The past few months have been good for Bangkok foodies thanks to a bunch of cool, new, drool-worthy restaurants and cafes to try.
Bangkok’s dining scene is currently blossoming with new eateries. Those who are living in or planning to travel to the Land of Smiles should take note of these newly-opened venues.
Opera Italian Restaurant
When in Bangkok, stay cool and carb-loaded at Opera Italian Restaurant. This new Italian haunt offers far more than just authentic Italian classics; its dashing interiors also aim to highen your senses with pleasing visuals of plush, colourful furniture and accent lighting that fills the space with sweet amber shades.
Get the Baked Rigatoni Gratin drowned in glossy pink sauce for a cheesy, carby effect and don’t forget to cap off your meal with the melt-in-your-mouth Tiramisu.
Gardens by ve/la
If you are constantly on the lookout for chic new spots to dine out in style, add Gardens by ve/la on your #RadarList. From breakfast to dinner, the all-day-dining venue offers a scrumptious selection of international favourites in a sun-lit, stylishly designed space within centralwOrld.
Start off your day on a wholesome slash naughty note with Candied Apple Overnight Oats, or Matcha Strawberry Smoothie Bowl, or take the adventurous route during the restaurant’s lunch and dinner services with their Hamachi Ceviche with Avocado Sorbet Mousse and Raspberry Skillet-Roast Chicken.
ÌM En Ville
For a place that is heartened with a range of delicious options – think Thai & Western fare, desserts, coffee, and cocktails – visit ÌM En Ville. The multi-concept outlet features four different dining venues situated in four different zones, all within an ancient building, which was a former printing house aged over 150 years old.
On the ground floor, diners will first be greeted with ÌM Food Corner, where you’ll find Thai staples, like Pad Kra Pao or Gang Kiew Wan, perfect for those who need a quick substantial meal. Next to it is Café ÌM, a vintage-style cafe packed up with refreshing beverages to quench your thirst and freshen you up from Bangkok’s merciless heat. Dessert devotees, hop to the second floor for Maison ÌM Dessert Bar, where you’ll see pastry chefs in action as they whip up a selection of baked goods.
Adjacent to the dessert section is 59 ÌM Modern Bistro, an oasis of Western delights, where you’ll find everything from Lobster Toast to Open Steak Sandwich and Prawn Linguine, all served with a side of great view of the temple next door.
For our first visit, we got to try the Scotch Eggs & ÌM Homemade HP Sauce, Scallops served with cauliflower two ways, Potato Salad (highly recommended), and umami-packed Seafood Risotto. Desserts are not to be missed. Try our favourite, the vanilla-speckled Earl Grey Crème Brûlée, a tea-rrific take on the French dessert. C’est délicieux.
161 Cafeteria and Crypt
The ultra-homey, heart-warming vibe at 161 Cafeteria and Crypt is good enough reason to visit the place. This new venue tucked away in the lush location of Ekkamai Soi 10 serves up well-thought-out Western delights, cocktails and exceptional coffee concoctions.
Take in the laid-back ambience and enjoy a spread of pizzas, pasta, and salads. By nightfall, cocktail enthusiasts can watch the space transform into a dazzling bar stocked up with drinks.
The Siam Tea Room at Asiatique The Riverfront
The hallmarks of Thai cuisine are here at The Siam Tea Room. Bringing over the deliciousness from its first branch in Sukhumvit 22 to Bangkok’s riverside food scene, The Siam Tea Room at Asiatique The Riverfront is a place to pamper your love of Thai food, with their lip-smacking, authentic Thai dishes accompanied by the vista of Chao Phraya River.
Another highlight worth making a note of is their Thai Heritage High Tea, which comes with a medley of Thai savoury and sweet delicacies.
Praline Dining Room
Avid brunchers, make your brunch worthwhile and wonderful with Praline Dining Room. Following the success of its first location in Sathorn, the Parisian-inspired cafe and restaurant has recently opened its second branch in Ratchapruke and is now ready to fuel folks in the neighbourhood with brunch staples and baked goods.
Fans of butter-enriched pastries shouldn’t sleep on their Croissant Roll Brekkie with Ebiko Cream Sauce and Crispy Duck Confit on Croffle (a delicious cross between waffle and croissant).