Right Here, Right Now
It was almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. After Rocket Coffee Bar opened in 2013, it seemed the whole city was caught up in how the horseshoe-shaped Sathorn 10 and 12 were The Next Big Thing. And then…nothing followed. At least not immediately. Good thing no one wrote off the sois, because they’re finally living up to the hype and then some. Behind the latest openings in this modestly packed community, Sathorn’s sois are hotter than ever.
Leafy and wide-avenued and just residential enough to maintain a sense of serenity at certain hours, Sathorn 10 and 12 are about as ideal for piazza-style dining and drinking as any city street. Start with the revamped Sorrento, which offers quality Italian food and drinks served on the patio or inside in a rather tony atmosphere. Within earshot of Sorrento is the colourful Revolucion. While the patio would make for a pleasant venue for after-work cocktails, the bar truly comes alive later at night, often doing shut-ins until the wee hours of the morning. In any case, don’t miss the signature cocktails—expensive, yes, but worth the price tag. And keep an eye out for its soon-to-open second-floor restaurant, Clandestino Cantina.
Across the street from Revolucion sits one of the newest members of the Sathorn 10 circle, Not Just Another Cup. Coffee beans come by way of Pacamara and Ceresia, and brunch-time dishes like creamy avocado toast with poached egg and fruity French toast give ample reason to bum around on a slow Saturday morning. Further up the street are a few places more suited to the night, starting with bar and restaurant Marcel, a small shophouse that serves exquisite French cuisine and surprisingly excellent cocktails. Next door, Hanakaruta covers another part of the global gastro spectrum, doing seriously good whisky high balls and plum wines with Japanese bar food. It’s always packed, and with good reason—it’s laid-back, lots of fun, and pocket-friendly. And so is its neighbour, the superlative Suppaniga Eating Room. Order cabbage stir-fried in fish sauce and moo cha muang and be glad you did.
As the soi swoops around and becomes Sathorn 12, the food and drink options branch out even further. At the previously mentioned Rocket, the coffee is second to none, and the fresh selections on the menu are only topped by the café’s cool Scandinavian design. Sapparot-owned UNCLE and Lady Brett next door make this little shophouse kuha a three-headed monster—go to Rocket in the morning, Lady Brett for a top-shelf tomahawk at dinner, and finish up with some of the finest mixed drinks in town at the sort of secretive UNCLE.
Down the road, next door to home décor shop Abode, are Kai and Le Café des Stagiaires. The Kiwi-driven Kai makes a mean fish and chips, which can be washed down with New Zealand beer, and the ultra-chic Café des Stagiaires has become a preferred post-work haunt. But it’s much more than a parquet-floored hipster hangout. The second and third floor have been primped and polished and turned into Chicon, an upscale casual restaurant serving Gallic cuisine and cocktails, bespoke or signature, shaken by a barman who knows his spirits.
And now, at the corner of Sathorn 12, next to The Address condominium, stands the much-anticipated project from Tim Butler and partners, Bunker. After some ups and downs, the project is finally ready to open in April. Expect craft beer on draft supplied by Hopsession and global cuisine prepared by star chef Arnie Marcella, including some amazing lechon.
The soi’s promise is finally being fulfilled. And it doesn’t end with food and cocktails. H Gallery has brought culture to the block, and a soon-to-open boutique spa will join Health Land in offering extra incentive to visit—or, better yet, to move in to one of the condos.