Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is a city full of exotic delights. It has often been voted ‘one of the best cities to live’ in all the world. (Also read: Top 10 Of The Best Places To Visit In Bangkok). The fact that every year more tourists visit Bangkok than any other city in the world is a testament to the amount of fun and adventure you can anticipate here. In the fifteenth century, Bangkok was just a small trading post in the Ayutthaya kingdom. Fast forward to today, and Bangkok has transformed into a well-touristed, bustling metropolis with plenty of attractions for every mood.
When it comes to food, you can’t go wrong in Bangkok. The streets here are full of delicious street food stalls that serve piping hot soups, curries and barbeques. The city is also home to some amazing restaurants that specialize in cuisines coming from all over the world. Whether it is classic French, Indian, Italian or the native Thai, Bangkok restaurants won’t disappoint you.
Here is our list of some of the best restaurants in the city.
Top Rated Restaurants To Visit In Bangkok:
Voted the best restaurant in Asia for three years in a row, Gaggan is a staple in any list that describes Bangkok’s gastronomic delights. It was started around ten years ago when the young and talented Indian chef Gaggan Anand. Serving a delicious amalgamation of traditional Indian food cooked in modern cooking techniques, food at Gaggan is prepared using only the best and most authentic ingredients and procedures. The restaurant is set in a beautiful colonial style villa in the heart of Bangkok. It is the superb food, ambience and attention to detail that has earned Gaggan two highly coveted Michelin stars.
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Master chef Bee Satongun’s baby Paste is another prodigious restaurant in Bangkok adorned with a Michelin star. It serves what it calls heirloom Thai cuisine – centuries old Thai food from all corners of the land that has been painstakingly researched and chronicled, unearthing long forgotten techniques and processes. Paste prides itself on contemporising these age-old recipes using modern technology and presenting their patrons with food that is stunning and adorned with subtle flavours you won’t find anywhere else.
Nahm has consistently found a place in multiple top ten restaurants in Asia lists, including the prestigious San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna list, apart from having one Michelin star across its name. Chef Pim Techamuanvivit heads the restaurant, and her philosophy is to always bring out the natural flavours from the freshest and the very best ingredients. She uses her culinary skill to create a variety of compelling textures on the plate. The restaurant itself is tastefully designed – the relaxed atmosphere and the poolside dining make it a great venue to savour amazing food.
Thai food is at the heart of The Local. Thai food reflects so much diversity from coast to coast – with its ingredients, flavours and textures. The Local is one place you have to check out if you want to try out masterful renditions of some of the nation’s favourite foods. The chefs at The Local believe that Thai food is inextricably tied to the nation’s culture and heritage. This is why they take authenticity very seriously. Every dish that you try here has been sourced locally and prepared to perfection. The restaurant itself is located at a Thai heritage home that also houses a museum and a silk shop.
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Le Normandie is where you go to if you want to experience authentic contemporary French cuisine. Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier’s venture received two Michelin stars on debut, and has been honing the great tradition of French cooking to perfection in the heart of Bangkok. Its not just the food at Le Normandie, the restaurant itself feels like a French Chateau, with pristine views of Chao Phraya river, floor to ceiling windows and huge crystal chandeliers. Le Normandie is an experience of indulgence you wouldn’t want to miss.
Any self respecting Thai would swear by the Som Tam – a spicy sour soup that is one of Thailand’s many signature dishes. Baan Som Tam prepares this dish to perfection, and offers a whopping 29 varieties of it, from crab, sprouts, coconut, pork skin and prawn. One of the more affordable options in this list, you can also try some of the other sumptuous items on the menu, like grilled meats and the lamb salad.
Located in the bustling business district of Bangkok, Enoteca Italiana is a little oasis of mediterranean delights. Enoteca literally means wine library, and the lush garden restaurant tucked away from the busy streets takes you away from the fast Bangkok life to a serene and calm culinary experience. Head chef Stefano hails from Turin and commandeers the kitchen to cook up some of Italy’s traditional delicacies to perfection – from an assortment of pastas, risotto, lasagnas and pizzas. Pair your food with a delicious wine and enjoy a lazy afternoon at Enoteca Italiana.
Isao is a Japanese-California fusion sushi bar and restaurant in Bangkok, and has earned the accolade of being one of the best in the world in its category. The chefs here cook some amazing sushi by adding surprising elements to the traditional recipes. Some of the dishes at Isao are legendary, especially their signature sushi roll Jackie and their sushi sandwich. The locale and ambience are trendy and vibrant, making it one of the best places to eat at a night out.
Barbeque is a serious business – seasoning the meat with secret spices, choosing the most succulent cuts and slow grilling it to charred, smokey perfection. When you are in Bangkok, nobody does barbeque better than Smokin Pug. Started by two American expats Dana and Danny in 2015, the barbeque philosophy of Smokin Pug can be found in the sweet spot between Western barbeque and the traditional Thai meat grilling processes. The result is astounding and has to be tried. Smokin Pug also doubles up as a blues bar featuring live gigs and an overall vibrant atmosphere.
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This is our list of the best restaurants to visit in Bangkok for an absolutely delicious variety of cuisines and a charming ambience for a memorable time.
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