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Namsaah Bottling Trust, Bangkok: Funky Fusion Villa

Bangkok’s original celebrity chef Ian Kittichai is back with the chic and theatrical dining desti Namsaah Bottling Trust.

Once a soda bottling space, the now flamboyantly pink, C.20th villa tucked off the Silom main drag has been converted into a funky bar and restaurant flaunting exactly the experience we’d judge by the cover – eye-popping teak n’ jewel interiors, whimsical sips n’ bites, and kooky suppertime soundtrack included.

The name may draw inspiration from old-school Thai for ‘sparkling water’, but the Namsaah Bottling Trust certainly isn’t some factory line serving up plain old fizzy aqua – the newest project from Bangkok’s original celebrity chef Ian Kittichai is instead a glammed-up dining desti boasting his beloved fusion fare as well as 30+ innovative pours, each with a nostalgic Asian twist.

So while Kittichai turns out duck confit rolls and salmon tartare-wonton tacos, Justin Dunne (of famed former haunt Bed Supperclub) handcrafts house whiskey sours, here decadently mixed with Sangsom and salted caramel, while his addition of fresh tangerine juice and roasted orange peel adds pizzazz to the default negroni.

Superb foods, killer drinks, and fab design – all that’s missing is the music, and that’s where Frederic Meyer comes into the mix with nightly playlists as well as arrangements of live performances. The resounding result? An uber cool evening that’s tops for a romantic tryst or a gals’ night out.

Namsaah Bottling Trust, Silom Soi 7, Bangkok. +66 2 636 6622,

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