Bangkok’s food scene never moves at a slow pace. The city is often — if not always — hungry for the latest and greatest in dining. With a slew of new restaurants popping up every month, Bangkok is becoming one of the best culinary landscapes food lovers could ever dream of living in.

From a crab-focused restaurant to a cool-hip Italian haunt, here’s a list of new Bangkok restaurants to wine and dine at this December 2019.

Ministry of Crab

Keep calm and crab on at Ministry of Crab on Soi Sawasdee (Sukhumvit 31). Helmed by the famed cricketers Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, along with Head Chef Dharshan Munidasa, the Sri Lanka-originated restaurant now graces the city with their crab-focused menu, featuring all sizes of crab you could possibly imagine. The jumbo crab showered in pepper sauce is definitely instagrammable but the Crabzilla (which could weight up to 2 kilograms) should be your go-to.

Ministry of Crab, 31 Sam-ed No.15, 1 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, +6698 598 6554; Open: Tue-Sat: 6-11:30 pm; Sun: 12-5 pm for lunch and 6-11:30 pm for dinner.

L’OLIVA Ristorante Italiano & Wine Bar

There are countless Italian restaurants in Bangkok but there’s only a fistful of good ones worth splurging the big bucks on. And if you want an excellent place to wine and dine all in one go, our advice now is to head to L’OLIVA Ristorante Italiano & Wine Bar on Sukhumvit Soi 36. Serving up home-cooked recipes traditional to the Abruzzo region, the restaurant with exposed brick and a  lamp-lit setting exudes a homey, friendly charm. Plus the fact that it is located next to its neighbour eatery, Caffè Olives, give you a chance to café hop and indulge in pasta, pizza, and salad all at the same time.

L’OLIVA Ristorante Italiano & Wine Bar, Sukhumvit 36, Lane 2, Bangkok, +6694 858 9868; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 pm for dinner.

Little Donkey BKK

Created by James Beard Award-winning chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer, Little Donkey has now touched down at 72 Courtyard Bangkok to serve up multi-cuisine dishes all whipped up from locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. Naming itself a global izakaya restaurant, the food here is presented in small plates to encourage shared dining. With Chef Steve Doucakis overlooking the venue, we guarantee his knack for comingled Asian and Western fare will not disappoint your palate.

Little Donkey, 72 Courtyard, Soi Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, +662 392 7790; Open: Mon-Sun, 5 pm-2 am.

Blue by Alain Ducasse

Boasting over 21 Michelin stars across his 31 restaurants in ten countries, Alain Ducasse is beyond a legend in the haute cuisine world. Now with his new flagship in Bangkok nestled within ICONLUXE, ICONSIAM, Blue by Alain Ducasse will shake up the city’s culinary scene with his famed contemporary French fare. With an impeccable backdrop of Chao Phraya River, the restaurant embellished with blue-gold elements exudes a romantically elegant charm, perfect for a date night.

Blue by Alain Ducasse, Level One, ICONLUXE, ICONSIAM, Bangkok, +662 005 9412; Open: Mon-Sun, 12-2 pm for lunch and 6:30-9 pm for dinner.

Don Asado

If you have a heart like ours that beats for meat and meat alone, Don Asado is the new spot in town to stop by. The Argentinian steakhouse in Yenakart serves up an array of drool-inducing beef grilled long and slow over a wood-burning fire. The toothsome smokiness and beautifully distinct flavours come through here, which can only be obtained from cooking meat this way. The venue also offers other substantial dishes to pair with your scrumptious protein.

Don Asado, 237, 1 Yen Akat 2 Alley, Chong Nonsi, Yan Nawa, Bangkok, +662 005 6627; Open: Tue-Sun, 6-11 pm.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.