bangkok: opposite mess hall opening

© opposite mess hall / photography: chris wise

a longtime fav of locals and visitors alike, the wtf bar and gallery is a cosmopolitan hangout where to indulge in cocktails, bites and culture, all in a laid-back manner. they've already expanded across the road to open up drinking den opposite, but have now added opposite mess hall one floor up. the restaurant occupies a concise space that features an open kitchen on one side and sets of communal tables. the décor is contemporary, simple, and is just as cozy as your living room. for nicotine addicts there's even a separate smoking room. opposite mess hall's kitchen is headed by australian chef jess barnes - of previous quince fame - who serves both tasty european dishes and fusion fare. the menu currently lists delicacies such as croquettes, sicilian style mackerel confit and a crab salad with cucumber, grape and mint. down it all with a compatible range of cocktails by in-house expert chris wise, or a cold beer instead. location: 27/2 sukhumvit soi 51 [sukhumvit].

© opposite mess hall / photography: chris wise