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The 13 best restaurants in Asoke and Nana

The CBD comes alive at night with a diverse range of amazing restaurants. Check out more in BK's annual Top Tables guide. 

By BK staff | Apr 03, 2017

  • The 13 best restaurants in Asoke and Nana
    Sushi Masato

Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology (INDIAN)

Charcoal delivers on both glamour and flavor. Its blissfully concise menu emphasises juicy, tandoor-cooked meats that burst with the potent taste of Indian spices, while you’ll also find authentic Indian classics like daal (stewed lentils) and phirini (rice pudding). The dining room’s sultry blend of dark woods, lattice screens, spice jars and barely existent lighting makes it the perfect spot for a pre-night-out dinner—as do the Joseph Boroski-designed drinks.

5/F, Fraser Suites, Sukhumvit Soi 11. Tel. 089-307-1111 Opening hours: daily 6pm-midnight

 

Le Dalat (VIETNAMESE)

Spawning branches at the city’s top malls hasn’t diluted the quality on offer at this old-guard Vietnamese establishment. The kitchen’s faithful renditions of royal Vietnamese recipes are served in a dining room teeming with beautiful antiques and surrounded by a verdant garden. As ever, the doting waitstaff will guide you through the extensive menu, which spans classics like chao tom, banh cuon, bo kho and pho, as well as Vietnamese-French creations.

Other branches: Central Embassy,  Emporium, EmQuartier 

57 Sukhumvit Soi 23. Tel. 02-259-9593 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm

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Enoteca Italiana (ITALIAN)

Since 2004, Enoteca has been among the top of Bangkok’s Italian restaurant pile. Salamis and cold cuts sit alongside big, well-hacked-into wheels of cheese, while bottles of red wine line the walls, tucked between brick pillars and Tuscany-referencing ceiling arches. Don’t let the rustic decor fool you, though: Enoteca’s set menus are an elegant showcase of refined flavors—from braised quail stew in the shell of a salt-cooked onion to roast pigeon with foie gras. New chef Stefano Borra (formerly chef-owner of the one- Michelin-starred Ristorante VO in Italy) has brought on board full-on, meaty and rustic Piedemontese flavors.

39 Sukhumvit Soi 27. Tel. 02-258-4386 Opening Hours: daily 6-10:30pm

 

The Local (THAI)

Aiming to preserve Thailand’s rich culinary heritage, this labor of love offers hard-to-find specialties that are noticeably different from most standard Bangkok fare. The recipes for dishes like gang run juan (beef in spicy herbal soup) and goong pad nam maa-kham (stir-fried shrimp in tamarind sauce) have been handed down from generation to generation and feature ingredients sourced from all over the country. They’re all served up in a century-old house which only adds to the sense of adventure.

32-32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23. Tel. 02-664-0664 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11:30pm

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Mitsumori of Tokyo (JAPANESE)

It’s owned by Ootaya and doesn’t look like much. But this Japanese eatery is actually a boon for connoisseurs seeking out soba noodles from imported Hokkaido flour, tofu made fresh daily, and free-range chicken. The latter is the house specialty, to be had cooked over the coal grill in the middle of the restaurant, perfectly seasoned and lightly glazed. Note that you’ll need to book a day in advance to snag a seat.

47/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23. Tel. 02-640-8283 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm; Mon-Sat 5-11pm; Sun 5-10pm

 

El Mercado (EUROPEAN)

Tucked deep down a rabbit warren in the middle of Ratchada-Rama 4, this cool little spot is part food market, part restaurant. A large deli counter stocks cheese and charcuterie from Europe, while the cold storage room is packed with fresh imported seafood like fine de claire oysters, Mediterranean seabass and turbot. Order from the blackboard for simple, tasty dishes whipped up by a French chef with a Southern European slant. The word is out, though—getting a table on the tiny terrace, where they also hold barbecues, can require a wait.

490 Soi Phai Singto. Tel. 02-258-1385 Opeining Hours:Tue-Thu 9:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:30am-10:30pm

 

Prai Raya (THAI)

Longstanding Phuket favorite Raya has gained a foothold in Bangkok with a modern home referencing the original location’s Sino-Portuguese influences. The kitchen’s Southern flavors are bright, authentic and well-balanced. We recommend you start with all the Raya classics, such as the gaeng nuea poo bai chaploo (crab curry with piper leaves), crabmeat yellow curry with rice noodles and the moo horng (Southern-style braised pork), before exploring new dishes like goong khun ya (grandma’s fried river prawns).

59 Sukhumvit Soi 8. Tel. 02-253-5556, 091-878-9959 Opening Hours: daily 10:30am-10:30pm

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Punjab Grill (INDIAN)

Fine-dining Indian restaurant group Punjab Grill has a dozen venues in India, plus locations in Abu Dhabi, Singapore (where it’s been hailed as one of the city’s greatest restaurants) and in Bangkok. Authentic yet modern, chef Bharath Bhat’s menu has creative touches, such as the avocado papdi chaat, a take on the classic Indian street-side snack with a taste of Mexico and the look of a California maki, alongside classics like chicken tikka and lamb chops cooked in real tandoori ovens.

Radisson Suites, 23/2-3 Sukhumvit Soi 13. Tel. 02-645-4952 Opening Hours: daily 6-11:30pm; Sun noon-3pm

 

Rang Mahal (INDIAN)

Despite the many new fine-dining Indian players in town, none quite come close to the the regal charms of Bangkok’s original purveyor of curries with majesty. But the elaborate plasterwork and sky-high views would be worth nothing if it weren’t for Rang Mahal’s sinfully rich curries, perfectly barbecued tandoori meats and pillowy, wellcharred breads. The Sunday brunch remains one of Bangkok’s must-do experiences.

26/F, Rembrandt Hotel, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18. Tel. 02-261-7100 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-midnight; Sun 11am-2:30pm

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Rossini's (ITALIAN)

Themed to ressemble a Tuscan villa complete with a gigantic fireplace, wood-beamed ceiling and large frescos of patrician families, the long-standing Sheraton Grande’s flagship restaurant remains as relevant as ever thanks to its expertly-curated wine list, regular visits from exciting (often Michelin-starred) chefs from Italy, and the kind of consistency only five-star hotels can deliver. Produce, too, is amazing, from the creamy burrata to the Hokkaido scallop.

1/F, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Rd. Tel. 02-649-8364 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; daily 6-10:30pm

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Sushi Masato (JAPANESE)

At 29 years old, while working in the kitchen of Jewel Bako in New York, Masato Shimizu became the youngest chef in NYC to ever win a Michelin star. Now, he works in Bangkok. While our city counts some 3,500 Japanese restaurants, Masato sits at the very top of the pile of an increasingly competitive niche for uncompromisingly high-quality omakase dining (this year Top Tables welcomes five new omakase specialists), a meal where the chef selects the courses. You won’t see any signage outside the eponymous Masato beyond a single lantern, no more than 15 inches wide, on which is written two syllables: “su shi.” Walk inside, through a cosseting network of compact corridors and an indoor rock garden, and you’ll find yourself at a sushi counter at which people wait months for their seat. Six nights a week, a team of three chefs serve 20 or so courses to just 20 lucky customers split over two sittings.

3/22 Sukhumvit 31 Soi 1. Tel. 02-040-0015 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 5:30-10pm

 

Ten-Sui (JAPANESE)

This beautiful Japanese-style building surrounded by a tranquil garden remains one of the city’s most-loved restaurants for a Tokyo-style kaiseki banquet. While the multicourse lunch sets are heralded as particularly good value for money, ordering a la carte offers no shortage of choice, from grilled dishes to shabu shabu to sushi. All food is made from top-quality imported ingredients and served with the most scrupulous Japanese hospitality.
 
33 Sukhumvit Soi 16. Tel. 02-663-2281 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm
 

 

Vietnamese & More (VIETNAMESE)

What this tucked-away restaurant lacks in polished decor it makes up in home-style Vietnamese flavors. The banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) are consistently lauded as the best in town thanks to a baguette that’s crisp yet fluffy and fillings like the succulent beef brisket and blue cheese with a side of au jus for dipping. The menu also covers classics like pho, whose hearty broth is the result of lengthy simmering, and rarer specialities like cha ca la vong (fried tilapia with herbs and spices).

Rompo Mansion, 99/9-11 Thang Rotfai Khao-Saipaknam Rd. Tel. 02-671-9955 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-2pm, 5-9:30pm
 

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The full list of 100 restaurants is available as a free booklet inserted in BK Magazine issue number 684 (Mar 31) and a downloadable PDF version here.
 
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