With most of Silom and Sathorn remaining stagnant amongst Bangkok’s rapidly developing dining scene, Sathorn Soi 10 and 12 have enjoyed almost more restaurant openings in the past two years than the rest of the area put together, and have quickly become one of the hottest places in the city for good food and even better drinks.
Prestige recently visited four of the most talked about locations along Sathorn Soi 10 and 12 to see how many of these spots can hold their own with Bangkok’s best restaurants.
Where: Sathorn Soi 10
The first Southeast Asian branch of the famous Shanghai-based franchise, Revolucion is an intentionally rough-around-the-edges Latin-inspired bar focusing on modern cocktails and a welcome dash of bar showmanship. Inside you will find an eclectic décor with bare concrete walls, chipped paint, comfy leather chairs and a mixture of vibrant colour schemes that do feel reminiscent of walking through the streets of Cuba – exactly as intended.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first, Revolucion is not your traditional luxury establishment. It’s not fine dining, and rocking up with a suit and tie is bound to get you funny looks. The edgy vibe isn’t all by design, either. The ceiling was leaking when we arrived, forcing us to change tables, and despite the near-empty room the staff didn’t seem extremely eager to see us – with the exception of the lively bartender Depp Noppasate Hirunwathit, who won “Audience Favourite” at Diageo World Class 2016. Considering the other options available nearby, our cocktails and food fell a little short. The “Revolucion Cocktail” was advertised as sour and sweet but ended up tasting like a 300-Baht glass of passion fruit juice, and the “Cuban Sensation” was also way too sweet for a drink intended to slightly bitter. Our empanada starter was also a let-down – very dry, and crushed in the mouth like powder rather than a flaky, tender pastry.
Its edgy and loose vibe will certainly appeal to younger crowds looking to dance the night away on weekends (the music selection was excellent) and open their wallets without much concern. However, considering the similar prices to its highly competitive neighbours, it would be hard to recommend Revolucion for anything other than a night of clubbing on the weekends.