Now that restaurants can once again serve alcohol until 11:00 p.m. — fingers crossed that doesn’t change — the city’s bustling dining scene can return (somewhat) to normal. And this weekend, in addition to discovering new places or visiting old favorites, don’t forget that the Chinese New Year is upon us, so consider one of Bangkok’s many fine Chinese restaurants.
As always, if you need some inspiration on where to dine, here’s this week’s trio of top recommendations.
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The Peninsula’s Ultra-Exclusive Chinese New Year Feast
At The Peninsula Bangkok, Chinese New Year 2022 kicks off on February 1 with festive decorations and lanterns, workshops in traditional arts like Chinese calligraphy, and more. But even before that, this waterfront hotel’s restaurants are celebrating the upcoming Year of the Tiger in style, starting with the River Café & Terrace, where guests can enjoy an authentic Cantonese Dim Sum brunch (THB 1,288+ + per person) from January 29. to February 1, from noon to 2:30 p.m. But for a real extravaganza, make reservations at Mei Jiang, the property’s famous fine-dining Chinese restaurant, for the “Mei Jiang Exclusive.” This exquisite plant-based Cantonese culinary journey (THB 9,888 nett per person) is available from January, but is limited to one group of up to four people per night. A wonderful wine pairing option (THB 3,200 nett), including exceptional reserve labels, can also be part of this experience. Additionally, The Peninsula’s ‘Prosperity Hamper’ (THB 8,888 net) and ‘Wealth Hamper’ (THB 6,888 net) are both available for gift giving, and each is filled with traditional holiday treats.
For more information and reservations, visit The Peninsula Bangkok.
Mouth-watering menu updates at Caper By Dan Bark
On Soi Pridi Banomyong at the top of Ekkamai Road is the restaurant and bar known as Caper By Dan Bark. The kitchen here is led by award-winning Korean-American chef Dan Bark, who is also the driving force behind Cadence – located next door – which has been awarded a Michelin star for two consecutive years. The chef’s wildly inventive interpretations of “comfortable modern American cuisine” are perfect for sharing, while the bar’s always carefully selected cocktails – and wine selections curated by the restaurant’s experienced sommelier – are designed to perfectly match the ambience of the food. Caper’s current updated menu features a tantalizing selection, starting with appetizers such as jalapeno cheddar biscuit and foie gras torchon served with truffle vinaigrette, orange marmalade and bread. grilled brioche. Among the mains, don’t miss the Angus rib eye, served with scallion kimchee and beef jus, or the sea bass served with burnt parsnip mash, roasted beetroot and chimichurri. For dessert, does it sound like banana bread with bacon ice cream and rum maple syrup?
For more information and reservations, visit Caper By Dan Bark.
Tasty new à la carte options at Indian restaurant Jhol
Since opening its doors on Sukhumvit Soi 18 in early 2020, Jhol has continued to dazzle diners with the “coastal Indian cuisine” of world-class chef, restaurateur and author Hari Nayak. The Bangkok team that brings the celebrity chef’s recipes to life have recently introduced mouth-watering new additions to the already wonderful a la carte menu, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Must-have highlights include: luscious babyback Injipuli pork ribs with ginger tamarind jaggery icing; pollichathu mushroom (fried in a banana leaf) with sautéed edamame poriyal and lemon rice; bengali style malikari chingri tiger prawn curry; Alleppey fish curry with tempered taro and matta rice; Nilgiri Chicken Kurma with baby eggplants; Chettinad lamb shank with black pepper, kernel flower and crispy potatoes; and Chang Mai tomato dal with oil tempered with red chilli and crispy garlic. Plus, if you need something cool to top off the sometimes fiery fare, Jhol’s talented bartenders are known to whip up a lovely range of cocktails and mocktails. It is said that a set tasting menu is also in the works, which is certainly something to look forward to.
For more information and reservations, visit Jhol restaurant.