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    Red hot and raring

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 28/11/2014

    » With the launch of new tapas-style food bar Hot Rod in Ekamai, Ash Sutton is back and racing. What to do when your bar empire gets pulled out from under you? Start rebuilding, of course. Positioned in the front of the cordial Park Lane precinct, the place is a great pairing with the equally aesthetic AR Sutton & Co Engineers Siam colonial den right behind. Maximising the modest dimensions of the room, Hot Rod’s interior is a jungle-laden tapas bar to sit up at in one of the 12 over-sized swivel chairs and take in the action. Outside is plenty of space for bigger groups and overspill (30+), particularly nice at this time of year, but inside is where you want to be. Sit up at the bar and watch the chef wield the wok as the many staff scurry around the shadowy recesses behind you. The pulsating deep beat soundtrack fuels the futuristic feel further. The crowd is a mix of well-rehearsed Sutton followers, restaurant hoppers and thankful Ekamites.

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    MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 05/12/2014

    » At this time of year, you can be guaranteed plenty of outdoor antics on offer, but this season's spoils seem particularly appealing. Even though today (Dec 5) is dry in honour of Thai Father's Day, the rest of the weekend has plenty on offer, event-wise.

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    Gate crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 14/11/2014

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

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    Art opening

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 21/11/2014

    » The first creative offering of the week comes tonight (Nov 21) in the form of an exhibition launch for My Name Is... A Communal Art Experience by Chun Kawara. It’s over in Chinatown at new space Cho Why (Soi Nana 17, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, fb.com/chowhybkk) — could this part of the city be becoming the next Ekamai? The show is a pictorial representation of Chun’s work based on the idea of adults transposing their childhood as a way to build connections. After all, we were all kiddies once. It’s on from 6pm, with free entry. Should be worth braving the traffic for.

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    Pub grub hub

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 21/11/2014

    » Sanity aside, there’s a new comfort burger point in town. It’s housed in the cosy wood-laden surrounds of the shophouse that the original incarnation of Seven Spoons once occupied. It houses 10, maybe 12 at a pinch, but this isn’t the place for the be-seen scene. Not yet anyway. To diversify from its origins, the visuals follow a Polynesian bent, with a tiki twist. It’s still finding its feet decor-wise, but seems to have the right intent – the young front man Pavee “Wham” Bhayungvej was a visual merchandiser in a past life, after all. The music is on point and inviting as can be. The two-storey shophouses of the area ooze charm and potential – it’s a shame they are so far away – unless you live over in Samsen or the like, of course. The crowd is a mix of Wham’s friends, Seven Spoons devotees and the odd walk-in, who would be pleasantly surprised to see what they find inside the snug room.

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    Film screening

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 28/11/2014

    » Rock ‘n’ rolling cinephiles can enjoy a special sneak screening over the weekend of We Shot the Rock and Lived by the Roll. The new documentary film by director Nick Jerrard is a fresh insight into the excesses of the rock ‘n’ roll world through the guys that were there to shoot it, in a period when photographers had unprecedented access.

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    Peppy Peppina

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 07/11/2014

    » These days in Bangkok, it's not just about choosing simply "pizza" for dinner, but what style of pizza you'd prefer. It's a good problem, after all, but we'll have to get used to such discernment. In the latest contender in the pizza race, the team behind Appia has delivered Peppina, a bustling mid-Sukhumvit spread that has somehow become everything from a Sunday evening pizzeria to a Friday night hot spot. It has only been open a few months and it's already full, all the time, so book in advance — something else that will need getting used to in this city. The kitchen dominates the warehouse-style room to good effect, involving you right in the action among the countless food and floor staff buzzing about the place. It's great for big groups (definitely book), and during our early sitting we were flanked by two tables of at least 10, who were easily accommodated. Nooks in the back section (under the stylish wall tiles that spell "Peppina") offer more intimacy for smaller groups. Overall, there's room for 80 or so.

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    EP RELEASE

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 24/10/2014

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

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    Gate crasher

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 31/10/2014

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

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    Small talk

    Guru, Richard Mcleish, Published on 31/10/2014

    » While the little venue has been gaining a reputation for being a nifty neighbourhood bar, we think its kitchen is worthy of some attention too. It’s the latest chapter of regional proprietor stalwart David Jacobson, who first came to the region in the early 90s to open the pioneering Q Bar in Saigon. The New Yorker is a gracious host, often on hand to decipher the nuances of his cocktail list and jazz collection, with plenty of juicy anecdotes in between for good measure. This latest local pad, Smalls, is just that, quietly occupying a corner on the leafy Suan Phlu (where Chez Pepin formerly stood). It’s three levels of kooky stylings, with DJs and live acts downstairs in the ornate parlour room, a kitchen and balcony on the middle floor and a rooftop upstairs for open-air action amid upholstered chairs and cosy tables. All corners of the adult cubbyhouse have something to offer, in a feast of textures (brick, recycled timber, corrugated iron, padded stairwell) and details (Jim Thompson photo outside, a caged Barbie, ceiling mirrors). The crowd ranges through the week (and night), attracting everyone from locals having knock-off drinks to dining daters to a dedicated bar crowd into the smaller hours.

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