Year in review: Bangkok’s best new restaurants

Printed in CNN GO, 29 December Restaurants come and go every year in Bangkok. Here’s a look at the top eateries with staying power that joined the city’s dining scene in 2011.  Mugendai Tempura and Sushi Bar   Mugendai’s long bar, where you can watch the head sushi chef at work, is the most popular spot in the restaurant. Style:Japanese fine dining  Thailand had been lacking specialized Japanese restaurants, with most often lumping their food preparation methods into one bundle. But Mugendai does only tempura and sushi, all made with fresh fish caught and delivered from Japan’s famed Tsukiji market. Which, as might be expected, comes with a price. The menu changes daily, depending on the catch of the day. The sushi stresses the importance of fresh, grade-A ingredients, and the tempura is made according to traditional Japanese tempura house methods.…

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Hold the MSG: Bangkok’s 6 best vegetarian restaurants

From Bangkok 101 Magazine   Pickings for herbivores may be slim here, but they are out there. Meat-free snacks abound in Little India, or Pahurat, and most restaurants that aren’t cheap hole-in-the-walls have at least a few items on the menu. Here are six joints where we promise you won’t be palmed off with a bowl of MSG slosh. ANOTHAI Ask a Bangkokian to suggest a good vegetarian restaurant, and they’ll usually name this tiny place in an otherwise uninteresting northeast suburb. Thais and the odd foreigner in the know come to feast on the innovative pan-Asian dishes created by the owner, who grows her veggies on the family farm. Many, including desserts, are vegan. Try the cookies and butterfly Pea Tea. 976/17 Soi Praram 9 Hospital, Huay Kwang | 02-641-5366 | Thu-Tue 10am-9:30pm | no credit cards | $…

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Emergency Flood Relief Appeal…

Large scale evacuations of people are currently occurring in the worst affected areas of the Bangkok area. People being evacuated are typically not allowed to take their pets and these dogs and cats as well as thousands of strays left behind need your help now. Soi Dog is working with groups in the Bangkok area to rescue these animals. These groups are not large animal welfare agencies but rather smaller groups working around the clock to save the dogs and cats before it is to late. Time is running out and they need your help. Your support will go towards rescue, veterinary care, shelter and rehoming for the dogs and cats. If you would like to provide support to Soi Dog, please contact them directly to donate. We will also have a box for Soi Dog donations at Seven Spoons. Thank you…

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Bangkok 101 Review: Seven Spoons

October 17th, 2011 Apricot squash couscous. Pumpkin tarragon lasagne. Barley, chickpea and feta stuffed eggplant. Churning out dishes that sound yum, healthy and exotic – and taste it too – it’s not hard to see why mostly organic wholefood delivery company Birds in a Row has been a hit among the city’s home-delivery aficionados, especially the vegetarians among them. Now, with the opening of Seven Spoons, you can tuck into the same lovingly homemade international and Mediterranean influenced meals while sat in a stylish Soulfood Mahanakornesque shophouse as opposed to your living room. A couple of things to bear in mind before you hop in a taxi with all your bohemian friends. Tucked away on a parade of old shophouses in the Ratchadamnoen area, Seven Spoons is quite hard to find. And it’s tiny – really tiny, with only two…

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New and Noted: Bangkok’s best new restaurants of 2011

BK Magazine The Aston Gastro Bar Why we love it: This charming little bistro combines all the things we like when eating out: affordable, interesting and comforting food, lots of imported beers and a laidback atmosphere with sophisticated touches. The menu: A combination of Asian flavors and a French sensibility, mostly in the ever-popular tapas form. What to eat: The roasted bone marrow with salsa verde and crusty bread (B130), where the cartilaginous, fatty texture of the marrow is balanced with the garlicky salsa. Other dishes, too, feature high quality ingredients competently handled, such as the seared duck breast (with Asian pear and orange jelly, B280)—generous slices of fresh and fatty meat cooked to medium-rare perfection. What to drink: Choose one of the myriad of imported beers. Try the St. Louis, a sweet Belgian lambic that comes in a few…

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