Vegetarian food is all over this town during this Jay Festival (Oct 5-13) but here we pick our favorite veggie dishes from our favorite meat-eating restaurants. 

Opposite Mess Hall

We’d turn vegetarian in a heartbeat if we had Chef Jess Barnes cooking for us round the clock. Needless to say, we are huge fans of his food, which is a blend of Mediterranean and Asian influences cooked up with a fuss-free approach by way of Australia. Fans of his irresistible roast carrots at previous gig Quince, we’ve found plenty more to love here; try the smoked eggplant (B180) or the irresistible buns with fried tempeh, kimchi and Sriracha mayo and scamorza cheese (B160).

27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6330. Open Tue-Sun 7pm-midnight

Seven Spoons

With a new, larger venue comes an expanded menu (soon to include brunch); but, fear not, Seven Spoons remains a great place to drop by for a healthy and delicious homey and hippie American meal. For your meat-free fill, opt for the spinach pumpkin tortellini with pecorino and lemon butter sauce (B220), quinoa salad with mango and mushroom fritti (B210) and gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce and chickpea spinach balls  (B220).

24 Chakkaphatdi Phong Rd., 02-629-9214. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-midnight


The chef may have changed, but Quince’s kitchen still retians its focus on sustainability, ethical eating and local produce. Sit amid the charming country-classic-themed space, similar to Casa Pagoda next-door, and nosh on the marvelous roast carrots with shallot, honey and poppy seed (B150) or the ricotta gnocchi with chestnuts (B250). 

Sukhumvit Soi 45, 02-662-4478. Open daily 11:30-1am

Issaya Siamese Club

With its lovely garden that provides many of the fresh ingredients that go into its Thai dishes, Issaya continues to serve up some truly delicious vegetarian options. Enjoy dishes like kanom hua chai tao (wok-seared with bean sprouts and chives served with spicy sauce, B230), gang kamin pak (vegetable curry in Southern style, B340) and the lovely yam hua plee (banana blossom salad with heart of palm, B260), all while taking in the charm of the old house.

4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chuaphloeng Rd., 02-672-9040-1. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-midnight (kitchen closes at 10:30pm)

Maya (NEW)

Many Indian restaurants cook up some delicious vegetarian dishes, but since the sky-high Maya is new, why not take a punt and try the fig and cottage cheese dumplings in a saffron cardamom sauce (B350) or potato and cauliflower tossed with cumin and ginger (B300)—truly dishes that can live with the fancy vibe and stunning views.

29/F, Holiday Inn Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-683-4704. Open daily 6pm-1am

Simple (NEW)

The young chef behind this organic grocers-slash-café-slash-restaurant, Natcha Chatlaong, uses some of the best produce sourced from local farmers and artisans to whip up appetizing vegetarian dishes including a delicious zucchini salad (B190) and bruchetta with zucchini and cherry tomato (B180), as well as meat-free pastas and lasagna. Wash it all down with one of their super-refreshing blended juices (starting from B90).

235/5 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-662-2510. Open Tue-Sun 7am-8pm


One of our favorite Italian restaurants in town, Appia is warm and cozy like a true trattoria should be, while the food is fittingly casual and sharing-friendly. Away from the wonderful rotisserie offerings, the place also does veggie dishes to die for, whether it’s just a piece of bread with a bowl of pickled vegetables (B90), roasted red beets with arugula and strachhino cheese (B350) or the homemade mezze maniche pasta with minted eggplant, pinenuts and ricotta salata (B350).

20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-261-2056. Open Tue-Sun 6-11pm