These are the top restaurants to watch your calories with a crisp, green salad, cold-pressed juice or nutritious wrap.
This clean-eating spot is an offshoot of the fitness empire known for their Pilates and yoga studios and gourmet health food delivery service. They offer low-calorie, high-nutrient foods free of chemical additives, hormones, trans fats and refined sugars. The best part? It actually tastes good. Their superfood-rich offerings range from spicy zucchini quinoa salads to guilt-free blueberry chocolate tarts, made with spelt flour, cocoa, almond and coconut oil.
2/F, The Portico, Lang Suan Rd., 091-8720885. Open daily 7am-7pm.
Helmed by the famous Bangkok nutritionist known online as Ms Happy Diet, this superfood cafe in the stylish EmQuartier serves up antioxidant-rich acai pulp smoothie bowls amid pink-washed interiors. The chocolate topped Unstoppabowl will have you hooked with its blend of granola, fresh fruit, cacao nibs, chia seeds and goji berries. For a lighter health kick, try the simple yet effective acai smoothie.
B/F, EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 098-859-8747. Open daily 10am-10pm (10am-7pm during curfew). Six other branches across Bangkok
Plant-based food at this bright, double-decker bistro is top notch. The quinoa burger may be the most famous dish, although our personal indulgence is the cauliflower tempura in hot sauce. That and the smoothie bowls.
899 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-5001. Open daily 10am-8pm. Two other branches: Central Embassy; Charoenkrung Soi 42/1.
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This Phuket-hailing salad specialist offers a counter filled with organic greens from the owner’s farm. Create your own or choose items from the menu like the Avocobb with corn, pecans, avocado and quinoa.
2/F, Silom Complex, Silom Rd., 063-215-1015. Open daily 10:30am-9:30pm. Three other branches: Sathorn Square; All Seasons Place; EmQuartier.
This spot’s oh-so-vivid plant-based smoothie bowls are free of added sugar, artificial colors and gluten. The bowls utilize hard-to-find ingredients, such as dunaliella salina (a kind of micro algae) and blue spirulina—try the classic acai bowl (B390) or get adventurous with the charcoal-based Black Magic (B290) with banana, pineapple, blueberries, granola and sesame.
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249 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 061-919-9265. Open daily 10am-8pm
56-58 Sathorn Soi 8, 02-550-7623. Open daily 8am-8pm
Acai and smoothie bowls are served with Hawaiian flair at this colorful Thonglor cafe. The owners claim to use only organic produce from local farmers, allowing diners to pick from a variety of fruit with which to top their bowls. Among the favorites is the Waikiki Bowl (B220 mini/B260 regular/B400 large), a mix of acai, mango, passion fruit, banana and coconut yogurt topped with granola, mango cubes and passion fruit.
261 Thonglor Soi 13, 089-894-2646. Open daily 10am-8pm. Other branch: Siam Square One.
This health-conscious spot specializes in pre-mixed salads for you to pick and mix, all made using vegetables and whole grains with healthy coconut and olive oil dressings. Choose from a rotating list of items like pesto zucchini noodles, carrot and chickpeas, feta and sweet corn salad, and Asian quinoa slaw, as well as proteins like salmon, honey mustard chicken, sesame-crusted tofu and baked falafel. Bonus: they label the macro-nutrients in each dish.
Habito Mall, 45/19 Sukhumvit Rd., 090-916-5186. Open daily 8am-8pm. Two other branches: Phrom Phong (grab-and-go); Q House Lumpini.
Bangkok’s best-loved vegan bakery flowers into a full-blown restaurant at this modern-rustic spot, offering a whole lot more than rabbit food. Their wide range of plant-based dishes span everything from “pulled pork” burgers made with mushrooms to sweet potato and chickpea coconut curries. Desserts remain a specialty, with a menu touting vegan waffles, cashew nut cheesecakes and Nutella frappes that look anything but dairy-free.
35/2 Soi Methi Niwet, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-258-8489. Open daily 10am-8pm. Five other branches: MercuryVille; Siam Paragon; Silom Complex; Ambassador Hotel Bangkok; EmQuartier.
This two-story vegan bistro exudes positive vibes from the moment you ascend the bright staircase. Green plants and natural light provide the setting for vibrant and creative dishes, ranging from jackfruit larb tacos (B280) and gyro-style “chicken” habibi wraps (B290) to passionfruit cheesecake (B165) and homemade kombucha (B160). Even carnivores will find dishes to love here.
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46/1 Sukhumvit Soi 24, 065-998-2201. Open daily 10am-8pm.
Put on your stretchy pants, forget about the macros and tuck in to BK Best Eats 2019. This is the Bangkok dining that ignores fancy restaurants and 10-course tasting menus and goes straight for the comfort food—steaming bowls of fat-rich ramen, triple-decker burgers, all-you-can-eat dim sum buffets with an extra helping of pork buns. In other words, the stuff most of us eat out, most of the time.
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