I enjoy food, both cooking and eating it. And as a long-term resident of Bangkok, I’m glad to say that this city is quite a good eating town. The range and quality of food (especially non-Thai food) has increased tremendously. There is a new generation of talented young chefs who are educating the dining public about good food. There is an increased emphasis on quality products with many artisanal producers and small farmers springing up.
The list here are places I like to go and I like to bring visitors to. It is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Of course, there is no accounting for taste so I hope you aren’t disappointed! Feel free to drop me a comment for suggestions and changes.
Let’s begin with Thai food:
Suppaniga Eating Room
“Grandma’s Style” home cooking in an elegant shophouse in the trendy Thong Lor neighborhood. Reservations a must. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Address: 160/11 Soi Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor) in Klongton Nuea, Watthana District
Phone: 02 714 7508
BTS: Thong Lo
Nara Thai Cuisine
This popular chain of Thai restaurants have become quite a hit with Chinese tourists. Despite this, they are worth a visit. The location in the ground floor of the Erawan Building is the easiest to get to. Reservations recommended.
Address: Lower Ground Floor of the Erawan Building (Adjacent to the BTS Skywalk between Chidlom and Siam stations); Additional locations in the Eight Thong Lor Building and Central World Plaza.
Phone: 02 250 7707 (Erawan location)
Soul Food Mahanakorn
A Thai-style izakaya/tapas place that focuses on good drinks and quality food in a comfortable environment. The almost exclusively Thai menu is made of organic and free-range ingredients wherever possible and is prepared with an emphasis on quality.
Address: 56/10 Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Soi 55), about 100 meters from the junction with Sukhumvit Road.
BTS: Thong Lo
Erawan Tea Room
Located on the 2nd floor of Erawan Bangkok, the Erawan Tea Room serves traditional Thai cuisine complemented by refreshing beverages in a beautifully-appointed semi-casual setting. With a rich, classic décor, internationally acclaimed designer Tony Chi has revived the nostalgic atmosphere of a bygone era in a Tearoom whose panoramic windows overlook the fascinating Erawan Shrine.
Address: Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, corner of Rama 1 and Ratchaprosong Roads
Southern Thai food is super flavorful, influenced by Indian and Sri Lankan culture, and is also super spicy. However, a visit to this converted house is highly recommended as you will get to try some Thai food that is very different than what you’ve had back at home!
Address:98/1 Soi Thong Lor Soi 5, Sukhumvit 55 Road (Thong Lor) – a bit tricky as it is on a sub-soi that connects Soi 5 and Soi 9 and parallels Thong Lor proper.
BTS: Thong Lor
Sukhumvit Soi 38 Street Food
Street food in Bangkok is a fantastic bargain, very tasty and generally clean. Choose any busy place and you are bound to choose well, because a place that keeps drawing the customers is a place that is doing something right. The market at Sukhumvit Soi 38 is the most convenient selection of street food in the city and some of the best. It opens around 5:00 pm and runs very late, every day of the week. Update as of early 2016: the market is grinding towards a close as an upcoming condo development will close many of the stalls. There are still many vendors there, but it is a shadow of its former self.
For more street food, let me suggest the fine Bangkok Glutton blog.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 38
BTS: Thong Lor, take exit 4
And now for some non-Thai food:
Authentic Roman style restaurant, well worth a visit. Very good food and a wine list full of tasty wines at a fair value. Reservations recommended.
Address: 20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31
Phone: 02 261 2056
BTS: Phrom Pong and then walk back to Soi 31
Little Bao Bangkok
This is the second branch of one of my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong. They serve a limited menu of steamed Chinese buns (“bao”) served hamburger-style with different fillings, plus a number of tasty dishes to share. Their deep fried bao ice cream sandwiches (especially the salted ice cream with caramel sauce) are a tasty way to wrap up the meal. Blog entry about it.
Locations: In the 72 Courtyard complex on Thong Lo, just across from the mouth of Soi Thong Lor 17.
BTS: Thong Lo
Daniel Thaiger Burger Truck
The burger truck that started the trend here in Bangkok. Started by a friendly Los Angeleno and his wife, these burgers are cooked in the back of a tiny food truck Tuesday through Sunday nights parked just inside Sukhumvit Soi 30/1 easily visible from the main street. They open at about 5:30 on weekdays until sold out, usually about 8:30. Excellent burgers, both beef and pork. Blog entry about it here.
Locations: In Sukhumvit Soi 30/1; they also have lunchtime pop-ups in various locations about the city. Additionally, as of September 2016 they have opened a shop called Crying Thaiger on Sukhumvit Soi 51, selling an equally good but slightly more extensive menu.
BTS: Thong Lo
Sure, you are in Bangkok, but sometimes you have a craving for French food. This restaurant, buried in the heart of Thong Lo, turns out very solid dishes at a slightly upscale price.
Locations: 113 Thonglor Soi 17, Oakwood Residence 1st Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thong Lor)
BTS: Thong Lo
Just the place for a stylish, creative breakfast or brunch menu that would be right at home in Sydney, Stockholm, or Sydney. Plus, they serve wonderful coffee. Two locations, both open very early.
Locations: Original location at 147 Sathorn Soi 12; second location at 46/12 Sukhumvit Soi 49 in the Piman 49 center.
Phone: Sathorn 12 at 02-635-0404 or Sukhumvit 49 at 02-662-6638
BTS: Chong Nonsi Station for Sathorn 12; Thong Lo Station for Sukhumvit 49
High-end food court with a wide variety of good food from many nations. Actually, the Thai food is pretty good here, especially the Tom Yum Goong. Good choice if you need a break that will satisfy the many different tastes in your group.
Location: Central Chidlom department store, top floor
Japanese chain specializing in “izakaya” food – grilled foods, rice, and non-sushi dishes. Not fancy but reasonably priced, healthy, and convenient.
Locations: Central World; Index Living Mall at Ekkamai; Emporium; Thaniya Plaza on Silom; Esplanade Shipping Center