Here is a list, along with some photos that may make your mouth water, of our top restaurant picks in Bangkok. Whether you are here for a day, a month or a year, these are restaurants you will want to check off the list with food that will set the bar high when it comes to your Thai cuisine expectations!
The food here is truly authentic and full of amazing flavors unique to this restaurant. What to order? See these pictures for reference and if you’re not sure how to say the names of the dishes in Thai, just point!
Mee grob (Crispy, stir-fried noodles)
Tom kha gai (Chicken coconut soup)
Fried mixed vegetable samosas
Hor mok (Steamed seafood curry)
Khanom jiin sao naam (Rice noodles with coconut milk, pineapple, ginger and fish balls)
Bua loy naam king (Sesame dumplings in ginger water)
The Royal Thai Navy Club House is perfect for an afternoon riverside lunch, making one feel like a special guest of the Thai Royal Navy with its maritime décor. Their seafood selection is delectable! After lunch, stop by their next-door café for some Thai tea or coffee.
Menu must-try items: pineapple fried rice, crab somtam papaya salad, pork dumplings, shrimp toast, green curry with roti, and ‘hor mok talay’ (steamed curry seafood in coconut).
Somtam puu (Crab papaya salad)
Hor mok talay (Steamed curry seafood in coconut)
Giiaow tod (Fried dumplings)
Gaeng kiiaeow wan roti (Green curry with roti)
Khao pad sapparot (Pineapple fried rice)
Bpo bpia sawan (Shrimp cakes)
Muu det diiaow song krueng (BBQ marinated pork in sesame seeds)
Located adjacent to the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple, this restaurant is famous and has been around for a long time. Sip on the different colorful Thai herbal drinks for a refreshing treat. For lunch or dinner, have some fish or Kanom jiin (white noodles) with different sauce toppings. The Kanom jiin sao naam is a cool, refreshing and unique dish — Kanom jiin served in a cool coconut milk sauce with fresh pineapple slices and a little hint of chili peppers and dried shrimp. A must try!
Khanom jiin naam ya
Khao Soi Gai (Northern Thailand noodle dish)
- Khanom jiin sao naam (Rice noodles with coconut milk, pineapple, ginger and fish balls)
Blue Elephant is a famous restaurant and cooking school where you will find old-style traditional food, as well as modern spins on traditional food, served in fancy platters and dishes. The ambiance here is elegant and the décor is as intricate as their culinary presentations. For a variety of tastes, try the set menus crafted by the head chef.
See Fah has authentic and good quality Thai food! The ‘khao na gai‘ (chicken over rice) and ‘khao niiaeow durian‘ (sticky rice and durian) are highly recommended. But order the durian sticky rice as soon as you get there because it tends to be a hot seller and runs out quickly!
When a restaurant is family-owned and has been open for 50 years, you know you can trust the taste of a long-standing recipe. The braised beef or goat stew are delicious, and I definitely recommend the ‘khao na gai’ (chicken over rice) or ‘rad ma’ (gravy noodles). All are full and hearty meals that will leave you feeling fully satisfied and a committed customer!
Khao na gai (Chicken over rice)
Khao kha muu (Pork leg over rice)
Oliiang (Thai iced coffee)