Bangkok is a hotbed of culinary creativity, and is famous the world over for its cutting edge local and international cuisine.
The city boasts oodles of incredible restaurants, many of which are in the Phrom Phong, Thonglor and Ekkamai neighbourhoods of Sukhumvit.
Here are some of our favourites…
- 1 Best Restaurants in Phrom Phong
- 2 Best Restaurants in Thonglor
- 3 Best Restaurants in Ekkamai
Best Restaurants in Phrom Phong
This romantic little Roman trattoria has oodles of charm and excellent homemade Italian comfort food.
Rustic, hearty dishes are created by chef and owner Paolo Vitaletti, and his passion for authentic, high quality homemade pastas, stews, and roasted meats shines through.
Pasta is freshly made each day, Mediterranean seafood and cold cuts and cheeses are imported from Italy. There’s also a great selection of elegant aperitivo cocktails and an extensive wine list with a focus on small producers from around the Mediterranean.
Expect dishes such as crispy calf’s tongue, Gnocchi with spare rib stew, and Porchetta – slow roasted pork with fennel pollen and apple compote.
Address: 20/4 Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 6:30PM to 11PM, and also for Sunday lunch, 11:30 to 2:30PM. Closed Monday.
Contemporary Indian dining is on offer at Indus, where authentic mughalai style indian cuisine with powerful yet delicate flavours, and dedication to quality have made it one of the most popular Indian restaurants in Bangkok.
An emphasis on using fresh — and wherever possible organic — locally sourced ingredients produced using sustainable methods ensures that every dish is of exceptional quality, and spices are imported whole straight from India.
The dining experience is set in a stylish a 1960s art deco house, complete with tropical garden with alfresco seating.
There are a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetable dishes, with key players being cardamom marinated chicken, grilled spiced tawa lobster, and a 7-hour slow cooked pulled leg of mutton.
Address: 71, Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok
Open: Every day from 11:30am to 2:30pm, and from 6:00pm to 10:30pm
Executive Chef Jeriko Van Der Wolf expresses his culinary talent using the finest ingredients and local products to find the perfect match with the animal cuts used at Cocotte, an impressive rotisserie and winery with a combination of classic and modern inspiration.
Organic farm products from small local farms are carefully selected, and wine buffs will love the quality and diversity of the wine menu.
Relax in the restaurant’s unique homey bistro atmosphere in the heart of Bangkok, and enjoy mouth watering meats such as Tomahawk Australian Wagyu and milk fed lamb rack roasted to perfection, or signature dishes like grilled bone marrow on crispy-soft bread with beef cheeks marmalade, sauce bearnaise, quail eggs & garlic confit to delight the senses.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 39, Ground Floor, 39 Boulevard, Bangkok
Open: Daily from 11:00am to 3:00pm, and from 6:00pm to midnight
Escape from the chaos of Bangkok’s business district in this remarkable Italian eatery with tranquil tropical garden tucked away down an alley away from the heat on the street.
Voted one of the best Italian restaurants in Bangkok, Enoteca serves innovative yet traditional gourmet fare paired with excellent wines.
Only the highest quality produce is used to create each dish, with a highlight on biodynamic products. On the menu dishes such as tartare of Italian deep sea red prawn from Mazzara del Vallo, hand made fetuccine filled with liquid Ricotta, sausage and black Truffle, and slow cooked Italian Suckling Pig with Spinach, Cauliflower and Dates all beg to be devoured.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 27, Bangkok
Open: From 9:00am to 1:00am Sunday to Wednesday, and from 9:00am to 02:30am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For fantastic dim sum at an affordable price, head on over to Hong Bao at its chic Sukhumvit location.
The dining space is subtle and chic, with white walls and elegant prints, and it’s the perfect place to sample some of the best dim sum in town, as well as traditional Chinese cuisine in the Cantonese style.
At Hong Bao dim sum is available all day, and includes treats such as rice flour rolls stuffed with crispy shrimp, sauteed tripe, spicy eggplant, barbequed duck and thick chinese rice noodles with seafood & gravy.
Locals and tourists alike flock to Hong Bao to sample the delicious dim sum feast, so it’s best to make a reservation.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok
Open: Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 2:30pm, and from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 10:00pm.
Perfect pizza is the name of the game at Peppina, where truly authentic Neapolitan pizza is made to a strictly traditional recipe using simple ingredients to create a dough that is soft and springy combined with a crisp, crunchy crust.
Dough is left to rise for 24 hours before being cooked very quickly, at an extremely high heat to create the perfect texture.
Imported Italian cheeses and fresh tomatoes make up the staple ingredients, further elaborated with toppings such as spicy salami, rocket, fresh black truffle, smoked mozzarella, basil and artichoke.
What’s more if you want to chow down on your pizza on the comfort of your sofa there’s even a home delivery service.
Address: 27/1 Sukhumvit 33, Bangkok
Open: Monday to Thursday from 11:30am to 3:00pm, and from 6:00pm to midnight. From Friday to Sunday from 11:30 to 2:30pm, and from 6:00pm to midnight.
Sushi is a fine art and the eponymous Sushi chef Isao is a grand master.
The food here is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, with incredible variety and attention to detail. Isao creates his dishes using an abundance of fresh ingredients, and enhances them with an international twist to create the perfect fusion of east meets west.
Try out some of the signature fusion specialties such as the Rainbow Rolls featuring tuna, salmon and shrimp wrapped outside a tempura roll, or the Jackie — a friendly little caterpillar shaped shrimp roll filled with tempura, flying fish roe, a slice of avocado, and wrapped with rice and seaweed.
Address: 5 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok
Open: Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 2:30pm, and from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 11:00pm.
The glamorous Philippe Restaurant with turquoise silk wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, and acres of dark wood polished to a dark glow is renowned for its French cuisine.
Chef and owner Philippe Peretti has trained with some of the best Michelin starred chefs in the world, and since 1998 has been creating some of the most elegant French food to be found in Bangkok.
The menu is designed to feature the freshest of products, and to skilfully bring out the natural taste of the food. Favourite dishes include a mushroom cassolette of mixed blue foot, girolles, and mousseron, with poached egg; roasted blue fresh water prawn with roe coral cream linguini; and a classic fish fillet in creamy garlic saffron bouillabaisse sauce.
Address: 20/15-17 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok
Open: Lunch is served everyday from 11.30am to 2.30pm, and dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
This high end, fine dining restaurant is the place to go to savour some of Thailand’s best flavours in a delightful traditional Thai teak house setting.
The menu is truly authentic, and head chef Noom prides himself on the freshness of his ingredients, even going so far as to grow his own aromatic herbs for the restaurant.
Time-honored Thai dishes are elevated to another level with Noom’s gastronomic flair. Red curry is made with roasted pork collar and enhanced with Thai southern fava beansprout & sweet tree leaf, and grilled marinaded Australian beef is given extra zing with Maekhong whisky and jieaw sauce.
Address: 66 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok
Open: From Monday to Thursday from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. From Friday to Sunday from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.
Seasonal, wholesome Mediterranean dishes await diners at Harvest, a spacious yet cozy farmhouse style restaurant offering up rustic, western country home cooking using the freshest produce of the highest quality.
Delicious baked camembert served with roasted almonds, walnuts, raisins, honey & crusty bread oozes on the plate, and the seafood risotto is bursting with grilled lobster, clams, octopus, mussels & tomatoes on vines.
In fact the menu is pretty seafood heavy, with bowls of mussels available with a choice of six different sauces, plus fresh raw oysters.
Meat lovers will appreciate the grilled Iberian pork served with caramelized-baked apples, sautéed pumpkin & cider sauce, or the Australian, 150 day grain-fed beef tenderloin with sautéed brocollini, roasted garlic, grilled shallot & red wine gravy.
Address: Chapter 31 Building, 24/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok
Open: Every day from 5:30pm to 12:00pm
Best Restaurants in Thonglor
The team at Thai restaurant Bo.lan place a strong importance on maintaining the environment and natural resources while taking pleasure in cooking and eating great food.
Chefs Bo and Dylan work closely with local farmers to use bio diversified produce, resulting in a fresh and exciting menu that changes daily, and as a result of this philosophy the restaurant is recognised as one of the best restaurants in Bangkok.
Thai dishes remain true to their roots, allowing the quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves. The menu features various enticing tasting menus, such as Bo Balance which includes salad of fresh cucumber and Ao Phang nga banana prawn with orange chili dressing, grilled chili relish of Isan style herbal-fed chicken served with grilled squid, and Sap Nok Style curry of Chachoengsao Duck with ginger and long yard bean.
Address: 24 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Bangkok
Open: Open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 2:30pm, and for dinner on Tuesday through to Sunday from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.
Little Beast is a gastrobar with an inviting industrial chic decor serving contemporary French American small plates and inventive cocktails.
There’s a somewhat 1920s Speakeasy vibe, and a laid back, comfortable yet intimate ambiance which encourages sharing the tempting array of plates this restaurant has to offer.
Crab and artichoke dip, shrimp and grits, tuna tartare, cheeseburger sliders, roasted garlic and potato dumplings, truffle and pork cheek penne, and 15 hour slow cooked lamb are just some of the fare on available on the menu. It’s well worth coming here for the cocktails too.
Address: 44/9-10 Thonglor 13, Bangkok
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 5:30pm to 1:00am, and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays. Closed Monday.
You might think that sushi based around only fish and rice is boring, but at Sushi Kanda these two simple foodstuffs transform into some of the most delectable edomae sushi in town.
Japanese chef Takahiro Hato works his magic in this gleaming, minimalist restaurant, sourcing only the finest ingredients from his native country.
Prices are high, but the quality is second to none, with glistening sea urchin, Hokkaido live scallops, tuna, saltwater eel, yellowtail, blue fin robin and mackerel all feature on the menu, balanced by a good dose of soy and wasabi.
Sit at the bar and watch the master at work as you wait for a taste sensation.
Address: 2/F, No. 88, Thonglor Soi 5, Bangkok
Open: Monday and Tuesday from 11:30am to 2:00pm and 5:30pm to 11:00pm. Thursday to Sunday from 5:30-11pm, and Thursday to Sunday lunchtimes from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Soul Food Mahanakorn
Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, Soul Food Mahanakorn dishes up authentic regional Thai food in the street food style.
The atmosphere is hip and laid back, and many of the ingredients are sourced from small farms in the northeast of Thailand, including organic fair trade rice and free range meats.
Classic plates include stir fried morning glory, Thai seafood omelet with wild tiger prawns and minced pork, Sticky tamarind ribs, organic smoked duck larb with sour and spicy dressing, and Penang curry with braised beef tongue and cheek, peanuts, and burnt pineapple.
There’s also a good selection of wines and some cheeky cocktails like the Bun Bang Fai — Cuervo Especial tequila, lime, almond syrup and egg white spiced up with a hint of chili.
Address: 56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok
Open: Every day from 5:30pm to 12:00am.
La Bottega Di Luca
The amazing outdoor terrace at La Bottega Di Luca makes for a lush and comfy spot to enjoy some fine Italian cuisine.
Premium quality ingredients from small artisanal producers all over the Italian regions and Europe are the backbone of the rustic Italian fare infused with influences from the whole of the Mediterranean with inventive and unexpected twists.
This is fine dining without pretentions but with plenty of big flavours. Piedmont Fassone beef tartare with garden flavours, Risotto Di Luca featuring black truffle cheese and Italian cured bacon, and homemade angel hair pasta with two types of lobster and cherry tomatoes are just some of the signature dishes.
Wash it down nicely with a sparkly Prosecco or a fine wine from the restaurant’s impressive wine cellar.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 49, 2nd Floor, Building Terrace 49, Bangkok
Open: Tuesday to Friday from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 11.30pm. Also open Monday from 5.30pm to 11.30pm.
Supanniga Eating Room
The rediscovery of forgotten family recipes lies at the centre of Supanigga’s gastronomic heart. In a quest to breathe new life into little known traditional Thai recipes, Supanigga Eating Room offers Thai diners the chance to reconnect with their heritage, and happily the rest of us get to enjoy some sublime Thai cooking too.
Arranged over three floors, the dining space has a welcoming contemporary feel with sympathetic old world details like crystal ware and delicate Thai china.
On the menu a clear broth of baby squids stuffed with seasoned ground pork tempts seafood lovers, and “Son in Law” Eggs, fried medium-boiled eggs, served with three-flavor sauce and fried shallots is an enticing option for vegetarians — while charcoal grilled premium Pone Yang Kam beef, Isan style served with grilled sweet sticky rice is sure to please carnivores.
Address: 160/11 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok
Open: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm, and 5:30 to 11:00pm
Fresh ingredients are imported directly from Japan everyday to create the authentic Kaiseki cuisine at Kitaohji.
Kaiseki are beautifully presented, painstakingly prepared, multiple course meals, served within the walls of a traditional Japanese house set amongst pretty and tranquil landscaped gardens that plunge you into the authentic Japanese dining experience. Kaiseki menus are based around a particular meat or fish such as wagyu, king crab or chicken and typically feature a cold appetiser, sashimi, a main course, followed by a deep fried dish with noodles or rice, and a dessert.
Address: 212 Thonglor Soi 8, Bangkok
Open: Monday to Friday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, and from 11:30am to 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Missing Burro
Perhaps the truest taste of Mexico in Bangkok can be enjoyed at The Missing Burro.
This hip and exciting little eatery is the brainchild of two Mexican brothers, who present a small but tasty menu of traditional Mexican delicacies created using genuine Mayan spice blends and melt in your mouth roasted meats.
Carnitas with pork cooked in beer and spices is a stand out star on the menu, and the tortillas and sopesito are also delicious. Cocktails are almost obligatory, and the beer, lime and chili Michelada is a must try.
Chill out at wooden tables in the stylish garden, while the brothers cook you up a feast in their brightly painted kitchen made from converted shipping containers.
Address: 145 Soi Sing Waet Lom (Thong lo 7), Bangkok
Open: Wednesday to Monday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Best Restaurants in Ekkamai
Customers come from far and wide to get a taste of the fantastic selection of craft beers at Upstairs Mikkeller, but the booze is far from the only attraction.
Chef Dan Bark previously worked at a three Michelin star restaurant in Chicago, and he really knows his onions. The super simple modern decor is in direct contrast to the intricate balance of flavours in each dish Bark creates — and each dish is designed to be paired with and complemented by one of the many craft beers on offer.
This unique combination is a winner, and each dish of the sophisticated 10 course tasting menu is packed with elegant colour and texture.
Address: 26 Ekkamai Soi 10, Lane 2, Bangkok
Open: Thursday to Saturday from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
If you’re mad for meat you’ll love Meatlicious where every type of meat is cooked pretty much every way to its best possible deliciousness.
Wood fired grills char and add smoky flavours, meat is tenderised sous-vide to prevent any loss of juice or taste machine, sizzling pans fry to crisp perfection — there’s even a seven-seater chef’s table right in front of the cooking station to provide the best views of the gastronomic spectacle. T
he menu is beef heavy with options like Tomahawk steak, wagyu from Japan, and gaucho-styled steak with Argentine chimichurri sauce, but signature dishes also include succulent spice-rubbed whole roast chicken, and fish options such as sea bass and scallops.
Address: 8 Ekkamai Soi 6, Bangkok
Open: Every day from 6:00 pm to midnight
Nothing tastes quite as much like sunshine as Greek food, and when you want to Greek out, Olive offers up enough inspired Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to give you that satisfied sunny feeling.
Host Elena Karoumi provides a welcoming, relaxing and convivial atmosphere in which to enjoy first-rate home cooking based on her own family recipes passed down through generations.
besMeze are perfect to share, and Olive has all the classics like Tzatziki, roasted eggplant and feta dip, hummus, Spanakopita, stuffed vine leaves with rice and beef, and deep fried calamari.
If you’re up for a full on feast, main courses include Moussaka, baked macaroni pie with meat sauce and bechamel cream, and lamb Souvlaki hot from the grill.
Address: 37/1 Soi Chareonjai (Ekamai 12), Bangkok
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00am to 10:00pm. Closed on Mondays.
Bourbon St. Restaurant & Oyster Bar is the only address for authentic Cajun and Creole Cuisine in Bangkok.
Moreish Gumbo, hickory smoked ribs, chicken Jambalaya and other famous Louisiana dishes are served up with a side of good old New Orleans-style hospitality.
The restaurant also features an oyster bar, with live oysters freshly imported every day, including char grilled, fried and oysters Bienville topped with a cream and mushroom sauce, breadcrumbs and parmesan.
Address: Bourbon Street, 9/39-40 Ekkamai Soi Tana Arcade, Bangkok
Open: Daily from 7:00am to 1:00am
What are your favourite restaurants in Phrom Phong, Thonglor and Ekkamai?