Bangkok

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.

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.

This trendy chain—seven Bangkok restaurants and another in Hong Kong's IFC Mall—pays homage to Thailand's 'Greyhound' fashion label.

Ruen Mallika, with a menu as thick as the Talmud, is as much a restaurant as a veritable encyclopedia of Thai food. A traditional nobleman's teak house, where overweight carp make the rounds of a peaceful outdoor pond, Ruen Mallika graces a poverty-stricken stretch of the Asoke neighborhood.

Fashionistas gather here to feast on Thai-fusion dishes like bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin in red curry amid dramatic black metal wall sculptures and gold-hued portraits of elephants and tigers.

The atmosphere and views are the main attraction at Vertigo, perched atop the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. Acrophobics beware: tables are placed close to the edge, leaving little more than a glass wall between patrons and the endless city view.