Updated: April 2021
We are sad to report that Bo.lan is now permanently-closed. Err will be hibernating, Bo.lan Grocer is still open and wasteland will continue to operate remotely until they find a new location. Please follow their official IG pages for further updates.
First, the good news. You no longer have to spend more than 4000THB to have a reason to visit Bo.lan’s unique space on Sukhumvit Soi 53.
Now, the bad news, ok wait, there’s no bad news. Contrary to initial reports, Bo.lan is not closing. You can still enjoy the full Bo.lan experience if you call in to make reservations for lunch from Thu-Sun and dinner from Wed-Sat.
However, their other transformations post-Covid are astute and commendable. They closed Err’s original spot at Tha Thien and moved Err into the Sukhumvit 53 space, meaning, you can bring your family and friends anytime any day to enjoy delicious casual Thai family-style meals made by the same team behind Bo.lan. We highly recommend their stir-fried morning glory, steamed egg with eggplant curry and deep-fried egg salad. Their names might sound simple, but trust me, they are all excellent versions different from anything outside.
The welcome area right inside the main entrance is now occupied by wasteland, truly a bar concept in reaction to the current turbulent times. With Joey, Gov (previously from Liberation) and Fahbeer (finally behind the bar again after leaving #findthelockerroom) at the helm, wasteland aims to up-cycle ‘waste’ (or unused items) from Err’s kitchen into tasty innovative drinks to keep customers interested. It’s a brand new concept in Bangkok’s bar scene and fits perfectly into Bo and Dylan’s zero-waste initiative.
Not into cocktails and must-have wine? The space also houses Must Wine Bar, boasting a selection of Natural and Biodynamic wines selected by the ever-trusty FIN Wine Group. Look around when you visit, you might find Lily from FIN Wine Group chilling with her wine glass, ready to pair your dishes with the most suitable bottle from her collection.
If like me, you are into cooking and premium ingredients, you might want to take a look at the products of Bo.lan Grocery before you leave. They scour the country for the best ingredients for their food and make them available here. I highly recommend their fish sauce and fermented shrimp paste, which are used in their signature stir-fried morning glory dish at Err.
A permaculture garden outside the dining area rounds off the Eco-Gastronomy space beautifully. Families can feel free to bring your little ones in a few minutes before their meal to smell and feel their way through the garden, some of which will appear later on their dinner plates.
Lastly, Bo.lan House will also be made available for exclusive events from now on, so stay tuned to their announcements if you don’t want to feel left out!
This was an invited media tasting. As always, all reviews and opinions are entirely my own.
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