When it comes to dining in Bangkok it is not a question of what and where to eat – given the wide array of choices available, you might well wonder how to experience it all. Whether it is the roadside eateries in Chinatown or the fine dining experience that awaits in five star restaurants, the choice of eating out is as varied as the cuisines available. Bangkok is an ultimate destination for a culinary experience – listed here are top five restaurants in Bangkok that you can check out on your next trip to this cosmopolitan city.
(63/3 Ruamrudee Soi 3, Bangkok 10330)
The restaurant offers an extensive range of Thai and European dishes. There is also an abundance of curries on the menu, the most interesting being the house speciality, poo nim pad phong karee, stir-fried soft-shell crab with yellow curry sauce. Also worth trying is the som tam apple, an interesting combination of apple, citrus, chilli, green beans, cabbage and dried shrimp. The restaurant also caters to the vegetarians with dishes such as phak Taiwan pad kratiem, stir-fried Taiwanese vegetable with garlic. For dessert, the favourite is the delicious blueberry crumble with hot vanilla sauce.
(483-5 Yaowarat Rd)
Chinatown, or Yaowarat, is home to some of the city’s most expensive Chinese restaurants comfortably sharing space with some of the cheapest food stalls. Stroll down the jam-packed streets to Scala Shark’s Fin Restaurant, which, as the name suggests, specializes in sharks fin. There are plenty of other options to choose from including fried fish with black bean sauce. The more adventurous may like to try out the barbecued suckling pig which may not look to be very appetizing but keep in mind that looks can be very deceptive in Chinatown.
(233 South Sathorn Road)
The place is on the must-visit list of all Thai food enthusiasts. The restaurant is set within a beautiful colonial home and is great for enjoying a heritage dining experience. The items on the menu are reminiscent of ‘Royal Thai Cuisine’. Dishes include larb salmon (a spicy tartare with fresh Thai herbs), wing bean and pomelo salad, and rock lobster with green apple. The restaurant also runs a cooking school and so during the day you can learn to cook the dishes you savour in the evening.
(1055 Silom Road)
The Dome comprises six multinational restaurants and bars. The place is ideal for a romantic rendezvous boasting a setting that is as mesmeric as the food. You can enjoy 360 degrees views of the city scape from the sky-bridge suspended mid-air, under the signature golden dome, or inside the tastefully decked out lounge.
(48 Oriental Avenue)
The restaurant is named after the novelist Joseph Conrad’s seafaring hero, Lord Jim. Set aboard the pleasure boat for a delightful dining experience with panoramic sea views as the backdrop. The restaurant serves delicious seafood. Check out the famous iced seafood tower that comprises fresh rock lobster, tiger prawns, oysters, crab claws, wild smoked salmon and a selection of sushi and sashimi.