From rooftop bars and craft beer to award-winning Indian and the first Greek restaurant in the City of Angels, a host of eateries and venues worth paying attention to are hidden in Bangkok's hotels. Here are six recent openings:
Craft Beer at Paradise Sukhumvit Hotel - Perched in the rooftop garden at Paradise Sukhumvit Hotel is 722 Craft Experience, with 12 different taps of craft beer, cocktails and American comfort dishes served in a wood-and-steel poolside setting and house-party vibe. Venue seats 300, or holds up to 500 guests cocktail-style. The hotel is located near BTS Ekamai.
Bangkok's first Greek cuisine at Lotus Hotel - Bangkok's first Greek has landed in Nana-Asoke, one of Bangkok's most happening neighborhoods. Avra's Greek owners promise authentic flavours by Chef Konstantinos Sarrimavrogenis from the port city of Thessaloniki. Avra's seating capacity is 50, but can welcome up to 100 guests cocktail-style for private events. Located in Lotus Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel, it is open 12-3 pm for lunch and 6-11 pm for dinner, every day except for Monday.
Award-winning Indian arrives at Radisson Suites Hotel - The first branch of Punjab Grill to open in Bangkok can be found at Radisson Suites Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 13. It's the third city for Punjab Grill outside of its home country aside from Abu Dhabi and Singapore, where it was voted into SG Magazine's Top 10 Tables for 2015. Indian chef Bharath Bhat draws on his five-star hotel experience and wows guests with Pathani, Punjabi, and Haryanvi cuisines. The restaurant can seat 100 banquet-style.
Italian cuisine on the riverside at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok - Legendary chef Norbert Kostner of Mandarin Oriental serves up foundational Italian dishes on a luxurious Chao Phraya terrace in a stark black and white colour scheme and mildly chess-reminiscent decor. Seating is 60 in the dining area, 80 if you include the bar area, and up to 100 people for a standing cocktail reception.
Modern cuisine opens at Sofitel So - Park View is Sofitel So's newest addition, serving up modern French cuisine on a 29th floor location that offers a bird's eye view of Lumpini Park and downtown Bangkok. The atmosphere is contemporary architectural chic. It opens at 6 pm and can seat 50-80. Minimum spending is 300,000++ Thai baht ($8570 USD) including F&B to close the venue for a private event.
Alluring rooftop bar at hotel Once on the riverside - Entering Bangkok's svelte lineup of riverside rooftop bars is Top Knot, atop newly opened modern-colonial Once boutique hotel on Charoenkrung, which is run by the same owners as that of Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside Hotel. The main restaurant is located on the eighth floor, but a spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine with a 360-degree view of the riverscape. The main restaurant seats 80-90, but if renting the entire venue, including the open-air mezzanine, the venue can seat 250 pax total.