Chasing ladies in the Thai capital can be heavy work, though, luckily, food is another one of the things that the Thais do exceptionally well. You never need to go hungry as there are restaurants, cafés, fast food joints and vendors at seemingly every turn.
Thai food is among the world’s best and, the great thing is, dishes are put together very quickly. Don’t baulk at that dowdy-looking street cart as some of the tastiest food can be had at these and, if you’re on a budget, they can’t be beat. You can also go the other way and sample Bangkok’s top-end restaurants and some of the luxury hotels offer fine dining with Michelin-starred European chefs setting up enterprises in the city.
There are lots to choose from and it’s not all Thai. You’ll also find Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, as well as the Euros: Italian, French, German, British and Scandinavian.
Both Thai and international restaurants offer great value for money, and the choice in Bangkok is arguably greater than anywhere else in the Kingdom.
Eateries are all over, in both touristy and non-touristy neighbourhoods. The areas near the main red light districts (Sukhumvit and Silom) especially have good options. Also, there are big hotels here and they, too, usually have decent restaurants along with expat pubs.
Recommended Bangkok Restaurants:
Gullivers (international, pub food): very much an expat bar and restaurant, this large, air-conditioned venue has some great British-style pub grub as well as Thai dishes. A good place for nighttime entertainment, too. website.
Paris Bangkok (French): superlative French restaurant in Bangkok featuring the very best Gallic cuisine including classic dishes coq au vin, cassoulet and duck confit. The ambience is continental chic and the wine list one of the best in the city. 120 Saladeang 1/1, Silom, tel: (02) 233 1990, website.
Sweet Basil (Vietnamese): great atmosphere and live piano combine with delicious Vietnamese food to make for a highly recommended city centre restaurant. Silom, tel: (02) 238 3088.
Baan Khanitha: doubles up as a rib room and art gallery, so the numerous works of art on the walls add to the ambience of this superb, award winning Thai restaurant. Well worth a visit. website.
Naj Exquisite Thai Cuisine: a pricey and sophisticated venue, Naj is a good restaurant for special occasions. Features classical Thai music performances on the more informal second floor. 42 Convent Road (opposite BNH Hospital), tel: (02) 632 2811-3, website.
Klang Soi: very affordable and popular with locals and tourists alike. Good food, good value. 2 Soi Sukhumvit 49, Sukhumvit Road, tel: (02) 391 4988.
Lan Na Thai: if you’re feeling flush then this elaborate eatery can provide you with some of the finest Thai food in the city. Located in the trendy Face complex, which also features an exclusive spa, a swanky cocktail bar and another superb Indian restaurant, this is a place for extravagance and outstanding food. Sukhumvit Soi 38, Prakanong, tel: (02) 713 6048.
Tom Yam Kung: named after one of Thailand’s signature dishes, this is by far the best Thai restaurant on Khao San Road. Very affordable, too. 9 Khaosan Road, tel: (02) 629 1818.
See more Bangkok restaurant listings at 1stopbangkok.com.