From new restos and supper clubs to hotel openings, we have it all.
AVANI+ KOH LANTA KRABI RESORT
The Avani hotel brand have expanded their portfolio of properties with the launch of Avani+ Koh Lanta Krabi Resort (pictured above). Nestled on a picturesque private peninsula with views over the Andaman Sea, the 92-key property houses a mix of guestrooms, suites, and private pool villas, including the stunning Grand Ocean Residence that boasts a private garden area, living room, and kitchen and dining facilities. In addition to bright and modern accommodations, the resort also features a spa, fitness centre, Kids’ Club and three drinking and dining spots—Pantry by Avani for café-inspired light bites, fresh coffee, and pastries; The Cliff for all-day dining, international cuisine, and stunning views; and The Reggae Bar, a secluded beachfront venue for cocktails and jawdropping sunset views.
VLCC AT AVANI+ HUA HIN RESORT
Minor Hotels have partnered with India’s leading wellness, beauty services, and products brand, VLCC to pioneer the concept of wellness in its truest form with the launch of VLCC at Avani+ Hua Hin Resort. Here, guests can choose to immerse themselves in holistic retreats that focus on providing head-to-toe aesthetic and medical treatments during multi-day residential packages. The programmes will combine traditional
approaches with modern medical diagnostic treatments, tailored exercise plans, and nutrition regimens to deliver all-encompassing results. These treatments can help guests tackle specific conditions related to medical and chronic health issues, aesthetics, IV therapy, and pampering related to body, skin, and hair. This reaffirms the Hua Hin’s reputation as the perfect destination to relax and recuperate.
If you’re a fan of French patisserie, then a visit to newly-opened Café Madeleine should be on your list. Located inside the stunning Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, the café is just steps from the riverside, making it easy to access by boat if you’re feeling adventurous. Run by celebrated Executive Pastry Chef Andrea Bonaffini who has years of experience working in some of the best restaurants in the world, the café specialises in fresh baked croissants, decadent pastries, cakes, freshly baked sourdough, premium coffee, and of course, their signature madeleines. Some of their recommended items include the decadent Gianduja chocolate hazelnut mousse, the café’s modern take on the classic Mille feuilles, and a zesty Mango and passionfruit cheesecake that’ll refresh the palate.
Pikun ‘Kate’ Wangsantia, a restaurateur well-known in Bangkok’s food scene having worked at establishments like Canvas and Sühring, has opened up her own supper club called Kate’s Place. Located on the second floor of her shophouse, the restaurant is styled to resemble a living room, with a dining table that can accommodate up to 12 people as the centrepiece. The restaurant’s menu follows a carte blanche format as it started as a gathering spot for friends to hang out and tuck into food crafted from whatever was left in Chef Kate’s fridge. Thus the restaurant’s menu is an ode to spontaneity with the general theme changing each month. The current one puts focus on ‘Uplifting Thai Comfort Food’ and comprises of starters, shared courses, and dessert priced at THB 990.
Taking its name from the Thai word for ‘poem,’ Kavee is a new venture from Chef Worathon ‘Tae’ Udomchalotorn who has worked in several Michelin-starred kitchens, including leading the brigade at Le Du. The name ‘Kavee’ was chosen because there is an element of ‘poetry’ present in the way the menus are put together, creating a dining experience for guests that focuses on flow and building layers, while presenting the chef’s take on modern Thai cuisine. Overall, the experience is modelled on a ‘blind taste test’ so the chef has full freedom to design, experiment, and craft his dishes, and diners are encouraged to really savour all the elements of each plate. Although a new opening, the restaurant is swiftly being booked out so reservations are recommended.
ROLLING RIBS BREW BAR & BBQ
Located inside Le Méridien Bangkok, Rolling Ribs Brew Bar & BBQ serves traditional Memphis-style barbecue, smoked to perfection. The restaurant itself takes inspiration from an industrial-style loft and is decorated with red brick walls, leather seating accented by black steel elements, dark wood furniture, and eye-catching light fixtures. On the menu are series of barbecue favourites spanning sandwiches, smoked racks
of ribs, beef brisket, bbq chicken, different sausages, and a range of starters, salads, and desserts expertly crafted by Chef Christian Caluwaert. In addition to hearty cuisine, the restaurant also specialises in international and local beers on tap, cans and bottles; signature cocktails; and a wide selection of whiskys.
Opening in the spring of this year, Maison Dunand is Chef Arnaud Sauthier’s first-ever restaurant as he has closed his chapter at celebrated Michelin-starred French establishment, Le Normandie. The restaurant will be situated in Sathorn and will serve modern European cuisine inspired by the chef’s education and experiences working in the French Alps. Although not much is currently known about the menu itself, Chef Sauthier hosted a pop up at Gaggan Anand during the tail end of last year to give diners a sneak peek at what to expect from his debut establishment. Standout dishes included a contemporary style surf and turf made with pigeon and anchovies; his take on escargot crafted from Burgundy snails and organic black garlic; and a signature dish that combines potato with lush Kristal caviar and silky uni.
Everyone’s favourite one-stop-alcohol service, Gulp BKK, who specialise in all types of tipples, have finally opened a standalone store and tasting room in Sathorn! Located on Chan Kao Road, Gulp@Chan is a bottle showroom-slash-bar where you can browse their selection of booze to take home, or even pick one out to enjoy in the store’s vibrant settings as it boasts a casual, spacious seating area. In addition to their vast selection of local and imported alcohol and value-for-money bottle bundle sets, the store also hosts events such as wine tastings and cocktail classes where you can network with likeminded individuals while learning how to make your favourite drinks. Subscribe to their page to keep up to date.
ALL CATS ALL BATS
With its entry inside of Ku Bangkok in Old Town, All Cats All Bats is a new bar that you’ll be tempted to make your after work haunt. Currently open from Wednesday to Sunday, the intimate restaurant-slash-supper club specialises in modern Mexican-inspired fare, boutique wines, and house-brewed beer. From just a glance at their Instagram page, delights previously served include stewed beef tongue tacos, chorizo stuffed wings;
prawn aguachile; Petchaburi oysters with mezcal and calamansi lime; grilled corn with kaffir leaf mayo, fresh cheese, chilli salt, and corn cob dashi; and tostada with cauliflower cream, pickled cauliflower, grilled mushrooms, and chilli oil. As the space is very intimate, advanced bookings are recommended.
Now open inside of Insaf Tower 2 in Sukhumvit Soi 13, Beyond Bread is a new café serving up delicious coffee and freshly baked bread. Their current menu is perfect for brunch aficionados as it features classic brews like Americanos, cappuccinos, espressos and lattes, as well as light bites spanning burgers, their classic egg sandwich, hearty avocado and smoked chicken sandwich, healthy breakfast bowl crafted from grilled vegetables and tofu, and more. In addition, the café also serves up a selection of sweet treats including the tempting hazelnut Paris brest, a dessert made from choux pastry and flavoured cream. Their delicious variation is filled with essences of coffee, almonds, and caramel, and is best paired with one of their
Nestled inside of 515 Victory Hotel near Victory Monument is Wana Yook, a new venture by Chef Chalee Kader. Best known for his work at 100 Mahaseth, Chef Chalee’s new all-day eatery is versatile and filled with antique touches, acting as a tea boutique-cum-café during the daytime before transiting into a dinner spot at night that pays tribute to the city’s humble but much-loved rice and curry (khao gaeng) stalls. At the moment, Chef Chalee is serving a 10-course tasting menu that’s packed with bold flavours. Dishes you can expect include a gaeng som with silver pomfret, fried gourami, and pickled bitter beans; a dish of hormok (which is one of my all-time favourites when it comes to Thai cuisine) complemented by an egg floss, spicy kalian, and crispy rice; and a rich cassia curry made with shrimp paste relish with tree sorrel fried chives, and mackerel flakes.
A brand-new dining experience, Mother Bangkok takes inspiration from the splendour of Mother Nature herself. The restaurant sits inside a remodelled shophouse that aims to depict the raw beauty of nature as it’s fitted with different shades of wood, roots and plants adorning the walls, and skylights to let natural sunshine in. The menu has been crafted under the theme of ‘prosperous eats’ where diners are encouraged to get familiar with where and how each ingredient has been cultivated. The 10-course tasting menu puts a focus on seasonal local produce and has included dishes like beef salad styled similar to a beef tartare atop rice flour tart; a plate of grilled river shrimp delivered from Surat Thani that is complemented by a shrimp head and kani miso aioli; and wagyu sirloin from Nong Khai province that has been dry-aged for 30 days and served with miso barley and sauce-coated cauliflower.