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The 23 best restaurants in Siam and Phloen Chit

BK's annual Top Tables guide lists Bangkok’s 116 best restaurants. Here are the top picks from the shopping mecca of Siam and Phloen Chit. 

By BK staff | Apr 11, 2016

  • The 23 best restaurants in Siam and Phloen Chit

See also: The 27 best restaurants in Silom and Sathorn

 

Baan (THAI)

Specializing in “homestyle” dishes utilizing organic veg and free-range meat, Baan is one of the growing constellation of restaurants in chef Thitid Tassanakajorn’s dining empire. This one features recipes cooked up by his very own family. Standout dishes include a kai palo-tom sap hybrid (Chinese-style five-spiced egg soup flavored with Isaan-style spices) and deep-fried sun-dried pork. 
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 10% discount on food only through Sep 30, 2016.
 
 

Cafe Parisien (FRENCH)

For a taste of traditional French bistro cuisine, look no further than this glass-fronted eatery located in front of the Sindhorn building. Though the casual, rotating dishes like coq au vin, beef tartare with fries and grilled Toulouse sausage might say bistro, there’s still a defiant fine-dining touch thanks to a kitchen driven by French chef Herve Frerard (ex-Le Beaulieu, which charted at #12 in Top Tables last year before its closure). For best value, try the three-course set lunch menu.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get complimentary dessert when spending 1,000 Baht or more /sales slip (Mon-Fri, dinner hours and Sat, lunch and dinner hours) through Aug 31, 2016.
 
 

Din Tai Fung (CHINESE)

A must visit for Bangkok’s lovers of soup dumplings, this Taiwanese import is one of the most popular restaurants in CentralWorld. Queue up with friends and order a set of xiao long bao (soup-filled steamed dumplings), and a range of dishes to accompany them. Despite the large menu, the bao are the main event and arrive to your table in the same Chinese wooden basket used to steam them, still billowing smoke.
Other branches: Central Embassy, 02-160-5918. Central Plaza Ladprao, 02-541-1622
 
 

Elements (WESTERN)

Set in an exquisite dining room with a cantilevered deck overlooking the expansive Bangkok skyline, Elements is a polished five-star hotel operation which bills its cuisine as “French dining with Japanese influences.” That means it doesn’t shy away from creative tweaks. Splurge on the full experience with their set menu, where dishes like the tuna tataki with ponzu jelly, avocado, ginger and baby shiso hint at the hotel’s Japanese roots.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 15% discount on food only for Citi Ultima and Prestige. Get 10% discount on food only for Citi Preferred and Select through Dec 30, 2016.
 
 

Fillets (JAPANESE)

Laying claim to one of the only eight bar seats for dinner at Fillets will make you the envy of your Bangkok foodie friends. The high-end Japanese restaurant offers traditional omakase dining, where chef Chaichat “Randy” Noprapa chooses sushi and sashimi courses from his latest delivery direct from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. In addition to the fresh sushi, there’s wagyu beef and a growing a la carte menu, which is especially helpful when you’re entertaining in a private tatami room.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 30% discount on food only for lunch hours. Get 30% discount on selected beverages (11.30hrs - 20.00hrs) through Jul 31, 2016.
 
 

Gaggan (INDIAN)

The chef: Gaggan Anand is as much a part of eating at Gaggan as the bite-size flavor jolts that come pouring out of his kitchen course after course. Equipped with lessons learned at El Bulli, the Spanish birthplace of what’s now known as molecular gastronomy, Gaggan drew on his Kolkata heritage to create a cuisine entirely of his own in which memories of India merge with flavors and ingredients drawn from a growing love of Japan and other food cultures.
 
The place: Each night, in a classically restored house on Langsuan Road, the chef’s team offers a tasting menu where diners’ expectations of Indian food are first thrown overboard and then blown out of the water by Gaggan’s El Bulli-influenced creativity. From the simplest fish curry with naan bread to cocktails made from lamb consomme, the restaurant delights and challenges in equal measure. Gaggan is now in such demand that even David Beckham popped in for dinner at the end of last year—the rest of us can be assured of at least a one-week wait for a table.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get priority booking for Citi Ultima and Prestige (request upon availability) through Feb 28, 2017.
 
 

Gianni Ristorante (ITALIAN)

Gianni’s consistently impresses both the neighborhood regulars who frequent often and newcomers on a special night out. This classic Italian restaurant reminds you it’s a cut above the rest early in the night with remarkable starters like fritto misto (baby squid, shrimp and fish over polenta) and entrees meant to wow like Chef Favro’s slow cooked wagyu beef cheeks. Not sure where to start? Let the regularly updated specials menu be your cheat sheet.
 
 

Hyde and Seek (INTERNATIONAL)

The lure of the Hyde & Seek gastro bar is its ability to be both warm and inviting, while exotic and mysterious. The same cozy brunch spot with strong drinks becomes a dark, mysterious and club-esque restaurant once nightfall arrives. No matter when you visit, though, the chili chocolate glazed baby back ribs are a must-order, along with a unique tipple from the bartender’s list of specials.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 10% discount on food only through Dec 30, 2016.
 
 

Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen (ITALIAN)

Chef Francesco Lenzi (formerly of Opus and Hotel Muse’s Medici) serves up rustic-style Tuscan food in a warm classical setting courtesy of Italian designer Ermanno Scapin. Thanks to Chef Lenzi’s family con-nections, the cold cuts come from small-scale organic ham company Antica Norcinera. With that in mind, try the tagliere del Lenzi platter, which incorporates truf-fle-rich mortadella con tartufo and pancetta Toscana.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get complimentary tiramisu for 2 persons when spending via Citi credit cards through Dec 31, 2016.
 
 

La Monita Taqueria (MEXICAN)

One of Bangkok’s original Mexican taquerias combines a casual, barbecue joint atmos-phere with flavorful renditions of Mexican favorites like quesadillas, tacos and burritos. Recommended dishes include the Cuban rice topped with fried egg, choriqueso (a spicy dish of Mexican chorizo and cheese), and the steak torta.
Other branches: Siam Paragon, 02-650-9581; EmQuartier, 02-003-6238
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 10% discount on food only (applicable only at EmQuartier branch) through Sep 30, 2016.
 
 

New York Steakhouse (STEAK)

Executives with bottomless expense accounts looking to splash out on a fancy dinner can do no better than New York Steakhouse, where everything comes just a little bit bigger and better than most places. Look out for US CAB prime beef, Japanese wagyu beef or Australian black angus such as the tomahawk, or go for the ubiquitous Caesar salad or roast beef, made tableside to ensure you get exactly what you want. 
 
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Osha (THAI)

The very definition of “OTT,” Osha hosts a menu of reimagined Thai dishes in a dining room crowned with a gold-leaf-coated stairwell and elaborate wallpaper depicting scenes from Thai mythology. Dishes like the Ocean & Flora salad highlight the menu’s two strong suits: premium produce and botanical flavors. Elsewhere, weary staples like green curry are dressed up with spherified pearls of coconut milk.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 10% discount on food only (dinner hours) through Dec 31, 2016.
 
 

Osito Unique Spanish (SPANISH)

This restaurant manages to combine two restaurant concepts in one. By day, Osito plays the mild-mannered Clark Kent type with its deli sandwiches and salads, while come nighttime it turns on the super powers with its Spanish-influenced menu of tapas and paella, in homage to Californian chef/owner Billy Bautista’s heritage. The seafood paella and dry-aged tomahawk steak are highly recommended. 
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 10% discount on food only through Sep 30, 2016.
 
 

Paste (Gaysorn Plaza) (THAI)

The chefs: The chefs behind Sukhumvit Soi 49’s Paste (now closed), Bongkoch Satongun and Jason Bailey, have relocated to their follow-up Gaysorn branch turning out recipes drawn from the aristocratic Sanitwong family, descendants of Rama II. While the setting for Bongkoch and Bailey’s food has grown more elaborate, the chefs have maintained the incredibly diverse, fresh flavors that always made Paste a hit with those in the know.

The place: As becoming as Paste’s wonderful flavors and elegant, muted dining room is the plating: relaxed and effortless despite a painterly attention to color. But these are so much more than pretty plates of food. The vibrant multitude of ingredients makes for complex, lively dishes in which every flavor and texture somehow remains distinct. Just as importantly, you can really feel husband and wife chefs Bailey and Satongun’s creativity and personality in their food, which is not always the case at other traditionalist kitchens.
 
 

Pizza Massilia (Ruam Rudee) (ITALIAN)

French restaurateur Frederic Meyer (Issaya Siamese Club and Namsaah) and Italian chef Luca Apino (La Bottega di Luca) have imported two massive, twin ovens from Italy—and a chef, Flavio Argenio, whose pizza-making experience spans Marseille and Italy, making him an ideal fit for this “Italy with a touch of Provence” pizzeria. The baroque, powder blue dining room contrasts French antiques, global contemporary art and simple wood-fired dishes.
 
 

Savelberg (EUROPEAN)

This offshoot of the now-closed one Michelin-star Savelberg in The Hague is helmed by Dutch chef Henk Savelberg, and is his first venture outside Europe. Serving up pan-European flavors with French cooking techniques, Savelberg delights in minimalist tweaks and creative flavor combinations, such as duck liver in black truffle sauce, North Sea sole with old Dutch cheese, and lobster with pomelo and yuzu.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get complimentary dessert when spending via Citi credit cards (Limit 1 dish /main dish /person) through Nov 30, 2016.
 
 

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (THAI)

This molecular gastronomy restaurant specializing solely in Thai food offers a complete dining experience in a fairy-tale decor of delicate Thai pavilions. The sister of Copenhagen’s Kiin Kiin (which has held a Michelin star since 2008), Sra Bua reconceptualizes dishes like red curry, transforming it into an ice cream, while dotting its tom yam soup with gelatinous pearls of lobster essence.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 10% discount on food only through Sep 30, 2016.
 
 

Sushi Cyu and Carnival Yakiniku (JAPANESE)

Appearances can deceive. While the original Bangkok branch of Japanese chain Sushi Cyu could seem dated and unwelcoming, the dining area remains packed with customers queuing up for a taste of good yakiniku (Japanese beef barbecue). The yakiniku section is augmented by a sushi counter, which is considered the quieter area of the two.
 
 

Sushi Hinata (JAPANESE)

One of the sushi restaurants that actual sushi chefs patronize, Sushi Hinata specializes in omakase-style service in which the chefs prepare whatever’s fresh that day for the diner at the counter. With branches in Nagoya and Malaysia, Sushi Hinata hopes to make its mark in the Japanese restaurant-heavy dining scene here with its great attention to detail and exemplary ingredients. While dinners can obviously run on the pricey side, lunch sets can glean unexpected bargains.
 
 

Theo Mio (ITALIAN)

The first overseas venture of British TV chef Theo Randall (star of BBC Two’s culinary competition The Chef’s Protege), Theo Mio is situated smack bang in the middle of the city’s shopping district and employs an airy, casual atmosphere (and picturesque outdoor terrace) that belies the Italian fine din-ing menu. Specialities include the cappelletti pasta with slow-cooked veal and porcini mushrooms.  
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get complimentary dessert when spending 1,500 Baht or more /sales slip (Limit 1dish /card /table /sales slip) through Aug 31, 2016.
 
 

Uno Mas (SPANISH)

Set on the 54th floor and overlooking the city skyline, Uno Mas serves a wide range of both hot and cold tapas alongside raw oysters, Boston lobsters and Joselito ham (considered the best Iberian jamon in the world). A special treat is the Cochinillo suckling pig, which is served Span-ish style for parties of two or more: halved down the mid-dle, perfectly salted and scented with fresh rosemary.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 25% discount on food only for Citi Ultima, Prestige, Preferred, and Select through Dec 30, 2016.
 
 

Water Library Brasserie (EUROPEAN)

Water Library Brasserie treads the fine line between “haute cuisine” and simple French brasserie by giving diners great value for money. French flourishes abound, concentrated on signature dishes such as the salade Nicoise, beef tartare and duck confit. Glassware and wooden bookshelves augment the dining area, giving the restaurant a "Jules Verne” feel. The restaurant also plays the lovable Water Library card of selling wine at retail prices. 
 
 

Yamazato (JAPANESE)

Yamazato is a one-stop shop for Japanese fine dining, in a space that boasts even more luxurious surroundings than its one-Michelin-star sister restaurant in Amsterdam. Besides its traditional a la carte offerings—based on kaiseki ryori, or Japanese “haute cuisine”—there are also two teppanyaki tables and a sushi bar stocked with fish flown straight from Tsukiji. If you have the time, don’t miss the 6-8 course kaiseki dinner menus.
 
Exclusively for Citibank credit cardmembers: Get 15% discount on food only for Citi Ultima and Prestige. Get 10% discount on food only for Citi Preferred and Select through Dec 30, 2016.
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