July is already halfway over, and we can see more and more visual signs that Bangkok’s dining scene is returning to the pre-pandemic state it was in. Not only are new places opening left, right and center, but old dining places that have been closed for the past couple of years are starting to come out of their self-imposed hibernation to welcome back diners – whether it’s raining or sunny!
(Hero image: OJO Restaurant’s whimsical and elegant space-age décor)
Experience Chef Francisco “Paco” Ruano’s gourmet Mexican cuisine at OJO
An ultra-modern addition to the city’s dining scene, OJO – The Standard, the new rooftop Bangkok Mahanakhon – is designed to break anyone’s preconceived notions of what a Mexican restaurant should be. First, there’s the location, on the 76th floor (a staggering 300m above street level), and then there’s the whimsical and elegant space-age decor – envisioned by Ou Baholyodhin – without a single sombrero or neon cactus in sight. But perhaps, most importantly, there is the menu itself, created by the famous Mexican chef Francisco “Paco” Ruano. Free from burritos, quesadillas, and sticky nachos, new dishes here include: Ojo guacamole with crab meat and Ikura (480 THB); chicken and green mole (1300 THB ++); Wagyu rice with Mexican spices (++780 THB); “Tuna Crudo” (++690 THB), with avocado and baby onions; and ‘Esquites’ (++390 Thai Baht), baby corn toasted over jalapeno mayonnaise, topped with grated pecorino cheese on icing. Finally, don’t miss the bar, which eschews headache-inducing frozen margaritas and instead serves up an upscale selection of Mexican-themed cocktails and, most impressively, a five-page selection of premium tequila and mezcals.
For more information and reservations, visit OJO Restaurant.
The newly opened Bangkok 78 restaurant celebrates a bygone era retro theme
The latest addition to the Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok’s culinary lineup is the 150-seat Bangkok 78, created in collaboration with the folk behind Michelin-starred restaurant Saneh Jaan. Aiming to evoke fond memories of 1970s Bangkok, the lovingly prepared authentic Thai dishes here are made by Chef Phukvarun “Golf” Watchmon, and highlights include: Jasmine boiled rice with pandan and five side dishes (420++THB); spicy pomelo salad with prawns and crispy prawns (350 THB); Spicy long eggplant salad with minced pork (220++ THB); fried cowflowers with glass noodles and fermented sour pork (250++ THB); And steamed tender eggs with shrimp, squid and minced pork (THB 490++). Of course, it’s not just the menu that will make you take a trip down memory lane, as the decor—courtesy of P49 Deesign and Associates—and a curated playlist of era songs ramp up the nostalgia factor. To accompany meals, the bar offers a fine selection of Thai and international wines, as well as a special ‘Iced Tea Program’ featuring four unique flavors: lemon; and lemon. Lemon with ginger. Chrysanthemum and pandan. and berries.
For more information and reservations, visit Bangkok 78.
Riverside Terrace Restaurant reopens with buffet Friday and Saturday nights
The beautiful Anantara Riverside Bangkok recently relaunched the beloved Riverside Terrace, which is now open for business every Friday and Saturday evening with an international BBQ and seafood buffet. This extravagant, delicious experience features hearty dishes from a range of live cooking stations, including grill specialty seafood such as river prawns, lobster, calamari, salmon, and New Zealand mussels. There’s also plenty of fresh seafood available on ice—oysters, crab, shrimp, and more—plus sushi, sashimi, a live noodle station, fresh salads straight from the resort’s hydroponic farm, smoked beef, pork ribs, and lean meats. Tandoori chicken, tacos and other Mexican food, classic Thai dishes, and plenty of delicious desserts. The buffet starts from 6pm to 10pm, with live music entertainment, and is THB 1,599 net per person (including free soft drinks) and THB 699 net per child (5-11 years old). And for those interested in something special to accompany the meal, a three-hour unlimited package of champagne, wine, beer and juice can be had for 1,199 net THB, while three hours of free-flowing beer is priced at 899 NET.
For more information and reservations, visit Riverside Terrace.