Bangkok is brimming with Michelin quality restaurants, but if you’re looking for that little something more in the perfect night out, try these combinations. Whether you find yourself in Lumphini or Thonglor, we’ve got a failproof date night recipe for you.
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Start at Medici Italian Kitchen, Hotel Muse Bangkok
After winning Thailand Tatler’s ‘Best Italian’ category three years in a row, Medici underwent a slight revamp under the helm of new chef Bart Cywinsk, who lightened nonna’s rustic cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. Premium ingredients such as lobster, snowfish, foie gras and tomahawk are buoyed by an extensive wine list – but the best part of the experience? Live opera singers, serenading you through dinner, every evening (yes!).
Then head to Speakeasy Rooftop Bar, Hotel Muse Bangkok
We love Speakeasy at sunset. The drinks are good, the place classy yet unpretentious and the view and sunsets sublime. As with the best rooftop bars, this is located on the fringes of the heart of the city, meaning you can look towards the skyscrapers and not be caught right in the midst of them.
Start at Somboon Seafood Baanthatong
With several branches and a steady reputation of delivering the freshest, most consistently cooked seafood since 1969, Somboon is a must for us; no visit to Bangkok is complete without it. Fresh oysters, curry crab and cold Singhas, please!
Then head to Teens of Thailand
The name may sound a bit dodge but we promise you won’t regret it. Once you enter through the heavy intricate wooden doors, the decor is decidedly eclectic, the drinks gin-focused and delicious, and the vibe rockin’.
Or try FooJohn
The FooJohn building comprises Foudejoie, an unnamed bar, and a rooftop Smokehouse – make a beeline for the Prohibition-esqe cocktails at the said first floor bar for a couple of drinks. The nostalgic vibe recalls In The Mood for Love, and who wouldn’t want to pretend-play extra in a Wong Kar Wai film?
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Start at The Never Ending Summer
Housed in an old warehouse converted by Thailand’s star architect Duangrit Bunnag, The Never Ending Summer serves authentic Thai cuisine, some dishes subbed with premium ingredients such as kurobuta pork. The space is minimalist, yet welcoming – full of natural light, with lush ferns hanging from the ceiling.
Then head to The Bamboo Bar
Take the ferry across the water and a short tuk-tuk ride to The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental. The fabulous live jazz and superb cocktails are perfect to pick you up after the Thai feast.
Start at Le Du
With tasting menus built around local seasonal produce, Chef Ton’s magical balance of sweet, sour, spicy will enthrall. It’s no wonder this Modern Thai restaurant has earned a spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Then head to The Stranger Bar
Worlds apart, but exciting in a different way from Le Du, a night spent taking in one of The Stranger Bar’s excellent drag shows is always entertaining.
Start at Q&A Bar
First, make your booking, Q&A is a small space with limited seating. We suggest you dress up, and begin your classic cocktail education with a few aperitifs at 7pm, before heading to dinner 150m down the road (you can come back post dinner).
Then head to Appia
Food writer and restaurateur Jarrett Wrisley’s classic Roman trattoria features recipes from Chef/co-owner Paolo Vitaletti’s family – expect homemade pastas, porchetta, aperitivo cocktails and up to 10 wines by the glass.
Start at Touché Hombre
Mexican food is fun and messy – and shouldn’t dates be the same? Touché Hombre started in Melbourne and now serves up good times in Bangkok with a selection of classic and upmarket favourites. Octopus & Chorizo or Foie Gras & Roast Duck tacos got your mouth watering? Order both, that’s what dates are for.
Then head to The Locker Room
You got down and dirty with the Mexican, now it’s time to take it up a notch. Barely a year old, this speakeasy was the much anticipated collaboration between four top bartenders in the region and the result does not disappoint. Together, you can #findthelockerroom, then celebrate your success with some craft cocktails.
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