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.
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.
Part of the international restaurant chain, Blue Elephant Bangkok is located inside a renovated colonial building and exudes an elegant, yet inviting feel with dark wood tables and crystal chandeliers.
Behold the Slow Food version of a rarefied Thai treat at Bo.lan: a stunningly intricate layering of hand-pounded red curry paste, freshly extracted coconut milk, double-cooked beef, and aromatic grace notes of Kaffir lime and cassia leaves.
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.
The fiery green curry lobster with coconut milk and Thai basil is a standout from Australian chef David Thompson.
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.
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.
Showcasing the tandoor clay oven and handi wok, Hazara serves Indian cuisine that celebrates culinary traditions found across the subcontinent.
Housed inside the upscale Ma Du Zi Hotel, La Truffe serves southern French cuisine crafted by chef Yuya Okuda.
The Metropolitan Bangkok is urbane, with a streamlined glass and concrete facade that includes different textured finishes and several serene water features.