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Which of Bangkok’s latest offerings are worth checking out this new year?

by Aiden

From the latest after-dark haunt to a new riverside café, we’ve got you covered.

By Ashima Sethi

New Lounge

The Black Cat has opened its doors inside of the Sindhorn Midtown Hotel, with its name taking inspiration from the lounge’s signature pour. The bar puts a spotlight on local spirits and late- night snacks, and hopes to become the city’s most unapologetically cool after-dark haunt. The drinks menu centres on several myths and stories with highlights including libations like the Siamese, crafted from spiced rum, sweet vermouth, prosecco, yellow curry extract, cucumber and celery, a refreshing tipple that honours the famous Siamese cat. As innovative, the Diamond Eye pays tribute to the Khao Manee cat and comprises of Saneha, pineapple and lime juice, honey and egg white. For snacks, you can expect small bites made with premium ingredients and punchy sauces.

New Dining Concept

Now open on the ground floor of Mahanakhon CUBE, Mahanakhon Eatery is a new dining concept and hangout destination in the heart of Sathorn. The sprawling venue is home to seven premier eateries, storefronts, and cafés serving up a range of cuisines so you can tuck into a little bit of everything in a dynamic shared space. Highlights from their list of eateries include Isabella Italian rotisserie by Chef Andreas Bonifacio that serves up rustic Italian cuisine, fresh pasta and wood fired pizza; El mar, a French-inspired bistro with a raw bar and grill that specialises in seafood dishes; Meat and Spice for Thai fusion cuisine by Another Hound Café; and Avril Gourmet for charcuterie boards and European specialties. The space also housescelebrated dessert brand ICI and wines by The Wine Merchant

New Café

Tsai Eatery is a dreamy new riverside café located near Saphan Phut. Indoor seats are tucked away inside glasshouses, each decorated with vintage furniture and quirkyantiques. The outside terrace is the true highlight, as it offers picturesque views of the river and is a great choice if you’re looking to dine al fresco. The restaurant also boasts a unique treetop terrace that’s perfect for photos. On the menu is a mix of Thai and Western fare, encompassing appetisers, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and affordable mains. However, the café definitely puts emphasis on their dessert and pastry selection, which spans tarts and pies, different types of cakes, scones, croissants and much more. For drinks, they’ve got a wideselection of refreshments including their signature coffees such as the Yuzu coffee (THB 145) and Coconut coffee (THB 145).
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New Menu

Michelin-starred restaurant Saawaan has reopened with a brand-new tasting menu on offer that takes inspiration from Thailand’s street food culture, but with an elevated twist. Leading the kitchen are Chefs Sujira ‘Aom’ Pongmorn and Arisara ‘Paper’ Chongphanitkul who have joined forces to create an eight course menu (THB 1,980++) that puts focus on Thai cooking methods spanning charcoal-grilling, fermentation, pounding into paste, and more. Highlights include the smoked quail and papaya salad, where organic quails are smoked in a traditional clay jar and served with dates, makwan syrup and a reimagining of a papaya salad; the khanom jeen nam prik, which features noodles that have been fermented for five weeks and then served with a peanut and mung bean sauce; a seed and nut crumble; and a selection of tempura.

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