Bangkok’s New and Upcoming Hotel Restaurants in 2019 for Foodies.

        With Bangkok’s ever changing cultural landscape, it’s hard to keep up with what’s passé and what’s the next best thing in the world of food and beverage. That’s particularly the case of Bangkok hotels which seem to be multiplying quicker than they can say “we’re over budget”! And with fancy hotels come equally snazzy restaurants, many of them vying for the attention of foodies — and of that fat guy with the tyres who hands out virtual macarons. But we’re not one to complain. With competition comes (sometimes forced) innovation which creates a relentless dynamism in the food scene. Bangkok Foodies decided to track down, taste and explore some of the new or upcoming F&B establishments and menus in Bangkok hotels that we know foodies should be pumped about.

 

 Rosewood Bangkok

          Rosewood Bangkok located by Ploenchit BTS Skytrain was likely the most anticipated hotel opening of 2019, but before their soft opening on the 31st March, Bangkok Foodies managed to wrangle our way into an exclusive and first private previewing of their flagship restaurant, Nan Bei.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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       Nan Bei meaning South and North respectively in Chinese, presents an authentic Chinese dining experience backdropped by Bangkok’s smokey skyline. The menu features dishes made from the finest ingredients that with an emphasis on authentic Chinese cuisine.

          You won’t find any fusion or “twists” here. The cuisine reflects regional specialties from the North that include Peking duck, noodles, dumplings and popular Southern Chinese seafood dishes.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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          Rosewood Bangkok are so serious about authenticity they nabbed Executive Chinese Chef,  Bing Geng from Beijing, who previously worked at the Rosewood in China. Bing Geng also recruited 4 Chinese Sous Chefs; Bao Jiang Li, Bai Zhong Feng, Lang Tao Nie, Xue Long Peng to be the team responsible for creating menus representative of authenticity at its finest.

Nan Bei at  Rosewood Bangkok

Adress: 1041 38 Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
Phone number: 02 080 0088
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm
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Nikko Hotel

          The newest addition to Thonglor strip is the easy-to-miss Nikko Hotel. Not because it’s unsightly but the structure appears more like a sleek office tower than that of Bangkok’s standard showy hotels. The Nikko Hotels International group have over 19 hotels in Japan, and 16 in the Pan Pacific, with the Thonglor branch as the first in Bangkok. The hotel caters to business travellers, many of which are (surprise-surprise) Japanese executives looking for a formal yet trendy hotel to stay that caters to their needs, including some quirky and progressive dining offers.  

         Their dining outlets include Hishou, their signature Japanese restaurant and The Oasis, casual all-day dining restaurant is enough to get excited about, but it was the quirky Curve 55, Lobby Lounge menu that really got our attention.

         There’s not much to be said about the decor as far as a lobby lounge goes but it’s open and spacious, bright and comfortable, an ideal place to meet a friend for a coffee or for a more relaxed business meeting. The menu comprises of your standard coffee and cakes plus their specialty housemade items. The Curry Bun at only 75 THB Nett is a fluffy, battery, Japanese curry bomb that is served all day here the lounge, but they are limited.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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         Pair that with their Watermelon Coffee (180 THB ++), you heard right, Watermelon Coffee which bizarrely taste like real watermelon and it’s not bad we believe, not bad at all. If that’s a little too weird for your liking, try their Yuzu (Japanese Citrus) Iced Coffee (180++) or stay until sundown on the terrace for a glass of Asahi Draft (330ml at 180 THB ++). A perfect way, to not only beat the insufferable Bangkok heat, but end an otherwise busy working day feeling refreshed.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Curve 55 at Nikko Hotel

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Adress: Thonglor, 27 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtan Nua, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Phone number: 02 080 2111
Opening Hours: 07.00am – 01.00am
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The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok

          The Athénée is a well known 5-star hotel on Wireless Road that’s not in any way new but foodies may not be aware that their dining outlets are currently undergoing a major design rehaul.

          Most notably, Reflexions at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok currently holds a Michelin Plate  in the Michelin Guide Bangkok 2019.

          Chef Roxanne Lange, who is of Dutch origin with French training has been leading the kitchen at Reflexions over the past 2 years. Chef Roxanne creates Contemporary European dishes inspired by her childhood memories and worldly experiences. The dishes are presented in a fine fashion, and reflect classical French techniques, but the unique difference is Roxanne’s personal creative flair, one may even describe her style as “eccentric”.

 

          Bangkok Foodies, had the opportunity to try the Reflexions menu before they closed for renovations and frankly fell in love with it at first bite. The facelift will be a much welcome change considering the design setting and some tableware were in dire need of catching up with the modernity of the cuisine itself.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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          What we’ve dug up is that the new Reflexions will allow guests to dine in an open kitchen at the Chef’s Table for an up-close experience that we know foodies love. The Long Bar will provide a selection of craft cocktails, craft beer and house infused gin and tonics. The restaurant also plans to open for lunch and dinner.

          We did press Roxanne on what the post-renovation menu may behold, to which she replied, “Some (dishes) will be new and some I will keep but change a bit but some I will keep as they are now. I am not finished with the menu yet so I am not sure 100% sure how the menu will come out, but I can tell you it will be more creative, more fun, more vegetable-focused”. The tentative re-launch date of Reflexions is set to September 1st 2019, and we are already salivating at the thought of it.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Reflexions at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok

Adress: 61 Wireless Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
Phone number: 02 650 8800
Opening Hours: 06:00 PM–10:30 PM / 12:00 PM–03:00 PM
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