BK's annual Top Tables guide lists Bangkok’s 100 best restaurants. Here are the top picks from the shopping mecca of Siam and Phloen Chit.  

Baan (THAI)

Le Du’s Thitid Tassanakajohn  here retreats from modernist culinary techniques in favor of homey, everyday Thai meals which prove chic, high-quality dining can be delivered at pocket-friendly prices. The menu underscores the importance of traceability: the eggs are from Udomchai Farm, the beef from dry-aging king Company B, the seafood from sustainable fisheries in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Standout dishes include a kai palotom saep hybrid and deep-fried sun-dried pork.

Other branch: Jas Urban Srinakarin, 02-386-7339

139/5 Wireless Rd. (between Japanese Embassy and Lumphini Police Station). Tel. 02-655-8995, 081-432-4050 Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm; Mon 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm


Biscotti (ITALIAN)

For years, Biscotti has reigned supreme as one of Bangkok’s most popular Italian restaurants. Service is five-star-hotel sharp, dishes are elegant yet retain rustic heart, and prices remain surprisingly down to earth given the regal surroundings. The house-made pasta in rich tomato stews, plates of antipasti, grilled meats and pizzas don’t mess around with tradition, and lead with precision flavors and quality produce.

1/F, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Ratchadamri Rd. Tel. 02-126-8866 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

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Le Boeuf (STEAK)

A no-nonsense formula that works: customers choose between beef, lamb, salmon or lobster, all of which come grilled just so, then drenched in a potent “secret” sauce laced with an unholy amount of butter. To go with, you get an unlimited supply of perfectly crisp French fries. The dining room’s blood red fabrics, brass and dark woods look straight from the 6th Arrondissement.

Other branch: Thonglor, 097-235-7935

G/F, Mayfair, Bangkok - Marriott Executive Apartments, 60 Lang Suan Rd. Tel. 093-971-8081, 02-672-1230 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-11pm 

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Cafe Parisien (FRENCH)

This classic French restaurant in Sindhorn Tower’s Glasshouse retains all the charm of a standalone thanks to its elegant and lightfilled space overlooking leafy Wireless Road. While the original consulting chef Herve Frerard (formerly of Le Beaulieu, #12 in Top Tables 2015) has moved on, his traditional bistro classics like baked endives, scallop quenelle or Morteau sausage with lentils remain. The sets offer fantastic value, particularly for lunch.

Glasshouse at Sindhorn, 130-132 Wireless Rd. Tel. 02-650-9993 Opening Hours: daily  11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm

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Fillets (JAPANESE)

Local omakase chef Randy Noprapa shuns the usually hushed atmosphere of top-tier sushi dens in favor of a loungey vibe that draws a big, well-heeled crowd. The fish still comes five times a week from Tokyo’s most esteemed sellers, but you’ll also find creative touches like cherry blossom marinades and caviar making their way into the elegant pieces of sashimi and sushi. He takes wagyu beef as seriously as the fish, too.

3/F, Portico, 31 Lang Suan Rd. Tel. 02-041-6056 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm; Sun-Thu 6:30-11pm; Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight

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Gaggan Progressive Indian (INDIAN)

For three years, Gaggan and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon have been battling it out for first place. But Gaggan Anand probably won’t mind being blindsided by Suhring, in which he’s an investor. He’s had a busy year back in his namesake restaurant, too, firming up his focus on edgy molecular cuisine with the opening of an annex to the original venue. It offers an omakase-style counter, where the chefs’ high-tech magic can take place right before your eyes. Dinner opens in a rapidfire fashion with 10 small bites, each one recreating one of Gaggan’s food memories from the streets of India: his signature yogurt sphere inspired by El Bulli’s olive creation; a miniature packet of dehydrated nuts and beans that is swallowed whole, its plastic-like film dissolving on the tongue; and Japanesestyle grilled eel on a khakra cracker, a staple of Western Indian cuisine. Throughout the 18-course meal, Gaggan’s creativity and passion never waiver.

68/1 Lang Suan Rd. Tel. 02-652-1700 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-midnight

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Gianni Ristorante (ITALIAN)

Gianni Favro deserves much of the credit for Bangkok’s Italian fine-dining scene thanks to this 20-year-old restaurant. And time has been kind to Gianni’s Mediterranean-focused food driven by quality raw produce: dover sole filleted and dressed in a simple lemon and caper sauce, Tuscan sausage ragu atop sheets of maltagliati pasta, and creamy burrata cut by piquant cherry tomatoes.

34/1 Soi Tonson, Phloen Chit Rd. Tel. 02-252-1619, 02-652-2922 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm 


Ginza Sushi Ichi (JAPANESE)

The name Sushi Ichi comes from a one-Michelin star omakase sushi restaurant of Masakazu Ishibashi in Ginza, Tokyo. Here, Masakazu personally sourcing ingredients in Tokyo every single morning and sending them here within 24 hours. Further ensuring Bangkok standards match those in Tokyo, the four-man kitchen team (roughly one chef for every five customers) rotates with the ones in Tokyo and Ichi’s Singapore branch to ensure uniform performance. 

LG/F, Erawan Bangkok, 494 Phloen Chit Rd. Tel. 02-250-0014 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun noon-2:30pm; Tue-Sat 6-11pm; Sun 6-10pm

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At The St. Regis Bangkok's enduringly reliable Italian restaurant, chef Stefano Merlo puts the focus on slow food and seasonal produce in a setting that's rustic yet modern. Aside from all the homemade pastas, highlights from the dinner menu include the uovo asparagi e asiago (white and green asparagus, slow-cooked egg, asiago cheese foam), carpaccio di gamberi (red prawn carpaccio, prawn mayonnaise, orange gel) and fegatini di pollo (chicken liver pate on brioche bread, zibibbo wine gelatin, fresh leaves). The walk-in wine and cheese cellar always demands a visit, too.

G/F, The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Ratchadamri Rd. Tel. 02-207-7815 Opening Hour: daily noon-3pm, 6-11pm

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Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen (ITALIAN)

Chef Francesco Lenzi has quickly gone from upstart to institution, serving up rustic-style Tuscan food in a warm classical setting courtesy of Italian designer Ermanno Scapin. Lenzi’s pride and joy is his wood-fired oven, churning out Norwegian cod fish cooked with capers, anchovy and tomato sauce or a “drunken” sausage stew with borlotti beans and tomato sauce. Do also order cold cuts straight from Lenzi’s uncle’s small-scale organic ham company, Antica Norcinera.

Ruamrudee Soi 2, Wireless Rd. Tel. 02-001-0116 Opening Hours: daily 11:45am-2pm, 6-10:30pm

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La Monita Taqueria (MEXICAN)

Vivid decor and a fit-to-bursting after-work following make La Monita one of the most colorful Mexican restaurants in the city. And from first bite ( probably into a homemade corn tortilla chip dipped in guacamole), it becomes clear La Monita is more than just a place for comfort food and a beer. Super-flavorful quesadillas and fish tacos are matched by burritos packed with well-seasoned meats, powerful sauces and plenty of fresh onion and cilantro.

888/25-26 Phloen Chit Rd. Tel. 02-650-9581 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun 10am-11pm 


New York Steakhouse (STEAK)

With its huge handlebar platters, oversized leather chairs and framed pictures of the Manhattan skyline, this steakhouse is as old-school as they come. Executives with bottomless expense accounts head here for prime cuts imported from the premier beef regions of Japan, USA and Australia, equally prized seafood like live Maine lobster, stiff martinis, and impeccable tableside service befitting the location in a five-star hotel.

2/F, JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 2. Tel. 02-656-7700 ext. 4240 Opening Hours: daily 6-11pm


Paste (Gaysorn Plaza) (THAI)

Chef couple Jason Bailey and Bee Satongun define their menu as “royal, creative Thai cuisine based on recipes from between 1870-1930.” While this may sound in line with the other two establishments in Thai cuisine’s big three (namely, Nahm and Bo.lan), Paste is a lot less shy about trying out original recipes. Don’t expect molecular or fusion flourishes, as Bailey and Satongun stick to local terroir for the myriad herbs, fruits, flowers and vegetables used in their dishes. But do expect hummingbird flowers in your smoky Southern yellow curry with red spanner crab, or crispy young Mhon Thong durian and shaved coconut apple in your lamb massaman. While Paste occasionally looks to Bailey’s homeland of Australia when it comes to finding the perfect beef cheek or ocean trout, it otherwise sticks to the authentic textures and flavors of Thai cuisine, while offering something new and beautiful.

3/F, Gaysorn Plaza, 999 Phloen Chit Rd. Tel. 02-656-1003 Opening Hours: daily noon-2pm, 6:30-11pm


Saneh Jaan (THAI)

Vaulted ceilings, rich vermillion-red accents and dining tables hewn from whole tree trunks create a majestic setting to indulge in refined Thai cuisine drawn from ancient recipes. Food guru Torroong Jarungidanan, who has published two cookbooks and also writes a regular food column for Matichon, consulted for the menu, which packs powerfully flavored dishes like gai baan kua bai jan (free-range chicken stir-fried with wild basil) and gaeng ranjuan (shrimp-paste pork soup).

Glasshouse at Sindhorn, 130-132 Wireless Rd. Tel. 02-650-9880 Opening Hours: daily 11am-2pm, 6-10pm 

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Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (THAI)

The original purveyor of Thai food made with the culinary techniques of molecular gastronomy continues to set the bar for showstopping dishes like liquid nitrogen-frozen red curry with lobster. In founding chef Henrik Yde Andersen’s latest menu, though, you’ll find dishes that take influence from across Asia, like a Singaporean crab laksa served as a Cornetto alongside oyster tempura. The rich wood-paneled, vaulted dining space is as spectacular as ever.

Lobby/F, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 991/9 Rama 1 Rd. Tel. 02-162-9000 Opening Hours: daily noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight

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Sushi Hinata (JAPANESE)

One of Bangkok’s earliest upper-tier omakase restaurants opened along with the luxury shopping mall in which it sits back in 2014, promising the finest cuts of fish brought in daily. It’s rare among omakase restaurants in that it also has a dining room but visitors in the know book their table at the kitchen counter, where chef Tomohiko Sato personally presents each of the menu’s dozen courses. An a la carte menu allocated to walk-ins offers a more relaxed evening.

5/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd. Tel. 02-160-5935 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-10pm 


Yamazato (JAPANESE)

The Bangkok sister to Amsterdam’s Michelinstarred Yamazato may be even more luxurious than its predecessor, split into sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and private dining rooms, where you get the full experience of Japanese “haute cuisine.” The chefs are not the only things imported from Japan; pretty much everything from the fish to the tableware is too. Dinner hours shine a spotlight on 6-8 refined courses (with beef raosted on a ceramic plate) available in choices like sushi and wagyu tobanyaki, among others.

24/F, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Wireless Rd. Tel. 02-687-9000 Opening Hours: daily 6-10:30am, 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

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Xinn Tien Di (CHINESE)

The Cantonese food here is blessed with fresh ingredients, subtle sauces and discreet twists. In fact, we think this is one of the best Peking ducks in town—and the seafood is just as stunning. It’s all the more extraordinary a find as it is situated on the uppermost floor of a mall, Gaysorn, and the prices are very reasonable. Were Xinn Tien Di at a nicer location, we might be more inclined to visit in the evening, but then again, we would probably have to pay a whole lot more for the privilege.

3/F, Gaysorn, 999 Phloen Chit Rd. Tel. 02-656-2114-5 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10pm

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The high-end hotel surroundings, generous proportions and stunning decor of bamboo, granite and glass mark this as an izakaya unlike any other in Bangkok. Rather than traditional tavern bites, the open kitchen rolls out Japanese fine dining with modern flair in dishes that are still primed for sharing, such as the sliced sea bass with yuzu truffle oil or beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy sauce. The bar’s Japanese-accented cocktail list is also a big hit among the rich and the beautiful.

G/F, St. Regis Hotel, 159 Ratchadamri Rd. Tel. 02-252-4707 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-3pm; Sun-Thu 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 6pm-1am

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.