A clever concept combining a “Parisian apartment” feel with a French menu, dining at L’Appart is meant to feel like attending a dinner party at the home of a very chic, wealthy friend. Headed by chef Jerome Deconnick (ex-Hilton Tokyo’s Le Pergolese), L’Appart plies diners with dishes that smack of classical French but occasionally add local twists, such as fish in a tom kha (Thai coconut soup) beurre blanc.
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The Italian restaurant at the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok continues its focus on Tuscan cuisine under new head chef Roberto Parentela (previously of Zanotti). Favorites such as the ravioli con porcini and branzino al cartoccio (steamed whole sea bass from Brittany) remain, vying for the diner’s attention with an old world wine list, 28th-floor views and a well-appointed dining room.
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The contemporary and the traditional collide in this mix of modern dark latticework, contrasted with notes of traditional wood furniture and copper artifacts from India. Observe the chefs’ expertise through a large window to the kitchen, where they busily operate three ornate tandoor ovens. Pair each of the sharing courses with a special Indian cocktail menu created by none other than Bangkok’s hottest mixologist, Joseph Boroski.
The food at this longstanding-yet-unassuming restaurant could be considered the culinary equivalent of a Swiss watch: not ostentatious, but well-made. What you get here, besides a cozy atmosphere in a standalone house is friendly service and an extensive menu that spans Europe (from Italian tomato and mozzarella salad to Hungarian goulash). The focus, however, remains on Swiss specialties like melted raclette cheese with pickles and new potatoes.
Part of the old guard of Vietnamese restaurants in Bangkok, Le Dalat manages to stay on top of the heap with its faithful renditions of royal Vietnamese recipes, paired with a beautiful dining room full of well-chosen antiques. Munch on classics such as chao tom, banh cuon and the amazing pho, aided by an unobtrusive waitstaff.
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Since 2004, Enoteca has been among the top of Bangkok’s Italian restaurant pile. Salamis and cold cuts sit alongside big, well hacked-intro wheels of cheese, while bottles of red wine line the walls, tucked between brick pillars and Tuscany-referencing ceiling arches. Chef Marco Pacetta's degustation menus are a well-pitched showcase of premium dishes like pigeon breast and foie gras wrapped in puff pastry, truffle-flecked pastas, plump and amply portioned fillets of line-caught turbot. Ordering a la carte? Don't miss the pigeon liver pate and black ink “cappuccino” (a mixture of black ink sauce, creamed potato and parmesan). The huge wine menu goes big on Borolo, with many of the bottles exclusive to Enoteca.
A labor of love that aims to preserve Thailand’s culinary heritage, The Local offers authentic Thai dishes in a century-old house. Hard-to-find specialties such as gang run juan (beef in spicy herbal soup) and pla paak nam (seafood in red curry paste) hail from old Siamese recipes, handed down over several generations and utilizing native ingredients sourced from every region of the country.
This traditionally-minded Japanese eatery serves up an extensive menu, ranging from casual fare like yakitori and soba (made from flour imported from Hokkaido) to more involved dishes such as a specially-steamed black cod that takes 20 minutes to prepare. Service is efficient and solicitous, while the decor is predictably understated with a touch of Japanese flair. For value for money, try the lunch sets.
Longstanding Phuket favorite Raya has upped its game by introducing its beloved Southern Thai cooking to Bangkok. The restaurant carries plenty of Sino-Portuguese touches like vaulted doors and a patterned tile floor, while the menu pulls out all the Raya classics, such as the gaeng nuea poo bai chaploo (crab curry with piper leaves) and the moo horng (Southern-style braised pork), alongside new dishes like goong khun ya (grandma’s fried river prawns).
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Rang Mahal (“Palace of Colors”) does serious Indian food in a regal setting that takes full advantage of its 26th-floor location to offer up a striking view of Bangkok’s skyline. While some bemoan the small portions, the excellent renditions of saag paneer (spinach with paneer cheese), bhaigan bhartha (spiced eggplant) and Tandoori chicken make it a crowd favorite.
Although this restaurant considers itself a fine-dining French eatery, it’s more known as a steakhouse—perhaps because of the carnivorous name. Set on the 31st floor of the Landmark hotel, RR&B combines discreet service and moody lighting with a vast selection of beef such as Japanese wagyu Ohmi and Australian grain-fed 400-day meat.
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This cozy little eatery, tucked down a side-street off a busy intersection, may come off a little pricey, but fans of the place love it for its great service, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Besides big-ticket menu items like the beef steak, there is raw tuna carpaccio, homemade ravioli with ricotta and, of course, pizza. The decor makes much use of low-beamed ceilings, wood furnishings and faux-distressed walls.
Rossini’s represents old-guard, classic Italian fine dining. The decor is made up to resemble a Tuscan villa while the menu is studded with surefire crowd pleasers like pan-roasted foie gras, turbot, creamed artichoke soup and seared black cod. Remember to save room for desserts like the chocolate foie gras mousse and rosemary apple tart with caramel ice cream.
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Bangkok is filled almost to bursting with Japanese restaurants, but many Nippon expats bemoan the lack of truly authentic sushi-ya, due to what they see are inferior-quality rice and sushi vinegar in Thailand. One restaurant that passes the test, however, is this unassuming spot tucked into the basement of Jasmine Tower which pulls in the nearby salayman lunch crowd. Take up a seat at the sushi bar to watch the chefs work their magic.
Coupling an extensive menu with excellent service, Ten-Sui—housed in a beautiful Japanese-style building surrounded by a verdant garden—offers everything from hot stone dishes to noodles, sushi and shabu shabu. The waitresses all wear Japanese traditional dress and the private rooms upstairs allow for a much more sedate dining experience. Especially recommended are the lunch sets.