Our picks of Bangkok’s best tables and stands.
Issaya Siamese Club: In a green-walled 1920’s villa on the edge of the Sathorn district, native son Ian Kittichai continues to expand his culinary empire. Updated Thai classics are the standard, and the fiery lamb massaman curry is some of the finest you’ll find anywhere. 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Rd. $$
Ruea Thong: Don’t be put off by the no-frills shopfront—behind the door you’ll find a neighborhood spot in Thonglor that specializes in mouthwatering Thai comfort food. Order the staples: yum khai dao (fried-egg salad) and gaeng som cha-om tod (sour curry with acacia-leaf omelette). 351/2 Soi 55, Sukhumvit Rd.; 66-2/185-2610. $
Water Library: At this eight-month-old eatery, Singapore-born chef Haikal Johari executes a 12-course menu for 10 at a long wooden counter. Expect seriously ambitious fusion plates such as sous vide Dover sole with a miso sabayon. The Grass, Thonglor Soi 12, Sukhumvit Rd. $$$$
Street Food 101
For pad thai and egg-noodle soup with crabmeat and roast pork, head to Sukhumvit Road’s Soi 38 (8 p.m.–3 a.m.).
Locals love Or To Kor Market (Kamphaeng Phet Rd.; 8 a.m.–6 p.m.) to eat spicy sausages and classic curries.
Look for more Chinese-Thai specialties, including rice dumplings, in Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown.