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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

My Favourite Restaurants in Bangkok

For those of you who are visiting Bangkok, there are so many wonderful restaurants to enjoy. The eating scene is amazing and the variety huge. If you choose to look on Trip advisor many of the top rated restaurants listed are not necessarily Thai. Taking groups there for a food experience is about eating the food of Thailand, from the street food to the upmarket, it is varied, delicious and so inexpensive.
Interestingly for me when I analyse my favourites the chefs have all spent time outside of Thailand and perhaps the dishes are a little more Asian fusion.
Many of the dishes on menus here are not even on the menu in these restaurants. If they are it is a very different slant on a concept.
If you are having a stopover on the way to or from Europe, stay and enjoy this exciting city and the myriad of things that are on offer there.

Soul Food Manakorn

The chef Jarred Wrisley spent time in the States and opened this small but fabulous restaurant and cocktail bar in an old shophouse in Thonglor.
Small plates, the best way to enjoy the dishes in most Thai restaurants is to share and then you can sample all the delights on offer.
Southern Style Samosas, Sticky Tamarind Ribs and Burmese Pork Belly to name a few of my favourite dishes. There are also seasonal specials on offer and fabulous cocktails.

BTS Thong Lo (Train )
56/10 Soi Thonglor
Sukhumvit 55


This visit was my first time to this restaurant and we went twice.
The chef operated a restaurant in NSW Australia before returning to Thailand with his Thai wife to open Paste. The food is a mix from different regions of Thailand
Delicious, everything is very good and the cocktails are irresistible.
Try the Paste My Thai vodka with spicy chilli mint and ginger ! Yum
Try Crispy Rice Crackers with Prawn Pork and Candy Relish
Tamarind and Caramel Twice Cooked Kurobuta Pork Belly
Crispy Free Range Duck with Northern Thai Makhween Pepper drizzled with Orange and Star Anise
Innovative and creative cuisine.

120/6 Soi Song Phi Nong
Sukhumvit 49

Issaya Siamese Club

I love this restaurant and have recommended it to many people. It is the home for internationally renowned Ian Kittichai. It is set in a beautiful 90 year old  Indo Portugese Thai villa with a tropical garden in central Bangkok.
The whole concept is lovely and the restaurant is listed in Asias top 50. There is  a private dining room upstairs and large indoor and outdoor verandas downstairs. The food is a mixture of classic and modern presented with charm and the culinary flair you would expect from Ian Kittichai. Service is impeccable and all the staff speak very good english. Too many great eats to list here, but a must for your visit to Bangkok.

4 Soi Sri Aksorn
Chua Ploeng Rd


Also listed on top 50 Asia, and the top 50 in the World, this restaurant is another fabulous must go to. The  Australian born, chef David Thompson, owned and operated Darley Street Thai in Sydney in the early 90's which won him Best Thai Restaurant for 8 years and Sailors Thai in the Rocks in 1995.He then embarked on Nahm London which won him a coveted Michelin award, the only Thai restaurant to win this award. Nahm Bangkok, was opened four years ago and continues to be of a consistently high standard.
A mix of  ancient traditional  and modern Thai recipes, with again beautiful fresh produce with some different ingredients this food is for serious gourmets. Robust flavours with lots of spice for those who love their Thai. It is situated in the very chic Metropolitan Hotel, which all adds to the sophistication of the space and experience.

Metropolitan Hotel
27 South Sathorn Rd
Thung Maha Mek

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