Le Shab, C'est Chic!
The kind of place you’d expect to find in a hip, upcoming Brooklyn neighbourhood, the newest kid on Bangkok’s Soi Ari block is a charming little eatery by the name of Fatbird. Effortlessly embodying the descriptor ‘shab chic’ with wrought iron and unfinished pine décor, walls adorned with retro photographs and faux-taxidermy deer heads, the shophouse completes its easy, greenhouse-y atmosphere with mismatched chairs, a smattering of plants, and a jumble of hanging lampshades, not forgetting the crowd of stylish young things setting the scene nightly.
Take a seat in the downstairs dining room, at the quirky, cosy wooden bar in the back, or perch upstairs on the outdoor terrace, and order a mason jar cocktail while you peruse the succinct menu, which caters easily to its diverse, expat-heavy audience. Spanning several culinary regions are favourites like the pork teriyaki mini burgers, saab salmon (a twist on Isaan-style laab with lemongrass and dill), and pastas like spaghetti with anchovy and wild mushroom fettucine. Steak, sea bass, and European home-style hearty chicken pie take the entrée top honours, and those who dare to try the ‘dark beer chocolate cake’ will find it a surprisingly balanced sweet treat. Despite the melange of cuisines and flavours, everything comes together smoothly under flickering lights and tinkling laughter – an Ari smash hit!