7 Best Restaurants in Chidlom and Ploenchit
Dining in the Chidlom-Ploenchit district is top notch, with more restaurant and cafe selections than you’ll know what to do with. Anywhere in the city where the business world collides with affluent shoppers’ means you’ll find a range of options from to-die-for hole-in-the-wall spots, to high-end fine dining. Here are our top 7 best restaurants to dine at while in Chidlom and Ploenchit:
Everyone likes to find that secretive spot, and despite its location on the uber busy Wireless Road, Cafe Claire doesn’t have the same hustle and bustle feel as other restaurants along the strip. Located adjacent to the US Embassy, at the Oriental Residence, even if you stroll in wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, you can’t help but feel like a bit of a celebrity. The European style ambiance resembles a Parisian Cafe, and with a level of service that’s precise without the pretension. The menu is brief, but the quality of cuisine is a memory that will remain forever. Serving up everything from traditional Pad Thai, crab cakes and noodles, to lamb chops and luxurious ice cream desserts.
Coffee Beans By Dao
Feeling a bit peckish but don’t want a heavy meal? This fabulous Bangkok favorite has four branches located through the central city, one of which is located right near the Chidlom-Ploenchit BTS, a quick five minute stroll from Soi Ruamrudee. If you get lost, which is pretty impossible, just ask a local, they’ll know exactly what you’re looking for. This charming cafe serves up some of the best desserts in the city, and they’re known for their luxurious cheesecake and doughnuts, so bring your sweet tooth! With some 70 different cake options, you’ll want to bring a crowd just to taste them all!
Feeling up for a little time travel? Bring your appetite and imagination to one of Bangkok’s most popular Indian Restaurants. Set in a beautiful crisp white colonial mansion, Gaggan is pointedly located just off of Langsuan Road. With flavor profiles resembling what you will find in modern and ancient Calcutta, chef Gaggan Anand’s creations have delighted some of the world’s most renown celebrities like Bill Clinton. His travels are vast and his molecular culinary knowledge vast, so if you’re a foodie, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.
This unique Thai-French establishment has a menu and ambiance that’s as hip and fresh as its name. Located in the beautiful Conrad Hotel Bangkok, diners will find a harmonious marriage between traditional Thai cuisine and classic French cooking. Everything you might find on a traditional French menu such as Cote de Boeuf, Foie Gras or Bouillabaisse, you will find here at Café@2. And on the flip side, traditional Thai dishes like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, and Papaya salad are served with flair and elegance, a reflection of the Conrad name, and the two accomplished chefs who serve diners with pride.
Cute, fresh and innovative, Circle serves up some of the tastiest Caribbean jerked lamb spring rolls you’ll ever eat. Who would have thought, the Caribbean in Thailand! Situated on two levels, the bottom level has a seated bar where diners can enjoy a cocktail or two and peer over at chefs throwing together dishes at a hypnotic rate. The upstairs area features fun, cheerful decor, and a staff always willing to offer the perfect menu suggestion.
If you happen to be in the mood for steak, this popular steakhouse located beneath the Intercontinental Hotel serves up the best Kobe beef you’ve ever had, outside of Japan of course! On a weekday, you’ll find smartly dressed businessman discussing deals and mergers, and in the evening, the rest of the city comes to enjoy a great steak, a robust wine, and check out the action in the open kitchen located in the middle of the restaurant.
Hyde and Seek
Gastro-pub and Thailand are certainly not two things you would normally put together in a sentence, however, with the influence of ex-pats and an international travel contingent, good ideas travel fast, and that’s how fine establishments like Hyde and Seek come to thrive. With hints of the London, the Big Apple, and Hong Kong found throughout the menu, Chef Ian Kittichai is both a celebrity and culinary mastermind. If you’re not in the mood for stuffy fine dining, or street-food, check out what Chef Kittichai calls ‘fun dining’, and enjoy a new experience.