Our local gastronomic scene continues to heat up with more exciting restaurant openings this June. This set of newcomers, from Daniel Thaiger’s latest project to speakeasy Rabbit Hole’s new kitchen, is crushing the competition in Bangkok. Feel your stomach growling? Check out these 7 new Bangkok restaurants to try this month.
Nestled within the recently opened Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Pagoda is a modern Chinese restaurant with an extensive selection of Cantonese delights. With colour lacquered tiles and a pagoda-inspired ceiling, the dining space exudes timeless elegance and utmost warmth. We highly recommend the chef’s signature crispy roasted pork and double-boiled fish maw soup with morel mushroom. For those who adore Hong Kong-style barbecued Peking duck, try Pagoda’s version, which is served three ways: crispy skin with steamed Chinese pancakes, duck legs with plum sauce and stir-fried duck with ginger and spring onions.
Pagoda, Level 4, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, 199 Soi Sukhumvit Klong Ton, 22 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +66 2 059 5999
Decorated with a profusion of rustic wooden furnishing and large lush foliage, GISMO is a stunning, cafe-style restaurant with a Western-inspired menu. We suggest starting the meal with one of their healthy yet delicious salads: beetroot salad with goat’s cheese and seared ahi tuna salad with eggplant. Rich and buttery in taste, their slow-cooked snow fish is served with a luscious miso sauce. As for dessert, go for the mango mousse with mixed berries. A quiet spot with plenty of small plates and coffee roasts, GISMO is a lovely addition to Sukhumvit 39.
GISMO, 41 Soi Sukhumvit 39, Khlongton Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 2 160 0311
Run by the people behind Daniel Thaiger and Brew Beer & Ciders, STAX Diner offers an excellent selection of juicy burgers and craft beers. Their guacamole burger is a solid one, with an explosion of earthy flavours. If you like burgers with a spicy kick, try their chilli cheese burger and pair it with a hoppy IPA. Other than classic beef burgers, STAX Diner also serves other scrumptious bites such as hot wings, waffles and milkshakes. Give in and indulge in your guilty pleasures.
STAX Diner, Room S5, 335 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Klongton Nua, Wattana Bangkok, +66 2 185 2472
The local wedding studio and vintage fashion brand Chuanpisamai has just opened its own namesake café in Soi Ari. As an extension of its vintage shop, the café was initially intended for friends and future-husbands to rest and sip coffee while the bride-to-be tries on her wedding gowns. Of course, the café is also open to those who simply would like a slice of cake – or two –paired with a warm cup of tea. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend you trying their lemon-poppyseed pancake with a drizzle of lemon-scented honey and matcha-flavoured waffles served with seasonal berries. Chuanpisamai also offers an array of refreshing fruit sodas and savoury dishes such as Japanese-style curry rice and waffle sandwich.
Chuanpisamai Café, 16 Soi Arisamphan 7, Ari, Bangkok, +66 95 554 0638
Kiew Kai Ga
A meandering glasshouse restaurant, Kiaw Kai Ga is a cosy spot with an open-air terrace surrounded by lush greenery. Step inside Kiaw Kai Ga and you’ll find that the space is divided into two areas – the Thai restaurant and coffee shop. The greenhouse-like restaurant offers an interesting selection of Thai dishes that you probably cannot find elsewhere; for instance, diced watermelon cubes topped with homemade dried fish and flossy pork. Other than traditional Thai curries, we recommend the Northern Thai one-bite appetiser miang kham, in which you get to wrap various condiments in a leaf cup.
Kiaw Kai Ga, 33 Nak Niwas Road, Ladprao, Bangkok, +66 2 102 6388
A proud supporter of locally produced food and seasonal creations, Canvas offers contemporary international cuisine, showcasing a collection of flavours inspired by Bangkok. Bold, colour and progressive, each of the dishes speaks the character of our native land and shines the spotlight on local ingredients. Meat connoisseurs will enjoy their slow-cooked beef cheek with roasted garlic and guava, and Thai wagyu grilled rare with bone marrow and green peppercorn. It would be a mistake to pass up the cocktails served at Canvas, as the bar is led by Rabbit Hole’s head bartender. Try their sweet vermouth-based concoction named sooth your soul, which infused with bai nium, an aromatic leaf originated from Chiang Mai.
Canvas, 113/9-10 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, +66 2 069 3067
From humble flour to fresh pasta, La Dotta makes the most comforting homemade pasta from scratch. We highly recommend their tortelloni Bolognese, stuffed with parma ham and 24-month-aged parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Napped with butter and sage sauce, these Italian dumplings make a heavenly delicious pasta dinner. Rich and decadent, the hand-rolled pasta with braised duck ragù and five spices is also a scrumptious option. Opened by the couple behind Vesper and Il Fumo, La Dotta is a charming restaurant with a down-to-earth vibe and most rustic Italian fare.
La Dotta, 161/6 Thonglor 9 Road, Wattana Bangkok, +66 2 392 8688