Here are the top picks from the city's glamour strips. 

Bangkok’s young and beautiful come to Thonglor and Ekkamai to taste the the good life—and the stunning flavors of the neighborhoods' best chefs. Here are our top picks from these two glitter strips, as chosen by our Top Tables 2019 guide to Bangkok's best restaurants. Bon appetit! 

 


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Arroz

(Spanish) Victor Burgos set tongues wagging with a sensationally well-simmered seafood paella, the overwhelming blue-cheese kick of his croquettas, and the rich broth of the arroz caldoso. With its terracotta-tiled garden and spacious, Mediterranean-referencing dining room, this is far more than your average tapas bar.

112 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-7696. Open Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm

 

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Baan Ice

(Thai) Inside tip for anyone who can’t get a table at Sorn. Supaksorn Jongsiri’s other restaurant, Baan Ice, boasts just as much flavor and at wallet-friendly prices. His family has roots in the southern region of Thailand, with recipes drawn from his grandma’s cookbook. His pad satoor kapi goong (stir-fried prawns with sataw beans) and yellow curry with sea bass and coconut shoots are notable for their uncompromising heat. All this comes in a bistro setting that’s polished but relaxed.

Somerset Building, 115 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-381-6441. Open daily 11am-10pm

 

 

Bo.lan

 

(Thai) With a new breed of Thai restaurant preaching hyper-regional cuisine and pledging allegiance to all things sustainable, Bo.lan’s reputation as a fine-dining trailblazer only continues to grow. For a decade now, Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones (aka “Bo” and “Lan”) have challenged diners to question their definition of Thai cuisine. Beyond rare ingredients and reborn recipes, the chefs are also tireless in their pursuit of a zero-carbon footprint. A rogue, anti-establishment attitude only adds credibility to their efforts.
24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-260-2962, 02-260-2961-2. Open Tue-Sun 6-10:30pm; Sat 6-10:30pm; Sun 6-10:30pm; Sat-Sun noon-2pm
 

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Canvas

 

(International) Chef Riley Sanders manages to do locally sourced and seasonally focused without throwing away the frills and sophistication of fine dining. Everything from the truffle to the cheese to the wagyu beef to the honey comes from Thailand. Sanders’ six-to-nine course tasting menus (no a la carte) are best enjoyed around the glistening kitchen bar along with the wine pairing. All this doesn’t come cheap, but there are few new restaurants in town that quite match the polished sense of occasion at Canvas—nor the seriously bold and inventive flavors on the plate.
113/9-10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 099-614-1158. Open daily 6-10pm

 

Funky Lam Kitchen

(Asian) Hand-painted rattan blinds, dashes of neon and flickering film projections lend this Laotian restaurant a vibe that’s sultry and clandestine. The food pulls no punches, from the herbaceous, x (papaya salad with tempura soft-shell crab) laced with fermented fish paste—funky, indeed! Punchy Asian-inspired cocktails ensure an intoxicating start of a big night out.

The Taste Thonglor, 235 Thonglor Soi 11, 02-050-0469. Open Wed-Sun 6-11:30pm; Mon 6-11pm

 

Khua Kling + Pak Sod

(Thai) The southern restaurant against which all other southern restaurants in Bangkok are measured. The list of must-orders ranges from the crab curry with kanom jeen and the braised pork belly in Chinese five spice, to the stink beans with shrimp and namesake khua kling (a dry mince pork curry), meaning plentiful dining partners are essential if you’re to finish.

21/32 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-259-5189. Open daily 11am-10:30pm

 

La Bottega Di Luca

(Italian) Head chef Andrea Ortu’s menu brims with serious D.O.P. produce scoured from the lengths of Italy—a rich Sicilian pistachio paste to cut through a plate of Brittany lobster and clam gnocchi, a Pecorino cheese foam atop unctuous lamb fragola. Old classics include founder Luca Appino’s black truffle cheese risotto and the buffalo mozzarella caprese salad.

2/F, Terrace 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-204-1731. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-3pm; daily 5:30pm-midnight

 

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Meatlicious

(Steak) Behind this mid-century, rustic-industrial temple to all-wood-grilled meat stands Gaggan Anand, founder of the three-time Asia’s 50 Best-winning Gaggan. The tomahawk puts its now ubiquitous competition to shame thanks to a crisp, pepper-encrusted char and a heart that is deep red. Last orders 10:30pm.

8 Ekkamai Soi 6, 091-698-6688. Open daily 6pm-midnight

 

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Roast

(American) Welcome to Bangkok brunch nirvana. Crisp, rustic fries, tender steaks, fresh salads and eggy breakfast dishes are this Thonglor bistro’s stock trade, served amid cool concrete monochromes, subway tiles and smoky orbs of incandescent light. The giant stacks of waffles and serious coffee are great, plus they’ll serve you a nice selection of biodynamic/natural wines.

3/F, The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2865. Open Mon-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm

 

Soul Food Mahanakorn

(Thai) This “Thai-style izakaya” excels in the type of creative spins on traditional street food favorites that set pulses racing. Set on still-buzzy Thonglor, the brainchild of food writer Jarrett Wrisley and wife Candice Lin keeps things fresh with weekly specials, a laid-back vibe and a signature cocktail list brimming with creativity.

56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-714-7708. Open daily 5-11pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm

 

 

Supanniga

 

(Thai) Unabashedly traditional flavors, a classy yet casual atmosphere, and prices that don’t make the eyes water—you’d be hard pressed to find a more successful combination, as Supanniga’s three branches and a dinner cruise attest. Alongside familiar staples, three-generation-old recipes highlight the underappreciated dishes of Thailand’s east, like the rich and buttery stewed pork with chamuang leaves.

160/11 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-714-7508. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm

 

Teppen

(Japanese) This salaryman stronghold now has branches in Sathorn and Thonglor, but it’s the wood-dominated Ekkamai original that continues to offer one of the warmest izakaya experiences in town. Enter the slender house prepared for an intoxicating mix of whiskey highballs, Japanese pub grub done right, and staff just as rowdy as the guests.

12/2 Sukhumvit Soi 61, 063-205-1889. Open Mon-Fri 6pm-midnight; Sat 5pmmidnight; Sun 5-11pm. Other branch: Sathorn, 02-237-2537

 

Umi 

(Japanese) One of the few omakase specialists with a Thai chef at the helm builds its name on hard-to-source seasonal ingredients, whether it’s nama-sujiko (fresh salmon roe) or shinko (small gizzard shad). Chef Banphot Boonklom (Gaysorn branch) and righthand man Chokchai Meemana (Thonglor) make their nigiri sushi with two types of rice (seasoned with either white or red vinegar) at a classic sushi counter with limited seats.

46/4 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-6661. Open Tue-Sun noon-2pm, 6-11pm. Other branch: Gaysorn Village 

 

 

Upstairs at Mikkeller

 

(International) There’s a serene sophistication to chef Dan Bark’s intimately scaled chef’s table restaurant above the Danish craft beer bar Mikkeller. While the dining room keeps things Nordically simple—walls are a subtle, cool mint, lighting is bright yet inviting—the 10-course tasting menu bursts with impactful and labor-intense flavors, like the Alaskan crab with fresh cucumber, sweet coconut and citrusy kalamansi, or the rich dark chocolate dessert with hints of orange, walnut and jalapeno. A new pairing with Danish wines also reveals rich and fruity flavors unlike anything else in town.

26 Ekkamai Soi 10, 091-713-9034. Open Wed-Sat 6-10pm

 

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The full list of 100 restaurants is available as a free booklet inserted in BK Magazine Mar 29 issue and a downloadable PDF version.


 

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