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The 11 best restaurants around Bangkok's riverside and Old Town

From creative Thai fusion to classic Chinese—and throw in some awesome river views. 

By BK staff | Apr 04, 2017

  • The 11 best restaurants around Bangkok's riverside and Old Town

80/20 (FUSION)

At this Charoenkrung newcomer, executive chef Napol Jantraget and his Canadian accomplice Andrew Martin use local ingredients and made-from-scratch elements for a daringly different take on Thai cuisine. The lamb tartare is a complex medley of herbs and spicy Northeastern Thai dressing, while the tea-smoked duck breast with charred young pumpkin and pumpkin puree is further proof fusion is no longer a dirty word. The desserts by Saki Hoshino (try the warm molten chocolate with chili ice cream) and cocktails are equally on-point.

1052-1054 Charoen Krung Rd. Tel. 087-593-1936, 02-639-1135 Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 6pm-midnight; Mon 6pm-midnight

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Come 4 Pay 3 for Thai bufffet lunch and Thai set Get a complimentary coconut and lemongrass panna cotta with daily ice cream valued THB 200 when spending via Citi credit cards (limit 1 dish /card /table /sales slip) Today – 31 Oct 17

 

Ah Yat Abalone Forum (CHINESE)

Still considered one of the best Cantonese restaurants in town, Ah Yat, named after native Hong Kong chef Yeung Koon Yat (formerly of Hong Kong’s Forum Restaurant, which once held a Michelin star), is a veritable institution frequented by Bangkok’s oldest Thai families. You’ll go crazy for the humble dim sum, such as the delicious lava bun, but those with deep pockets must also order seafood, particularly the namesake abalone.

2/F, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Charoenkrung Rd. Tel. 02-291-7781-2 Opening Hours: daily 11am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

 

China House (CHINESE)

The 1920s Shanghai-inspired dining room is beautiful enough to be a movie set (it starred in 2013’s Only God Forgives), while the weekend dim sum brunch is an essential Bangkok experience. As well as dyed-inthe-wool crowd pleasers like oven-roasted Peking duck, you’ll also find nouveau-Chinois flourishes like deep-fried shrimp in a creamy wasabi sauce.

Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave. Tel. 02-659-9000#7650 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-11pm 

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Come 4 Pay 3 for unlimited dim sum lunch at THB 888 for Citi ULTIMA, Prestige, Preferred and Select (applicable on Tuesday - Friday, limit 12 persons /table) Today – 30 Sep 17

 

Err (THAI)

Chef couple Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones of Thai fine-dining institution Bo.lan here cook up traditional Thai pub and street-side grub. The execution and produce quality is anything but pedestrian, though, be it homemade sausages from Isaan and Chiang Rai, a simple bowl of green mango macerated in fish sauce and chili powder, braised mussels in a clay pot or pla som (garlic- and jasminerice-cured ocean fish).

394/35 Maharaj Rd. Tel. 02-622-2291 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-10pm

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Get 5% discount on food only when spending THB 1,500 or more /sales slip or get 2 complimentary glasses of Err signature mocktail for 2 diners Today – 31 Dec 17

 

Lord Jim's (Oriental) (WESTERN)

Famous for its views of the Chao Phraya and incredibly wellstocked lunch buffet—lobsters, oysters, crabs and more—Lord Jim’s transforms into a romantic a la carte dinner spot come nightfall. Let the legendary Oriental service guide you into ordering a whole Mediterranean seabass baked in rock salt crust, sauteed blue mussels served with a Chardonnay sauce or Lord Jim’s seafood basket, packed with river lobster, Atlantic lobster, sea crab, tiger prawns and more.

Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave. Tel. 02-659-9000 ext 7680 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; Sun 11am-2:30pm; daily 7-10:30pm

 

Mei Jiang (CHINESE)

It's not just one of the best places for dim sum but also one of the most elegant spots for Chinese cuisine. Large bays windows look out upon a manicured lawn running towards the Chao Praya. Looking in, the decor is timeless and cream-toned. And despite his perfectly authentic Cantonese fare, executive chef Jackie Ho also allows himself outbursts of creativity: prawns in port wine sauce, crab claw with honey-lime sauce or roasted pigeon marin.

G/F, The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoen Nakhon Rd. Tel. 02-020-2888 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

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Get up to 50% discount on a la carte menu (excluding beverages) for 2 diners for Citi ULTIMA or get up to 30% discount on a la carte menu (excluding beverages) for 2 diners for Citi Prestige Today – 31 Dec 17

 

Le Normandie (FRENCH)

Open for business since 1958, Le Normandie is still the definitive home of French fine dining in Bangkok. But between the dripping chandeliers and billowing gold fabrics, you’ll actually find a rather intimate space of just a handful of tables, most sitting in prime view of the river. French chef Arnaud Dunand- Sauthier has headed the kitchen for several years now, carrying on a legacy of refined French classics with the occasional contemporary flourish which was so cemented during the tenure of Bangkok chef personality Norbert Kostner. A native to the Normandie region of France, Sauthier has also brought the menu in line with the restaurant’s northwestern French name thanks to dishes such as Brittany lobster with native buckwheat, apple, cider and Brittany seaweed. A visit to Le Normandie is never complete without taking your pick from the selection of elaborate sweets which stare temptingly at you all dinner long from the formidable brass dessert trolley—the kind of old-school flourish that nowhere does quite so well.

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Charoen Krung Rd. Tel. 02-659-9000#7390 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7-10pm 

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Get a special price for set dinner (5 courses at THB 5,050 net or 7 courses at THB 5,900 net) for Citi ULTIMA, Prestige, Preferred and Select Today – 30 Sep 17

 

Prime Steakhouse (STEAK)

For a T-bone or ribeye with a side of “prime” views, this is the steakhouse. Hop on the Hilton’s ferry and head across to the Thonburi side of the river, where the lineup of Miyazaki Japanese beef, USDA-approved black Angus beef; and Australian 500-day grainfed Tajima wagyu comes cooked in a wood-fired grill. Pescatarians can find comfort in the super-fresh oysters, live lobsters or just a well-prepared Caesar salad.

Millennium Hilton Bangkok, 123 Charoen Nakorn Rd. Tel. 02-442-2000 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-midnight

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Sala Rim Naam (THAI)

Housed in a Northern Thai-style pavilion overlooking the Chao Phraya River, The Mandarin Oriental’s signature Thai restaurant lives up to its name, which means “Room at the Water’s Edge.” A visit here combines multi-course “royal Thai” meals with theater performances, meaning it’s regularly touted as a must-try for new arrivals in town.

Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave., Charoen Krung Rd. Tel. 02-659-9000 ext 7390 Opening Hours: daily noon-2:30pm, 7-10:30pm

Exclusively for Citi credit card members:
Come 4 Pay 3 for Thai bufffet lunch and Thai set dinner with dance show for Citi ULTIMA, Prestige, Preferred, and Select (limit 12 persons /table) Today – 30 Sep 17

 

Seven Spoons (INTERNATIONAL)

This favorite Old Town kitchen whips up fresh and light Mediterranean-inspired dishes packed with mostly organic ingredients. The results are complex yet balanced, from woodfired pizzas and grilled mains to deceptively simple small plates like prawns on housemade rye toast with goat yogurt and chives. Though situated far from central Bangkok, the constantly rotating menu and warm service make return visits a must.

22-24 Chakkaphatdi Phong Rd. Tel. 02-629-9214 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm; daily 6pm-midnight

 

Shang Palace (CHINESE)

This long-standing Chinese restaurant recently welcomed one of the Shangri-La hotel group's most seasoned Cantonese chefs. Chow Wai Man started out 40 years ago training at the Shangri-La Academy in Hong Kong before returning to the group 10 years later. Specialties he's introduced here include “Buddha Jumps over the Wall” soup, which features dried scallop, abalone, shiitake and sea cucumber, and baked lobster with his special stock. Don’t miss the humble braised Chinese spinach topped with salted egg and century egg—amazingly flavorful. 

3/F, Shangri-La, 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu. Tel. 02-236-7777 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; Sun 11am-3pm; daily 6-10:30pm 


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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