OSHA Café and Cooking Chronical
BUILDING on the success of its first restaurant on Wireless Road, OSHA, the celebrated Thai restaurant from San Francisco, has now opened OSHA Café (at Asiatique The Riverfront, Warehouse 10) which offers the brand’s refined Thai food in a more casual atmosphere – think industrial style, a loft feel, and splashes of colour courtesy of pastel furniture. Like the restaurant proper, the new venue serves traditional Thai dishes (street-food favourites and regional specialties) which are presented with modern flair. Menu highlights include Crispy shrimp rolls, Soft shell crab bite, and Green curry with fish balls. The café also has its own dedicated cooking studio called Cooking Chronicle, where beginners can learn basic techniques such as stir-frying, stewing or boiling and curry with paste making, and pros can learn more progressive techniques.
Osha Café opens daily from 5pm-midnight. Cooking Chronicle opens daily from 1pm-9pm
New menu at Rocket Coffeebar
THE ever popular Rocket Coffeebar has gone back to its Nordic roots for its latest menu – think clean, earthy yet bold flavours inspired by Scandinavian food philosophies of source-conscious produce and simplistic preparations. Expect to find savory potato waffles topped with quail eggs and truffles or a generous dollop of crème fraiche and lingon berry compote (start at B180++); Smørrebrød (Danish-inspired open-faced sandwiches. Start at B150++) fully loaded with plentiful portions of thoughtfully paired herbs, cured meats, pickled veggies and creamy fillings; Pan seared mackerel with buckwheat and pear salad (B270++); Roasted pork slices with semi-dried tomatoes, horseradish and magic egg sauce (B270++); and of course, the requisite Swedish meatballs (B420++), smothered in lingonberries and onion gravy. Rocket’s famed coffee has also been tweaked to have deeper, more intense characteristics, there’s a new selection of cold pressed juices, smoothies and shakes made from local seasonal produce, and even an increased range of homemade cakes and pastries (try the Snickers in a cup – featuring peanut butter mousse, milk chocolate bavarois, chocolate sauce, and caramel. B225++). All available for lunch and dinner.
The new menu is available at Rocket Coffeebar (Sathorn Soi 12), Rocket Coffeebar (Sukhumvit 49), Rocket Siwilai (Central Embassy), and at the new Rocket X 72 Courtyard (Thonglor).
Le Blanc Bakery
AFTER 11 years of wowing crowds with its flaky, delicate pastries and handcrafted breads on Sukhumvit 39, this homely-little bakery recently closed up shop to move to a new location in Silom. The Japanese-owners, baker Shinichi Ikemoto and his wife, Suzuyo, who runs front of house, demonstrate their passion by diligently preparing their breads and pastries daily at 2am to ensure that, come breakfast time, there are plenty of fresh sweet and savory treats to enjoy, such as their new chocolate chip cookies – soft, moist, and delicious. Hidden away down Pan Road and concealed by trees, the small bakery’s easy to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for the small chalkboard scrawled with a large white arrow. Upon entering the bakery, you are immediately swept away by its charming ambiance, which transports you to the enchanting streets of France with its subtle Parisian music and wonderfully sweet aromas. Pastries range in price from B30-B150. - By Sherina Purnomo
52/17 Pan Rd, Silom. 092 407 0474. leblancbkk.wordpress.com
AFTER a one year hiatus, Outback Steakhouse reopened its doors in Bangkok with a brand new look and an even bigger range of steaks to choose from. Located in the recently reopened Siam Discovery shopping mall, the new venue, part of a popular chain based in the US, prides itself on big portions of flavourful food; friendly, attentive service; and a laid-back atmosphere. The restaurant’s meats and seafood are supplied from ranches, poultry farms and fisheries that have been thoroughly vetted for quality, and all beef is dry-aged for a minimum of 21 days. Alongside steaks, the restaurant also offers appetisers, salads, burgers, seafood, ribs, roasted chicken and desserts.
6th floor Siam Discovery shopping mall. 02 658 0202. outback.com
Azul Nuevo Latino Kitchen
AIMING to embellish the cuisine he experienced growing up in South Florida – from the barrios of Miami to the beaches of the Yucatán Peninsula to the crazed island of Key West – chef Kip Oxman presents an exciting take on traditional Latin American food which he’s dubbed ‘Nuevo Latino Cuisine.’
“I am not really concerned about geographical border lines so I am free to borrow influences from any Latin country,” he says. “In my own twisted view, this concept allows me to take inspiration from Spain, South Africa, Morocco, Cuba, The Caribbean islands, and the Americas (Central, South, North).”
16 Soi Sukhumvit 49. 11am till Late. facebook.com/azulkitchen