Little Beast Bangkok brings its signature tapas-style concept of dining to one of the capital’s coolest neighborhoods, with the trendy gastro bar tucked away around the back of Thonglor Soi 13. Using strong American flavours prepared using classic French culinary techniques, it is obvious this restaurant is a labour of love for Chef Nan and her team. The result is a laid back dining room where you can enjoy expertly prepared dishes in a casual environment.
Although first opened back in 2012, we only recently paid this much-talked-about restaurant a visit to see just why their French bistro and modern American crossover menu has become so highly rated amongst the local Thonglor and expat crowd.
It’s no surprise that the place was decked-out by the same guys responsible for designing Hotel Muse’s much-adored Speakeasy bar, arguably one of the most handsome venues in town. Little Beast Bangkok creates a similar 1920’s America vibe with dark leather chairs, exposed pipe work and lighting, paint-splattered concrete flooring and plenty of art nouveau features dotted throughout the compact two-storey venue.
The bulk of the dishes throughout the menu are designed for sharing – perfect for discerning Thais who would normally all tuck into multiple dishes altogether. Thai-born Chef Nan also brings her wealth of experience to the restaurant, after studying abroad in at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and working in Michelin-star restaurants in New York under Thomas Keller and Jean George, two of the most esteemed chefs in the world.
Starting with the foie gras brulee (300 baht) and chicken and cheese meatballs (180), these two dishes sitting side-by-side each other couldn’t highlight Little Beast’s distinct French-American crossover any better. The foie gras terrine comes served in a jar with a sweet caramelized top, crispy toast and homemade jam and is just about the best we’ve ever tasted in Bangkok. As a result, the comforting and perfectly adequate meatballs become almost forgotten.
The baby salad and watercress salad (220) tastes much better than it sounds, coming with a zesty lemon dressing and generous shavings of parmesan cheese. However, the real star here is their black truffle and pork cheek penne (380 baht), a dish that’s so rich and deep in flavor it inevitably polarizes opinion – Chef Nan admits it’s far from her favourite, despite being the most popular item on the menu. The helpings of truffle are liberal, the pork is succulent and the creamy source makes it feel more like a hearty casserole, rather than a light pasta dish.
Again, the flavours in the pork cheek penne almost overshadow almost the other pasta dish we tried, the lobster and crab rigatoni (580 baht), a fresh mix of seafood flavours with a much lighter tomato and chilli sauce.
Little Beast Bangkok also has a list of more pub-style treats, including cheeseburger sliders (300 baht) and sourdough grilled cheese sandwich (380 baht), best enjoyed over a few Mikkeller beers or superb cocktails sat at the swanky bar that stretches half the length of the downstairs space. The range of cocktails here encompass all the classics, as well as a small but impressive list of in-house concoctions such as the recommended ‘Made in Kentucky’ (Jim Beam, cinnamon, pineapple, citrus, bitters).
Spending the extra few minutes heading up Thonglor Road to find this cute spot is well worth it; Little Beast Bangkok is located on ThonglorSoi 13, next door to Nihon Machi Building, a short taxi or motorcycle taxi away from Thong Lo BTS Station.
Little Beast Bangkok
- Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 17:30-01:00; Sun 11:00-15:00; Closed Mondays
- Location: Little Beast Bangkok, Thong Lo 13 (next door to Nihon Machi Building)
- Tel: +66(0)2 185 2670
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/littlebeastbar