WHAT'S NEW IN TOWN
During this past month we have been out and about, visiting some of the new restaurants.
Bangkok's dining scene is the best it has ever been - we don't remember it ever being as active.
There are distinct trends, too. The move towards sustainable cuisine, using Thai artisanal and specialist small suppliers, a move that can only be applauded and enjoyed.
Haoma is a prime example of this. The restaurant describes itself as Bangkok's first urban farm restaurant, growing almost 40 kinds of greenery in its garden, and rearing its own fish in recycled water.
Then there is the continuing passion for good beef, with Wagyu in particular making enormous inroads. Wagyuism is a small venture opened by a specialist importer of Japanese beef, so you are dealing with owners who really know their business.
Gastro pubs are not always noted for the quality of their food, but Marian Urban Gastro Bar has grown out of a smaller, very high quality enterprise named Lobster & Oyster, with those ingredients forming the core of the exceptional menu.
Thonglor gets crazier and crazier, and the big warehouse-like Viva Thonglor starts out in the morning as a breakfast venue and morphs at night into a hipster hangout.
Meanwhile, what do you do if you are opening a quality grill restaurant in a residential area, far away from the bright lights, and with families as your prime audience? Read what the folks at Primal have done.