Inverterate restaurant-goers, Cat and Nat discuss their favourite places in town.
These days there are very few types of restaurant or cuisine we can’t find in Thailand. Indeed Bangkok truly has become one of Asia’s culinary centres. The following restaurants are some of my personal favourites, partly because of location. Owing to increasing traffic congestion, I find that I just can’t face being stuck for hours in order to get out for a meal.
This sophisticated northern Indian restaurant is situated in an exquisite old-style Thai teak house filled with tasteful Indian crafts. Part of the well-known Face restaurant collection, it’s a great place to take visiting guests who can’t possibly fail to be impressed. Don’t miss the Dhal Hazara (THB 310), creamy black lentils simmered slowly over the tandoor for eight hours.
29 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 38
Tel. +66 2 713 6048
Opening hours: 11.30am-1am
Rang Mahal at the Rembrandt Hotel
Still my favourite Indian restaurant in town. The food here is superb. Boneless chicken breasts in a mild cashew nut gravy flavoured with black morels (THB 395) is very special. I also love the fresh shrimps cooked in an Indian wok with oriental spices (THB 525).
26/F Rembrandt Hotel
19 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 18
Tel. +66 2 261 7100 Ext. 7532
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Shogun at the Dusit Thani Hotel
I really like Shogun partly because my children simply adore this Japanese restaurant. I have been coming here for years now and the quality of the food remains top notch. The chef has worked there for 27 years.
Dusit Thani Hotel
946 Rama IV Rd.
Tel. +66 2 200 9000
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
This is my local Italian; it also happens to be one of the best in Bangkok. Chef and owner Gianmaria Zanotti’s personal style and his specials of the day are what make this place unique.
1/F Saladaeng Colonnade Condominium
21/2 Silom Rd., Soi Saladaeng
Tel. +66 2 636 0002
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-10.30pm
Nahm at the Metropolitan Hotel
The set menu at Nahm, at the Metropolitan Hotel, is very good value at THB 1,500 per head. It comprises a selection of Thai canapés, which includes blue swimmer crab, peanuts and pickled garlic on rice cakes, a choice of a dish from each section of the a la carte menu, and a choice of soup and a dessert per person. This is a good way to taste a sample from each section of the menu.
27 South Sathorn Road
Tel. +66 2 625 3322
Opening hours: Noon-2pm (Mon.-Fri.), 7pm-10pm
I want to tell you about my top five favourite restaurants in Bangkok.And I should mention that neither Cat nor I get freebies. Every meal I had, I paid for and would pay for again.
aLL Six To Twelve
This is my favourite new restaurant. The ambiance is contemporary loft, with high ceilings and mellow jazz/rock in the background. There’s a great selection of salads, pastas and Thai single-dish meals. My favourite is the Giant Salad (THB 160).
55 Lobby Floor
Fraser Place Urbana Langsuan
Tel: +66 2 250 6799
Opening hours: 6am-Midnight
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Still my all-time favourite bar/restaurant, Bourbon Street is full of bonhomie and the food is all good. The specialities are Cajun, but the hamburgers are to die for. They also have the best Caesar salad in town (THB 135), bar none. I repeat, bar none.
29/4-6 Sukhumvit Rd., Soi 22
Tel. +66 2 259 0328/9
Opening hours: 7am-1am
Madison at the Four Seasons Bangkok
There must be something wrong with the feng shui in this restaurant because there are never as many
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok
155 Rajadamri Rd.
Tel. +66 2 126 8866 Ext. 123
Opening hours: 6am-10.30am, Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, Sunday brunch 11.30am-3pm
I eat lunch here at least twice a week. The boat noodles (THB 120++) are rich and flavourful, but I usually go for the Sukhothai noodles (THB 120++), which have a tom yum-based soup and a garnishing of battered, deep-fried vegetables.
Tel. +66 2 613 1658 9
Nara (Erawan Branch)
G/F Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
494 Rajadamri Rd.
Tel. +66 2 250 7707 8
Nara (Thonglor Eight Branch)
G/F Eight Thonglor Building
Soi Thonglor, Soi 8
Tel. +66 2 713 8390 1
Opening hours: 10am-10.30pm
I normally have a really hard time with Thai restaurants run by foreign chefs but this is my favourite new place for Thai food. The ambiance is simple shophouse cum bar/restaurant but the food is exquisite,
56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Soi Thonglor)
Opposite Grand Tower Inn
Tel: +66 2 714 7708
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