3 Oyster Bars Worth Shelling Out for in Bangkok
March 20, 2014
The City of Angels has an insatiable appetite for everyone’s favorite aphrodisiac. Here are three of our favorite places to indulge. By Diana Hubbell
Published on Mar 20, 2014
The Raw Bar
Despite its name, The Raw Bar offers a respectable array of cooked dishes. The focus here is on luxe Western fare such as seared Wagyu tenderloin, porcini-stuffed ravioli, and traditional lobster rolls. Seafood, of course, plays a starring role on the menu, and fine, silky salmon can be scooped up either in a caviar-studded tartare or on top of traditional Russian blini. If it’s oysters you’re after, the restaurant serves an assortment of imports, all chilled on ice and beautifully presented. Between Soi 14-16 Thonglor, Bangkok; +66 2 713 8335
The Oyster Bar Bangkok
Pay no attention to the industrial-style exposed concrete or the paper menus; this place more than makes up for its lack of frills with its top-notch, American-accented dishes. The emphasis here is on sustainably harvested seafood, selected by owner, aficionado and importer, Bill Marinelli, and served with elegant simplicity. While the rotating menu offers solid classics such as New England clam chowder or Creole-style catfish, the oysters are the real draw here. These plump bivalves are flown in twice a week, and need nothing more than a squeeze of lemon to shine. 395 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Soi 24; +66 2 212 4809; theoysterbarbangkok.com.
Belon Oyster & Raw Bar
Be prepared to fight for elbowspace at the perpetually hip Seenspace Thonglor complex, where the city’s beautiful people come to slurp down oysters alongside cocktails from nearby Clouds bar. The menu here is short and primarily crudo. There’s a delicate carpaccio of Hokkaido scallops and a selection of sashimi, but follow the crowd and order a half dozen on the half-shell, preferably with a glass of champagne. GF Seenspace Thonglor Soi 13; +66 2 712 6073.