Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Price Range: $$
While La Monita is already known around Bangkok for its excellent Mexican food, with a San Francisco style taco truck and a sit down Mexican restaurant already local favourites, the new La Monita in... Read More
While La Monita is already known around Bangkok for its excellent Mexican food, with a San Francisco style taco truck and a sit down Mexican restaurant already local favourites, the new La Monita in the luxurious new Emquartier Mall seeks to take Mexican food to a new level, or as chef and owner Billy Bautista says, "to put Mexican food on par with French or Japanese cuisines, to show it is much more than just greasy fast food." Not only is the upscale new eatery a happening trendy new spot, complete with a master mixologist cocktail bar whipping up homemade sangritas, a wide selection of tequilas, and even making their own horchata, but the food rivals the surroundings. Burritos and tamales are not on the menu here, rather, this La Monita wants to showcase harder to find Mexican dishes done with fresh ingredients and with superb artistic presentation. The menu is long and full of options, but standouts include the longanizaqueso, a homemade sausage and cheese dip, the alambra mar y tierra, which uses New Zealand rib eye steak and shrimp, and the divine ceviche, served with Peruvian leche de tigre and wasabi, or in several other forms. This is the only place in Thailand with their own tortilla press making fresh tortillas with every dish as if one were on the streets of Guadalajara or Acapulco. It's as authentic as it looks, the staff take time to explain and educate about Mexican cuisine, the food and surroundings are superb, and it's a real gourmet addition to the expanding Bangkok ethnic food scene.
- Mexican: "To get here take the skytrain to the Phrom Phong Station and use the exit directly into the Emquartier. Head for the Helix Quartier (building on the left, and take the elevator up to floor 7 and walk left slightly down the ramp."
- Best for Mexican Because: For authentic and upscale Mexican dining, nobody else in Bangkok comes close to La Monita at EmQuartier.