Paolo Vitaletti became one of the city’s favorite chefs in record timing when he broke the fussily plated norm of Bangkok’s hotel-dominated Italian food scene and drove it down the simple, rustic, home-style path of Appia. In the years since, he’s perhaps become better associated with the pizzeria sensation that is Peppina (now officially certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), but still claims head chef rights to the menu of fuss-free pastas, rotisserie meats and unctuous stews at Appia. Also drawing in diners are the efficient, friendly service; discerning wine list; rich desserts and charmingly rustic decor, which combines wood paneling with turn-of-the-century bistro chairs.
Sometimes, diners want a show as much as a good meal. Aston offers a bit of both via its large open kitchen, which takes center stage in the dining room, starring alongside stellar ingredients like Irish oysters, French artisanal cheese and locally sourced vegetables. The three-story building itself is also a draw, with its dramatic concrete-and-steel fittings combined with touches of verdant greenery. Especially recommended is the chef’s seven-course table menu, which changes periodically.
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One of a vanguard of restaurants that seek to tweak tried-and-tested street food favorites, Baa Ga Din presents a modern twist to roadside specialties like chicken wings and oyster omelets. The brainchild of Thitid Tassanakajohn of acclaimed fine-dining eatery Le Du, Baa Ga Din also serves an inventive cocktail menu in a friendly, bistro atmosphere that lures large groups who want the casual experience of Thai street food without the exhaust fumes and teeny stools.
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You’ve probably already seen Hong Bao’s hypnotic orange swirled buns on your favorite social media platform. This lava salapao, a colorful bun filled with molten, salty duck egg yolk, may be the headline dish, but there’s no shortage of winners at the always packed Hong Bao. Reserve a table and bring the family for a dim sum feast, while keeping your eyes on the menu for specials and out-of-the ordinary fillings in the rolls and baos.
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Always among the top spots in Bangkok for Indian dining, Indus won over diners by bringing a lighter touch to traditionally super-filling North Indian cuisine. The upbeat soundtrack and fun, colorful interior makes it a perfect place to lounge, while the biryani and kebabs constantly inspire our need for return visits.
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A favorite of Japanese expats, Jidori-Ya Kenzou takes full advantage of the flavor of Thai chicken by skewering every possible bit of the bird before grilling it over an open flame and baptizing it in soy sauce or dabs of salt. Other customer favorites include the housemade tofu, the pumpkin salad and the vegetable dip with bagna cauda sauce. The sake and shochu selection isn’t bad, either.
Well-made Thai comfort food in a hipster setting: Kram in a nutshell. Set in a greenery-filled house decorated with bean bags and hanging light bulbs, Kram offers classic Thai dishes such as gaeng ua poo bai chaploo (curry with crabmeat and wild betel leaf), woonsen dok kajorn pad kai (stir-fried glass vermicelli with eggs and cowslip creeper) and pla rak gluay pad prik khing (stir-fried horseface loach with ginger-chili paste).
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Importing its fish from Tsukiji five days a week, Mugendai places a premium on its generously cut, flavorful sushi. The recently opened outlet in EmQuartier aims to combine the premium restaurant experience with that of a lifestyle bar, while still offering the favorites enjoyed at the original branch at Grass Thonglor (now closed) such as uni hotate tempura and the delicious beef bowl.
The original branch of this rapidly expanding pizzeria aims high: it wants to be the purveyor of the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in Bangkok, and recently proved itself when it received official certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples. As a result, a massive pizza oven dominates the warmyet-industrial-style dining room, which boasts an open kitchen and its very own Neapolitan baker. Also popular with diners are the pasta dishes, fresh salads and excellent beef steak.
Other branches: Rattanakosin (Tha Maharaj), 02-024-1330; Thonglor (The Commons); Sriracha (Aeon Sriracha), 038-313-228
This French food fixture has long been a favorite of hi-so party types. Central to holding its place in locals’ esteem are the classical touches such as escargots, foie gras and truffles, as well as the solicitous service and comfortable, stately decor. The three-course set lunch is an unexpected bargain.
Specializing in fuss-free plates that are meant for sharing, Quince does a unique twist on pan-European food that aims to place its local, seasonal ingredients center stage. The dining area, trussed out by neighboring Casa Pagoda, brims with a comforting-yet-faddish faux-vintage style, and the Mediterranean-tinged menu is augmented by an inspired wine list and cocktail menu.
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Scalini appeals to diners looking for an Americanized form of Italian dining—more Godfather than La Dolce Vita. Headed by Chef Egidio Latorraca, who has over 15 years’ experience from stints in Australia, Europe and Macau, Scalini dishes out specialties like paccheri pasta with duck ragout, oven-baked black cod with Sicilian couscous and, its signature dessert, tiramisu, in a setting that recalls the prohibition era of 1920s America.
Headed by young local chef Pakapat Sakyaso, Seed rolls out refined comfort food with an emphasis on local quality produce in a casual, rustically-inclined atmosphere. But as well as seafood, ribs and steak, you’ll also find dishes that bear a Gallic-Asian twist like duck confit with carrot puree and ginger or french toast with pear and caramel. You'll also find some of the best-priced wine in town.
The dining room is a spectacular homage to over-the-top classic French styling, while the dishes are as rich as the polish on the Louis XVI chairs. Expect the private rooms to be regularly booked out by VIPs, who come back regularly for the foie gras, langoustines and truffle-flecked beef dishes. What’s most remarkable however are the prices—comfortably the cheapest in town for French food on this level.
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