Great restaurants abound in the Sathorn-Naradhiwas neighbourhood. The staff at Cat and Nat mention a few of their favourite locations in addition to the area’s markets.
This is the best fusion restaurant in Bangkok, and the only reason it isn’t among Cat and Nat’s initial top favourites is that its sister restaurant, All Six to Twelve in the Langsuan area, has more accessible food with a young, hip vibe. Still, we love it here.
1/F Fraser Suites
55 South Sathorn Road
Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66 2 359 9667 8
Hours: 6am - midnight
2. Blue Elephant
The food is good but very expensive. What makes Blue Elephant stand out, however, is a sense of opulence and the excellent service. If you have foreign dignitaries needing to be entertained, bring them here.
233 South Sathorn Road
Tel: +66 2 673 9353
Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (lunch, daily); 6.30pm – 10.30pm (dinner, daily)
3. Café Ice
The food may be a little pricier than expected at such a small venue, but it’s well worth the extra baht. The restaurant doubles as an art gallery, lending a bohemian atmosphere. Try the excellent roti with green curry.
44/2 Soi Pipat 2 (Sathorn Soi 8)
Tel: +66 2 636 7373
Hours: 6pm – 10.30pm, daily
4. Dean and Deluca
The famous grocery store/deli is one of our favourite places to go in New York City’s SoHo district. But we actually think the food is better at their Bangkok location.
Maha Nakhon branch (BTS Chongnonsi, Exit 3)
92 Naratiwasrachanakarin Road
Tel: +66 2 234 1434
Hours: 7am – 11pm
Sathorn Square branch (BTS Chongnonsi, Exit 1)
1/F Sathorn Square Office Tower
98 North Sathorn Road
Tel: +66 2 108 1414
Hours: 7am – 8pm
5. Dine in the Dark (DID)
We don’t know if it’s because the loss of sight enhances all other senses, but even though you can’t see your food here, the taste certainly rivals any high-end restaurant. The menu changes frequently, and although you won’t know what the dishes are beforehand, you can choose from vegetarian, seafood or meat ingredients. Definitely worth the experience.
2/F The Ascott Hotel
187 South Sathorn Road
Tel: +66 2 676 6676
Hours: 7.30am – 11pm, daily
6. Eat Viet
A brand new staff discovery, and we have to say we are thoroughly impressed. A casual Vietnamese restaurant located in a quiet residential soi (so parking may be difficult), this quaint little gem serves great fresh spring rolls (THB 120) and the grilled herb chicken with fried sticky rice (THB 95) is a must.
Naradhiwas Soi 15 (about 20 metres in on the right)
Hours: 11am – 2.30pm (lunch); 4.30pm – 11pm (dinner), daily
Great Thai food with modern presentation. When you want to impress someone, bring them here. The plates themselves are five-star hotel quality.
6 Naradhiwas Road
Tel: +66 2 234 8671 2
Hours: 10am – midnight, daily
8. Sara Jane’s
Who’d think a restaurant named Sara Jane’s would be one of the best Issan (north-eastern Thai) restaurants in town? And they serve not only regional specialities but also western dishes as well. This is Nat’s father’s favourite place for a casual lunch. Definitely try the noodle extension outside.
55/21 Naradhiwas Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66 2 676 3338
9. The Sukhothai Bangkok
Our candidate for the most beautiful hotel in Bangkok, if not the world, is likewise site of some really great restaurants. Our favourite is the Sunday buffet brunch at the Colonnade, but we also love a quiet evening at La Scala, the hotel’s Italian restaurant.
The Sukhothai Bangkok
13/3 South Sathorn Road
Tel: +66 2 344 8888
Colonnade opening hours: 6.30am – 10.30am (breakfast, daily);
noon – 2.30pm (lunch, daily); noon – 3pm (Sunday brunch)
La Scala opening hours: noon – 2.30pm (lunch, daily); 6.30pm – 11pm (dinner, daily)
10. Uncle John's
Five-star cuisine without the fuss. The chef’s day job is at five-star Sukhothai Hotel, but by night he’s working his magic at this little shophouse and serving up some of the best French food in town — minus the hefty price tag. But don’t go if you’re in a hurry as the staff is minimal. This is a place for long conversations with plenty of time for a bottle of wine before dinner.
279/2 Suanphlu Soi 8
Hours: 6.30pm – 10.30pm daily
There are two branches of Villa Market in this area, one on the west side of Naradhiwas Road and another in the Trinity Complex.
Naradhiwas Soi 3/ Sathorn Soi 8
Hours: 7am – 9pm daily
Soi Lalai Sup
Not the largest market in Bangkok but a fine neighbourhood amenity. In addition to snacks and fruits, the market sells a variety of clothes, shoes, watches and sunglasses, among many other knick-knacks.
Accessible from BTS Chongnonsi station at the Silom-Naradhiwas intersection
Hours: weekdays only, until late afternoon
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