Named for Korea’s most beloved folk song, Arirang is the star establishment of Bangkok’s Korea Town. Kimchi aficionados won’t be disappointed; you can (and might) take it home by the kilo. The succulent beef is the main draw here, which you barbeque yourself on charcoal grills built into the table. Some other delicacies worth trying are the bo-ssam (Chinese cabbage wrapped in pork), tukbaegi-bulgogi (beef in stone pot), and the delicate chicken ginseng herbal soup.
Arirang212/4-5 1 Fl., Sukhumvit PlazaSoi Sukhumvit 12, Klong Toey, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2653 0177www.arirang.co.thOpen every day from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
This Japanese themed restaurant serves a delightful mixture of international, Japanese, Thai, and Spanish food. The menu is the brainchild of the restaurant’s owner, who wanted to include some of his favorite dishes that he has encountered during travels around the world. Their Japanese counterparts directly inspire many of the recipes, while others were personally given to the owner by chefs over the years. Each menu item is ‘okayed’ by the owner to ensure a pleasant and fulfilling dining experience. The restaurant’s location in the Silom area makes it the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat before a night out on the town.
Baru-za135/18 durawongse Road, Bangrak District, BangkokTel: +66(0) 2634 4433
For a relaxing drink or a light meal, this small bistro serves a la carte menu like Thai rice dishes and lasagna. There is also a mouthwatering array of sweets (mainly cakes and cookies) to nibble on as you page through a magazine, chat with a friend, or engage in surreptitious people-watching.
Café de Tu Siam Paragon, Ground Floor, 991/1 Rama I Road, Pathumwan District, Bangkok Tel: +66 (0) 2312 1846
Starting with the freshest ingredients, Divana Home Cuisine offers a true taste of exceptional home-style Thai cooking. While Divana is home to a renowned spa, by no means does this imply the dishes served here are bland spa cuisine. Expect bold combinations of flavors from the gardens and ocean, and exotic inspirations for the palate, including scrumptious sweets for dessert.
Divana Home Cuisine8 Sukhumvit 35, Klongton Nua,Wattana District, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2261 4818www.divana-dvn.comOpen every day from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
A boastful name indeed, but darned if they don’t live up to every word. Come for authentic Southern USA-style steaks, nachos, buffalo wings, pulled pork and “butt-kickin’” chicken, and the slow-cooked pork and beef ribs marinated in their secret recipe sauce. For major appetites, go with the Great American Feast, including sides of curly fries and jalapeno corn bread, and wash it down with a pitcher of margarita (salt on the glass, please); this is hog heaven.
Great American Rib33 Sukhumvit Soi 36 (Soi Napasup)Sukhumvit Road, Klongton, Klong Toey District, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2258 5942, +66 (0) 2661 3801Fax: +66 (0) 2661 2991Open every day from 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
This swank eatery bills itself as California-style cuisine because of its use of healthy ingredients such as figs, avocados, artichokes, citrus fruits, and mushrooms fused with Chinese, Japanese and Mexican styles, though there is a strong Mediterranean and French influence in how they prepare such dishes as ravioli, foie gras and rack of lamb. A place to go for special occasions, there is also a cigar lounge and wine bar to see and be seen.
Harvey The Inspired California Cuisine129 Sukhumvit 55, Thong Lor Soi 9,Klongton Nua, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2712 9911Fax: +66 (0) 2712 7123www.harvey.in.thOpen daily from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Catering breakfast, lunch, and high tea to the mid-day office crowds, Hip Hut Café is known for tasty Thai-Fusion cuisine. We recommend Thai dishes like the Hip Hut shrimp, lemongrass fried chicken with somtam and fried sticky rice set, steamed hor mok pla, tom yum river kung, roti with green curry, and Hip Hut pork steak with Thai salad. After dinner, appease your sweet tooth with fresh coconut ice-cream, crispy water chestnut in coconut cream, waffle with vanilla ice-cream, or taro balls in coconut cream.
Hip Hut Café44/9-10 Thong Lor 13, Sukhumvit 55,Klongton Nua, Wattana District, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2715 0208Fax: +66 (0) 0 2715 0209
The interior is modern and the dishes, a less oily variety from Northern India where spices rule, are simply divine. They blend the traditional with the contemporary, yet there is no need to be intimidated by the menu at Masala Art. You may start with a mild Doodiya Murg Tikka (creamy boneless chicken kebab with burnt garlic) or a spicy Vindaloo meat curry, though there is also a substantial vegetarian menu, including Paneer Tikka (North Indian cottage cheese with spices).
Masala Art Finest Indian CuisineThong Lor Soi 8, Sukhumvit 55, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2713 8357-8Open daily from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PMand 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
With more than 200 outlets, Pepper Lunch is already one of the most popular steak joints in Japan, and now has four branches in Bangkok. This Japanese steak restaurant is a very popular dining venue for Thais that want quick and inexpensive meals. Pepper Lunch serves an attractive variety of steak, chicken, pork and salmon themed dishes. Diners can enjoy select cuts of beef from Australia and New Zealand cooked to their liking and delivered sizzling hot, garnished with their original sauce and (of course) fresh-ground pepper. The alluring aspects of this restaurant are the hot skillets upon which the food arrives. Guests can hear the sizzle and smell the tantalizing scents of their food being cooked, as though it’s a sort of teppanyaki. This is a great place for a quick and filling bite to eat that won’t take a huge chunk out of your wallet.
Pepper LunchAtrium Zone 6th Floor, CentralWorld, Tel: +66 (0) 2646 19142nd Fl., Chamchuri Square. Tel: +66 (0) 2160 50637th Fl., MBK SF Cinema City, Tel: +66 (0) 2686 3552G Fl., Central Plaza Bangna, Tel: +66 (0) 2745 6541
Within a two-storey colonial-style house built at the turn of the last century by a Siamese nobleman and relocated to the present site in Nonthaburi (just outside of Bangkok), there is now a German brew haus, specializing in draft Paulaner beer from Munich, while also serving tasty German and Thai dishes (from pork knuckles to fried whole fish). Enjoy balmy evenings outdoors here with a frosty pint of this potent wheat beer.
Paulaner Garden Restaurant42/99 Moo 7, New Samakkee Road,Bangtalat, Pakkret, NonthaburiTel: +66 (0) 2584 4831Fax: +66 (0) 2584 4832www.paulaner-garden.com
This pub and restaurant could be called a “pun and restaurant” due to its whimsical name. Come enjoy desserts or coffee in the cheery interior, or have snacks (like fried som tam and cheese-filled dumplings) or refreshing drinks at one of the many outdoor tables. A short walk from Ari BTS Station, this is a great place to chill with friends.
SOFA So Good50 Soi Phaholyothin 7, Phaholyothin Road,Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai District, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2617 0909Fax: +66 (0) 2530 9726Open daily from 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Its bold name reflects an even more audacious goal: to become the global face of Thai food worldwide. With franchises already in the UK, USA, Sweden, Australia, visit Tasty Thai’s original location on Surawongse Road for their on-the-go selection of healthy, fast, and authentic Thai staples like Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai with Prawn, and Green Curry with Chicken.
Tasty Thai111/1 Surawongse Road, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2 234 3111Fax: +66 (0) 2 234 3114www.tastythai.com
The Old Phra Arthit Pier23 Phra Arthit Road, Chanasongkran,Phra Nakhon Disstrict, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2 282 9202 Fax: +66 (0) 2 280 0674www.theoldpier.comOpen from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fashioned by the culinary pioneers behind the world famous Bed Supperclub, the achingly stylish Long Table is the haute sky dining destination. A breezy 25 floors above central Bangkok, the bold and the beautiful congregate here around Japanese-style sofas to sip on delectable drinks and dine on traditional Thai cuisine with a twist; like the Isaan favorite nua yang jim jaew made with Wagyu beef to go along with som tum and sticky rice. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the eponymous dining table, for you and sixty of your closest (and chicest) friends…some of which you may have just met that night. Open Mon to Fri at 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM for lunch, and every day from 06:00 PM to 02:00 AM.
Long TableThe Column Residence, 25th Floor48 Sukhumvit Road Soi 16, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2302 2557-9www.longtablebangkok.com
Riverside dining in Bangkok is not limited to Thai food, as La Grande Perle offers a welcoming and relaxing ambience along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy authentic French cuisine created by chef Oliver Daniel, such as “Burgundy style” escargot, Fin de Claire raw oysters, and roasted pigeon with a walk-in cellar offering a first-rate selection of Old and New world wines, or even enjoy afternoon tea here from 2:30 - 5:00 PM. This truly is a pearl of a restaurant.
La Grande PerleRiver City Shopping Complex, 1st level Soi Charoen Krung 30, Sampanthawong District, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2237 0077www.lagrandeperle.comOpen daily from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Chao Phraya Princess723 Supakarn Building, Charoen Nakhon Road,Klongsan District, BangkokTel: +66 (0) 2860 3700Fax: +66 (0) 2860 1025Email: email@example.comBoarding: River City Pier, Soi 30Charoen Krung Rd., Bangkok
This is one of the most colorful parts of the city, as most Chinatowns anywhere tend to be. Chinese immigrants made Bangkok their home long ago, even before inhabiting this district after being moved from their previous settlement along the Chao Phraya River. Yaowarat is laden with exotic food options, market stalls selling fresh goods, and the hustle and bustle of residents going about their daily business. During the day, one can come across alleyways full of produce, shops selling herbal teas and medicinal brews, wholesale clothing storehouses, kitchen supplies, knick-knacks, hardware stores, jewelry, and miscellaneous goods. Come nighttime, the neighborhood is transformed into a maze of bright neon signs advertising all the restaurants that line the streets amidst the curbside vendors cooking noodle soup, fresh grilled seafood, wontons, black sesame paste-filled dessert dumplings in hot ginger broth, or a medley of other Chinese snacks. A particularly good vendor is Lek & Rut Seafood, a red-and-pink themed sidewalk restaurant also famously known as the ‘first store in Yaowarat’.
This path will take you through one of the oldest sections of Bangkok where time-honored treats still tickle the taste buds.
Tanao Road is a storied area first built in 1863 during the reign of King Rama IV. It was once known as the place to buy powder make-up, perfumes, scented oils, and gold. Today you can see the October 14 monument at the end of the road, dedicated to those who perished in the 1973 people’s uprise against a brutal dictatorship.
Turn left, then right, near the October 14 monument is a wonderful dessert shop, Choo Tin. Here, you can sample all sorts of old-fashioned Thai sweets, like Khanom Chan (layer sweets) and Woon Kati Bai Toei (young coconut with pandanus). There is also a famous shop, Kor Panich, which offers delectable mango and sticky rice.
Sam Praeng is actually trans translates to three-way intersection. Here, Praeng Phuthorn, Praeng Nara and Praeng Sappasart intersect.
Within the remaining two-storey shophouses near Praeng Phuthorn are some shops worth mentioning, serving simple yet delectable dishes.
Head to the last stop, Khaosan road, which is actually a small street about three blocks long. Backpackers and budget tourists are drawn here by inexpensive accommodations, and it is a popular way point for travel throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Along the road, budget eaters can fill up on cheap and tasty grub: omelet with rice, Phad Thai, and stir fried noodles for only 10-20THB a serving.
Fans of Thai food are aware of the spicy soup, Tom Yum Kung, and the restaurant named after it on the far end of Khaosan road. Popular with both tourists and locals, this charming, low-key eatery has both inside and outdoor dining in a private courtyard.
A lesser known gem is Tae Meng Hong, an unassuming, time-worn shophouse restaurant where the specialty is Khao Kha Moo, or stewed pork on rice.
To top off your gourmet adventures, stop at one of the many fruit carts along Khaosan road, and pick up some healthy and refreshing fruits, including pineapple, papaya, guava, and green mango served with sweet fish sauce.
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