Thailand

Restaurants in Thailand

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.

At this open-air restaurant and cooking school, visitors learn to prepare dishes such as curries and mango salad.

The seaside restaurant at the Rayavadee hotel serves yum talay (spicy seafood salad) and chu chi goong (prawns in red curry) are the dishes to order.

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.

At the Oriental hotel; renovated in the style of a 1930's Shanghai dance hall.

The view: The crush of waves on the rocks below adds another sensory layer to romantic Baan Rim Pa, an open-air, two-story teak house on a cliff above a crescent of golden sand. The sun sets on boats bobbing against a backdrop of hills fading into the Andaman Sea.

Try the grilled kingfish or tender steamed lobster at this wharfside restaurant.

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.

Housed inside the upscale Ma Du Zi Hotel, La Truffe serves southern French cuisine crafted by chef Yuya Okuda.