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    Simple sophistications

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 05/09/2014

    » Time to eat? After the big successes of Supanniga Eating Room, a follow-up venue was always going to attract a lot of interest. The policy is the same — "the best ingredients we can find from the places we like, cooked the way we like," says co-owner Tatchai Nakapan. While Thong Lor almost sells itself as a dining destination, the big new variable in play at EAT is the mall location, putting the traditional flavours in a challenging new context. It's positioned upstairs at Groove in an irregular-shaped room, which affords it good vantage of the open kitchen as well as natural light from above (something that's missing at other Groove venues). Its modest dimensions mean that much of the prep work (sauces, etc) is still done in Thong Lor, but the cooking is now on show — a luring new element. There's space enough for 40 diners inside, while another 15 can fit out the front where the mall makes more of an impact and the seats are less comfy. Plenty of worker bees from nearby offices were present on the early evening we visited, as well as important-looking Thais and curious tourists from nearby hotels.

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    Down on the corner

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 18/07/2014

    » With a modest name and unassuming digs, The Corner defies any expectations you may have for a local Euro kitchen in an off-beat neighbourhood. On-hand owners Cédric Cador and Panticha Gunnut don’t make much of a fuss either, letting the menu and easy atmosphere speak for themselves. The place is positioned in a soi on the up, located between the burgeoning Suan Phlu area and Rama IV — just far enough away from Sukhumvit to be interesting. A smart renovation in August saw the space split into a breezy outdoor section at the front (16 seats) and a more protected indoor A/C area (20 seats) behind. The crowd is mostly local residents and walk-in tourists, with plenty of Frenchies in the mix who trickle down from the Euro-tinged enclaves of Yenakart and Nang Linchi. But the hosts would welcome anyone, it seems, judging by the refreshing mix of regulars, accessible menu and inviting prices.

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    Gate Crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 06/06/2014

    » Welcome to Guru’s Gate Crasher, your ultimate guide to finding something fresh to do in this big city.

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    Bar for Bar

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 10/05/2013

    » While the traditional Bangkok bar as considered internationally probably needs hosing down at close every night (for a number of reasons), two new venues on the scene are stretching the scope with concepts of their own.

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    Fusion peruvian

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 18/05/2012

    » Rather than joining the eateries spreading out sideways in every direction from Sukhumvit, one venue has taken the challenge to new heights - the 33rd floor, in fact. Above Eleven is the latest to join the new wave of venues at the top end of Soi 11. But in a soi trying to digest a host of new eateries, what could another one bring to the table? Above Eleven's unique two-pronged attack involves a Peruvian fusion kitchen and a sweeping panorama of Bangkok's smog-fuelled sunset, going against the grain of new French bistros and burger outlets popping up everywhere; and it might just work.

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    Seeing red

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 09/03/2012

    » Just when Silom looked to be lost to bank headquarters, massage parlours and tourists, Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant has popped onto the scene in full bright crimson. It has nothing to do with Miss Johansson, sadly, as she would have had punters drooling all the way to Patpong after the recent photo leak of her bathroom demeanour. Instead, the Silom spot is a sister venue of Scarlett in Beijing that has been wining and dining Far East-based shmoozers since 2009.

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    Home KITCHEN

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 23/03/2012

    » What are the main ingredients of restaurant success in our fair capital? A romantic might say sugar and spice, while a cynic might suggest P and R. (For the slower readers, that spells PR.)

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