Spain is a long way from Southeast Asia, yet for many, even Bangkok’s Chinatown is a sight too far from the city’s supposedly happening hotspots. However, taking after rave success veggie nook Seven Spoons, darling little newcomer El Chiringuito (meaning ‘the stall’) has also braved the area’s quietly dusty streets and decaying shophouses to become part of its exciting new foodie scene. Behind this standalone tapas venture is Supapron Sae, who after having spent six years in Spain, created her own little taste of Barcelona in a homely three-storey setting of reclaimed wooden tables, mismatched chairs, and chalkboard menus.
The kitchen plates up bite-size Spanish classics like fiery patatas bravas, thick tortilla, mini bocadillos (sub-style sandwiches) and other moreish nibbles that are best shared over a jug of sangria or calimotxo, a popular Catalan drink that consists of equal parts red wine and cola. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, shimmy up to the bijou bar tucked under the stairs for a shot of Menorca’s finest artisan gin, Xoriguer, best accompanied by the bar’s live gypsy-funk music. Just be warned that as far-flung as this little tapas joint may be, the hip hordes are usually spilling out onto the streets of a weekend, and in true Spanish style, opening hours are ‘relaxed’, so ring ahead!
221 Soi Nana / Charoen Krung Rd / +66 8 6340 4791 / facebook.com/elchiringuitobangkok