Eastin Grande welcomes new signature restaurant
On December 7th the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn will unveil Blunos, its brand new signature restaurant (taking over the spot previously held by Luce, on the hotel’s 14th floor). The kitchen at this poolside resto is helmed by Martin Blunos, whose UK restaurant Lettonie was awarded two Michelin stars. With his trademark walrus moustache and friendly demeanour, this talented chef—who has appeared on TV shows such as Iron Chef UK, and MasterChef Australia—promises Bangkok diners hearty fare and classic comfort food devoid of any pretentiousness, yet made with the most delectable ingredients and prepared with a masterful touch. Signature specialties include: The Fisherman (an eclectic seafood platter containing salmon mousse, rollmop herring, poached whitefish, prawns, mussels and more); slow-cooked sticky lamb shoulder; and pork belly with chick peas.
Thai-Licious Journey season two
Celebrity chef Andy Ricker was the guest of honour at a media dinner in Bangkok recently, having just wrapped filming Season Two of the popular Thai-Licious web series, produced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Ricker is one of the USA’s most celebrated Thai cuisine chefs—he’s behind the hugely successful Pok Pok restaurants in both Portland and New York—and is the first ‘Amazing Thailand Culinary Ambassador’. His web series is part of the TAT’s increasing focus on gastronomy tourism, and focuses on trying a variety of Thai cuisine throughout the kingdom. In the soon-to-be-released second season Andy travels to Chanthaburi, Trat, and Chumphon, along with co-host Daniel Fraser (of Smiling Albino Tour company), but for now, you can still catch Season One at the link below.
Variety is the spice of life
Over on Thong Lor Soi 10, the newly refurbished Foodtopia indoor community food hall—on the 1st floor of the popular Opus Building—is open and ready for business. Grab a seat at one of the tables in the central area and order from any one of the delicious new restaurants on hand. Enjoy fabulous Middle Eastern food from The Kebabry, Italian fare at Osteria, thick juicy burgers from Smokin’ Patty, authentic Thai dishes at Ho Ra Pa, and inventive culinary creations from Sea Truffles Seafood Bar (their spiced Cobia—black Kingfish—is divine). And don’t forget to wash it down with a refreshing craft beer (or two) from Torst.
Motorcycle food tour
If you’re a foodie with a “taste” for adventure, the new Motorbike Food Adventure & Amazing Night Market Tour should satisfy your craving on both fronts. During the course of the evening your very own well-trained motorcycle driver takes you to five off-the-tourist-radar dining spots and night food markets—a great way to experience a Bangkok unaffected by the presence of too many tourists. Enjoy Isaan hot pot, congee, the best fried chicken in town, and more. The tour ends at the Talad Rod Fai Ratchada, a photogenic night market with a lively music scene. Prices start from B2,400, and the 4.5-hour jaunt, organized by Bangkok Food Tours, gets underway at 6:30pm.