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The 20 best restaurants in Thonglor and Ekkamai

BK's annual Top Tables guide lists Bangkok’s 100 best restaurants. Here are the top picks from the city's glamour strips. 

By BK staff | Apr 07, 2017

  • The 20 best restaurants in Thonglor and Ekkamai
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Baan Ice (THAI)

The glamorous Thonglor location belies an approach to Southern Thai dishes which is down-to-earth and traditional. Owner Supaksorn Jongsiri draws his recipes from his grandma’s cookbook and, though less fiery than neighboring Khua Kling + Pak Sod, still produces powerful dishes. Classics like the pad sator kapi goong (stir-fried prawns with sataw beans) and gaeng luaeng pla sam lee (spicy sour soup with black-banded trevally and fermented bamboo shoot) come in a bistro setting that’s polished but relaxed.
 
115 Somerset Building, Sukhumvit Soi 55. Tel. 02-381-6441 Opening Hours: daily 11am-10pm 
 

Bo.lan (THAI)

At Bo.lan, the gap between Thai fine dining and Thai comfort food really hits home. Since 2009, chef couple Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones (“Bo” and “Lan”) have constantly raised the bar for genuine royal Thai cuisine, researching recipes, tracking down former palace chefs, continuing their path towards a zero-carbon footprint, and pushing diners to increasing extremes. With no a la carte menu offered, tables sign up for a degustation menu where all the dishes are served simultaneously for an experience that’s like a Thai home-cooked meal. But this is something else altogether. The best ingredients and the most complicated, labor-intensive techniques combine in aromatic curries, artfully plated salads that burst with the depth of untold herbs and flowers, and other seasonal wonders. Underlining the experience is a strikingly rustic dining room, set in an old house surrounded by tropical greenery. Even without the regular pop-ups abroad, from Hong Kong to New York, it’s time Bo.lan was recognized as a true cultural treasure.

24 Sukhumvit Soi 53. Tel. 02-260-2961-2 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 6-10:30pm; Sat 6-10:30pm; Sun 6-10:30pm; Sat-Sun noon-2:30pm
 

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La Bottega Di Luca (ITALIAN)

Chef Luca Appino may now have a hand in Pizza Massilia, Il Fumo and Vesper, but this is where it all started. The weekly specials show his unwavering commitment to using fresh, seasonal produce. Regulars can also count on old favorites like the perfect DOP burrata from Andria with IGP parma ham and the marbled tomahawk steak cooked Fiorentina style. The wine list is equally impressive, particularly if you’re after a Super Tuscan.
 
Terrace 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49. Tel. 02-204-1731 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am-3pm; daily 5:30-11pm
 

El Gaucho (STEAK)

El Gaucho moved from newcomer to Bangkok steakhouse institution in record time, and now has several locations around town. The most impressive of the sequels to the Sukhumvit Soi 19 original is this spacious Thonglor location where you can enjoy the terrace while being spoiled for choice with a menu of beef cuts ranging from Australian and American USDA prime, black angus, and certified angus beef.

Other branches: 8/4-7 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road, North Klong Toey, 02-255-2864

Eight Thonglor, 86/36 Sukhumvit Soi 55. Tel. 088-721-3088 Opening Hours: daily 11am-midnight
 

Karatama Robatayaki (JAPANESE)

Nostalgic and rustic, robatayaki is fine dining disguised as a simple sandpit barbecue, around which diners can gather and drink, izakaya-style. The delicate ingredients mean this is no pub grub, though. Karatama Robatayaki uses top-notch awabi (Japanese abalone), kinki (rockfish), Kagoshima beef and Hokkaido corn, imported twice a week from Japan. You can order them grilled, steamed or fried but be warned that the “market prices” are best for those on expense accounts.
 
Piman 49, 46/10 Sukhumvit Soi 49. Tel. 02-662-4237 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 6pm-midnight 
 

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Khao (THAI)

Vichit Mukura headed the Mandarin Oriental’s Sala Rim Naam for 28 years before teaming with Japanese restaurant Yuutaro to open a chef’s table specializing in Thai cuisine tasting menus featuring imported ingredients. In Oct 2017, Khao is set to take up home in an elegant Ekkamai dining room on a one rai plot of land where chef Vichit will serve both tasting menus and a la carte, as well as run a cooking school.
 
64 Sukhumvit Soi 51. Tel. 098-829-8878 Opening Hours: daily noon-3pm,6-10pm
 

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Khua Kling + Pak Sod (THAI)

The crowded and boisterous premises, and occasionally surly service, are a fine match for the unapologetically fiery food at this Southern Thai institution. Among the heady highlight dishes are pork and beef iterations of kua kling, the minced meat palate-rouser served with a basket of greens from which the restaurant takes its name, and the perfectly pungent stir-fried stink beans with shrimp paste.
 
Other branches: Ratchakru, 02-617-2553; Thonglor Soi 5, 02-185-3977.
 
 21/32 Sukhumvit Soi 29 (access through Sukhumvit Soi 23). Tel. 02-259-5189 Opening Hours: daily 11am-10:30pm
 

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Kitaohji (JAPANESE)

This kaiseki (Japanese fine dining) specialist traces its roots back 70 years to Tokyo's chic Ginza district, where it has since spread to 10 Japanese branches. All deal in meticulously prepared meals spread out over a lengthy courses, starting with sashimi and moving on to your choice of premium main like charcoal grilled wagyu beef or steamed hairy crab. In Bangkok, an a la carte menu charting the same fare caters to walk-ins. 

212 Thonglor Soi 8, Sukhumvit Rd. Tel. 02-714-7997 Opening Hours: daily 5-11pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm
 

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Little Beast (INTERNATIONAL)

The ever-evolving menu of this Americaninfluenced kitchen doesn’t shy away from base pleasures like corn dogs and khao phad, which are as likely to feature in a meal at Little Beast as fine-dining classics like beef Wellington and seared scallops. The moody space with its faux-paneling and button-back leather pitches the right note for Thonglor’s pre-party crowd—as do the strong, wellpoured cocktails.
 
44/9-10 Thonglor Soi 13. Tel. 02-185-2670 Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 5:30pm-1am; Sun 11am-3pm
 

Meatlicious (STEAK)

Gaggan Anand’s Meatlicious sees the 2015 and 2016 winner of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants steering away from the delicate and high-tech cuisine of his Langsuan restaurant in favor of a beef-heavy menu cooked using only wood and coal. Tucked down a quiet soi, the cozy house is best enjoyed seated at the kitchen bar, where Gaggan’s pirate crew slice, roast and sear tomahawk steaks, burgers and jalapeno peppers stuffed with ricotta. 
 
8 Ekkamai Soi 6. Tel. 091-698-6688 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-midnight
 

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Mikaku (JAPANESE)

This is the teppanyaki response to all the Michelin-starred sushi restaurants Bangkok has imported from Japan. Founded over 80 years ago in Kyoto’s Gion district by the Mita family, it has a glowing reputation for serving some of the best beef in the world. Mikaku uses only A4-5 graded Kobe-sourced wagyu, but you can also order seafood for the chefs to fry up on their teppan (hot iron griddle).
 
2/F, Above Maison Eric Kayser, 103/2 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Sukhumvit Rd. Tel. 02-712-9080 Opening Hours: daily noon-2pm, 4-11pm
 

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Roast (WESTERN)

Now found on the top floor of ever-so-cool community mall The Commons, Roast remains the city’s go-to brunch destination. Beyond perfectly executed egg concoctions like crab cake Benedict and sweet dishes like strawberry waffles piled high with whipped cream, the well-dressed crowds also flock here on the weekend for burgers, ribs and steak frites. Thanks to carefully-sourced beans roasted by sister brand Roots, the coffee also hits the spot.
 
Other branch: EmQuartier, 094-176-3870
 
3/F, The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17. Tel. 02-185-2865 Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm
 

Soul Food Mahanakorn (THAI)

This self-described “Thai-style izakaya” is perenially popular for its dressed-up street food and potent cocktails. In the past year, this winning formula has expanded down the road with fusion-focused spin-off Soul Food 555 and even a branch in Hong Kong. Here at the original the flavors are authentic enough to appease the snobbiest of Thai taste buds with thoughtful flourishes keeping things exciting: think housemade watermelon rind pickles with the Hat Yai-style fried chicken, or the smoky bacon garnish on the grilled eggplant salad.
 
56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). Tel. 02-714-7708 Opening Hours: daily 5:30pm-midnight
 

Supanniga Eating Room (THAI)

Without resorting to any trendy tweaks, the Trat-meets-Isaan dishes of this elegant bistro have captured the hearts and stomachs of Bangkok foodies. Delicate flavors with powerful claims of authenticity come served in a space that’s grown-up and convivial, as comfortable for lunch with friends as for a romantic dinner date. The quality of produce means that dishes as simple as cabbage in fish sauce taste sublime.
 
Other branch: Sathorn Soi 10, 02-714-7508
 
160/11 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). Tel. 02-714-7508 Opening Hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm
 

Tama Sushi (JAPANESE)

Tucked on the mezzanine floor above Karatama Robatayaki, Tama Sushi is helmed by chef Seiji Sudo, previously head chef of the Bangkok branch of Ginza Sushi Ichi, who here serves up something far different. Offering what’s known as “Sushi Sho style” (in reference to Japan’s Sho family’s restaurants), the prettily- plated courses aren’t limited to a sequence of nigiri but rather switch in items like conch, iwashi roll, grilled mixed rice with hairy crab meat and uni, and Sudo’s signature sushi soup.
 
M/F, Piman 49, 46/10 Sukhumvit Soi 49. Tel. 091-871-0666 Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 6-10:30pm
 

Tempura Kanda (JAPANESE)

Featuring an assortment of premium ingredients deep-fried to delicate perfection, the tempura here is spoken about with the kind of hushed reverence usually reserved for sushi. Indeed, this restaurant has arguably supplanted its raw fish-specializing sister Sushi Kanda (found in the same community mall) for its ability to give new dimension to only the finest ingredients from Japan. Try the omakase of tempura, where the chef fries up the freshest arrivals.
 
1/F, No. 88 Mall, 88 Thonglor Soi 5. Tel. 095-720-0557 Opening Hours: Thu-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm; Mon 11:30am-2pm,5:30-11pm; Tue 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm
 

Toro (SPANISH)

Though Toro plays to Barcelona with its offerings of boquerones (anchovies in black vinegar) and boards of manchego cheese, this Boston-born restaurant is far from strictly Spanish. Head chef Zach Watkins takes his cues from the American branch for many of the fusion small plates, while also interpreting Thai flavors into dishes like hangar steak in green curry sauce and fatty pig’s cheek with dancing shrimp and pickled mango. Follow things up with a huge pan of paella to share.

72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). Tel. 02-392-7790 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-midnight; Sat-Sun noon-3pm 

Exclusively for Citi credit card members:
Get complimentary banana churros with butterscotch ice-cream for 2 persons when spending THB 2,000 or more /sales slip (limit 1 dish /card /table /sales slip) Today – 31 Dec 17

 

Touche Hombre (MEXICAN)

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, this Mexican restaurant's slick, cocktail-bar atmosphere makes for an effortless transition from dinner to night out. Chilis and other fancy ingredients are flown in from Mexico, but it’s the the perfectly soft corn tortillas that almost steal the show. Have them with refined fillings like roast duck and seared foie gras—a delicious coming together of textures and flavors. The bar’s powerful tequila and mezcal cocktails often mirror the complexity of the food. 

1/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). Tel. 092-539-0990 Opening Hours: daily 6pm-2am; Sat-Sun noon-3pm

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Get a complimentary torta de helado (ice cream sandwich with choc chilli cookie crumble, peanut butter parfait & candied peanuts) for 2 persons when spending THB 2,000 or more /sales slip (limit 1 dish /card /table /sales slip) Today – 31 Dec 17

Upstairs Mikkeller (AMERICAN)

In a crisp, white room perched above craft beer house Mikkeller, Korean-born chef Dan Bark puts to work skills honed at Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred Grace Restaurant. Paired with beers from the Danish brewery, the 10-course tasting menu is unlike anything else in Bangkok, showcasing the chef’s self-proclaimed “progressive American” cuisine and proving fine dining is not limited to wine. Do note, Upstairs only opens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and 3-4 days’ advance reservation is advised. 
 
26 Ekkamai Soi 10. Tel. 091-713-9034 Opening Hours: Thu-Sat 6:30-10:30pm
 

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Yuutaro (JAPANESE)

As with many a fine Japanese restaurant in Bangkok, sushi is considered the specialty here, but Yuutaro (which shares space with Thai restaurant Khao) also features a striking dark wood setting, Zen garden, and efficient kitchen led by Thai chef Uthit Jittrong, who has more than 30 years’ experience cooking Japanese food in Thailand and Japan. Other recommendations include the kampachi with ponzu jelly and wagyu toro maki.
 
Other branch: 5/F, Central Embassy, 02-160-5880

64 Sukhumvit Soi 51. Tel. 02-662-6070 Opening Hours: daily noon-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

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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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