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Why Pan Road is an underrated foodie paradise

Pan Road, the leafy street running from the Hindu temple on Silom to the Myanmar Embassy on Sathorn, is bursting with activity. Here are our favorite cafes and restaurants, both new and old. 

By Wanvida Jiralertpaiboon | Sep 04, 2017

  • Why Pan Road is an underrated foodie paradise
    Pan Road

Cafes 

Luka

This furniture-showroom-slash-cafe’s brunch-y fare and excellent coffee (from B70 for espresso) has made it a favorite with Sathorn’s busy professionals. On the menu is down-to-earth comfort food like breakfast burritos (B280) and grilled cheese sandwich (B150) served with a thick tomato soup. It also offers a wide range of organic teas like the white tea silver tips (B160) or green tea spearmint (B120). The rustic-meets-industrial decor comes courtesy of Casa Pagoda, with whom it shares its lofty and chic dwellings
64/1 Pan Rd., 02-637-8558. Open daily 9am-6pm
 

Printa Cafe 

This hip lifestyle cafe combines coffee and brunch with shopping. Printa Cafe doubles as a shop for owner, Piriya Tantravivud’s glasses brand, Glazziq. Drop by for breakfast dishes like saba teriyaki rice bowl (B190) half ham cheese sandwiches (B90) and coffee (from B65 for espresso) as you browse the showroom of simple specs in a variety of colors, gradients and materials. Prices start at just B1,990 a pair. Shop at www.glazziq.com
36/2 Pan Rd., 095-542-4575. Open Thu-Tue 8am-6pm

Restaurants

Suananda Vegetarian Garden & Ayurveda

This hidden gem serves homemade vegetarian food in a peaceful garden tucked off the main road, where Indian owner Sukesh C. also runs yoga and healthy cooking classes. The menu is mainly Indian, spotlighting seasonal organic crops, with highlights including some delectable, value-for-money lunch sets like Southern Indian-style dosa (finger millet crepe) with spinach paneer (B195), and papri chaat with sides like mung bean, potatoes, chutney, yogurt and sev (B120). 
109/9 Pan Rd., 080-805-4318. Mon-Sat 10:30am-9:30pm
 

Chennai Kitchen 

This low-key diner does tasty Southern Indian vegetarian food—think thali, dosa, vada—at very agreeable prices. Try the panjavarna uthappam (B140), an “Indian pizza” with five different vegetable chutneys, or the addictive onion masala dosa (thin crepe with potato and onion filling, B120). Wash your meal down with a lassi (Indian-style yogurt drink, B50) or masala tea (B50). 
107/4 Pan Rd., 02-234-1266. Open daily 10am-3pm, 6-9:30pm (last order 9pm)
 

Persian House

For more than 13 years, this same restaurant served up Iranian cuisine under the name Persian Company. Now with new ownership, the slightly renamed Persian House continues the same legacy with a new, rich turquoise look, intimate interior and Middle Eastern crockery. The menu spans hummus (a smooth puree of tahini, chickpeas and olive oil (B130), khoresht ghormeh sabzi (slow-cooked beef stew with fresh herbs, B220) and jouleh kebab (marinated Cornish hen skewers with grilled tomatoes, B200).
48/2-3 Pan Rd., 02-635-2675.  Open daily 11am-10pm (Closed the last Sunday of every month)
 
 

Opus

In business since 2009, Opus remains the restaurant of choice for bigwigs seeking discretion, consistently good Italian cuisine and a walk-in wine cellar with over 400 Italian labels. The setting, a stylish house-turned-restaurant, boasts a masculine vibe rich with leather and red accents. Let owner/manager Alex Morabito guide your wine selection and leave the rest to chef Davide Calo, whose authentic cooking has earned him the Italian government’s accreditation, an honor reserved to only a dozen venues in Bangkok. Mixologist Michele Montauti (formerly of Miky’s and House on Sathorn) whips up classics and handcrafted concoctions—try his negroni for B250. 
64 Pan Rd., 02-637-9899. Open dailly 6pm-midnight
 

Taitong 

An oldie but a goodie, this Chinese restaurant’s down-at-heel look takes nothing away from its luxurious spreads. The kitchen parked out front whips out specialties like braised abalone (start at B3,000), guay tiew Shanghai (B260) and stir-fried fish maw (B300-500). For a quick meal, we’ll happily chow down on the crab fried rice (B100), which comes packed with substantial crabmeat and a heady aroma from expert wok frying.  
50/39 Pan Rd., 081-566-8856. Open daily 10am-9pm 
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