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Eat Me Restaurant

Eat Me Restaurant

Silom Road

Exposed industrial beams, dark wood, muted lighting and a down tempo soundtrack characterise the Eat Me oeuvre that has now been expanded to include a new bar and lounge area just past the front door. One flight of stairs up, the snug dining room is fronted by a well-stocked bar and flanked by an outdoor patio for diners in search of an alfresco experience; upper floors offer private rooms for those crowded weekend nights.

Owners, Australians Darren Hausler and sister Cherie, along with new business partner and executive chef American Tim Butler, have designed a collection of impressive platings that have clientele returning for more.

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Artur Restaurant

Artur Restaurant

Ploenchit Road

Only a stone’s throw from the Chidlom SkyTrain station in Soi Tonson, this restaurant, blends the classic with a touch of art deco. Owner Artur Kluczewski, who is always at hand, has headed three iconic hotel restaurants in Bangkok very successfully before he decided to go solo. “I wanted to do something genuine, a timeless classic restaurant, and in New York, it would be a steakhouse, while in Paris, it is a maison bourgeoisie. It’s like an American in Paris, one that reflects French flair.”

The heavy doors open onto an elegant rectangular dining room dressed in rich red velvet, and complemented by deep hues of brown and black. At one end is the Martini Bar, ...

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Rakuza Tokyo

Rakuza Tokyo

Thonglor 10-12 (Sukhumvit Soi 55)

Spread over two floors, this glass box of a restaurant in the Grass Thonglor complex, comes together in a show of sleek modern lines and understated elegance. One of 18 restaurants owned by Kiraku in Tokyo, this one encompasses a sushi bar, an open kitchen, and indoor and alfresco dining areas, while attentive staff and a creative menu that is both classic and an East-meets-West flirtation make up the rest of the equation. Chef Kamun Boodsen who spent 30 years in Japan and then as the chef at the Japanese embassy in Belize, certainly knows what he is doing. Start on a high note straight away with the signature foie gras sushi, a beautifully seared pillow of rich ...

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Bottega Di Luca

Bottega Di Luca

Sukhumvit Soi 49

Many regard this as the best Italian in town and that it is packed most days most certainly bears testament to that title. Owner-chef Luca Appino has certainly worked hard to create a casual yet classy eatery with friendly and well-versed staff and a top-notch menu that showcases his roots. Modernist art decorates the walls and diners can opt to sit either in main dining, perfect for a romantic twosome, or out on the garden terrace in front. A recently added private dining room offers exclusivity and can cater to larger groups.

Kick off with the chef’s selection of assorted regional Italian cold cuts of salami, Parma ham and other regional specialities. Or better still indulge in the gooey delight of ...

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Gaggan

Gaggan

Ploenchit Road

The moment the server sets down a chilled porcelain spoon with the gelatinous white bubble, it is clear this is going to be no ordinary culinary adventure. In the mouth, the amuse bouche explodes in a sensual blend of creamy yoghurt, cumin, rock salt and pepper. It’s an adaptation of papri chaat, a popular Indian street snack. And this delightful mouthful has had diners in his thrall ever since Chef Gaggan Anand opened doors to his restaurant, a whitewashed colonial-style wooden house in Lang Suan.

Inside, the two storeys offer a cosy atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling French doors, wooden floors, white furniture and chic marble tabletops that is at once relaxed and elegant. for ...

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Saxophone

Saxophone

Victory Monument

An assortment of guitars, brass instruments, cymbals along with pictures and memorabilia of famous jazz performers embellish this New Orleans-style blues bar. A firm favourite with expatriates and locals ever since it opened doors in 1987, it is one of the city’s best live performance spaces serving up a healthy diet of jazz, roots, reggae, ska and blues. Check their website for the daily roster of musicians and bands performing, but keep in mind that T-Bone take the stage on Friday night. Having performed with performed with top acts like INXS, UB40, Tokyo Ska Paradise, Skatalites, Skacubano, Little Roy, Winston Francis , Prince Fatty and The Beat, their two-hour set that switches seamlessly from samba to ska and soul is not to be missed. With friendly ...

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Amorosa

Amorosa

Rattanakosin Island

Forget all the vertigo-inducing bars, this is the place to experience the city. Amorosa’s rooftop location atop a historic Sino-Portuguese river house that has been transformed into the seven-room Arun Residence affords striking views of Wat Arun and life on the bustling Chao Phraya River.

The intimate bar has a casual vibe with its mix of tall bar stools, stained glass coffee table, potted plants and colourful glass lamps and porcelain mosaic on the wall, and a downtempo soundtrack. Get here early as the 20-odd seats fill up fast. Sip the “Arun Sunset”, a refreshing blend of vodka, apple and orange juice, and grenadine, as you watch the sun paint the sky shades of red and yellow. As night takes over, ...

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Jazz Happens

Jazz Happens

Phra Athit Road

Groovy and atmospheric, its intimate setting belies the size of the talent that entertains here nightly. A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Khao Sarn Road, this space in the bohemian quarter of the city was created by a group of lecturers from the Faculty of Jazz at Silapakorn University as a mshowcase for young and up-and-coming talent. The play list changes nightly and ranges from acoustic jazz, bebop, to R&B and fusion. Apart from dishing out high quality music, the bar serves up classic drinks and the usual beers. From the kitchen, the small menu includes fast-food staples like French fries, satay and chicken nuggets, as well as local fare like spicy salads, kor moo yang (grilled pork neck) and khao hor bay bua (rice and other ingredients steamed in ...

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Iron Fairies

Iron Fairies

Thong Lor (Sukhumvit Soi 55)

Dark and Dickensian, this steampunk meets speakeasy defies description and is like no other in Bangkok. In addition to being a restaurant, gallery and antique store, it also features a working iron foundry that makes fairies! Owner and creator Ashley Sutton, who is also an author and blacksmith, creates ethereal metal figurines based on his children’s books about fairies and their escapades.

Black walls become a background for the work tool and machinery that is scattered about the place along with old jars full of wooden corks, a big mining claw, and the aforementioned fairies. A gargoyle sits on the bar and the wrought-iron spiral staircase leads to nowhere...

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Tuba

Tuba

Ekkamai Soi 21

From gallery and furniture shop during the day, Tuba morphs into a bar in the night. Owned by same people behind the Papaya furniture place means that you get the same chaotic kitsch and retro vibe with retro couches, neon signs, lampshades, mannequins, comfy chairs, chandeliers and more.

The large menu that features Thai and Italian dishes is popular as are the martinis and mojitos served in oversized glasses. The generous Happy Hour runs from 5-8pm everyday and offers buy one get one free. Remember one too many and you may be returning home with a overstuffed ...

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Phuket Town

Phuket Town

Thong Lor Soi 6

Once through the old wooden door of this tiny restaurant, you are transported to the Sino-Portuguese quarter of the country’s most popular resort island. Within, the bright colours continue with a wall mural of old Phuket, while accessories like the antique chandelier, bright red lanterns, an old bicycle and period furniture add to the setting. The menu here subscribes to Southern Thai fare that has influences from Hokkien Chinese cuisine, so expect rich, fragrant curries like the massaman kai (chicken curry) that is accompanied by a perfectly crisp roti. Another classic is the pad sataw goong, tender, crunchy stink beans with shrimps that have been stir-friend in shrimp paste. Other standouts on the menu are the pla-mong hor mok...

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Uncle John

Uncle John

Suan Phlu Soi 8

Don’t judge this hole-in-the-wall eatery by its cover. Each evening the John in question stands in front of the small stove outside this homey restaurant, recreating the same dishes he made as the chef at a nearby luxury hotel, but at a fraction of the cost. Think a melt-in-your-mouth yellow fin tuna salad drizzled with a sublime balsamic dressing. Or, a luscious grilled duck breast with gratin potatoes and blueberry orange sauce. Filet mignon and foie gras also make it to his menu, as do pasta dishes like the fiery pasta picante pork, a must try. The seabass fillet accompanied by ratatouille is a big draw too, while the delicious crepe suzette with vanilla ice cream is the perfect way to end a meal here. What began as a small streetside stall...

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