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It’s easy to get caught up in the seemingly endless restaurant suggestions offered in guide books and travel sites. A good rule of thumb is to stick to places the locals love, and establishments that are going to offer you an experience, but it culinary or ambiance, that you’re not going to get at home. Here are Bangkok’s top 13 restaurants:
There’s Thai food, and there’s great Thai food, and if you’ve traveled the distance to experience authentic cuisine, you’ve found your spot. Nestled amidst a lush tropical garden, tucked away just off of Sukhumvit soi 26, the prices may be a touch steep for the average backpacker, but the flavor is quintessentially Thai. Set in two small, yet intimate dining rooms, Bo Lan is a the perfect place to bring your family, or that special someone. You’ll find all the Thai favorites such as Squid, river prawns and of course, an impressive selection of traditional Thai curries.
Imagine a one-way flight from Bangkok to Paris and you’ll arrive at La Table de Tee Bangkok. This unique and intimate, 20 seat French eatery is gaining popularity with locals and diners from around the world. The menu is delicious yet simple, which makes it affordable for travelers on any budget. Locally sourced ingredients, warm staff and meticulous decor make this a great dining option.
If you were to open up just about any guide book on Thailand, you’ll find that that Nahm ranks as one of the top restaurants year after year. Conveniently located on Sathorn Road in the Metropolitan Hotel, Nahm serves up the complex Thai flavour profiles with a Michelin Star chef behind culinary mastery. Nahm’s popularity means you should consider booking ahead, especially for a weekend meal.
Silom is teeming with fantastic restaurants, and D’Sens Restaurant at the Dusit Thani Hotel is definitely one of them. It’s no coincidence that D’Sens is located next to the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, an establishment that produces the country’s finest chefs. The sumptuous, classically French menu is impressive with all the beloved favorites like frogs legs, roasted lamb, and fresh French cheeses. Equally as impressive is the staggering view from the 21st floor, so if you have your family in tow or a loved one, this is the perfect spot.
If you’ve had the pleasure of wandering off the beaten path anywhere in Thailand, and you’ve enjoyed a traditional Thai meal, this is the sort of cuisine you’ll find at Supanniga. Combining his grandmother’s cooking with his culinary creativity, the owner serves a wide selection of dishes from the East and Northeast of Thailand. Located minutes from the BTS at Thong Lor, plan to spend an evening on the charming outdoor terrace sipping refreshing cocktails.
Sky high dining is a must-do for anyone who come to Bangkok. The Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant lets you dine in the clouds with its 37th floor location in the beautiful Pullman Hotel. Another Silom gem, this eatery not only offers unbelievable views, but the wooden floors, and warm tones will take you to another era. A large central table and stunning wine glass display are perfect for large groups, and once you’ve marveled over the decor, fill your belly with Michelin Star cuisine.
Step into a lift to the sky, a traditional Thai wonderland awaits. A perfect blend of modern and traditional decor, the Saffron on the 52nd floor of the world famous Banyan Tree Hotel, is the perfect restaurant to end a perfect day of touring the city. Start your experience off with some refreshing jasmine scented water over your hands, and a little conversation with charming staff. Serving up traditional Thai fare and is conveniently located a short walk from the Lumphini MRT. Something to note- There is a dress code in effect which means you’ll have to swap those shorts and flip-flops for an outfit more upmarket.
Pointedly located on the 3rd floor of the fabulous Plaza Athénée Bangkok on Wireless Road, Smooth Curry Thai is the perfect eatery for those who have a love for one of Thailand’s most delicious dishes. All dishes are spiced to personal taste and Smooth Curry is also known for its delectable herbal drinks, the mixologists are masterful and creative. You’ll find this hot spot five minutes from the Ploen Chit sky train station.
Owned by M.R. Sorut Visuddhi, the royal son of Princess Sulabh, guests are invited to dine like a member of the Thai Royal family at Thanying. Contrary to popular belief, dining like a royal doesn’t mean the dishes are particularly complicated. Nestled in the restaurant haven of Silom, the menu is fresh, with a variety of locally sourced ingredients, cooked to perfection, just the way the king and queen like it. All the dishes are cooked in a way, guests are never required to use a knife. If traditional Thai with a royal touch is on your bucket list, this is an authentic spot to dine.
After a long day of touring, take a stroll along Thong Lor and keep your eyes peeled for what is arguably one of the best restaurants in the entire city. Despite serving up complex Thai inspired dishes, Soul Food is actually run by an American chef. Split over two levels, with part of its dining room jutting out onto the street, Soul Food (Mahanakorn) is the perfect spot to fill your belly with some good old fashioned Thai soul food.
If you think that just because you’re in Bangkok you can’t get your hands on the best Dim Sum, think again. Mei Jiang at the Peninsula serves up the best Dim Sum in the city. With serene views through pristine floor to ceiling windows, guests are invited to dine on fine Chinese on the banks of the Chao Phrya River. The decor transports you back to the days of the majestic Ming Dynasty, and soft spoken servers make impeccable suggestions to make your dining experience truly unique.
There is no hiding Bangkok’s love affair with fine French Cuisine. Strategically located in bustling the Sukhumvit district, this well well established French eatery has managed to keep its menu fresh, its wine and cocktail list classic, and its ambiance sophisticated. With a choice of two distinct dining areas, a beautiful outdoor terrace, and intimate indoor dining room, Le Beaulieu’s serene yet savvy ambiance is a favorite for local and international foodies.
You immediately feel at peace the moment you step foot into the Chidlom area of town. And you wouldn’t think a road with a name like Wireless Road would be synonymous with serene deciduous trees and high class restaurants, yet here lies the beautiful Cafe Claire at the Oriental Residence. Despite its small menu, the restaurant is large and airy. Dishes are an eclectic Thai and European fusion, and may be a bit on the pricey side, but well worth the visit!