Bangkok, Thailand, June 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / InterContinental Bangkok, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, introduces a fresh face on the culinary block of Bangkok, SoCal. Sporting the beloved and unique nickname of the Southern California region defined by sunny weather, surfing, and a trendy culture, SoCal delivers this vibrance essence to the heart of Bangkok, conveniently adjacent to the Chidlom BTS station. The culinary journey of SoCal draws inspiration from the bountiful flavors of California and showcases a diverse range of quality ingredients, including fresh flavours from Pacific seafood, free-range poultry, sustainable seasonal produce, locally organic grown vegetables and a world-class wine selection from The Golden State.
Chef Dominic Hong, the visionary Head Chef behind SoCal, brings over a decade of international experience from esteemed kitchens and transforms it into delectable California cuisine. Driven by a vision to set new industry standards, Chef Dominic is passionate about introducing Bangkokians to the charm of The Golden State through exceptional, fresh ingredients combined with modern cooking techniques that create innovative dishes and are representative of the diversity of California cuisine.
Commenting on his ambitions for SoCal, Chef Dominic said, “I am excited to share SoCal with guests in order to demonstrate the power of food as a catalyst for connection. Whether guests desire quick and easy individual dishes or more elaborate shareable dishes for date night or a group outing, SoCal caters to all regardless of the occasion. We offer an attractively cool and stylish space where everyone is welcome to enjoy casual yet sophisticated meals and celebrate significant moments with friends, partners or family.”
Chef Dominic’s Top 5 Recommendations
Some of the signature dishes that Chef Dominic will serve up for diners at SoCal, include:
• Lobster Tostada: Fresh plum, tomato, basil, Serrano chili & Yuzu dressing
• Grilled Octopus: Coriander & lime Gremolata, potato Bravas & fermented jalapeno aioli
• Pork Belly Tacos: Roasted pineapple salsa & smoked chili sauce
• Cioppino Seafood Stew: Tiger prawns, little neck clams, black mussels, halibut & tomatoes
• Slow Cooked Lamb Neck: 48-hour lamb neck, Barbacoa glaze, shaved fennel & citrus vinaigrette
SoCal offers a wide range of California mixology options and signature cocktails such as Lavender Sgroppino and Citrus & Bubbles as well as a vast selection of wine collections, with over 300 vintages to choose from, including up to 47 California wines. SoCal is also Bangkok’s first restaurant to introduce the Vinu App, a revolutionary tool that enhances the dining experience by providing guests with their own personal assistance for the perfect wine pairing.
Some of the signature cocktails at SoCal include:
• Lavender Sgroppino: Vodka, lemon sorbet, Prosecco & lavender essence bubble
• Citrus & Bubbles: Pink gin, bergamot liqueur, pink grapefruit, chamomile cordial & Prosecco
Ambience to Unwind
From after work happy hours or late-night drop-ins for a cool cocktail to sunny weekend brunches, guests at SoCal can let their hair down. The restaurant’s ambience is designed to connect people in California coolness and offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is fuelled by the tunes of some of California’s most beloved bands. Every aspect of the restaurant’s design is thoughtfully crafted to foster a deep bond—with the artistry of the cuisine, a sense of California culture, the creation of memorable moments, and, above all, an opportunity to share and connect.
SoCal is open seven days a week from 11:30 to 23:00 hrs., allowing guests to lunch, brunch or dine however they prefer. Reservations can be made by calling +66 (0) 2656 0444.
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