Superb Dining with Style
The street vendors of Bangkok’s bustling city streets have often drawn the attention of travelers who crave authentic Thai food. There’s little doubt that the taste bud assault of the local Thai cuisine has long brought many a tourist to the Thai capital.
However, beyond the flavorful complexity of the street stall entrees has emerged a new emphasis over the past decade on quality, taste, creativity and variety of Thai and international cuisine amidst the expanding restaurant community in Bangkok. If you are looking for a creative atmosphere, authentic cuisine or ambience; Bangkok restaurants provide a dining experience for every occasion. What are the BEST restaurants in Bangkok? Amidst the hundreds to choose from here are just a few that stand out in the crowd.
1. Gaggan – Fine Indian Cuisine (Website)
Now top Bangkok restaurants like the Gaggan are surpassing restaurants in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong in quality and creativity; and have for a second year in a row won the top culinary prize in Asia as the number one restaurant in the San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards.
Seen as perhaps the BEST Indian restaurant in the world, the 35 year old Owner/Chef Gaggan Anand states, “It’s very difficult to classify our cuisine. Basically it’s about putting old school and new school together. This is progressive cuisine”.
2. Eat Me – Modern International Cuisine in an Ambient Setting (Website)
Oddly enough this is an art gallery and a restaurant for those who enjoy ambience with an artistic touch. Eat Me favors a contemporary and creative international crowd with two floors decorated with modern art, and a lively bar delivering unique cocktails like the popular fig and ginger martini.
Chef Tim Butler from NYC ran a catering company in Bangkok until finally joining Eat Me in 2010 and has revamped the menu into a world class restaurant.
Dishes range from Australian beef to Japanese cod to Manila clams with a fresh creativity to each dish. Listed as #23 among Asia’s Top 50 restaurants in 2016, Eat Me is one of Bangkok’s favorite dining and nightlife scenes.
With a relaxed atmosphere for the party crowd who desire to sit back and listen to music over cocktails or for a romantic date night dinner Eat Me is special.
Celebrating their 18th year in business this year, Eat Me is uniquely tucked away in a small Soi near Convent Rd. Reservations may be necessary.
3. Smokin’ Pug American BBQ (Website)
Top Tables Bangkok 2016 ranked Smokin’ Pug #25 out of 116 restaurants, so this has got to be good, right?? And good it is!
If you have a taste for the BEST BBQ pork ribs in Bangkok, then this is guaranteed to be your BBQ heaven.
4. Nahm Thai Restaurant (Website)
Topping the list of prestigious Thai restaurants in Bangkok is Nahm, located in the Metropolitan Hotel. This is the only Thai restaurant awarded among the Top 50 Restaurants in Asia and rightly so…it is superb dining!
Chef David Thompson’s expertise in Thai cooking led him to the Michelin award for his Nahm Thai restaurant in London. And now he has once again made Nahm Bangkok an award winning Thai cuisine.
The Thai dishes are unique, creative and of course healthy with only the finest and freshest ingredients from the local produce in Bangkok. The dinner menu is on the high price end, but splurging on a fantastic meal in Bangkok is a time honored tradition.
For a less expensive option, the luncheon menu offers 3 main sets and dessert all for around 1100 Thai Baht. Overall, a worthwhile visit to sample some of the mouthwatering Thai delicacies cooked to perfection at the Nahm Bangkok.
5. Enoteca Italian Restaurant (Website)
If you have perused the landscape of Bangkok restaurants at all you know there seems to be a plethora of Italian restaurants. Unfortunately, not all of them survive the competition in grand style like Enoteca. Enoteca Italian Restaurant is not only one the survivors within the highly competitive industry of Bangkok restaurants, but along with Gaggan may perhaps share the top of the mountain in terms of quality and creative Italian dining.
Enoteca is peacefully secluded and conveniently located amidst the busiest section of Sukhumvit Rd. so it is accessible to all hotels and condos near downtown Bangkok. Chef Marco Pacetta hails from Naples, so expect some very authentic Italian culinary delights that are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. If you are looking for Italian cuisine that reflects the adventurous trends of creative Italian gastronomy, Enoteca is one of the absolute best!
The rustic brick building appointed with wooden beams and garlic and onions hanging from the ceiling is a cozy setting for a romantic dinner or with a group of friends. From the incredibly delicious Australian beef tortellini to appropriately seasoned Sea Bass to various pasta dishes to extravagant Italian desserts, Enoteca has positioned itself as Bangkok’s trendsetter in Italian cuisine and promises to deliver the best.
Of course, an Italian restaurant menu would not be complete without an elaborate wine list. Enoteca has a premier selection of over 400 labels of organic and biodynamic wines to make your dining experience complete. Their dishes are moderately priced at between 500-1200THB, and well worth the experience for a fantastic Italian meal amidst a cozy, relaxed atmosphere.
6. Ginza Sushi-ichi Restaurant (Website)
If you are looking for the BEST in Japanese food, what could be more of an attraction than a Bangkok branch of one of Tokyo’s most famous sushi restaurants? The Ginza Sushi-ichi Tokyo under the culinary leadership of head chef Masakazu Ishibashi won the Michelin Star award for their fine Japanese cuisine. Now he’s here at their branch Ginza Sushi-ichi Bangkok, training other chefs and duplicating the same extraordinary Japanese cuisine with freshness that is unmatched among Bangkok restaurants in the sushi scene. Top Tables Bangkok 2016 ranked Ginza Sushi-ichi #4 out of 116 restaurants.
The restaurant is conveniently located on Ploenchit Rd. in the downtown area modestly decorated in light colored hinoki wood with two 11 seat dining areas that surround the sushi preparation area. The relaxing dining atmosphere is enhanced by the precise and unique preparation of Japanese dishes made with the freshest ingredients available. How fresh are they? Ginza Sushi-ichi flies their fish in daily from Tokyo which means whenever you dine at this restaurant you can be assured the fish were in the market less than 24 hours ago.
Neatly dressed, bilingual waitresses lead you to your seats and the menu is based on omakase service, which means the chef decides what you eat based upon the best catch of the day. Their prices are on the highend. Lunch starts at 1300THB and dinner is from 4000THB for the Sakura Course to the Sushi Ichi Course at 10,000THB. A favorite dish is the Hokkaido taraba crab which starts at 4500THB per crab. Or you could try the wild and fresh blue fin tuna. The restaurant is very particular about the freshness of the tuna, so you can be assured it is top quality purchased at the first auction at the Tsukiji Market that same day!
7. Le Normandie Restaurant – Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Website)
Next is one of the premier French restaurants in Bangkok, the Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. From the elegant setting and scenic views of the Chao Phraya River to the excellent cuisine featuring contemporary creations of authentic French culinary delights, the Le Normandie is the epitome of chic dining in Bangkok.
The impeccable service of the Le Normandie is only out done by it’s authentic French food. This romantic and intimate 12-table setting has long been the favorite of international guests and local celebrities alike. The restaurant is artistically decorated serving à la carte or prix fixe, from a five-course lunch to a seven-course dinner. Le Normandie features a magnificient roasted duck breast and red currants, milk-fed French lamb as well as seasonal dishes. The pastries favor classic French sweets such as soufflés and crêpes suzette. The prices are expensive and there is a dress code of dinner jacket for men, but the culinary experience and elegant atmosphere is always extraordinary.
The cocktail and wine lists are extensive and available at lunch and dinner. The staff are both formal and friendly, and the cuisine is nothing short of superb every time! For a spectacular view and excellence in dining, the Le Normandie is open six days a week and reservations are essential.
8. Scarlett Restaurant – Pullman Hotel (Website)
This restaurant is designed with a touch of elegance. The spacious and intimate atmosphere makes the Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant suitable for romantic dinner or a gathering of friends can be seen enjoying a night out with fine dining.
The cocktail and wine lists are voluminous and exotic. Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by a very friendly hostess who will seat you at a reserved table. Be forewarned, the Scarlett typically fills up on weekends so a reservation is definitely recommended.