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As there is a massively wide range of choice in restaurants in Bangkok, any listing of top restaurants can never be absolutely comprehensive.
The range of food varies from international dishes to Asian cuisine, such as Thai, with its blend of spicy, sour, sweet and salty, Chinese or Vietnamese. The atmosphere also ranges from upper-class to local ambiance.
We nevertheless endeavor to list below some restaurants that serve some of the very best food in Bangkok. These will give you opportunity for a sensational culinary journey and taste experience. If you love Thai food, or love eating out generally, don’t miss these spots.
Traditional Thai food varies from rather salty and bitter in the north to much more spicy in the south.
Its unique blend of typical ingredients such as fresh vegetables, fish sauce, chili, lemongrass, shrimp paste, lime, coconut milk, garlic, cilantro, basil, and peanuts, creates flavors that are considered among the best in the world.
In addition to flavors from elsewhere, all around the world, Bangkok will offer you the full range of Thai cuisine.
Some people say Thai food is similar to Chinese food, but in fact Thai food in all its variety is being influenced by all other Asian countries including China, India, and Malaysia, and combining the best of them all.
Options for eating out in Bangkok seem to be limitless, night or day. You will find good-value-for-money food courts, riverside eateries, Thai-style dining in antique teak houses, dinner cruises, trendy restaurants and food markets.
Vegetarian food in Thailand is very common and it will be no problem to have a wide choice of vegetarian dishes in restaurants or even food markets. Many traditional dishes derive from Buddhist culture and are prepared in a simple and clean manner, excluding any non-vegetarian ingredients.
The list of vegetarian dishes in Thailand is almost endless. Here are a few:
mung bean noodle salad, papaya salad, and fresh spring rolls, ton yum, stir-fried noodles (pad Thai), grilled mushrooms, and gaeng aom.
Most restaurants in Bangkok are capable of catering to a vegetarian diet and the same goes for vegan, halal or gluten-free meals, just ask us for any further details or recommendations.
Bangkok's restaurant scene could not be more diverse. You will find food and dishes not only from any part of Asia, but from all around the world.
You can choose a top posh restaurant or a small family-run eating place and, of course, countless food stalls in the numberless markets. All have their own, individual atmosphere.
Service in general in Thailand is very obliging and tipping is not mandatory. It is customary, however, to leave loose change for the service. Many restaurants include a service fee in their bill. In upper class restaurants a tip of 5 to 10% is quite common.
Asia Highlights wants to give you a variety of recommendations for your dinner, lunch or even breakfast for when you are staying in Bangkok.
As we can pick only a very few of the countless restaurants, do not hesitate to contact us to ask about any special requirements you may have, such as vegetarian food, halal or vegan dishes. It would be our pleasure to give you individual guidance.
Thai and Asian cuisine
The name is not coincidental – from here you have a marvelous view of Wat Arun, one of Bangkok's most famous sites, while enjoying your meal. This is a pleasure hard to surpass, especially at night time.
King river prawns deep-fried in garlic or served in a zesty pla kung salad and grilled red snapper with lemon and dill sauce accompanied by sweet grilled vegetables are just two of the dishes worth highlighting. Vegetarian dishes are available.
Location: 36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Island
Local Thai cuisine
This is a rustic urban Thai location in an old shop house on one of the many side-streets that connect Maharaj Road with the River. Little snacks are prepared from fresh ingredients and (sometimes) fermented meat, to be enjoyed along with a drink.
Location: 394/35 Maharaj Road, Tatien, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Phranakorn
Closed on Mondays
Hiding among the streets of Amphawa, this place offers a great view of the river, delicious food and live music. It quickly becomes crowded at mealtimes, for it is very popular among local people. We recommend it to fish and seafood lovers, but also to others.
Deep fried barramundi, seafood fried rice, tom yum kung and BBQ'ed river prawn freshly caught are only a few of Chalsamran’s specialties.
Location: 14 Puang Sombun Road, Amphawa 75110
This award-winning, vegetarian restaurant is located in a charming 1940s-style Bangkok villa exuding a real old-world charm. Teak wooden floors, high ceilings, original artwork and the slow turning of the ceiling fan all combine to take you back in time.
Thai and western dishes are served, mainly vegetarian. Fresh fish and seafood are available, too. Na Aroon’s specialties are mee grob, yum som o, tom khoong, mieung keiw tew, and nam prik ong, to mention only a few.
Location: 65 Sukhumvit Soi, 1 Klongtoey Nua, Wattana
This has an open kitchen with an industrial design and a modern, ethnic ambiance. There is a choice of 450 kababs – vegetarian and non-vegetarian – of which only a set selection will be served on a given day. The selection of Indian bread is one of a kind. Their dishes give a great introduction to Indian food.
Location: Majestic Grande Hotel, 12 Sukhumvit Soi 2
Nadimo’s offers only Lebanese dishes, such as tabbouleh (chopped parsley and tomatoes), baba ghanoush (grilled eggplant dip), hummus (silky mashed chickpeas with sesame paste), kebab (skewers of grilled lamb with parsley and onions), riz bil hallib (a dessert made of rice and milk pudding with rose syrup), and Lebanese coffee.
Location: Sukumvit Soi 24
When you plan your trip with us, Asia Highlights will help you create your dream trip to Bangkok, respecting all special needs and dietary requirements of your family with a tailor-made itinerary you will never forget. If you have any questions, please contact us by email.