From Japanese-Peruvian tapas at Above Eleven to Indian fine-dining at Punjab Grill.
If you’re looking for some unusual tapas plates and stiff Pisco sours with a 33rd-story view, Above Eleven hits the spot. The Japanese-Peruvian menu runs from the chicken anticucho (chicken thigh in red chili teriyaki sauce) to seabass sudado with miso paste The food is original, the produce is quality, and the prices are decent compared to many much less inspired five-star hotel rooftops.
A modern, industrial spin on Cantina Ari’s original underground wine cellar style, with exposed, rustic brick walls and archways, strings of garlic, round faux-candle chandeliers and wooden tables reminiscent of the small eateries you find scattered throughout Italy. Expect the likes of authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas, mushroom fettuccine pasta and coffee-soaked homemade panna cotta.
This sleek and sultry restaurant pairs boldly spiced Indian-style kebabs with creative cocktails. The wonderfully flavorful meat from the tandoor is joined on the menu by other Indian classics like daal (stewed lentils) and phirini (rice pudding) that are no less authentic.
This poolside restaurant will transport you to Italy with its red-and-white checkered tablecloths and murals of vinyards. Take in the breeze on the fourth floor of the hotel, while indulging in the seared duck breast with cherry red wine sauce or the grilled lamb rack with potato fondant.
With its weathered copper and leather decor, this is more than your typical minimalist Japanese restaurant. The dimly-lit dining room has a slightly retro feel courtesy of cherry blossom patterns, rows of sake barrels and Japanese partition screens. On top of his regular fish deliveries from Japan's Tsukiji Market, Japanese chef Shinsuke Yonekawa personally sources locally-grown Japanese rice.
This Mediterranean menu is filled with luxurious flourishes, from Champagne lemongrass crème sauce with the snow fish, to saffron with the Atlantic salmon risotto.
This Mexican restaurant was one of the first in town. While touches of Tex-Mex remain, the menu is now firmly "south of the border," meaning Mexican classics (fajitas, espetadas, tacos) and a few South American additions like Peruvian-inspired ceviche salads. The terracotta and stone decor is a fittingly cozy backdrop for the regular live bands playing Latin sounds.
Fine-dining Indian restaurant group Punjab Grill has a dozen venues in India, plus locations in Abu Dhabi, Singapore (where it’s been hailed as one of the city’s greatest restaurants) and in Bangkok. Authentic yet modern, chef Bharath Bhat’s menu has creative touches, such as the pomelo and guava chaat, alongside classics like saag paneer, and tiger prawns cooked in real tandoori ovens.
We don’t just love Rang Mahal for chef Rajan Misra’s (with the restaurant for two decades) rich butter chicken, pillowy naan and other north Indian classics. No other Indian restaurant in Bangkok has the heritage or the views to match this ornately over-the-top hotel institution, where the service is always impeccable.
Despite its striking setting—a 100-year-old house that pays homage to Thailand’s rich heritage with a faux-museum of antiques and old photos—The Local’s menu still manages to take the spotlight. Focusing on hard-to-find Thai court recipes and regional products, the menu is filled with authentic Thai flavors that burst from century-old recipes, all served in a warm and bright dining area.