In a country full of flavours, tantalising your tastebuds is key.
Thai cuisine is designed to appease all five traditional taste senses. It’s salty, sweet, spicy and sour and bitter- did we mention it’s also delicious?
We could spend forever discussing the spices that lace Thai cuisine and the herbs that complement each dish, but why not chow down and experience it for yourself?
While it’s pretty hard to avoid the culinary delights this culture prides itself on while holidaying in Bangkok (practically every street corner has a stall to entice your senses), if you’re looking to book a table with all the trimmings these are the places to do so.
Top Bangkok restaurants
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner and one of the finest dining experiences in the city, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin pairs excellent service with modern Thai. Located inside the Siam Kempinski Hotel, its opulent interior is reminiscent of Thai royalty with gold trimmings and brilliant purples.
Currently, it’s the only Thai restaurant with a Michelin star and the menu features set and a la carte options. Think laksa based crab on crab cornetto, grilled squid, oyster tempura with misomayo-coco and beef massaman with potato, five spiced beef soup and DIY noodles.
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok | 991/9 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Riverside Terrace at Mandarin Oriental
With sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River, Riverside Terrace is one for special occasions and warm nights. The menu takes on a fusion ideology, pairing traditional Asian with European and Middle Eastern flavours to create a truly international menu.
A hot favourite with the TripAdvisor crowd, the price tag is about as rich as its view. It adheres to a strict smart casual dresscode by night but is more lax by day.
48 Oriental Avenue | Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar
From its picture-perfect viewpoint atop the Bangkok Marriott Hotel, Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar is the place to unwind amongst the stars and soak up the skyline. Live DJs accompany a rotating menu of new age fusion food and cocktails flow like water.
57 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtan-Nua, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Issaya Siamese Club
“Thai food with a flair in an old mansion” is how one TripAdivsor describes this culinary journey. Surrounded by lush greenery and housed inside a 100 year old villa, escape the busy city in an immersive experience of food, culture and hospitality.
One of Asia’s best restaurants of 2017, this farm-to-table restaurant is best visited during the rainy season when the garden’s flowers bloom creating a truly magical experience. Signature dishes include massaman curry lamb shank and jasmine flower flan.
4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chue Ploeng | Thung Mahamek, Bangkok
If the name isn’t enticing enough the impressively beautiful outfit will. Situated on the banks of the river, this restaurant lies inside a repurposed colonial style home. Pastel shutters, latticed overlays, huge French windows and an open glass roof set the scene.
It’s open for afternoon tea daily from midday to 6pm.
48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok
Susie Wong’s Beers and Buns
Susie Wong’s is not your typical Thai outfit. This fast food joint is all about American style burgers fused with Asian flavours and washed down with beers.
It’s greasy, generous, fresh and tasty. A bun full of midnight fun and open daily until the wee hours of the morning.
136 Soi Ram Butri, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Lauded by TripAdvisor foodies as one of the best cheap eats in town, AMA is moments away from the river offering hawker style Thai cuisine for no princely sum.
It’s the kind of place you can have a quick lunch on pocket change that’ll fuel a big day of sightseeing. Think pad thai, omelettes and sticky rice with mango to get your stomach in the mood.
270 - 272 Maha Rat Road | Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Jin Chieng Seng by Inn A Day
The place to be for fine dining on the Chao Phraya River is Le Normandie in the Mandarin Oriental, featuring inspired French dishes for those luxurious, special occasions. Floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers and impeccable service are its highlights. Plus its star-quality cuisine. Bon apetit!
48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak, Bangkok
J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain
Judging by the numerous high-end, French ventures in Bangkok we think it’s safe to assume the city has a love affair with this European country. Helmed by a Michelin star chef and named after the French word for “love”, J’AIME brings modern decadence to the shared Asian table. Dine from an à la carte menu of Brittany sardine terrines or feast on a set menu including foie gras royale, heart of cod ans sous-vide quail.
105 U Sathorn Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
All about taste and texture, Nahm prides itself on dishes that value the traditional flavours of the nation. You’ll find it on the ground floor of the COMO Metropolitan Hotel overlooking the pool, making for a serene and relaxing setting. Dishes include curries, salads, soups and stir fries featuring traditional ingredients such as garlic, shrimp paste, chilli and lemongrass.
27 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Bangkok food tours and cooking classes
Bangkok is a feast for the senses and you shouldn’t leave without learning a few tricks of the trade to take home with you. Make sure you tick off at least one of its quality food tours or cooking classes to spice up your trip.
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