BANGKOK BLACK BOOK

Aside from its trove of shop­ping haunts, Bangkok of­fers plenty of food and party spots. Here’s your cu­rated directory for the buzzy Thai cap­i­tal.

Preview (Philippines) - - Chapter Seven Dish - BY GIAN RO­MANO

EATS

NAHM I’m not re­ally big on eat­ing fancy in Bangkok as I’ve al­ways found the food re­ally good al­most every­where I go. I ac­ci­den­tally got to try Nahm on a trip with my good friend Mau­reen Disini, who in­sisted on eat­ing here. We wanted to go on a Satur­day but it was al­ready fully booked, but they had a last-minute can­cel­la­tion that evening so we rushed to take the slot. I would say I have never thought of Thai food be­ing brought to that kind of level. Now I know why it’s num­ber five on Asia’s 50 Best Restau­rants List and I still dream of go­ing back there. co­mo­ho­tels.com/ metropolitan bangkok/ din­ing/ nahm

EAT ME

I stum­bled across Eat Me on my very first trip to Bangkok while I was still in col­lege when a Thai friend rec­om­mended the place. I had good mem­o­ries of the place and I re­cently re­dis­cov­ered it, 15 years later. Much has changed on the menu, but I must say the place still makes me want to go back. It’s like re­dis­cov­er­ing an old friend. eat­mer­estau­rant.com

NAMSAAH BOTTLING TRUST

In one of our trips to Bangkok, Mau­reen and I had the chance to catch up with our old friend Ana Kalaw, who is based there. Ana rec­om­mended the place. I love how it’s in a 100-year-old house that was turned into a club­house, then an of­fice for a soda com­pany. The in­te­ri­ors are just amaz­ing: One room is bright red, and the other one is blue and gold with Asian de­tails. The food is Asian com­fort food with a twist— I don’t like to say fu­sion, but that’s the word that comes to mind. Soi 7, 401 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok +66 2 636 6622

NIGHT OUT

BAR 21

This lit­tle gem is my fa­vorite place in the whole of Bangkok. It re­minds me of To­day x Fu­ture, from the in­te­ri­ors, mu­sic, vibe and even the peo­ple. A lot of artists, lo­cals and not an­noy­ing tourists go here. It’s lo­cated in the up and com­ing area of Bangkok: Chi­na­town. This is a place to just hang out, lis­ten to good in­die and rock ‘n’ roll mu­sic, and meet peo­ple. Give a shoutout to owner/dj/bar­tender P’khoe. 21/36 Rama IX Road, Bang Kapi, Huai Kh­wang, Bangkok +66 80 302 9752

SOI NANA (CHI­NA­TOWN)

Don’t mis­take this place as the Soi Nana of Sukhumvit. This Soi Nana is in the fringes of Chi­na­town. This lit­tle street dur­ing the day is filled with hard­ware shops and god knows what as I’ve ac­tu­ally never been there in broad day­light. At night, the street trans­forms and you can see th­ese stylish bars, like Teens of Thai­land, Tep Bar and Bar 21, and on my last trip, there were al­ready a cou­ple more bars that have opened. Soi Nana, Chi­na­town, Bangkok

STU­DIO LAM

This small bar/disco is nestled in the mid­dle of Sukhumvit; Sukhumvit 51 to be ex­act—one of the places I fre­quent when I’m in Bangkok. No pre­ten­sions—just good funk, soul and disco mu­sic on Fri­days. 10110 51 Sukhumvit Road, Kh­long Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok +66 2 261 6661

WTF BAR

If you’re not up for some disco danc­ing, this place right be­side Stu­dio Lam would be a great al­ter­na­tive. It has a very chill vibe to just hang out and have a few drinks. 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Bangkok +662 662 6246

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