Bangkok’s dining scene has truly come of age and now has the self confidence to be what it wants to be. Historically the high end dining scene was dominated by the top 5 star hotels, then came their chefs who found favour with wealthy customers who partnered them to put their name above the door.
Story by Laurence Civil & Luxury Society Team
It used to be all about the finest imported ingredients, today chefs and restauranteurs are working with local farmers and artisanal producers to grow what they need for their style of cooking. The markets used to drive what was used, today it’s collaboration with to produce what was needed. Thai chefs many of who were educated and working overseas have come home with the confidence to cook their style of Thai food, respecting flavour and taste while embracing modern techniques and methods. Much of the change is not just driven by the chefs but them being able to source ingredients locally of similar quality to those that had been imported.
The sun has set on historical fine dining, today it’s quality delivered casually with professional confidence. It doesn’t have a name or tag, because it’s no longer wanted on need. Quality that’s delivered with simplicity is all that’s required. With the expansion of Urban development dining has moved into the malls, because that’s where Thais feel comfortable. While we are many years from Thailand being included in a Michelin guide, we have seen a steady flow of French and Japanese Michelin star chefs setting up stall in the city.
Bangkok might not be leading the pack but it is a significant dining hub of Southeast Asia
A part of the new trend for butcher/restaurant run by French butcher Arnaud Carre with his two Thai partners. With a 3 week waiting list it ranks as on of the best steakhouse in Bangkok. Order meat from the counter tell the chef how you would like it and he will cook and serve as requested.
Eat – Steak
Drink – French wine
2080/2 Nrathiwas Soi 20, Chong Nongsri, Tel +66-2678-8340, www.facebook.com/arnobutcher
The latest restaurant created by Thitid Tassanakajohn for Le Du fame. He serves comfortable home style dishes drawing on his and his girlfriend/co-owners familys’ recipes made with ethically sourced Thai ingredients keeping it in the family his younger brother Chaisiri runs front of house.
Eat – comfortable authentic family style Thai dishes
Drink – wines carefully selected by Chef Ton who is also a certified sommelier
Lunch 11.30am-2.30pm, dinner 6-10.30pm closed Tuesday
139-9 Wireless Road, Tel + 66 2655 8995 www.baanbkk.com
A restaurant by the health conscious Naya Harlich Adams of Monsoon Restaurant in Yangon and HCMC fame. The food has Lebanse, Myanmar and Spanish influences which is attracting vegetarians from around the world
Eat – Broccoli Quinoa Charcoal Burger, served with a mango tomato salsa, dill spread served in a cranberry charcoal bun
Drink – cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices
Open 7am -10pm
899 Sukhumvit Rd, Tel +66-2662-5001
CHAR Rooftop Bar
Located on the 25th floor and the rooftop of Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road. For the epicureans of Bangkok, the unique dining destination can elevate a night out into a memory with new attitude and altitude via its outstanding location, concept and cuisine.
Sundays to Tuesdays from 5:00pm – 1:00am Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5:00pm – 2:00am
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Crab & Claw
A much hyped seafood restaurant that serves outstanding lobster and lobster rolls with the taste as if your were eating in Maine in the USA.
Eat – Premium New England style seafood
Open daily 10am-10pm
7th Fl Em Quartier, Phrom Phong, Tel =66-96—197-5729 www.facebook.com/CrabandClaw
This café was born out of the frustration of architect Suraporn Tanta not being able to find a good cup of coffee to start his morning in Bangkok. This resulted a year’s study of slower brewing methods
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-8.30pm, Sat & Sun 10.30am-8,30pm
Thonglor Art Village, between so is 17 & 19 Thonglor, Tel +66-81-257-7920
A new venture by the seafood specialist, a la carte lunchtime, all you can eat THB 888 buffet 6-10pm
Eat – clay pot baked seafood and sea crab in tamarind paste soup
Drink – Chang beer
Chusri, 24/2 Paholyothin Soi 4 , Bangkok Tel: 084-959-5959 www.facebook.com/chusri.laemgate
Urban Rustic Thai restaurant where the food focuses on in house preserved food. The entire menu was created by Bo & Dylan of Bo.lan. The restaurant maintains a close relationship with local farmers and artisanal producers in Thailand.
Eat – Preserved Thai food
Drink – cocktails based on locally produced alcohol
Open 11am –late night closed on Monday.
394/35 Maharaj Rod, Bangkok 10220, Tel +66-2622-2291-2, www.errbkk.com
Iron Chef Table
The first restaurant to be officially affiliated with the Iron Chef TV Programe. The deadly serious nature of the competition is matched in the Delors mood of black and silver. Dishes are categorised by ingredient s- lobster/prawn, wagyu beef, blue fin tuna, foie gras, black grouper, pork. Duck & eggs. At the helm in the kitchen is Chef prasopchok ‘Art” Trakulphet with occasional contributions from the other Iron Chefs
Open daily 11am-2pm , 5pm –midnight
1/Fl The Taste, Thonglor Soi 11, + 66-92-768-772, www.facebook.com/ironcheftable
Kom Ba Wa
A stylishly converted single storey shophouse with artistic antique decorations from Japan and France, a Fred Mayer culinary indulgence. Chef Goro Takatsu describes his food as a modern interpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine made using the finest ingredients.
Eat – modern interpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine
Drink – fine French wines
Lunch 11.30am-2pm, dinner 6pm-1am
39/19 Soi Suanplu, Bangkok10120, Tel +66-2679-2065, www.kombawa.com
The steak frites bistro culture started started at Café de Paris, at Geneva Railway Station in 1940. David J Perrot, Managing Director of Crepe & Co coming from Geneva grew up with it as a child. Several decades later a friend of his late father entrusted the secret recipe to David, who brought it to Bangkok where he opened this restaurant. He is still the only person who knows the recipe for the butter sauce. The best French fries in Bangkok.
Open daily mon-fri 11.30am-11pm, sat & sun 11am-11pm
60 Soi Langsuan, Bangkok 10330, Tel +66-2672-1230, www.leboeufgroup.com
Originally known for their aromatic products, their first venture into hospitality was on Sukhumvit Soi 24, now they have embarked on a full blown dinner. The focus is on brunch dishes such as egg white frittata and French Toast.
Karmakamet open daily 9am -11pm
30/1 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok 10110, Tel +66-2262-0700-1
Never Ending Summer
A converted riverfront warehouse where Star architect Dungrit Bunnag his partner Nareerat Boonaykiat has re-created the dishes of their childhood growing up in their upper class Bangkokian households.
Eat – Khao palo – braised pork belly with duck eggs and nam prik long ruea – sweet shrimp paste relish served with sweet pork, salted egg yolks and fluffy catfish flakes.
Open daily 11am-11pm
41/5 Charoenpanvorakul Nakaorn Rd, Klong San, Bangkok 10600, Tel +66-2861-0953, www.Facebook.coin/TheNeverEndinSummer
They serve Garlic classics with a modern twist, dishes such as mussels, duck confit filleted, tapas, goats cheese salad and lamb short loin. The music is Paris at the start of the millennium. The service is attentive and helpful.
Open daily 6pm -midnight
Sathorn Soi 10, Tel + 66-2635-3533, www.facebook.com/marcelrestaurantbangkok
Tim Ho Wan
The Dim Sum Michelin star brand from Hong Kong. This is a Bangkok take on the original which for many doesn’t reach the mark but it is acceptable mall dim sum dinning
Open daily 10am-10pm
3/Fl Terminal 21, Sukhumvit Soi 21
Mizu by Sankyodai
One of the top sushi restaurants in Bangkok. Here they use super-premium short grain koshihikari rice, a special gluten free soy sauce, and a house blend of sencha and metcha green tea.
Open dailyt 11,30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm
2fl Charn Issara Tower, 942/43vRama IV Rd Tel 66-2632-6660
Ginza Sushi Ichi
Affiliated with the Michelin star Tokyo restaurant of the same name , serve uncompromisingly authentic omakase style sushi, This means that the chefs, all trained by Master Chef Masakuxu Ishibashi decide what to serve the customer based on the quality of the day’s catch
Ear – Live Hokkaido Taraba Crab
Open Tues-Sun noon-2.30pm, Tues-Sat 6-11pm, Sun 6-10pm
L G/Fl Erawan Bangkok, 494 Ploenchit Road
Set in a spacious greenhouse that is teeming with tropical greenery. The menu is big on pasta, protein & cheese.
Open daily 11am-11pm
Silom Soi 1, Bangkok 10500, +66-91-740-6486, www.facebook.com/bitterman.bkk
The seafood heavy restaurant on the site previously occupied by Bouchet. Their specialities are mussels and lobster
Open 5.30pm to midnight
31 Sukhmvit Soi 24, + 66 2662-0762, www.facebook.com/HARVESTrestaurantBKK
Michelin star British Chef Theo Randall’s first venture outside of the U.K. It due to the passion for his restaurant that bears his name at Intercontinental Park Lane in London. Here in charge of the kitchen is British chef Chris Beverley who continues his mentors philosophy for where possible to cook with local grown responsibly sourced produce.
Open daily 10am-11pm
G/Fl Intercontinental Bangkok, 973 Ploenchit Road, Tel +66-2656-0444
Here two of the biggest stars from Thailand’s Iron Chef, Chumpol Jangprai and Boontham Parkpho who work with the very best of Japanese produce.
Open daily 5-11pm
3675 Rama IV Rd, Tel +66-2261-9507
An American BBQ restaurant specialising in baby back ribs and pulled pork chilli
Drink – Whiskey Sour with a base of Wild Turkey Kentuky Bourbon
Open 5pm – midnight closed Monday.
88 Surawong Road, Bangkok 10500, Tel +66-83-029-7598, www.facebook.com/smokingpug
A truly authentic Neopolitan pizzeria that holds the faith by only cooking with San Marzano tomatoes
Eat – Neoplitan Pizza
Drink – Ameronne by the glass poured from magnums
Open 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-midnight closed Monday.
27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 33, Tel + 66-2119-7877, www.facebook.com/Peppina
A French bakery run by Laotion Master Artisanal Baker Albert Chatenet who has worked with the likes of Lenotre, Royal Monceau and Patisserie Sylvain Joubert
Open Tues-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-1pm, closed Monday
Le Rich Condominium, 557 Sathu Pradit Soi 41, Tel +66-92-408-0308, www.facebook.com/Maison Chatent
The latest addition to the Water Library portfolio serving French inspired dishes with Asian influences, prettily plated but costing a fraction of their other restaurant
Drink – affordably price quality wines
Eat – a peppery yet mildly priced whole sea crab spaghetti, a dish for sharing
Open 5.30pm – midnight.
103 Sukhumvit 39, tel + 66-099-283-6363, www.facebook.com/seed
Angelini re-incarnated, the name of the new restaurant is Italian for Face. The menu covers all culinary regions from the length and breadth of Italy. Innovative cuisine created with either locally or ethically sourced ingredients.
Open 6pm- 10.30pm
Lobby Level, Shangr-la Hotel Bangkok, tel +66-2236-7777
Enough? One more for last road
An Itlian ice cream parlour whose heritage dates back to 1981 when it was founded in Sansepolcro in Tuscany. Sourcing the finest ingredients they create 30 different flavours of premium Italian ice cream.
G fl EmQuartier in front of Gourmet Market, Phrom Phong BTS tel +66-2651-8888, www.ghignono.it