Bangkok is arguably the Mecca for Asian food, where one should make a pilgrimage to for a culinary epiphany, or just to have a hell of a good time. It’s affordable, has good service, a raft of good hotels to choose from, and of course, amazing food.
The major downside of it is probably the political situation, which I doubt will ever be resolved in the near future. That being said, the media tends to overhype the situation, and it is part of everyday life for the denizens of Bangkok, who merely chug along and just deal with it. As long as you keep your wits about you, plan ahead and don’t stray to protest locations, everything will, more often than not, be hunky dory.
Crafting a food itinerary for this city will not do it justice, considering the high density of food stalls and restaurants which churns out amazing Thai dishes, that populate this chaotic, but glorious metropolis. But, I’ll do my utmost anyway, collating the favourite restaurants from my local Thai, as well as International traveller friends.
Here is my Bangkok Food Itinerary. More to come in due time, but should be a good starting point.
- Krua Apsorn – Or also known as Apsorn’s Kitchen. The lady owner was once the chef for the royal family, and her restaurant was the favourite of the King’s sister. Although a bit hard to get to, but a definite Must Eat for Bangkok. Love the crab omelette, green curry, and most dishes are just brilliant.
- Zaab Eli – Located in Silom Complex, and also in Thong Lor. Serves Northern Isaan style cuisine, and the food is really addictive! Som tum, Ko Moo Yang (Grilled pork neck), just to name a few good dishes that they do really well.
- Laem Charoen – Also located in Silom Complex, plus a host of other locations e.g. Siam Paragon. My favourite seafood restaurant in central Bangkok, without the need for exploring too far.
- Bo.Lan – Covered in one of my restaurant reviews. Classic Thai restaurant by the proteges of David Thompson of Nahm. Very good food, at about 1980 baht for the degustation course meal.
- Nahm – One of the top 50 restaurants in Asia, by legendary chef, David Thompson. Flavours were more subtle compared to Bo.Lan, but had a good meal and some memorable dishes.
- Erawan Tea Room– Located at the Grant Hyatt, tea room with a very nice ambience and pretty good Thai food.
- Gaggan – Another one of the top 50 restaurants in Asia, which oddly enough, serves one of the best progressive Indian cuisine in the heart of Bangkok. The chef had trained in El Bulli, by the legendary chef, Ferran Adria.
- Brunch at Viu, St. Regis – If you’re in the mood of being absolutely Fabulous, come for the ludicriously decadent New York styled brunch at Viu, in the St. Regis hotel. Dishes include lobster sashimi, Moet Chandon, and various other luxurious options. Cost at about 3500 baht, inclusive of unlimited drinks.