From the launch of Disney+ to where to dine, check out our full list.
By Ashima Sethi
Kappra Café (pictured above) triples as a vegan café, fabric studio, and coworking space. Located near heritage park Lhong 1919, the café-cum-store is inspired by Bangkok’s old town that houses the centre of the city’s fabric trade. Visitors can browse through the fabrics on sale and purchase whichever ones catch their eye. On the drinks menu are all your café favourites alongside unique refreshments like the Kanom Thai coffee (THB 145), a Thai-style dessert coffee for those who like pandan, and the Kappra chai (THB 85), a tea blend with many cooling spices. For food, you can tuck into affordable smoothie bowls, puddings, open faced sandwiches, and wraps with fillings like nam tok, tofu teriyaki, and marsala supreme cream.
In order to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, the team at fine-dining landmark Clara have introduced delivery brand, La Bomba. Specialising in gourmet Italian sandwiches crafted from premium ingredients, there are a lot of tempting options on offer. If you’re a vegetarian, opt for the Pura (THB 340) made from tomatoes, charcoal-grilled eggplant, rocket, buffalo mozzarella, and a basil pesto. For those who like their sandwiches meatier, the Marinara (THB 420) is filled with a shellfish concasse, amberjack ceviche, cheese, and a lime vinaigrette, while the indulgent Golosa (THB 480) features cured beef tataki, truffle reduction, foie gras terrine in porto wine, and a baby spinach salad.
Cocolombo is a new delivery concept by the brains behind Ministry of Crab Bangkok. Inspired by authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, each meal is served bundled up in banana leaf. Not only sustainable, the packaging also helps keep all the delicious juices together. Catering to both vegans and meat eaters, each set (starting at THB 320) comes with your choice of curry from a list of black pork, chicken, mackerel, mutton, jackfruit, potato, and mango, that come with several sides including crispy poppadums, fragrant jasmine rice, coconut dahl, brinjal moju (eggplant pickle), three different sambols (Sri Lankan nam phrik), okra, and cucumber salad. If that’s not enough, you can choose ‘add-ons’ such as traditional kothu roti.
A new contender in Bangkok’s bagel scene, Monty’s is the brainchild of the team behind Roast and Roots. A delivery-only brand, they specialise in Montreal-style bagels that are smaller than their New York counterparts and use a sourdough base. Currently, there are four types of bagel available that you can purchase to transform into sandwiches at home, the Everything, Sesame, Classic, and Burnt onion (THB 60 each). Or, you can order one of their open-faced sandwiches for a meal on-the-go, with options like The Monty’s (THB 250) topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onions, dill and capers; and the Breakfast bagel (THB 220) crafted from bacon, egg, and American cheese.
LA DOTTA SILOM
Pasta experts La Dotta have opened up a new branch in Silom. Under the guidance of Chef Nelson Amorim (of Il Fumo fame) and Chef Franceso Diena, the restaurant uses imported ingredients and duck eggs to craft their various fresh pastas including tagliatelle, bucatini, and linguine. Highlights from their menu include hearty dishes like the Amatriciana (THB 360) made from four-hour slow cooked tomato sauce with cured pork cheek and cheese, and the Pappardelle (THB 420) with an eight-hour braised lamb ragu and parmesan cheese. A great choice for a weekday lunch, La Dotta offers inexpensive two-course and three-course set menus. They also sell their fresh pastas and sauces should you want to go home and cook up a storm instead!
V VILLAS PHUKET
Located 39 metres above sea level on a private hilltop with panoramic views of Phuket’s Ao Yon Bay, V Villas Phuket is a boutique luxury property fit for travellers looking for privacy and indulgence. A one hour drive from Phuket airport, the resort features 19 private pool villas ranging from one bedroom to three and four bedroom accommodations. Each room comes with premium furnishings, a 24-hour butler service, a harmonious flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces, hillside or sea views, and private infinity pools. Beyond luxurious villas, the resort houses their signature restaurant Yon | Ocean House and the AKOYA | Star Lounge that offers a 360 degree dining experience. www.vvillasphuket.com
Streaming service Disney+ is expected to launch in Thailand at the end of this month. The cost is set at THB 799 per year with additional discounts for AIS customers, which will give streamers access to the brand’s long list of original films and cartoons from Disney and Pixar’s animation houses, productions from National Geographic, as well as new series releases from the Marvel Cinematic Universe like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. The platform will also allow viewers access to shows from the Star Wars Universe like universal hit, The Mandalorian, and the Book of Boba Fett that is scheduled for release at the end of the year. www.preview.disneyplus.com/th
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