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Where to eat and drink this December

by Ashima

Four of this month’s most exciting new openings. 

New Cocktail Bar

Channelling the elegance of a well-heeled traveller with a soft spot for Italy, Ms.Jigger is a narrative-driven cocktail bar-cum-restaurant at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok. Chef Danilo Aiassa uses influences from Piedmont to create delicious, authentic flavours. Expect delights like toasted sourdough slathered with ricotta and spicy salami; homemade meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and pecorino cheese; and hand-tossed pizza topped with creamy mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and succulent slices of parma ham. The cocktail menu is styled as a vintage map with tales behind each concoction, like the Terra-Abruzzo, an aromatic refreshment that will transport you to an ancestral vineyard. Bespoke, single-batch, and rare spirits from around the world line the bar’s back shelves forming the ‘Spirits Library,’ and drinks are prepared from tableside trolleys to give guests a truly unique bar experience. Facebook: @ms.jigger

New Restaurant

Esteemed chef David Thompson of nahm fame has introduced his new project in bustling Charoenkrung called Aksorn. Situated on the top floor of Central: The Original Store, Aksorn is on the site of the family’s first store in Bangkok that opened in the 1950s, specialising in imported books, magazines, and stationery. From 1950 to 1970, Thailand saw some remarkable changes and the food of the period reflected this evolution as cookbooks began to contain heritage Thai recipes as well as Chinese and Western fare. The regularly changing set menus at Aksorn pay tribute to these beloved recipes, taking inspiration from the original cookbooks of the age so diners can expect a truly unique dining experience that will undoubtedly transport you back to Thailand’s rich past. Reservations are recommended. www.aksornbkk.com

New Brunch

If you’re looking for an elevated dining experience, look no further than Zuma at The St. Regis Bangkok’s ‘Yashoku,’ or Party Night Brunch held every Saturday. Modelled after the successful night brunch hosted at their Hong Kong outpost, the menu offers a variety of contemporary Japanese off rings including tempura, grilled delights in traditional robata style, a selection of Zuma’s signature dishes, and a range of sushi, sashimi, and fusion maki rolls crafted using premium ingredients. In addition to top-notch fare, the brunch also features two hours of free-flow drinks and a live DJ with performers. Packages are priced in three tiers: THB 1,600++ for cocktails, wine, and beer; THB 2,600++ for food, wine, beer, and prosecco; and THB 3,600++ for food, Champagne, sake, wine, beer, and Japanese whisky.
www.zumarestaurant.com/locations/bangkok

New Plant-Based Eatery

If you’re a fan of vegan fare, Goodsouls Kitchen, located in the heart of Sukhumvit Soi 26 has got you covered. The restaurant serves a mouth-watering range of Western and Thai food with options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their breakfast delights include nutritious bowls (starting at THB 245) available in a variety of flavours, including Banana cacao, Mixed berry, and Mango passion. If smoothie bowls aren’t for you, the restaurant offers yoghurt, muesli and a fresh fruit options alongside hot breakfasts! For lunch and dinner, their wide selection encompasses dishes like Falafel & pita bread (THB 255) as well as their best sellers, Mushroom burger (THB 255), made with a spiced mushroom patty, and Northern Thai noodle soup (THB 190), a flavourful vegan adaptation of classic khao soi. Facebook: @goodsoulskitchen.bangkok

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