Photo: Luka / lukabangkok.com/
From the eclectic, rustic-industrial decor to a menu of down-to-earth comfort food (with nods to local producers and seasonality), Luka—even now—still holds Sathorn’s crown for cafe culture. Order Gangnam-style chicken and waffles (B280, crispy battered thighs with gojuchang ketchup and kimchi waffle topped with organic poached egg and pickles).
Casa Pagoda, 64/3 Pan Rd., Open daily 8am-5pm
Photo: Fowlmouth / Facebook
If you are a masochist for spicy paste, then this Nashville fried chicken joint is for you. The fire in the wings and thighs comes from a blend of cayenne, habanero, and a pinch of bird’s eye chili. The chicken is brined in buttermilk and twice fried, ensuring long-lasting crispness with juicy, tender meat. For the American experience, try their hot chicken waffle (B275) that comes with maple butter.
The Commons Thonglor, 335 Thonglor Soi 17. Open daily 11:30am-10:30pm
Helmed by Chalee Kader of 100 Mahaseth
, Mickey’s takes over what used to be the Beer Bridge at the Portico building. The large space is now decked out with retro-red dining booths, a graffiti-splattered wall, and two big screens overlooking the counter seating. The menu, meanwhile, is inspired by Kader’s time in San Francisco, who craved staple diner dishes. Despite being something of a black sheep on our list, we love his fried duck waffle (B420). The duck is crunchy on the outside and luscious inside. Top it with maple syrup or add tabasco for maximized flavor.
G/F The Portico, 31 Langsuan Rd. Open daily 8am-11pm
Our list wouldn’t be complete without this veteran cafe. Fans of Chu know how their decadent the pastries are. Try their chicken waffles (B300), a delightfully crisp Belgian waffle topped with buttermilk fried chicken, whipped butter, and bourbon-spiced honey.
18/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31. Open Wed-Sun 8am-10pm; Mon 8am-10pm
Photo: Henryfry / Facebook
This Charoenkrung fried chicken specialist has been drawing crowds since day one and for good reason. With its homey vibe, wide range of chicken options, and distinctive flavors, Henryfry is arguably one of our top spots for fried chicken. Go for their waffle set (B290), but if that isn’t enough to sate your appetite, you can order a set of fried chicken starting from B220.
747 Charoen Krung Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong. Open Tue-Sun 11am-7pm
In case you need a break from Lumpini’s hustle and bustle, this dine-in gem opens early for your fried chicken cravings. Their chicken and waffles (B275) offer an Asian twist to the buttermilk waffles as they top them with the sunny side up kai dow—yes, the runny one—and ginger soy sauce. They only sell this on weekends, though.
Polo 3 Alley. Open Thu-Mon 9am-5pm
Photo: Veganerie / Website
If it tastes and looks like real fried chicken, what’s the difference? For us, it depends on the taste, and Veganerie seems to nail it with their vegan version of the dish. Their fried chickens (B250) are made from mushrooms and the waffles are gluten and dairy free.
4/F, Mercury Ville, 540 Ploenchit Rd., Open 9.30am-10pm