From hard-to-find Thai court recipes at The Local to innovative "hyperlocal" cuisine at Taan.
From a warm, rustic space just off Charoenkrung, chefs Chalee Kader (Surface, Holy Moly) and Randy Noprapa (Fillets) reward diners for taking the plunge into the world of local offcuts. Drawn heavily from Isaan and the north, dishes like the beef entrails in spicy soup and charcoal-roasted bone marrow really make you question all the fuss over premium meat—and have you coming back for more.
100 Mahaset Rd.
Tucked at the end of Sukhumvit 51, 3San prides itself on a unique combination of Thai, Chinese and American cuisine—designed by in-house chefs from all three countries. Dinner favorites include twisted noodles with uni cream and river prawns, mellow poached scallops in coconut broth, and foie gras wontons with shimeji mushrooms in duck broth. Head there around lunch to try special dishes like the San fried pork over rice.
78/5, Sukhumvit Soi 51
Having grown from humble roots as a street stall, Eats Payao until recently resided in a vibrant four-story townhouse on bustling Yen Akat. Now, the northern Thai food specialist has moved to an elegant Lanna-inspired home just up the road at Tivoli Hotel. Under the new name, they'll be dishing out their classic khao soi (northern-style curry noodles) alongside exciting Thai-inspired cocktails. Singaporean dishes like Hokkien mee also feature, all inspired by the Thai-Singaporean owners’ family recipes.
Tivoli Hotel, 71/2-3 Soi Sri Bumpen
The Thai fine-dining operation from celebrity chef Chumpol Jangprai recently received its first Michelin star. Here, it’s all about seasonal ingredients, hard-to-find dishes and authentic royal Thai cuisine in a traditional setting reminiscent of the early Rattanakosin era.
131 Sukhumvit Soi 53
Layered in rich Thai textures, classic marble coverings and modern monochrome accents, Siam Soul Cafe’s eclectic interior sets the stage for its equally adventurous mix of Thai and international plates. The 66-seater venue includes a breezy outdoor terrace that’s perfect for sipping a glass of while enjoying the concise degustation menu.
G/F, 7 Sukhumvit Soi 20
In a bid to turn something unheard of into a classic combo, the owners of Som Tam & Chardonnay offer five variations of the papaya salad staple alongside a number of wines. The East-meets-West approach doesn’t stop there, as elegantly presented Thai and Italian dishes are also on offer. Set on the 11th floor of Thonglor’s luxury boutique Akyra hotel, the space is bright and elegant, combining white marble and slate gray.
88/333 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor)
Taan runs with Bangkok’s pack of locally focused, innovative-yet-devoutly-Thai restaurants usually found in Charoenkrung back alleys or converted warehouses. There’s only one catch: this one sits inside a perfectly air-conditioned glass box 25 floors above Bangkok in the Siam@Siam hotel. The food is uncompromising, inventive, soulful and balanced.
25/F, Siam @ Siam Design Hotel
For a gastronomic journey through Thai cuisine old and new, look no further than Smooth Curry. Serving traditional dishes from all corners of Thailand and the ancient royal courts, as well as modern takes on classic dishes, Smooth Curry offers diners an experience like no other!
Athenee Hotel, 61 Wireless Rd.
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, authentic Thai flavors burst from century-old recipes, all served in a warm and bright dining area.
32-32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23