Want to eat at Bangkok’s best restaurants on a budget? Then eat at lunch. Here are some of the best mid-day fine-dining deals out there. By Natcha Sanguankiattichai and Nareerat Yoddamnern

French

LE NORMANDIE

The lunch price: B1,350-2,300 (Mon-Sat 12-2pm)
The dinner price: From B2,950 for 4 courses
The original face of Bangkok fine dining. Everything’s super traditional, from the expertly polished waiters to the millimeter-perfect table settings. It all creates a genuine aura of prestige, but boy, do they normally make you pay for the privilege. The lunch prices are also above the Bangkok average, but it’s certainly not bad given the restaurant’s reputation. The set menu comprises three courses an appetizer or soup, a fish or meat main dish, and dessert and costs B1,350. Make that B1,750 for four courses (appetizer and dessert) or B2,350 for five courses (add a fish course). Two glasses of wine cost an extra B650.
 
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue, Charoenkrung Rd., 02-659-9000
 

L’ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON

The lunch price: B950-1,850 (daily 11:30am-2:30pm)
The dinner price: B5,000 for 5 courses, B7,500 for 7 courses
This chic, red-and-black restaurant designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon (who did London’s Savoy and Paris’s Four Seasons George V) may turn out contemporary French fine dining, but the large open-kitchen is more reminiscent of a sushi bar. Each set menu starts with an amusebouche (bite-sized hors-d’oeuvre, chef selected), followed in the smallest set by one main course plus your choice of either starter, cheese or dessert. Mains include things like black cod served with Malabar pepper sauce and coconut foam, and Iberico pork pluma in a broth of shiitake and fresh coriander. Wine starts at B360/glass.
 
5/F, 96 Mahanakorn Cube, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd. 02-001-0698
 
 

LE BEAULIEU

The lunch price: B695-995 (Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm)
The dinner price: À la carte. Mains B1,450-8,500
The weekday set lunch at this established French fine-dining favorite aims at a far more hearty, rustic approach than you might find at dinner. Dishes like coq-au-vin, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and Madame Burgaud duck are served over your choice of business or executive set (both 3 courses), with some slightly fancier items reserved for the executive set.
 
G/F, Athénée Tower, 63 Wireless Rd. 02-168-8220

Thai

 

BO.LAN

The lunch price: B980 (Thurs-Sun 12.2:30pm)
The dinner price: B2,280 for 4 courses, B2,680 for 7 courses
The place: The new Bo.lan venue keeps up the old one’s spirit of contemporary-meets-traditional Thai décor and classic flavors done in a refined style. The set lunch menu rotates regularly these guys are serious about seasonality and includes a salad, a soup, a stirfried dish and a curry, each with two options to choose from, served together with rice. An amuse bouche and a dessert or fruit plate is also included.
 
24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-260-2962. BTS Thonglor
 
 

NAHM

The lunch price: B1,500 (Mon-Fri 12-2pm)
The dinner price: B2,200 for 3 courses
The place: What’s regularly voted some of the best Thai food in the world doesn’t come cheap. But the food at Nahm really does need to be experienced, and 12-2pm Mon-Fri is your best time to do it. Like dinner, everything is designed for sharing, meaning each table needs to agree on what they want to order so portions can be scaled accordingly. Included in the lunch set is a selection of Thai canapes, a salad, a soup, a curry, a stir-fried or steamed dish and dessert, plus one choice from the à la cate menu.
 
G/F, The Metropolitan Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Rd., 02-625-3333
 
 

SRA BUA

The lunch price: B1,350 (Mon-Sun 12-2:30pm)
The dinner price: B2,200 for 7 courses, B2,700 for 11 courses
Totally unlike Nahm, Sra Bua reinvents Thai food by taking traditional flavors and presenting them in dishes found nowhere else. As such, it provides one of the most unique experiences in town. The B1,350 lunch menu gives a good taste of that, with three appetizers, two main dishes and dessert. Current creations include roasted cashew nut soya meringue and hokkaido scallop in tamarind and lemongrass sauce.
 
Siam Kempinski Hotel, 991/9 Rama 1 Rd., 02-162-9000

Chinese

 

CHINA HOUSE

The lunch price: B988 (Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm)
The dinner price: B2,088 for 5 courses, B8,888 for 9 courses
China House is one sexy place: the tiny aquamarine bar, the deep red and black lacquers, the films playing in the toilets. It all makes for a suitably moody, Shanghai-inspired setting to enjoy unlimited dim sum, with about 30 different varieties on offer, from simple steamed buns to black truffle xiao long pao. You can also select a soup, rice or noodle dish, and dessert from a few choices. Best of all, the same deal runs on weekends.
 
48 Oriental Avenue, 02-659-9000
 
 

MEI JIANG

The lunch price: B1,000-2,100 (Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm)
The dinner price: B1,850-B2,950 for 6 courses
The best thing about this restaurant during the daytime isn’t just the prices, but the beautiful garden views overlooking The Peninsula’s perfectly manicured lawns and the Chao Phraya River. The classic fare comes in two sets: one includes four fixed main dishes Szechuan style chicken, Chinese spinach with minced pork and clam, stirfried egg noodles with chicken and sesame dumplings while the more expensive option focuses on seafood.
 
G/F, The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoen Nakhon Rd., 02- 626-184-7

Italian

 

JOJO

The lunch price: B695-850 (Mon-Fri 12-3pm)
The dinner price: À la carte. Mains B420-1,690
Lunch at Jojo aims at something less formal than evening service, which means you might not feel like you’re in that full, fine-dining embrace, but the prices are not to be sniffed at. B695 gets you free rein on an antipasti buffet of cold cuts, cheeses, salads and other light Italian fare. Supplement that with an extra B155 to get a main and a choice of starter or dessert from the set menu, too, which includes dishes like asparagus and salmon risotto, pan-fried sea bass and lobster and prawn bisque soup.
 
St. Regis, 159 Rajadamri Rd., 02-207-7815. BTS Ratchadamri
 
 

BISCOTTI

The lunch price: B845-895 (Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm)
The dinner price: À la carte. Main starts at B580
The Four Seasons’ Italian restaurant may not get the attention it once did, but the food and atmosphere are still right up there. Like most five-star hotel Italian restaurants, they offer an antipasti buffet as well as a choice of more formal set menus. Dishes err towards the contemporary, and while the restaurant doesn’t feel too stuffy, service is immaculate.
 
Four Seasons Hotel, 155 Rajadamri Rd., 02-126-8866. BTS Ratchadamri
 
 

LA SCALA

The lunch price: B700-900 (Mon-Fri 12-2:30pm)
The dinner price: À la carte. Main B590-2,600
One of the city’s most highly regarded Italian restaurants (it was the only hotel restaurant to rank in our Top Tables top 10 in 2014), La Scala’s food is right at the sharp end of Italian fine dining, with dishes like foie gras risotto with red wine porched pear and roasted hazelnuts, and braised Charolaise beef cheek with like fondue and mushroom barbagianni. Alternatively, there’s an antipasti buffet at B700.
 
The Sukhothai Bangkok, 13/3 South Sathorn Rd., 02-344 8888
 

Japanese

 

YAMAZATO

The lunch price: B520-1,500 (daily 11:30am-2:30pm)
The dinner price: From B2,800 for 7 courses
The Bangkok sister to Amsterdam’s Michelin-starred Yamazato, this restaurant is all about kaiseki service during dinner hours Japan’s most formal style of dining. But daytimes are a far different affair, with the focus on donburi (rice bowls). There are nine for you to try, all served in sets and priced at a lunch-hour-friendly B450.
 
24/F, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Rd., 02-687-9000. BTS Phloen Chit
 
 

TENSUI

The lunch price: From B350 (daily 11:30am-2pm)
The dinner price: From B3,000 for 7 courses
Tensui has heaps of variation in its lunch sets. There’s basic tempura and grilled salmon sets at just B350 or beef sukiyaki at B450, as well as more formal eight-course sets starting at B1,200. Sushi sets (B450-2,000), sashimi sets (B450-900) and chirashi sushi bowl sets (B450-1,800) are all on offer, too.
 
Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-663-2281
 

 

More Deals

The lunch price: B850 for 2 courses, B990 for 3 courses (daily 11:30am-2:00pm)
The dinner price: B2,800 for 5 courses
2/F Chamchuri Square, Rama 4 Rd., 02-160-5188. MRT Samyan
 
 
The lunch price: B650 for 2 courses, B750 for 3 courses (Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm)
The dinner price: B1,700 for 5 courses
Dusit Thani, 946 Rama 4 Rd., 02-200-9000. MRT Silom
 
 
 
The lunch price: B1,800 for 3 courses (Mon-Sat, noon-1:45pm)
The dinner price: B3,000 for 4 courses, B3,900 for 6 courses, B4,800 for 8 courses
G/F, Oriental Residence, 110 Wireless Rd., 02-252-8001. BTS Phloen Chit
 
 
The lunch price: B910 for 3 courses (Mon-Fri,noon-2pm)
The dinner price: B3,500 for 5 courses
25/F, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Wireless Rd.,02-687-9099. BTS Phloen Chit
 
 
The lunch price: B390 for 2 courses, B540 for 3 courses (Mon-Fri, 11:30am-2pm)
The dinner price: B1,250 for 4 courses 
G/F, Ocean Tower ll, Asoke Soi 3, 02-665-2772.