BK's annual Top Tables guide lists Bangkok’s 100 best restaurants. Here are the top picks from Phrom Phong—and there's way more to this neighborhood than shiny malls and Japanese restaurants. 


Since 2013, Paolo Vitaletti has steered Bangkok diners towards a simpler, more homestyle definition of Italian cuisine. At Appia, the man who is also behind Peppina, the pizzeria which serves Thailand’s only certified Neapolitan pizza, demonstrates even greater attention to detail in order to capture the essence of true trattoria dining. Last year Vitaletti was joined by a new head chef, Rome-hailing Roberto Cimmino, who brings Southern Italian cooking and passion for seafood to the table of what was originally a staunchly Roman restaurant. While you can have Appia’s classic menu of in-house rotisserie meats, rich stews and incredible homemade pastas, Cimmino has also rolled out a seasonal rotating menu, highlighting premium ingredients like Icelandic cod fish and mazara prawns. What hasn’t changed one bit is the restaurant’s mix of class, warmth and charm, typified by excellent service and a killer wine list.

20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31. Tel. 02-261-2056 Opening Hours: daily 6:30-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2:30pm

Freebird (WESTERN) 

This polished operation comes from an all-star cast of restaurateurs who first made their mark in Singapore. Chic yet relaxed, on trend yet original, the restaurant sits in a mid-century modern house and introduces Bangkok to what it calls modern Australian cuisine. Get the 10-course tasting menu for a blend of Western and Asian cooking methods and umami-packed ingredients in dishes like organic sea urchin and sea grapes with whipped parmesan on dehydrated flaxseed cracker, and slow-roasted ocean trout with wakame butter, trout roe and pennywort.

28 Sukhumvit Soi 47.Tel. 02-662-4936 Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 5:30pm-Late; Sat-Sun 11am-3pm

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Harvest (EUROPEAN)

Crumbling walls, rickety old bicycles, rusting plant pots and bouquets of dried flowers setn the intensely rustic mood for Harvest’s homey European menu. Though heavy on the seafood, you’ll find hearty, meaty dishes as well, with highlights including the succulent Iberico pork steak on sweet braised fennel and 1.2kg cote de boeuf. No visit is complete without ordering the mussels in white wine and capers sauce.

Chapter 31, 24/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31. Tel. 02-262-0762, 097-235-8286 Opening Hours: daily 5:30pm-midnight

Hong Bao (CHINESE)

No low-ceilings and brown carpets here. The Cantonese restaurant breaks with tradition by offering a bright white dining space decked out with chandeliers and ink drawings from 18th-century Europe. It is also unusual in that it serves its dim sum all day. We’re particularly fond of the steamed rice rolls with crispy shrimp (that dark soy sauce) and their famous lava bun, which strikes a wonderful balance between sweet creaminess and salty egg yolk.

Other branches: Central Embassy, 092-667-2992; MBK Center, 02-003-1677; Thanya Shopping Park, 092-262-9372

Sukhumvit Soi 39. Tel. 02-662-3565, 092-273-5242 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm; Sat-Sun 10:30am-10pm

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Indus (INDIAN)

Time has done nothing to rub the sparkle of this long-established Indian food favorite. The beautifully converted residential location feels both relaxed and special, while dishes pack a reliable flavor punch despite the kitchens efforts to cut down on ghee and heavy oils. Recent introductions of more contemporary dishes and a tasting menu have revived new interest, not that Indus's dining room was ever lacking in customers. 

71 Sukhumvit Soi 26. Tel. 02-258-4900, 086-339-8582 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-11pm

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Jidori-Ya Ken (JAPANESE)

Jidori probably does the best yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) in town—crisp exterior, very little charring, and a moist, perfectly cooked interior. But before you even start to eat, take in the atmosphere. Jidori has all the authenticity and log cabin charm of a genuine Tokyo tavern—although the service is so polished and the food’s presentation so delicate, calling this place a tavern feels a bit rude.

10/12 Sukhumvit Soi 26. Tel. 02-661-3457 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight; Sun 5-10pm

Peppina (ITALIAN)

Before mushrooming with branches around Bangkok and as far afield as Hua Hin, chef Paolo Vitaletti’s pizzeria was firmly esconced as purveyor of the city’s most authentic Neapolitan pizza. Boasting official certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples, the pizzas here can’t be beat, but the inviting space is just as suited to a multi-course feast of pastas, sharing steaks and wine.

Other branches: Tha Maharaj, 02-024-1330; The Commons; The Crystal Veranda, 092-402-8012; Jas Urban, 062-826-4149

27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 33. Tel. 02-119-7677 Opening Hours: daily 11am-3pm, 6:30-11pm

Philippe Restaurant (FRENCH)

Just like the dining room’s silk wallpaper and well-worn hardwoods, dinner at this old-school French favorite of hiso party types is aging well—tender premium meats doused in rich cream sauces, deliciously moist and flakey white fish in delicate broths, and powerful, chocolate-heavy desserts. Go for the set menus, which show seasonal sensitivity and represent decent bang for buck.

20/15-17 Sukhumvit 39. Tel. 02-259-4577/8 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm 


The dining area, trussed out by neighboring Casa Pagoda, brims with a comforting-yet-faddish faux-vintage style. But years have been suprisingly kind to Quince, which has graduated from hip kid to perennial favorite. Specializing in fuss-free plates, its Mediterranean-tinged menu places local, seasonal ingredients center stage. The little garden is arguably the best spot in town for a laid-back brunch and the wine list is particulalry inspired, with lots of smaller, organic, European domains.

Sukhumvit Soi 45. Tel. 02-662-4478 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat-Sun 10:30am-midnight

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From a space where earthy, harvest-season references get turned up to eleven—hemp rope, faux wooden rafters, olde worlde gardening tools—Seed dishes out efficient, high-end bistro dishes slanted towards the local palate. Its mountain of sea crab pasta to share is the Instagram star, but we’re more partial to Seed’s simpler dishes—meaty barbecue ribs, amply portioned squid and chips and juicy steaks. Wine is some of the best-priced in town.

104 Sukhumvit Soi 39. Tel. 099-283-6363, 094-429-7777 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun 10am-midnight

Sushi Misaki (JAPANESE)

If you‘re not paying attention, you’ll walk straight past this hidden little Japanese restaurant. Sushi Misaki is equally minimal inside, only 10 seats around one sushi counter where Shizuoka-born chef Masahiro Misaki (formerly of Nippon Tei) serves an omakase meal of about 20 items, including appetizers, 12 nigiri sushi, a sushi roll, tamago, miso soup and dessert. The chef makes his sushi Edo style, meaning the fish has been through a process of aging, curing or fermenting.

G/F, Rain Hill, Sukhumvit Rd. Tel. 02-258-1783 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 6-11:30pm


One of the few omakase specialists with a Thai chef at the helm is favored for its seasonal ingredients, whether it’s nama-sujiko (fresh salmon roe), ankimo (monkfish liver) or shinko (small gizzard shad). Umi uses two types of rice (seasoned with either white or red vinegar) for nigiri sushi and also prepares delicate appetizers like the big piece of grilled saltwater eel with crispy skin and tender meat. Come lunchtime, the set menus are a real steal.

2/F, Piman 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49. Tel. 02-662-6661 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun noon-2pm, 6-11pm

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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.