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Food Courtship

August 17, 2015
Dining at the Em District
When in Bangkok and in need of a double dose of fashion and food, do as the Bangkokians do and get thee to the swankiest shopping desti in Siam, Em District. The brand spanking new, 20 billion Baht multi-mall complex is home to Thailand-first outposts from the likes of Charlotte Olympia, Alexander Wang and Van Cleef & Arpels, and also reps some of the most exciting homegrown talents, including Issue, Greyhound and Fly Now. Better still, once you have sated your clothes craving, you are splendidly situ’d to address that rumbling stomach at dishy dining district, Helix.

Spanning four floors and comprising 140+ eateries, this is no average food court. Instead it presents a palate-pleasing platter of high-end diners to suit all tastes, so bags down and belts loosened…

Crab & Claw boasts industri-cool interiors and New England-style nibbles courtesy of restaurateur Ployparn Markawat (The Local) and chef Colin Stevens respectively. Crustaceans are flown in daily and thus available in limited quantity – get there early and order the organic uni butter-baked lobster topped with flying fish roe. Bibs on!

A-fish-ionados can also get their surf-fresh fix at Belon Oyster & Raw Bar, a small counter serving a superb selection of seasonal shuck-fresh shellfish from America, Asia and Europe, plus a smart libations list to boot.

More of a meat head? Make haste to The Chop, an American-style grill and steakhouse with soaring ceilings and a distinctly masculine edge. As well as the eponymous cuts, the Billionaire Burger has been making social media waves – Wagyu beef topped with truffle and foie gras, plus all the trimmings. Phew!

If after all that you still have room for dessert, make your way downstairs to Thailand’s first branch of the ‘Picasso of pastries’, Pierre Hermé. Masterful macarons in often unusual flaves like green tea with black sesame or quince cream and soft rose. Mmm…

Crab & Claw / 7/F / +66 9 6197 5769
Belon Oyster & Raw Bar / 8/F / +66 2 712 6073
The Chop / 9/F / +66 2 003 6275
Pierre Hermé / G/F / +66 2 003 6444
Em District / Sukhumvit 35 / +6 2 269 1000 / 10am-10pm daily /