Funnily, this is that special time of year where everyone in the city is whispering coup and rumors of war. With all the action in certain places in Bangkok, at times your attention is drawn away from the slow approach of things quietly formidable in plain sight.
Such is the nature of Spanish tapas in Bangkok. As recent as five years ago you could count the restaurants influenced by Spanish blood on your hand. That’s rapidly changing and for today’s experiment I’ve tried to list as many of the restaurants as I could which have been touched by Spanish blood.
Not usually a place for nibbling and your wallet may suffer some wounds if you stick around too long. Food is ok, but couldn’t get into their tapas style dishes because their bread was so awful. Their specialty is definitely paella which they do well enough for everyone to forgive the other misses. Plus, for the longest time this was the only ‘proper’ place to have Spanish food in Bangkok.
Wine Pub (Pullman Hotel)
If you can catch an unlimited tapas and wine deal here you’re golden. Especially if you’re living in the more Victory Monument – Ari side of town, from which the Pullman Hotel is easily accessible. A great selection of cheeses and their tapas menu can be a bit confusing to navigate at first, but if it’s free flow try everything and see what you like.
A tapas joint? Maybe this is the androgynous member of the Spanish taverns, but hey after all, this is the food-baby of the owners of sister joint La Monita. So there’s an American flair to the menu, which happens to mean there’s big boy sandwiches, steaks and some other heavy dishes on offer if ya know, pinchos don’t pinch where it hurts.
Taburete (Sukhumvit 24)
The most recent arrival and at only a month old, they participated in our last Big Bite Bangkok event, bringing an entire leg of cured jamon and other goodies. Their venue is tiny, but conveniently located next to Emporium on Sukhumvit 24. I hope to write more about them soon.
Tapas (Sukhumvit 11)
The most well known for tapas and same owner as Spanish on 4. Although I haven’t had much impressive there. Don’t confuse it with the really shitty or undeniably epic nightclub (the difference between these two depends on how high/wasted you were going in) called Tapas and the top of Silom Soi 4.
Spanish on 4 (Silom Soi 4)
Maybe because the crowd is different or more attention is give to the food I enjoy time spent here better than at Sukhumvit 11’s Tapas. Great cheeses and if you’re on some sort of Mediterranean binge, Souvlaki the greek restaurant is their across the soi neighbor (or if you’re hungry and love gay bars you’ll find you love the vibe of the entire area).
Opposite Mess Hall
Not a tapas joint at all, but this laid back (yet high end) eatery does occasionally borrow from the feel and style of spanish tapas. Does ox tongue tortilla make your mouth water? They also have small dishes such as crostinis and croquettes which change daily. If you’re not familiar with Opposite read more on Eating Thai Food.
Le Bar (By Le Beaulieu)
There may be some Spanish elements to this new, but more casual extension of the fine dining restaurant Le Beaulieu. Although, I’m not sure if a full menu has been released, for the grand opening party Le Bar definitely served Spanish tapas and many of the items written as specials above their kitchen seemed heavily Mediterranean, featuring lots of seafood. What better to go with champagne?
Rumors of War
Free flow and tapas is a bit of a floozy as far as hotel themes go, so I haven’t provided an exhaustive list of those (nor will I ). There’s a new mom and pop style spanish spot called Don Gato I haven’t yet tried in Silom soi 14. I have heard good things, but haven’t made it over to Hola in the Thonglor Eight building. If you visit either before me, shout and let me know what you think.