From the best spot to celebrate Jay Festival, to a party brunch, here’s where to drink and dine in Bangkok this October 2020.
As Bangkok makes a swift — albeit careful — return from the Covid-19 closures, the local restaurant scene is abuzz with new openings and menu launches. With the dining scene as diverse and delicious as ever, we’re truly spoilt for choice, which, in a way, can be tough when it comes to deciding on our reservations. Which is why we’ve gone and done the tough part for you, rounding up the most exciting spots to check out this month.
Vegetarian Festival Celebrations: The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Every year, on the first day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, Thailand celebrates the Vegetarian — or Jay — Festival. This year, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok joins the nine-day practice of veganism, by debuting a selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes to redefine the way the festival is celebrated. Healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes are given an enticing, fine-dining twist by executive chef Dominique Bugnand, resulting in a sophisticated seven-course set menu, with a la carte dishes available. From delectable servings of grilled baby corn with corn dip, shiso celery and passion fruit, to an incredibly flavourful dish of heirloom carrot, tofu, and persimmon in gingerbread broth, the offerings here are wonderfully elevated and refreshingly healthy, offering a chance to celebrate the festival in style. Psst, definitely do not miss out on the extra bitter chocolate dessert, served with tofu, coffee kombucha — we’re already yearning for more ourselves!
The special seven-course set dinner is priced at THB1,800++ per person. Available from October 17 – 25, 2020. To book your seats or find out more, call 0659 9000, or email [email protected].
Classic with a Twist: Restaurant Stage
The brainchild of chef Sainisa “Jay” Sangsingkeaw and her crew of highly talented culinary professionals, Stage recently unveiled its latest five-course tasting menu, aptly dubbed Stage Menu 4.0. Revisiting its roots in French cuisine, this new selection of plates offers a personal interpretation of our favourite classic French dishes — with, of course, twist of the contemporary and tongue-in-cheek. Chef Jay continues down her streak of placing emphasis in ingredients, by drawing out the best from produce such as wild-caught Dover sole, Brittany langoustine, and Normandy oysters. The result? A series of intricate dishes that ranges form Japanese Beef Tartare to Brittany Langoustine served with barley and chorizo. Wine lovers, don’t fret as restaurant manager and master sommelier Pattarapol Ponraritt has curated yet another incredible wine-pairing selection, which is available alongside a cocktail and whiskey tableside service.
THB2,500 per person for five courses , THB3,500++ for seven, and THB4,900++ for ten. (additional wine pairing is available for THB1,400++, 2,000++, and THB3,000++ respectively). Available from 12 – 2:30pm for lunch, and 5pm – midnight for dinner. To book your seats or find out more, call 0 2002 5253, or email [email protected].
Party Night Brunch: Zuma, The St. Regis Bangkok
If you’re looking for something totally out of the box, here’s one for you. Zuma has launched Bangkok’s first ever party night brunch experience, giving you the best of both worlds from Friday nights out, to Saturday afternoons. Dubbed Yashoku — which in Japanese translates to ‘night meal’ or ‘midnight snack’ — the experience is especially designed for the city’s partygoers to have a spot where they can unwind and get in the mood for a great weekend. Expect the best that Zuma has to offer, from signature dishes such such as the seared salmon with lime shiso soy to thinly sliced sea bass with yuzu truffle dressing. Desserts are also included, including an indulgent selection of Japanese sweets with molten hazelnut chocolate. The very best part of Yashoku, however, are the two hours of free-flow drinks, which include top-shelf options including the Bollinger Special cuvee champagne, to exquisite cocktails, Japanese whiskey, sake, wine and beer.
Free-flow drinks are priced between THB1,600++ (includes cocktails, wine and beer) to THB3,600 (includes champagne, sake, Japanese whiskey and more). Available from 8pm onwards daily. To book your seats or find out more, call 0 2252 4707, or email [email protected]
Thai Fine Dining: Royal Osha
Created with the aim of offering a fine-dining, contemporary approach to Thai food, Royal Osha’s kitchens are run by award-winning chef Vichit Mukura, who’s spent the past four decades honing his culinary expertise around the globe. With modern, Thai-inspired interiors,d decor here is a mix of dark hues and pure gold, with delicate traditional local carvings, Thai paintings telling the age-old tale of Ramayana, and a statement-making Chada-shaped chandelier taking center stage. Food-wise, start your culinary journey with a refreshing serving of foie gras spring rolls, creatively wrapped in the shape of a samosa. For your mains, don’t miss out on their signature curries, especially options such as the fried lobster with yellow curry, served with deep-fried rice and mushroom salad. End your meal on a sweet note, with their innovative selection of desserts. We especially recommend the sweet fermented rice sorbet with crispy coconut and rice flour shell — a seamless combination of savoury and sweet.
Open from 11am – 3pm, for lunch and 6-11pm for dinner. A Chef’s Table by Chef Vichit Mukura is available, and must be reserved a week in advance. To book your seats or find out more, call 0 2256 6555, or email [email protected].
Innovative Cantonese Fare: Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel
Shang Palace’s executive chef Chow Wai Man unveils an exciting new menu of innovative Cantonese cuisine. Delightfully flavourful, the dishes are inspired by chef Chow’s four decades of culinary experience in China and Hong Kong, and are made using premium ingredients freshly imported from Chinese provinces, where the original recipes originated. Be sure not to miss the roasted rack of lamb with hawthorn and pineapple sauce, or, for some carb-fuelled indulgence, opt for the stir-fried udon with seafood and black pepper. Other noteworthy plates include the stir-fried kagoshima wagyu beef with sliced garlic, served in a golden basket, and the sauteed boneless chicken wings, skewered with abalone and mushroom.
To book your seats or find out more, call 0 2236 9952, or email [email protected].
Le Petit Chef Returns: The Living Room, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Great news for those of us who miss the entertaining adventures of Le Petit Chef — the high-tech visual mapping, light and sound experience is back, with the same 58mm animated chef, but a wholly different concept. Now taking over Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, the unique dinner offers a selection of delectable dishes, experienced at The Living Room. As the beloved mini chef projection runs around your plate and proceeds to ‘cook’ food in front of you, indulge in dishes that range from hokkaido scallop mieng kham, to succulent duck breast, and irresistible dessert selections such as the rice pudding brulee with saffron and cardamom. Vegetarian diners can also enjoy the butternut squash soup with croutons, or the potato gnocchi, served with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella sorrentina sauce.
Prices range from THB2,200 (standard duck menu) to THB4,500++ (including duck and foie gras). Two shows are available from Wednesday – Saturday at 12pm onwards for brunch, and 7pm until late for dinner. To book your seats or find out more, call 0 2649 8888, or email [email protected].
A Michelin-Starred Winter: Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is back, and with it is a new Secret of Winter Journey set dinner menu. Welcoming the season of cool breezes, this latest release is based upon the whimsical elements and flavours of the year’s cooler months. The set is comprised of eight courses, beginning with Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin’s iconic “street food” nibbles, and continuing with dishes that range from smoked salmon with bonio, wasabi cream, ponzu and cucumber, to heartier servings such as the kra pao foie gras and chicken heart with basil hollandaise and crispy rice. Be sure not to miss out on the beef-graced sweet soya sauce, served with pickled kumquat and crispy beef baked rice, or the playful lobster and tofu “mama” noodles. End off your culinary journey with a mouthwatering lychee flambe with rose foam, served with grilled corn, sticky rice, corn ice cream, and candyfloss — poured with salted coconut soup and popcorn for a surprising little twist.
Lunch is priced at THB1,8500++ for four courses and THB2,600++ for six. The dinner set menu is priced at THB3,200++ per person (additional wine pairing is available for THB2,300++). Available until March 31, 2021. To book your seats or find out more, call 0 2162 9000, or email [email protected].