Restaurant Revival

A bite-size roundup of news from Bangkok's dining scene

Eating out has returned but in a limited capacity, while today marks another easing of Covid-19 restrictions, which allows more businesses such as indoor gyms and spas to reopen. As our lives slowly (and hopefully) return to somewhat normalcy, here are a few noteworthy developments from the dining scene that you can look forward to.

- Arnaud Dunand Sauthier, former chef de cuisine at Le Normandie has left the shores of the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok to open his own restaurant in Sathon in the spring of 2022. However, one won't have to wait that long to get a taste of Sauthier's delights. Maison Dunand takes over the top floor of Gaggan Anand for a three-month residency starting Oct 8 to Jan 15, 2022. The residency will open Thursday to Monday and serve lunch from 12-4pm (last order 2pm) and dinner from 5.30-8pm (last order 6.30pm). For lunch, choose between four courses (B2,200++) or five (3,600++), and for six courses for dinner is B4,600++ or nine courses for B6,900++. Call 098-883-1033, email reservations@maidsondunand.com, Line: @maidsondunandbkk, IG @maisondunandbkk.

Mia Restaurant.

- Mia reopens today with their "biggest transformation yet", according to executive chef Pongcharn "Top" Russell. Mia will stop serving a la carte, becoming a fine dining destination. With a slight change in decor, executive chef Top and pastry chef and Michelle Goh are ready with lunch and dinner tasting menus as a five-course (B2,550++) or seven-course meal (B3,250++). A tasting vegetarian and vegan menu is available for B2,150++. Note that lunch is only on weekends from 12-2pm, while dinner is from Tue to Sun, 5-8pm. Visit miarestaurantbkk.com or FB.com/miarestaurantthailand.

- Cadence Restaurant by Dan Bark also reopens today with a new menu for the autumn. It costs B4,800++ per person for 14 courses and advance reservation is required. Call 091-713-9034 or visit FB.com/CadenceRestaurant.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

- Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has announced the reopening of The Authors' Lounge and Lord Jim's on Oct 2 and Oct 15, respectively. Artisanal afternoon tea will be served at The Author's Lounge on weekends only while a sumptuous and luxurious buffet lunch at Lord Jim's will be available from Wed to Sun. You know the new normal drill so reserve your seat as the number of seats at both venues are limited. For The Authors' Lounge, visit bit.ly/3EOLAvn. For Lord Jim's, visit bit.ly/3zV0rkl.

- Chu, the famous cafe for breakfast and chocolate drinks that was in Asok, will return as early as November on Sukhumvit 31. In the meantime, you can order your favourite dishes from their kitchen on Sukhumvit 71 as delivery via Line @chu.bkk or look them up on Grab Food, Lineman or Robinhood.

- According to a recent Facebook post by Carnival Store CEO Anupong Kuttikul, cafe/store CDGRE will open on the ground floor of Siam Paragon in late October after three postponements. CDGRE is a collaboration between his multi-brand sneaker store, Gaggan Arnand and Suhring under the concept of "Wear Eat Drink". Visit FB.com/cdgre.bkk.

- Kaitenzushi Sushiro just opened their latest and third branch at Seacon Square Srinakarin. Fans of affordable conveyor belt sushi can enjoy a B40 cash coupon when they spend a minimum of B400. Visit FB.com/SushiroThailand.

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