is a selection of restaurants in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket
that are recommendable when in Thailand. They are organized
by area and are in no particular order. We have tried to
focus more on the restaurants outside of the five star hotels,
as they are not only cheaper but we believe that venturing out
can in itself be a small adventure that adds many special
memories to a trip. We will be constantly
adding to this section. If you have any recommendations, please
us and send them in, noting the type of food, location, and why
you feel that it is special.
Kitchen Sukhumvit Soi 36.
This restaurant is an excellent place to see a real piece
of Bangkok. The food is mainly from Isaan province and Laos,
and is of the highest quality. They actually do serve foreigners
really spicy food when you ask for it, unlike a lot of restaurants
that still take a little out for the farang (foreigner). A
live band plays traditional music, and with the open air atmosphere
really makes for a special evening. The prices are special
as well, for three people including drinks it would be extremely
difficult to spend more than 1,000 Baht. Do not be surprised
to see the occasional elephant pop by to say hello!
Queen - Not to be confused by the hot dog and ice
cream stands you see around Bangkok. This restaurant is in our
view one of the finest and most enjoyable Thai / Seafood
restaurants in all of Bangkok. It is exceptionally well
priced, enjoys a wonderful location (although some may
consider a little far) on the Chao Phraya River and offers
guests excellent food. The Dairy Queen offers guests a nicely
decorated but very relaxed Thai style restaurant with both
indoor and outdoor dining. The restaurant is extremely popular
with Thai's which speaks volumes for the quality of the food
you can find there. As it is a Thai style restaurant you can
take your own bottle(s) of wine or whisky and the restaurant
will just charge you a very small corkage fee. The restaurant
also a moored part to the restaurant which offers floor
seating and actually sits on the river. The Dairy Queen also
has a boat which allows you to eat onboard while enjoying a
cruise from the restaurant to around the Grand Palace area and
back, this cruise only costs you around 70 Baht per person on
top of whatever food etc you order. The restaurant is located
adjacent to Saphan (bridge) Param Gau on Rattanathibet Road,
and is only a 25 minute drive out of Bangkok (outside rush
hour times) by expressway. Yes it may be a little out of the
centre but that only adds to the adventure. We strongly
recommend reservations at this restaurant especially if you
prefer to be seated outside and / or next to the river. Call
the restaurant on: 02-9218670 up to 5.
Seafood Restaurant - Located adjacent to the Chaopraya
River, in the River City Shopping Centre next to the Royal
Orchid Hotel & Towers, this new seafood restaurant is
a pleasure in itself to experience. Decorated by a highly
respected designer who has worked on many International 5
star hotels around the world, the restaurant offers both indoor
and outdoor dining. Prices are not the cheapest in Bangkok
but the atmosphere is enjoyable if only because of the
setting. Reservations are highly recommended please
call 02-237 0077-8.
Prik - On Soi Covent off
Silom. Great Thai food at excellent prices. The decor is very
basic but is inductive to a good time.
- A new Thai restaurant in the
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel. Beautiful decor and spacious
seating arrangements add to a great atmosphere for a wonderful
evening whether you are dining for business, pleasure or celebrating.
The food although good, is "farang Thai", by which
I mean that if you want the food really spicy you almost have
to beg, we had to send two dishes back because they were not
truly Thai spicy. Watch out for the water as well - if you
ask for a glass of water each glass will be charged at THB
40 ++ this is because they give you mineral water without
explaining it, so you only find out when you get the bill.
Having said that this is a great and very stylish restaurant
to enjoy the exotic delicacies of Thai food.
- If you are craving something a little
different, a pint of Guinness, and some beef stew for example
then this is a great place to be. It gets very busy over the
weekends, and a lot of local expats and Thais alike use it
as an after work drinking and meeting place. It can be found
along Soi Convent, just off Silom.
- Although not officially a restaurant,
this ultra modern shopping centre houses some very good restaurants.
One that is definitely worth trying is the Food Court, here
you buy coupons, and then choose from an enormous selection
of Thai food that is on display. It is a great way to get
to know a little about Thai food and experiment, as you can
see what the food looks like before giving it a go. Cheap,
clean, and great food.
- Tesco's ?! Tesco's I hear
you scream, in a restaurant review ?!! Not really but if you
are new to Thailand then the food courts are a great experience,
and Tesco's along with the Emporium, Central etc offer a nice
clean environment to enjoy such food. Located on Rama IV,
just close to Sukhumvit Soi 26, the newly opened Tesco's is
again more a shopping mall / supermarket (an absolutely enormous
supermarket) that has a food court on the upper floor. They
have a wide variety of food, and you buy an electronic cash
card instead of coupons, and are able to choose from a great
selection of inexpensive Thai food on display. This is a great
place to visit especially if you have children as they have
a lot of activities for children to enjoy, including a mini
theatre where, songs and dance, are performed, small trains,
and miniature roller coaster rides. It looks like great fun,
just a pity they don't allow adults to join in the games !!
Dalat - On Sukhumvit Soi
23, an individual wooden house that provides a beautiful environment
to enjoy some of the best Vietnamese food in Bangkok. Very
nice setting that seems to be full of expats most of the time.
This restaurant has featured in many books, written about
or based from Bangkok. Beautiful restaurant.
- Rated by many guides and even
the local newspapers and magazines as one of the best Indians
restaurants in Bangkok, this small restaurant is located off
Sukhumvit Soi 11. The decor on the second level is just great
and very relaxing, with the tables being of Indian design
and the seats being of the lower variety where you sit pretty
much on the floor. The food however leaves you wondering how
they have managed to build such a good reputation, we tested
the mutton, which was fatty and very tough. There are better.
Tandoor - at the Holiday
Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bangkok on Silom road is excellent,
serving Northern Indian cuisine it is very popular among the
local Indian community which says a lot for the quality of
food. Great choice.
- Another Indian restaurant on
Sukhumvit Soi 3. Lively interior design but the food is good,
the meat tender and they have a very good selection at reasonable
prices. Good choice.
- One of the more famous Italian restaurants in Bangkok. Located
at the Shangri-La Hotel, it is a very 'in' place to be, with
a lot of high society Thais, and expats. The restaurant is
very large with three levels, and they also play live music
in the evenings. The food is not cheap and not expensive at
the same time, but do watch out for the glass of Champagne
that will set you back a staggering 600 Baht !! Great food
in a great location, but with some seriously overpriced
Pico - Well if Mexican is
your thing, then this must be the place to come. Located at
the Rembrandt Hotel which is itself renowned trough Bangkok as
offering some of the finest food offerings of any hotel in
Bangkok (especially the Indian and Mexican). Great food
and a live band in the evenings playing Latino sounds. The
food is reasonably priced. We do recommend though that you
try to reserve a sofa seat, as they hug the outer area of
the restaurant. The other tables and chairs are in the middle.
Great place just try and get a sofa seat !
Cafe - This excellent restaurant
has had to extend its' premises to keep up with demand. Very
much an in place to dine in this stylish location. Great food
and reasonable prices. Just off Silom.
Daikoku between Sukhumvit
Soi 19 and 21. A Japanese restaurant of the highest quality
and surroundings. It serves ridiculously cheap set lunch menus
in traditional private rooms, for parties of 3 or more, or
if you prefer you may sit at the sushi bar, or even around
the pond which decorates the interior. At dinner it is more
intimate and less busy. With an obvious increase in price
over lunch, it still remains a great deal.
Rice Man - We had to add this !! On Sukhumvit Soi
23 you will find a whole stretch of food stalls on the street
serving, everything from fried noodles, soup noodles, chicken
rice, and more. Although street stalls can be found pretty
much on every street corner of Bangkok, the chicken rice man
here deserves a special mention The quality is very good and
for only 20 Baht a serving which includes soup you cannot
go wrong. May not be worth travelling hours to get to but
if you are in the area and what to try eating on the street
which you should if you are in Thailand then try it. If you
do not want skin and bones tell him (use charades if you do
not know how to explain).
Islander off Soi Bagna. This
pub if it can so be called, also has another branch in Samui.
They are both excellent, when needing some English food (!
no laughing please !). We especially recommend the New Zealand
Roast Lamb, which is served as the special on Sundays, lots
of meat and some vegetables and gravy - it is excellent. The apple pie
is also a culinary master piece. They also have televisions
that feature most live sports events.
- This amazing restaurant has won three consecutive Premier
Travel Awards for Excellence as the Best Restaurant in
This alone speaks volumes for the quality of restaurant that
you can find slightly perched off a cliff at one end of Patong
Beach. More to come.
Best - Dining
on the Rocks - In our view Dining on the Rocks in
quite possible the best restaurant in Samui and one of the
best in all Thailand, Asia. It is actually located between
Choengmon Beach and Bophut at the Sila Evason Hideaway &
a full review of Dining on the Rocks here.
Terrace - Is an excellent
place to eat Thai food , whether for lunch or dinner. The
restaurant can be found by turning right and then left down
the first soi with the entrance of the Central Samui Hotel
to your back. Excellent value and this is another restaurant
that will serve you really spicy food if you ask for it. Best
Islander - Sister to the
one in Phuket. Their menus are identical as far as we know,
and the quality of the food is just as high. It is a great
place to watch any sporting events that may be taking place
as they have televisions around the restaurant and bar. Excellent
food and atmosphere, they offer daily specials, such as the
wonderful New Zealand Roast Lamb on a Sunday. For those that
have been to Samui, you will be glad to know that they have
recently moved to a larger establishment and can now be found
next to Legends.
Bazaar - An enormous restaurant
owned by the same people as the Drop in restaurant. A great
place for seafood. Located along the main high street of Chaweng.
The seafood is extremely good value.
In - is slightly more centrally
located than Seafood Bazaar, they have an excellent variety
of seafood in a lovely setting. The seafood is cheap, for
example a good size squid will only cost about 60 Baht and
they will cook it the way you prefer.
Dream - is on the second
floor almost opposite the Bamboos restaurant, it is a little
pricey and the service really needs some work but the food
is very good.
Deck - is an unusual bar
more than restaurant although they do serve sandwiches, it
is a very relaxing atmosphere and DEFINITELY worth a visit. See
in Koh Samui section for more on this restaurant.
Tavern - just outside the
centre, this restaurant can easily be recognised by an enormous
Swiss flag outside. The restaurant is on the second floor
and specialises in, surprise surprise, Swiss Food. The portions
are big, and if you like pork you will be in heaven. Average
price for a main course is 200 - 250 Baht.
in Koh Samui - Bophut
are some excellent restaurants next to the beach in Bophut
in the area that local expats who live in Samui regard as
the French 'quartier'. It is fast developing itself
as the Jimbaran Beach (Bali) of Samui. It is without a shadow
of a doubt worth travelling here for at least an evenings
fill and entertainment.
Elephant - A famous seafood restaurant in Samui
located on the beach, in Bophut. Beautiful decor and a nice
- A very stylish restaurant in the same strip as the above.
It is decorated in a Portuguese style, and has both indoor
and outdoor tables, that are right next to the beach. Very
nice restaurant/bar which closes at 10:30pm.
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