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
Thip Samai Pad Thai
This popular place is a reliable, long-time pad thai provider. Located in a shop house in the Rattanakosin Island area of the city, the queues are long but the food is worth it. Surrounding vendors also produce a variety of good food so you can nibble around.
Address: 313-315 Mahachai Road
Transit: Take the MRT to Hualamphong and then taxi
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
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
The Commons Thong Lor
This hip community mall space has a large common space (thus the name) with many restaurants surrounding it. You can order from any of the restaurants and sit anywhere you like. There is good food, a nice vibe and in the evenings there is live music. You can also find a branch of Roast on the top floor, an excellent choice for brunch.
Location: Thong Lor Soi 17
BTS: Thong Lor and then take a taxi or motorcycle taxi – or you can take a 15-minute walk
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