A new month is here, and with it a brand-new slew of restaurants to tempt your taste buds. From an island–themed bar and restaurant to the New York–style penthouse grill, from fun Spanish tapas to Northern Thai cuisine, here are the seven best new Bangkok restaurants to check out this month.
Penthouse Bar + Grill
The signature dining outlet inside the new Park Hyatt Bangkok, the Penthouse Bar + Grill, has finally opened its doors. A lavishly designed triplex penthouse, the restaurant and bar offers a total of six different dining experiences: The Grill, Chef’s Table, The Cocktail Bar, Whisky Room, The Mezzanine and Rooftop Terrace. For those who would like to sit down for a meal, The Grill serves a wide selection of authentic French fare and succulent grilled mains. In a corner, through the kitchen, you’ll find the hidden Chef’s Table, which is a stunning private dining room for special occasions. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, The Cocktail Bar and Rooftop Terrace allow you to savour stylish sips, small tapas and skyline views all at the same time.
Maison de Bangkok
Serving Japanese fusion cuisine, Maison de Bangkok is a petite, intimate restaurant with only six seats. Similar to an omakase meal, the chef serves a seasonal lunch set (THB 1,999 for seven courses) and fixed dinner menu (THB 2,999 for 10 courses). Each of the small dishes are meticulously plated with either organic, edible flora or molecular garnishes. Here, you can find homemade croissants sandwiched with a delicious mesh of sashimi and topped with delicate yoghurt pearls. If you’re a sushi lover, give Maison de Bangkok’s caviar embellished sushi a try.
Maison de Bangkok, 113 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok, +66 88 556 5566
An exciting new addition to Bangkok, El Tapeo is an authentic Spanish tapas bar located in the bustling Thonglor area. Originating from Spain, El Tapeo has a sister restaurant named El Rinconcito de Juan, which is nestled in one of the small alleys of Madrid. Offering an array of delectable pintxos and fine wines, El Tapeo is a great spot to unwind with colleagues after work. Highlights include classic tomato gazpacho, exquisite cold cuts imported from Spain, and Galician octopus sliced on steamed potatoes with a kick of paprika.
El Tapeo, 159/10 Sukhumvit 55 Thonglor 7-9, Klongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 2 052 0656
A cosy, laidback Mediterranean restaurant, Le Cabanon is nestled within a lovely old house in the Narathiwat neighbourhood. With an al fresco dining terrace, Le Cabanon gives you the option to dine in a romantic candlelit setting amongst lush greenery. Besides Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant also offers a selection of French classics and a variety of seafood sensations. Stellar starters include Hokkaido scallop carpaccio and tomatoes with creamy burrata cheese. As for meat lovers, fear not. They’ve also got lamb chops served with mashed carrots, and duck breast roasted with espelette pepper.
Le Cabanon, 44 Soi Akhan Songkhro Sai Ti 3 Kor, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, +66 92 568 0444
A fun tiki bar and restaurant laden with treasures, Pakalolo offers Japanese fusion cuisine with Thai flavours. The Hawaiian–themed establishment serves a variety of tasty salads, chilled ceviche, funky sushi rolls and intriguing pastas. If you enjoy trying new flavour combinations, we’d recommend you ordering the scallop carpaccio with black beer ponzu, chilli garlic mantis prawn pasta and the rich, decadent unagi sushi roll with crab and cream cheese. Of course, they also have a fun selection of exotic cocktails and tropical mocktails on offer.
Pakalolo, Ari 4 Fang Nua Alley, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, +66 2 075 0939
Formerly just a delivery service, Kruajiangmai has now opened its first restaurant in the Thonglor district. The establishment serves Northern Thai cuisine, which is famous for its khao soi curry, sai oua Thai sausages, and miang kham leaf-wrapped appetisers. The Chiang Mai-born restaurant owner tells us that the dishes here are created and served Lanna-style, just as his grandmother has intended. Following his family recipes and rich traditions, Kruajiangmai offers numerous Northern staples that will make any Northerner miss home.
Kruajiangmai, 125/24 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Khlong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 99 196 2464
Situated within Central Embassy’s Open House, Rico is a Spanish-style restaurant offering a delicious array of tapas. Inspired by Moorish culture and Middle Eastern cuisines, Rico is not afraid of using spice blends, relishes, pickles and preserves in its recipes. Here, you can find numerous small plates that are packed with rich, bold flavours. For instance, the spiced cauliflower salad with tahini and yogurt, charred octopus spiked with piquillo pepper, and grilled lamb skewers with mint yoghurt. To complete the experience, pair the tapas with a refreshing sangria.