Restaurants in Bangkok
Whether you’re chowing down on a tasty street vendor meal, enjoying a snack of fresh fruit, or sitting down to a five-star meal, Bangkok restaurants offer a wide variety of Thai food as well as international fare. For an upscale Thai experience, try Bo.lan. Two former chefs from London’s Michelin-starred Nahm operate this restaurant, and they treat the food like a craft artfully layering flavor. Bo.lan, which means “ancient,” is one of the best restaurants in Bangkok.
For traditional, Thai cooking at a family-run restaurant go to Khua Kling & Pak Sod. This restaurant serves up specialties of Southern Thailand: be prepared for the heat. The best dishes are known for their spice. The chef at Nahm is Australian, but don’t let that fool you. His cuisine is far from bland, or westernized. Cuisine at Nahm was inspired by ancient Thai cookbooks. Chef and author David Thompson is serving multi-course dinners and has resuscitated old dishes. There are also many Bangkok restaurants that serve American, French, Italian, Japanese and Malaysian food. Check out some of the diners and pubs that cater to out-of-town guests. Check out our guide for some of the best restaurants in Bangkok.
Vino di Zanotti is a traditional Italian restaurant set away from the hectic pace of the city in the countryside of Khao Yai.
This outdoor restaurant has no English sign but is located opposite My Beauty spa. It's a dump, with wash hung out to dry and stray cats in the background but if you get past the back-alley aesthetic, you'll feast on grilled blackened shrimp or fried frog with chiles.
Named after H.S.H. Princess Sulabh Valleng Visuddhi, a head cook in the Sukhothai Palace, Thanying Restaurant serves the same type of traditional Thai cuisine the princess prepared in the palace. The eatery is a joint venture between the princess’s son, M.R.
A new Sukhumvit favorite, serving Western dishes accented with Eastern spices.
Order the banana blossom, chicken, and shrimp salad at this hotel restaurant.
The fiery green curry lobster with coconut milk and Thai basil is a standout from Australian chef David Thompson.
Providing haute French fare with a view, this four-star establishment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel overlooks Bangkok's Chao Phraya River and glittering Thonburi District.
This humble place, with a fast-food sheen that could be at home in any L.A. strip mall, features Isan food, from Thailand's northeast. From raw mango to spicy pork salad, the dinner is a fiesta of strong chile and onions, everything moist and perfect, waiting to be sopped up with sticky rice.
Décor may be spare, but the pocket-size sushi bar prides itself in ultrafresh ingredients.
Located in one of the oldest parts of Bangkok, Chinatown serves exotic foods like bird's-nest soup.