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The 9 best restaurants around Bangkok's Riverside and Old Town

BK's annual Top Tables guide lists Bangkok’s 116 best restaurants. Here are the ones that made it from along the river and Rattanakosin.

By BK staff | Apr 18, 2016

  • The 9 best restaurants around Bangkok's Riverside and Old Town

Ah Yat Abalone Forum (CANTONESE)

It’s not all just abalone and seafood at this longstanding Cantonese specialist. Headed by native Hong Kong chef Yeung Koon Yat (formerly of Hong Kong’s Forum Restaurant, which once held a Michelin star), this longtime favorite of many of Bangkok’s oldest Thai families also boasts some of the best dim sum in town, including the much-vaunted lava buns.

 

China House (CHINESE)

China House charms diners who need a dash of hip to go with their shrimp dumplings. Set in a dining area that recalls Shanghai Tang-meets-1920s-China, this restaurant offers dyed-in-the-wool crowd pleasers like oven-roasted Peking duck, as well as nouveau-Chinois flourishes like deep-fried shrimp in a creamy wasabi sauce. For maximum exposure to China House’s kitchen, try out the weekend brunch.  

Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Come 4 Pay 3 on Dim Sum lunch (Tue - Fri and Saturday brunch) (Limit 12 persons /table /card.) or get 20% discount on food only for dinner hours. Advance reservation is required. Terms and conditions apply through Oct 31, 2016.

 

Err (THAI)

The chef duo behind Bangkok’s Thai fine dining institution Bo.lan have brought their expertise to a new genre of modern, casual Thai cuisine. Their latest project, Err, is set in a retro shop-house just down the street from Wat Pho, where they’ve trained their chefs to whip up rejuvenated versions of Thailand’s best drinking snacks. The menu comprises dishes intended to be shared among friends alongside cocktails.

  Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 10% discount on food only through Dec 31, 2016.

 

Le Normandie (FRENCH)

Possibly the most well-known fine dining restaurant in Bangkok underwent a minor revamp at the beginning of this year to ensure that it continues to set the standard for service and cuisine among eateries with Michelin-star pretensions in Thailand. Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier currently, who enjoys a formidable resume after stints with culinary giants Georges Blanc, Marc Veyrat and Emile Jung, helms the classically French menu. 
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Come 4 Pay 3 on 4-course lunch menu. (Limit 12 persons /table /card.) Advance reservation is required. Terms and conditions apply through Oct 31, 2016.
 
 

Lord Jim's (Oriental) (WESTERN)

Lord Jim’s manages to appeal to both high-hair VIP types and office ladies thanks to a crowd pleasing menu that is heavy on lobster, oyster, crab and any other “fruits of the sea” that manage to catch diners’ fancy. A perennial favorite is the buffet lunch, which meshes an “all-you-can-eat” celebratory atmosphere with the beautiful river views for which the Mandarin Oriental is known.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 20% discount on food only for dinner hours. Advance reservation is required. Terms and conditions apply through Oct 31, 2016.
 
 

Mei Jiang (CANTONESE)

Despite its location across the river, Mei Jiang remains one of the most popular places for dim sum in Bangkok. Diners can expect faithfully rendered Cantonese food with courteous wait staff and lovely views of the Chao Phraya. Tea is a big deal here, with staff specially trained to treat guests to their very own tea ceremonies. 
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get up to 50% discount on food a la carte menu for Citi Ultima. Get 20% discount on food a la carte menu for Citi Prestige. Get 15% discount on food a la carte menu for Citi Preferred and Select through Dec 30, 2016.
 
 

Prime Steakhouse (STEAK)

If you like your T-bone or ribeye with a side of gorgeous river views, hop on the Hilton’s ferry and cross on over to the Thonburi side of the river. Prime sets itself apart from its steakhouse rivals thanks to muted-yet-solici-tous service, a wood-fired grill and, of course, the “prime” views. Non-meat lovers can content themselves with super-fresh oysters and live lobsters.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 15% discount on food only (not applicable during festive seasons and blackout dates) through Dec 23, 2016.
 
 

Sala Rim Naam (THAI)

The Mandarin Oriental’s signature Thai restaurant, Sala Rim Naam (“Room at the Water’s Edge”) combines classic “royal Thai” cuisine with a theater experience, offering diners a glimpse of local culture as they tuck into their multi-course meals. Many consider the restaurant a must-try for new arrivals to the city.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Come 4 Pay 3 on set lunch menu (Limit 12 persons /table /card.) or get 20% discount on food only for dinner hours. Advance reservation is required. Terms and conditions apply through Oct 31, 2016.
 
 

Seven Spoons (MEDITERRANEAN)

A longstanding favorite of Old Town denizens wishing for a bite of something a little better than fried noodles in a shop-house setting, Seven Spoons features a Mediterranean-inspired menu big on bold, simple flavors executed with style. Try the soft taco of shrimp with mango salsa, or the braised ox tongue on casareccia pasta. A strong cocktail menu with an old-school focus rounds out the offerings. 
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get complimentary dessert when spending 1,000 Baht or more/sales slip (Limit 1 dish /card /table /sales slip) through Sep 30, 2016.
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