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The 25 best restaurants in Silom and Sathorn

BK's annual Top Tables guide lists Bangkok’s 100 best restaurants. Here are the top picks from Bangkok's bustling business districts of Silom and Sathorn.

By BK staff | Apr 05, 2016

  • The 25 best restaurants in Silom and Sathorn
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Arno’s Butcher and Eatery (STEAK)

You no longer need to wait three weeks to get a table, but you do still have to book ahead to taste French butcher Arnaud Carre’s competition-beating steaks. Orders get taken in the butcher’s shop adjoining the dining room, where most parties buy their share of Thairaised, wagyu-crossbred beef by the kilo. The dining room is loud and makeshift, the wine just as well priced as the beef, and the choice of sides heavy and hearty.
 
2080/2 Narathiwas Soi 20. Tel. 02-678-8340 Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 5-11pm; Fri-Sun 11:30am-11pm
 

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (FRENCH)

When L’Atelier first opened in 2014, we welcomed it as a branch of the fine-dining empire by the man with the most Michelin stars in the world, Joel Robuchon. Over time, its chef, Olivier Limousin, who never fails to praise his mentor, has emerged as his own man. It’s Limousin who works with the Royal Projects to find an ever-increasing amount of high-quality, seasonal local produce. He’s the one keeping a watchful eye on the open kitchen, ensuring Robuchon’s standards are upheld on any night of the week. He’s the friendly guy who pops out of the kitchen to have a quick chat with his well-heeled regulars. The novelty of eating incredible French cuisine at a bar counter may have worn off, but what remains is a top-notchteam—front of house included. His food, meanwhile, provides a master-class in elegance, be it a compressed salmon tartare topped with caviar and flecked with lotus root, or a whole roasted quail piped full of foie gras and accompanied by the creamiest of potato puree—seconds allowed.
 
5/F, Mahanakorn Cube, 96 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd. Tel. 02-001-0698 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2pm, 6:30-10pm
 

Benjarong (THAI)

Here’s an elegant Thai restaurant with traditional decor that offers authentic flavors to rival Nahm and Bo.lan, but with the flexibility of a five-star hotel. Yes, you can order a la carte, and even a pad Thai to go with your somtam. But Benjarong also serves a carefully-crafted degustation menu with modern tweaks such as seared foie gras with tamarind or basil ice cream with a salty meringue. Befitting the setting, presentation and service are impeccable.
 
Dusit Thani, 946 Silom Rd. Tel. 02-200-9000 #2345 Opening Hours: daily 6-10:30pm; Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm 
 

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Il Bolognese (ITALIAN)

From the same Italian faces as Enoteca Italiana, this easygoing pizzeria turns out what many Bangkokians call their favorite pizza in the city. Dough allowed to rest for 72 hours results in pillowy crusts bursting with air pockets, while the woodfired oven delivers all the right charred notes to the base. Combine that with wellpriced cold cuts, reliable pastas and hearty meat dishes, and you have a formidable allrounder.
 
139/3 Sathorn Soi 7. Tel. 02-286-8805 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm
 

Bunker (AMERICAN)

Fresh, simple and devoid of gimmicks, Bunker has been warmly received by Bangkok. The involvement of Eat me figures like Kelly Wheatley and Tim Butler made it the hottest talking point in town even before it opened, but the cooking of head chef Arnold Marcella has ensured lasting buzz. His small plates of beef tongue and snails and veal agnolotti pasta are inventive and powerful, while the sticky wagyu short-rib is an Instagram  success story. 
 
118/2 Sathorn Soi 12. Tel. 092-563-9991, 02-234-7749 Opening Hours: Sun-Wed 5:30pm-1am; Thu-Sat 5:30pm-2am
 

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La Casa Nostra (ITALIAN)

The renovated house on leafy Soi Goethe sits peacefully in grounds that include a terrace where you can dine outdoors, lounge on a sofa or play a game of petanque. The chef, Nino Scognamillo, takes La Casa Nostra in a comforting direction with creations like grilled Sardinian pecorino cheese with eucalyptus honey and fresh figs, and paprika-spiced roasted octopus. The wine menu is touted as one of the best in town
 
22 Sathorn Soi 1 Yaek 2 (Goethe). Tel. 02-287-2402 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-midnight
 

Chef Man (CANTONESE)

The original opening from Hong Kong-born Chef Man Wai Yin, whose growing empire also includes Chairman and M Krub (see page 80), is Bangkok’s most reliable name for dim sum, trumping the big imported chains with its dutiful preparation, fresh ingredients and perfect timing. Some dishes add interesting Thai touches and require ordering days in advance, like the Peking duck which comes with slices of ripe mango, while the oozing lava buns are unrivaled.
 
Other branches: Thana City Sports Club, 02-336-0879; Ratchadamri, 02-651-8611.
 
3/F, Eastin Grand Sathorn, Sathorn Rd. Tel. 02-212-3741, 02-212-3789 Opening Hours: daily 11am-3pm, 6-10pm
 

Clandestino Cantina (LATIN)

Amid walls adorned with colorful Cuban-chic murals, this restaurant serves Latin food with lots of fun interpretations and lots of success. This is demonstrated by small plates like the deconstructed Spanish tortilla, which comes in the form of potato mousse served in a little jar with sweet onion confit, or the light yet multi-dimensional scallop salmorejo, which sees pan-fried scallops wrapped in Iberico ham and served in a cold tomato puree. Throw in flashy drinks from Revolucion cocktail bar downstairs and it's little wonder this is one of Sathorn's most popular pre-party spots. 
 
2/F, Revolucion Cocktail, 50 Sathorn Soi 10. Tel. 02-235-4823 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6-11:30pm
 

Eat Me (INTERNATION)

Now a regular in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Eat Me has managed to remain relevant for over a decade as a buzzing spot for cocktails and dinner. Chalk it up to its mid-century decor bordering on brutalism or the sexy staff, but Tim Butler’s reliably delicious brand of Pacific Rim and Mediterranean cuisine deserves credit, too. Just enough of the menu feels inspired by Asia, while other dishes draw from North Africa and Southern Europe.
 
1/6 Soi Phiphat 2, Convent Rd. Tel. 02-238-0931 Opening Hours: daily 3pm-1am
 

Il Fumo (STEAK)

This grand old villa reborn as an Italian grill restaurant boasts some of Bangkok’s most prized beef. The on-site dry-aging cabinet brims with premium European cuts, from the meaty and tender flesh of French Limousin to the bold flavors of rubia gallega, sourced from San Sebastian’s legendary Txogitxu farm. Simple Italian-influenced dishes cooked on wood-fired ovens complete the menu—along with potent, spirit-forward classic cocktails.
 
1098/2 Rama 4 Rd. Tel. 02-286-8833 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-1am; Sun 6pm-midnight
 

The Dining Room (INTERNATION)

Head chef Fatih Tutak presents his frenetic burst of culinary ideas from all around the world—a taste of Tokyo’s Michelin-star kitchens here, a nod to Istanbul street food there—for a menu that matches its ambition with creativity, fun and beautiful flavors. All this comes served in a 19th century dining room that’s one of the most beautiful spaces in town—all rich bordeaux leathers and parquet floors.
 
106 Sathorn Rd. Tel. 02-344-4025 Opening Hours: daily 6-10:30pm
 

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Issaya Siamese Club (THAI)

Set in a beautifully restored house, Issaya is all about updating tradition. The turn-of-the-century decor is spruced up with vibrant colors while celebrity chef Ian Kittichai’s authentic Thai cuisine makes classics fresh again. The salad of tender, imported beef comes piled into dainty little towers. The yum hua plee is an elegant pillar of crisp heart of palm and bamboo flower salad. And the delicious chili-glazed baby back ribs sit atop their own banana-leaf-wrapped grill.
 
4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chuaphloeng Rd. Tel. 02-672-9040-1 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm
 

J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain (FRENCH)

The Michelin-starred Cote Saint Jacques in Burgundy is one of the region’s most respected restaurants, earning it a 90-percent score on La Liste. Jean-Michel Lorain’s Bangkok venture is headed by Amerigo Sesti, who doesn’t shy from Asian inspiration. The verbena-scented lobster bisque is served with pineapple while the heart of cod comes accompanied by yanagi matsutake mushrooms. It all comes to your table courtesy of an exemplary front of house staff led by Lorain’s own daughter, Marine.
 
U Sathorn Bangkok, 105, 105/1 Soi Ngam Duphli, Sathorn Rd. Tel. 02-119-4899 Opening Hours: daily noon-2:30pm, 6-10pm
 

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Le Du (THAI)

Since claiming third spot in 2015, Le Du has been an immovable fixture in the Top Table’s top 10. Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn here applies techniques picked up at Michelin-star restaurants in the USA to Thai food in a way that’s complex and yet somehow feels natural. Still in his early 30s, the Culinary Institute of America graduate and certified sommelier is not standing still. The 2015 opening of Baan, a place that flips the script to celebrate Thai comfort food executed traditionally, has recently been followed by Backyard by Baan, a suburban iteration of that same winning recipe. But it’s back at his original restaurant, where the menu changes heavily with the seasons, that the chef’s restless creativity truly shines. Newly introduced dishes that reinvent Thai staples like khaosoy and massaman are not the only reason to pay Ton a revisit, either, thanks to a stunning renovation of Le Du’s second floor that’s all bricks and dark lattice-work, as well as a clean-lined spruce-up in the original dining room.

399/3 Silom Soi 7. Tel. 092-919-9969 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6-11pm

M Krub CHINESE

The Bangkok food empire of Hong Kongborn chef Man Wai Yin (Chef Man, Chairman) reaches its pinnacle at this ultra-fine-dining restaurant where Chinese cuisine meets French plating and culinary techniques. Dinner here means booking at least one day in advance so the restaurant can ensure every detail of your 6-10 course meal (Pacific scallops on mango mayonnaise and caviar, Kagoshima wagyu in dijon-mustard sauce, Chinese cabbage consomme) is perfect.

2/F, Mahanakhon Cube, 96 Narathiwas Rd. Tel. 02-019-8105 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

Morimoto (JAPANESE)

The international franchise is not your typical Japanese restaurant. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is known for harmonizing Japanese ingredients with other food cultures (his training spans kaiseki cuisine in Hiroshima and New York’s Nobu). Tuna tartare here features four varieties of wasabi, seaweed paste, sour cream and guacamole, while fine de claire oysters are served with uni, foie gras and teriyaki sauce. All this comes in a stylish blend of wood-paneled booths and Scandinavian-influenced furnishings.
 
4/F, Mahanakorn Cube, 96 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd. Tel. 02-060-9099 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm; Sun-Wed 6-11pm; Thu-Sat 6pm-1am
 

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Nahm (THAI)

Since our last edition of Top Tables, David Thompson has been very busy back in his native Australia, opening street food focused Long Chim outlets in Perth and Sydney (there’s one in Singapore, too). Not unlike Robuchon for French gastronomy, Thompson has become a kind of patriarch of Thai cuisine, bagging a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards last year. He was the first to so extensively study ancient recipes in the memorial books handed out at aristocratic funerals, an attention to historicity since carried on by Bo.lan and Paste. With Thompson so busy across Asia-Pacific, Nahm owes a lot of its staying power to head chef Prin Polsuk, who continues to make everything from scratch, the traditional way, be it a tart Kingfish salad with pomelo and lemongrass or an unctuous coconut and turmeric curry of blue swimmer crab with calamansi lime.

COMO Metropolitan, 27 Sathorn Rd. Tel. 02-625-3388 Opening Hours: daily 7-10:30pm; Mon-Fri noon-2pm 

Opus (ITALIAN)

Opened since 2009, Opus remains the restaurant of choice for bigwigs seeking discretion, consistently good Italian cuisine and a walk-in wine cellar with over 400 Italian labels. The setting, a stylish house-turned-restaurant, boasts a masculine vibe rich with leather and red accents. Let owner/manager Alex Morabito guide your wine selection and leave the rest to chef Davide Calo, whose authentic cooking has earned him the Italian government's accreditation, an honor reserved to only a dozen venues in Bangkok.

64 Pan Rd. Tel. 02-637-9899 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-midnight 

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The Oyster Bar (SEAFOOD)

Bill Marinelli has a serious incentive for Bangkok to switch to the kind of sustainable fisheries and oyster farms he exports from the USA and Canada. But it’s hard to disagree with an oyster from Nootka Sound that’s “plump and rich, with a sweet, cucumber like finish” or one from Samish Bay that’s “fat and lustrous.” Flown in twice a week from North America, his bounty also includes king and snow crab, lobsters, mussels and clams.
 
395 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Soi 24. Tel. 02-212-4809 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6-11pm; Sun noon-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm
 

La Scala (ITALIAN)

Bronze and terracotta discreetly reference regional architecture of old while the leather banquettes and glass cubes exude ‘90s Tokyo luxury. Everyone here orders the crispy schiacciaatina pizza but those watching their carbs can settle for the equally decadent 24-month “Riserva” Parma ham with bufala mozzarella campania, a beautiful globe of gooey, creamy goodness. Top it all off with some grilled meat, like the tender Australian lamb cutlets served with potato mousseline and mushrooms.
 
The Sukothai Bangkok, 13/3 Sathorn Rd. Tel. 02-344-8888 Opening Hours: daily noon-3pm, 6:30-11pm
 

Sensi (ITALIAN)

This restaurant may seem off the beaten track, but it's well worth the search. Set in a beautiful home, it delivers polished service and an approachable a la carte menu with a touch of creativity. The homemade strozzapreti (a hand-rolled pasta typical of Tuscany), for example, is served with Spanish lamb ragout and fermented lemon. As for the spaghetti arrabiatta, it uses a whole live Canadian lobster. A regularly rotating degustation menu is also available.

Narathiwat Ratchanakarin 17 Yaek 5. Tel. 02-117-1618, 02-676-4466 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight
 

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The Smokin' Pug (AMERICAN)

Two years after opening and walk-in customers are still lucky to score a seat at the bar. The incredibly tender smoked ribs are only part of the reason this unassuming Surawong shop-house reigns supreme among Bangkok’s American barbecue places. Throw in a slide-guitar soundtrack, deliciously smoky bourbon cocktails and a pair of owners who know how to work the room, and it becomes easily apparent why bookings are an absolute must come the weekend.
 
88 Surawong Rd. Tel. 083-029-7598 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 5-11pm
 

Suhring (GERMAN)

This unique blend of German culinary traditions and high-wire contemporary cooking is a restaurant of firsts: the first time Bangkok has seen German fine dining; the first time its chefs have owned and managed their own restaurant; and the first place to topple L’Atelier from the no. 1 spot in three editions of Top Tables. Even before Suhring opened, we heard talk of twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Suhring (formerly of Mezzaluna) setting themselves up for disaster by trying to do German fine dining in Bangkok. Any doubt was quickly put to bed when critics tried the food. Playful, elegant, creative yet never devoid of flavor, the dishes at Suhring entertain and satisfy in equal measure. While dinner starts with whimsical bites like caesar salad turned into an exploding oyster of flavor atop a shard of chicken skin, it quickly gets down to the serious business of Piet van den Berg lamb chops, succulently pink and served with a salad of seasonal beans, or wild, bone-roasted turbot with white asparagus and shavings of black truffle. And though it might be German, the only time you’ll see pork knuckle is as the wafer-thin panini sandwich that kicks off the 12-course tasting menu.
 
10 Yen Akat Soi 3, Yen Akat Rd. Tel. 02-287-1799 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-midnight 
 

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Water Library Chamchuri (EUROPEAN)

At the flagship restaurant of Water Library’s empire, German chef Mirco Keller dishes out contemporary fine dining with the occasional Asian twist. Bress pigeon is paired with smoked eel; foie gras meets mango and miso; duck gets a khao tom treatment. This all coexists with a perfectly traditional menu for the less adventurous. You’ll have to walk through a mall to get there, but the soaring space clad in floor-to-ceiling bay windows more than makes up for it.
 
2/F, Chamchuri Square, Rama 4 Rd. Tel. 061-852-5411, 095-085-7777 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm
 

Zanotti Il Ristorante Italiano (ITALIAN)

Founded in 1998, the grand dame of Bangkok’s Italian restaurants is frozen in time, which is exactly how its patrons (many of whom fly in from Singapore and Hong Kong) like it. The kitchen whips up authentic Piedmontese dishes inspired by its founding chef, Gianmaria Zanotti, as well as a great selection of pastas and the dependably tasty Florentine-style beef steak. There’s also an impressive wine list populated by venerable Old World domains.
 
1/F, Saladaeng Colonnade Condominium, 21/2 Saladaeng Rd. Tel. 02-636-0002 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2pm, 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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