Appetizing Autumn menus
All through October—and beyond—diners at Il Fumo (1098 Rama IV Rd), can sample multi-course Autumn Tasting Menus that marry the best of Portuguese and Italian cuisine. Chef-partner Luca Appino and Head Chef Nelson Amorim creatively explore the flavours of the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas, sommelier Thanakorn Mankit carefully curates the wine pairings, and the team from Vesper unveils new digestif nightcap cocktails. The 7-course ‘Discovery Menu’ is B2,500++ per person (add B1,700++ per person for wine pairing), while the 9-course ‘Degustation Menu’ is 2,800++ per person (add 2,000++ per person for wine pairing). For reservations call 02 286 8833.
Where land and sea meet
A new seafood-centric restaurant entered the Bangkok dining scene as Pesca Mar & Terra Bistro finally opened its doors last month. Acclaimed chef Jeriko Van Der Wolf (of Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery fame) is the main man behind the new venture, so needless to say expectations are high. Like Cocotte the market-to-table concept here offers diners a great selection of amazingly fresh products—from both land and sea—carefully selected with the help of passionate fishermen, farmers, butchers, and cheese artisans. Located on Ekkamai Soi 12, it’s open from 11am to 3pm for lunch, and 6pm to midnight for dinner.
From cocktail bar to organic market
Around the end of last year fans of Viva 21, that funky little drink spot at the top end of Thong Lor, were sad when the bar finally shut its doors. But the folks behind that venue are back with Viva Market ThongLor. After acquiring the two buildings next to the original spot, the team found themselves with a total of 1,000 sq.m to fill—too much for just one restaurant—so the idea of a multi-function property developed. The 1st and 2nd floors act as a grocery store, with organic, locally sourced, and chemical free produce (where food can be cooked on the spot to dine in or take away). The 3rd floor, meanwhile, is dedicated to the butcher shop—take away or grilled on the spot—and a bakery that uses organic flours. Finally, the 4th and 5th floors are reserved for a formal eatery/restaurant to be opened soon. And although they eventually plan to be open 24 hours a day, they’re currently operating from 10am to 11pm.
New future for foodies
Back in late 2014 local gal-about-town and media maven Samantha Proyrungthong launched an innocent little Facebook group entitled Bangkok Foodies—which quickly became an incredibly active and well-trusted online forum for Bangkok residents with a passion for food. In fact, the runaway success of the group caused it to outgrow its social media platform limitations, which is why Samantha and crew have just launched their own media/news/publishing website which (not surprisingly) is named bangkokfoodies.com. With a commitment to “keeping it real”, but also not to “take things too seriously” the new website will provide local and international foodies with entertaining restaurant reviews, food blogs/vlogs, chef interviews, places to stay, foodie events, and more—all designed to take the guess work out of dining. And if you’re interested in joining their team, or submitting blogs or even digital marketing campaigns, email: [email protected]