I don’t know what it is that Bangkok has on me. Every time when I leave Bangkok, I tell myself “you’ve seen enough of this city, you should go somewhere else next time.” But a few weeks later, I get this strong desire to return. The major lure is of course: the food. I put together a list of my favorite places to eat in Bangkok. I will be updating this list often as my journey of food in Bangkok continues.
If you have been to BKK, you must know that street food is the eminent eating culture of Bangkok. Jae Fai at 327 Mahachai road, serves some of the best stir-fried Thai noodle dishes that I’ve tasted. Must try their Phad-kee-mao (Drunken Noodle) and Guay-Tiew kua (Stir-fried rice noodle).
Price: Jae Fai is significantly pricier than most street vendors, the average cost per dish is around 360 Baht (USD12).
Getting there: Show the address in Thai to the Taxi driver and you should get there with no problems: 327 มหาไชย สำราญราษฎร์ พระนคร กรุงเทพฯ (327 Mahachai road)
This Chinatown noodle shop only sells one type of pork noodle soup from 6 pm to 3 am. Rolled-up rice noodle sheets offering a thicker texture that is soft and slightly chewy, along with crispy pork and pork innards (your choice), served in a powerfully peppery and delicious broth.
Price: About USD3
Getting there: It is not difficult to find this noodle shop but it’s difficult to describe because unfortunately I don’t understand Thai. First get to the main street of Chinatown which is called the Chinatown road – this is the road where a Taxi driver will take you if you say Chinatown.
You can rather look for this gold shop below, the pork noodle shop is right across the street, or
Look for this big signage board, that’s how I found it. It’s not hard. Good luck!
With more than nine different types of papaya salads, Som Tam Nua is the place to be if you love papaya salad. But that’s not the only delicious dish on the menu. Try the Fried Thai Rice Flour Noodles, Hot & Spicy Herbs Salad with Thai Pork Sausages and Fried Chicken.
Price: Average USD5 per dish
Getting there: 392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road. It’s conveniently located in Siam Square, next to Novotel – Siam Square.
This seafood restaurant is located in Chinatown, although it is called a Chinese seafood restaurant, the taste is catered more towards the local Thai Chinese who have settled here for many generations. The Steamed Crab Claws is a dish to die for! By the way all the other seafood dishes are delicious. I am drooling just thinking about this place!
Price: Approximately USD35 per person
Getting there: 85-89 Yaowapanit Rd., Chinatown (Samphanthawong)
Eat Me – Upscale International Cuisine (Review coming soon)
Eat Me – another one of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok. I know, it’s not Thai, but Eat Me is my top alternative when I want a short break from Thai food while in Bangkok. Although it serves international cuisine, I can still see and taste the Thai influences in these dishes. Try the Grilled Tiger Prawns with Tom Yum Spiced Olive Oil, Crispy Skin Duck Confit, and the Grilled Pork Chop.
Price: Approximately USD60 per person
Getting there: 20 metres off Convent Rd. (in Soi Pipat 2), Silom
The meats at Issaya are done so skillfully. Whether it’s baby-back ribs, chicken, lamb or beef, it is moist and tender. Staying true to Thai cuisine’s intense flavors while pushing boundaries of Thai fine dining.
Price: Approxmiately USD60 per person
Getting there: 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chue Pleong Road. The location is difficult to find, I suggest you call the restaurant and have them talk to your taxi driver.
(See our review here)
The food at Nahm is executed with such refinement – I go to Nahm when I feel like pampering my palates with love and respect. Don’t confuse refinement with being upscale, I’ve had horrible experiences at upscale restaurants but I love Nahm, it is definitely worth it.
Price: Approximately USD60 per person
Getting there: Inside the Metropolitan Hotel at 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn.