Bangkok has always had more than its fair share of excellent restaurants but 2019 is truly a boom year for food in the Thai capital. With a Bangkok restaurant taking top prize in a prestigious Asian food award, and many innovative restaurants continuing to up their game, this year is the time to discover a great meal in Bangkok. Here are a few of our favorites – which ones have you tried?
The number one spot in the list of San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards for 2015 was recently won by Gaggan. The restaurant opened in 2010 and has been going from strength to strength, showcasing chef Anand’s spectacular blend of Indian cuisine from traditional to modern. His aim is to reinvigorate Indian food by using contemporary techniques to give a modern twist to traditional classics. This is surely the world’s best Indian restaurant – and you can find it in Bangkok.
Nahm was the prestigious winner of San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2014. Now it finds itself seventh in the list but this still remains a wonderful place to eat. The restaurant has a Michelin starred chef running the show and serves a blend of Thai dishes using premium ingredients and a range of innovative techniques. If Gaggan is the number one Indian restaurant in the world, Nahm could well be the number one Thai restaurant.
Issaya Siamese Club
As well as serving outstanding food, the Issaya Siamese Club is in a truly lovely setting. The 100-year-old house has a curving staircase and a wooden verandah, and it evokes times past making it perfect for romantic meals. The food is what sets this place apart, however – head chef Ian Kittichai really makes Issaya Siamese Club one to remember.
If you’re looking for Thai food with a difference, go to this outstanding place in Bangkok. Bo. Lan, named after chefs Bo and Dylan Jones, impresses with its blend of casual charm plus an extra serving of delicious Thai food.
Le Du Restaurant
The new and trendy restaurant to visit in Bangkok – Le Du is not actually a French restaurant. Le Du is Thai for the season and stands to reference the seasonal nature of the dishes and the emphasis on fresh and original cooking. The style of this restaurant may be classified as international Thai – there are Thai dishes here that have been given a new twist. This restaurant is a rising star in the Thai capital and it is worth a visit.
If you’re looking for authentic Italian cuisine in the Thai capital, look no further than Enoteca Italiana. This restaurant is a bit hidden away but it is wildly popular and the location for a fine romantic dinner. Make sure you call in advance to reserve a table.
Great-tasting Thai food in a cozy, unpretentious atmosphere. Go to Soul Food to enjoy some fresh-tasting, fabulous Thai dishes in a wood-lined restaurant on Thong Lor. Soul Food is a little bit different and is certainly not in the least bit intimidating, as some of the highly-rated restaurants in the city tend to be.
Le Beaulieu at Plaza Athenee
For French cuisine, Le Beaulieu at the Le Meridien Plaza Athenee on Chidlom is a super-stylish choice. This elegant place serves superb French food with all the classics being given a new twist by the professional and experienced chefs.
At the other end of the scale, this tiny four-tabled restaurant located in a small shophouse at the end of a quiet street is the place to go for a meal to remember. The food is Mediterranean and vegetarian, and there are a variety of specials every night. The cocktails are great, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. No wonder this attracts regulars time and time again.
For Thai food with a difference, make a booking at the fine-dining restaurant Sra Bua. You won’t recognize the Thai favorites on the menu – classics have been given a modern twist and the dishes are not only delicious but look great, too. This restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Siam Kempinski Hotel and it also benefits from some tasteful decoration and interior design.
The restaurant Elements at Okura Prestige Hotel is stylish, fashionable and chic – the ideal place to take a special person. The restaurant has a nice open kitchen and serves a variety of internationally-inspired dishes. Its location on the 25th floor of the hotel also ensures a great view.
La Table de Tee
French cuisine at a fine price. This restaurant is a good quality, intimate restaurant for a meal to remember. Particularly good if you are looking for a romantic place to dine. Le Table de Tee is a real find in the city.
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