Everybody loves a good grilled skewer or two, and there is finally one venue that is taking our beloved Japanese Yakitori and adding their own, Asian twist to every tasty stick: we are talking about Stix in Bangkok, Thailand.
Stix has only been open since June 2 of this year, but it has already seemingly gained quite the foodie following in Bangkok. In addition to wanting to create unique, Asian cuisine, Singaporean owner Eugene Lim opened the restaurant with every intention of fostering a family-style dining atmosphere, as one too many diners are transfixed by their electronics and only take a break from their newsfeeds long enough to feed themselves when dining out.
At Stix, however, the skewers are made with sharing in mind (as are all of the dishes on the menu), and even the Wi-Fi password reminds diners that their meal should be a social affair: talk to your friends.
Stix is one of a handful of venues found inside one of the newest foodie malls in town: JIA Thonglor 10. The glass-box venue lacks any outer walls, allowing diners to both eat and people watch simultaneously. The venue is adorned with sleek, minimalistic décor, though its coolest aspect is certainly the hanging red, three-dimensional shapes meant to resemble Kong Ming Lock: a traditional Chinese folk puzzle.
The name of the restaurant could not be more fitting, as Stix specialises in delicious skewers. Though the restaurant may be tiny, the menu is certainly not and is packed with tasty, Japanese Yakitori-inspired finds.
The food items are broken down into different sets and skewer options for diners to choose from. Beef, seafood, vegetables, chicken, pork: if you can think of a type of skewer, Stix probably has it. In addition to these skewers, the menu has a quick and dirty section, dishing out some classic Thai favourites. The rice soup with pork balls (฿99), known in Thailand as khao tom moo royale, is a classic dish that keeps locals coming back for more, while the plethora of different skewers attract those expats living in the city whose palates are on the hunt for something different.
There are plenty of dishes on the menu in addition to the skewers that are great for sharing, with an entire section even titled ‘sharing is caring.’ The spiced fries (฿349) came with a zesty mayonnaise dipping sauce that complimented the seasoning perfectly. Other dishes great for passing amongst one another include the fried spring rolls (฿89), the deep fried shitake mushrooms (฿99), the sweet potato fries (฿89), and the calamari (฿99), just to name a few.
Vegetarians and vegans will be pleased to hear that the restaurant has a plethora of skewers that tailor to their meat-free diet, with skewers made with things like asparagus (฿39), shitake mushrooms (39), eggplants (฿49), pumpkin (฿39), okra (฿39), and more. Each is grilled to perfection behind the glass wall which separates diners from the preparation of all of their tasty meals.
Do not forget to end the meal with one of their tasty desserts, like Stix’s Horlicks ice cream Mantou (฿89): two tiny buns drizzled with condensed milk and filled with ice cream in between the patties.
If you are looking for cool or creative cocktails, you are not going to find them at Stix. This was fine by us, as the menu was instead equipped with delicious and unique drafts. The Yuzu beer (฿119) is a must-try brew at Stix. Eugene and his expert culinary team make the brew by infusing fruity flavours (especially citrus) with beer, and it is both incredibly refreshing and tasty. Visitors will also find grapefruit beer (฿99), Aashi draft mugs and towers, sake, and highballs to choose from. Be sure to visit during happy hour from 5-11 p.m. for drink specials, as well.
Leave your Japanese Yakitori mindset at home and instead dine at Stix, one of Bangkok’s newest Asia skewer eateries that is serving up both delicious dishes and an atmosphere ideal for a night out with friends. The most significant appeal of this restaurant is the cheap skewers, and we will certainly be returning soon with a few companions in tow in hopes of indulging in both the cuisine and the happy hour at Stix.
Address: 225/15 Arena 10 Room 2, Soi 10 Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Klongton-Nua Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: +66 02 077 6595
Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.