Pavement Whispers: the Libertine crew announces plans for riverside Thai party palace Naga
Eagle Street Pier is set to receive a vibrant injection of good vibes come October, when modern Thai restaurant and bar Naga opens its doors. The venue is a four-year passion project from restaurateurs Andrew and Jaimee Baturo – owners of Libertine and co-founders of The Gresham Bar, Walter’s Steakhouse and Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar – and promises great food, smashable drinks and guaranteed good times. The Weekend Edition got a sneak peek at what’s to come …
If you’ve ever spent one night (or more) in Bangkok, the experience is likely to have stuck with you. The Thai capital is heaving with chaotic energy in the very best way, with vibrant sights, eats and sounds on every corner. This energetic spirit of Thailand will be brought to life at Naga, guided by owners Andrew and Jaimee Baturo’s mantra that dining should be fun. Naga is set to take over the riverside space previously occupied by Pony, injecting new life into the Eagle Street Pier dining precinct. The restaurant and bar will serve up modern regional Thai dishes, with head chef Suwisa Phoonsang (ex-Libertine) paying homage to both Bangkok and the northern Thai village of her upbringing. Expect a zesty medley of bright and fresh Thai flavours balanced with heat and spice, in dishes such as Moreton Bay bug pad Thai, grilled pork neck salad, massaman beef milk buns and seafood dumpling green curry. The menu will be complemented by an equally bright drinks list, filled with fun fresh and fruity stick drinks, lychee wine, Naga Laga and the signature Nagaroni cocktail.
The good vibes don’t stop there – the venue will exude playful party vibes through Naga’s eclectic and energetic design, thanks to Anna Spiro. Anna has drawn inspiration from the swinging ’60s and ’70s, choosing eye-popping bold colours, fabrics and retro decor, and stringing the ceiling with more than 150 vibrant glowing lanterns. The nostalgia carries through to the music selection – your Naga experience will be set to a playlist of non-stop ’60s and ’70s party tunes that are guaranteed to get you grooving in your seat.
Naga is set to open in October as a long-term pop-up at Eagle Street Pier, due to the site being pegged for redevelopment in the coming years. The website will soon be accepting bookings from early October, or you can call the restaurant to secure a seat. For contact details and opening hours, head to our Stumble Guide. We’ll bring you the full details closer to Naga opening!
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