, their ‘queen of steak’ completed with essences of beetroot, smoked and pickled baby carrots, Hasselbeck potatoes, and a morel sauce.
The newest addition from the Yolo Group who own Teens of Thailand, Asia Today and Tax, Independence Bar is now open on Chinatown’s bustling Soi Nana. With a focus on all types of wine spanning natural to fortified, traditional and even wine cocktails, it’s a must-visit if you’re looking for a casual drinking hole with some edge as the bar boasts a grungy atmosphere thanks to its graffiti covered walls, intimate lighting, and cage-inspired smoking area. Beyond just wine, the bar also offers signature cocktails, and despite being a new contender, they have already invited talented bartenders from around Asia to do guest takeovers. So, if you’re a drinks connoisseur, make sure to bookmark this new opening for your next adventure in Old Town.
A brand new Future Factory is now open on Rama IV, just a stone’s throw from Sukhumvit Soi 36. If you’ve been in Bangkok for long enough, you’ve been witness to the past iterations of Future Factory that were located in Ari and atop cocktail bar Badmotel in Thonglor. A project from art-music group Blaq Lyte, Future Factory is a multipurpose venue that hopes to marry the coolest things in art, music, food, and fashion. The newest one boasts a large outdoor drinking and dining area, several restaurants and food trucks, and a few bars selling everything from coffees to beer. Considering the Blaq Lyte brand is so well known, the new venue has already seen exciting collaborations with leading bartenders from all around the world, bustling marketplaces, and a lineup of some of Bangkok’s best DJs. It is recommended to subscribe to their social media channels to stay updated on upcoming events.
Koji-Delic is a new eight-seat chef’s table from Ter-Nattawat Kasemwilas, who recently made his mark on Thailand’s gastronomic scene when he appeared on Season 4 of MasterChef. The refined restaurant is located on Sukhumvit Soi 31 and boasts an elegant dining room with a long table and open kitchen at its heart. What is most unique about Chef Ter’s project is his goal to marry together elements of Nordic, French and Japanese cuisine, while crafting dishes from locally sourced produce, including herbs and greens from a compact garden adjacent to the eatery. Currently, the restaurant is offering a 10-course tasting menu that uses seasonal ingredients and features dishes like Tartare crafted using cucumber, buttermilk, and dill oil; Wild clams paired with eggplant miso, pickled onions, rye, galangal oil, and a bacon dashi; and Red snapper served with heirloom tomato, salted egg, fermented strawberry, and a miso beurre blanc.
Lobster Main Kitchen
Lobster Main Kitchen is a new entrant located on Sukhumvit Soi 28 that aims to serve Italian-inspired cuisine with heart, as the team of chefs put emphasis on dishes that are full of flavour. Modern in its design, the restaurant is bathed in a grey and brown colour palette with pops of colour coming from the abstract art on its walls. The menu is limited, sticking to the ethos of serving a few dishes but serving them extremely well, and offers appetisers, fresh pasta, pizza, and desserts. Recommended dishes include the Tagliatelle carbonara, which is made in authentic fashion using just cheese, egg yolks, and fatty cuts of pork; the Tagliatelle umami brunch, which is a fusion pasta dish comprising of a miso cream sauce, soft tofu, Japanese leeks, bonito flakes, topped with ikura; and their variation of the traditional panna cotta, the Pina cotta that is made using vanilla and coconut milk, pineapple, and coconut rum.
Villa Frantzén is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive restaurants to open in Bangkok. The brainchild of Björn Frantzén, he founded renowned restaurant Frantzén in 2008, which then went on to receive a Michelin star only one year after its opening. It now holds an impressive three Michelin stars and the 6th spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. He is now bringing the famous brand to Thailand with the launch of Villa Frantzén, which sits inside of a 400sqm villa in Soi Yenakat 3 that can seat 60 guests. The space features an open kitchen, outdoor terrace, private dining areas, and a refined Nordic-inspired bar, elements that exist in the original Stockholm-based restaurant but the Thailand outpost also includes some Asian accents and overall, has a more casual ambience than its predecessors. The cuisine will be served in set format, allowing guests the opportunity to sample the best that Chef Björn has to offer.
XII Mediterranean Gastropub
Nestled inside of a beautiful blue and white house in Sathorn Soi 12 complete with an outdoor terrace, XII Mediterranean Gastropub brings together layers of flavours from all corners of the Mediterranean in one location. A great spot for groups of friends, families, and even celebrations, their drinks selection focuses primarily on stellar wines, beers, and spirits from the region, while their food is crafted from premium ingredients and everything from the bread to the gelato is homemade. The menu offers a plethora of tapas dishes, appetisers and salads to share, fresh risottos and pastas, pizzas inspired by different countries in the region, imported fish and meat mains that you can pair with a range of sides, and homemade desserts to finish.
The Vegan Table
Established in 2018 in Phuket, The Vegan Table aims to create a unique and sustainable dining experience to motivate people to better understand the benefits of following a plant-based diet. Over the years, they have won countless accolades including winning Best Plant-Based Restaurant in Phuket, Best Plant-Based Burger, and Best Plant-Based Thai Dish during Root the Future’s Plant-Based Food Awards. The team are launching two branches in Bangkok, one in Sukhumvit Soi 11 and another in Sukhumvit Soi 44, both of which will be welcome additions to the city’s thriving vegan food scene. Their menu is extensive and covers everything from breakfast and brunch dishes to wraps, pizzas, burgers, pasta dishes, hearty mains, and vegan desserts! They also aim to cater to all dietary intolerances, going so far as to have a dedicated gluten-free menu.
Now open as part of the much-anticipated The Standard Bangkok, Ojo Bangkok is serving upscale Mexican cuisine best paired with their spirit-forward cocktails and stunning views over Bangkok from the 76th floor of Mahanakhon. The kitchen is helmed by award-winning Chef Francisco Paco Ruano who puts a creative twist on an array of Mexican favourites, including ceviche, tostadas, aguachile, esquites, among others. Beyond small plates, their selection of mains encompass different types of meats from grilled fish to roasted chicken, beef short ribs, and bone-in ribeye to enjoy with various salsas, sauces, tortillas, and more. If you’re a fan of tequila or mezcal, this new opening is a must-visit as the restaurant has an impressive selection, as well as several flights should you want to expand on your knowledge of the two spirits.
Banyan Tree Veya Phuket
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a five-star wellness experience, check into the newly-opened Banyan Tree Veya Phuket. A new launch from the renowned Banyan Tree Group, the new wellness brand focuses on providing personalised treatment programmes centred on three pillars—Awareness, Discovery, and Sustenance. The experience begins with a well-being assessment with the resort’s onsite wellness professionals. From the information gathered, a bespoke itinerary is curated around the resort’s activity calendar and facilities that will help you work towards achieving your wellness goals. In addition to the physical body, the resort also hosts a plethora of daily rituals and mindfulness practices to keep your mind centered. Guests will also receive flexible Veya credit to be used on spa treatments, private sessions, and dining at the restaurant.
If you enjoy a vacation that’s equal parts thrills and leisure, make sure to check out Andamanda Phuket next time you find yourself on the Kingdom’s largest island. Sitting on a staggering 58 rai, this new water park features 25 attractions ranging from family-friendly rides to rides for thrill seekers and everything in between stretching across dive distinct zones—Coral World, The Pearl Palace, The Great Andaman Bay, Naga Jungle, and the Emerald Forest. Although this is only the first phase of the development, some of the highlights include an artificial wave pool that is framed by a man-made beach, a 550-metre lazy river, 12 different slides, several entertainment venues for live shows, retail outlets, a floating market, and restaurants, swim up bars, and more. Tickets are available online starting at THB 850 for adults (THB 1,500 onsite) and THB 550 for children and seniors (THB 1,000 onsite).