10 Best Asian Restaurants in Bangkok: From Thai to Japanese to Chinese and More

The Asian food spectrum in Bangkok is vast and unlimited, with Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, and even Laos represented at the table. However, the majority of the top spots are divided up between Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and a smattering of Korean. No visit to Bangkok is complete without trying one of the talked about Thai gourmet restaurants like the award winning Nahm or upscale Paste, although for variety and a legion of hard to find dishes, you're best heading out to The Local. Soul Food Mahanakorn also does Thai street food in a relaxing environment, complete with creative cocktails. If you want to sample Chinese, make sure to check out the xiao long bao dumplings at Hong Teong Long, which are even better than the famous ones at Din Tai Fung, although the latter also has a superb range of dishes from Taiwan. Sushi lovers will want to head to Isao, probably the only restaurant in Bangkok that has a line out the door every night of the year, and deservedly so, with fantastic sushi roll creations and more. Lovers of ramen will join the crowds at Bankara, which serves heaping bowls of pork fat and juice ramen that ooze with flavor. Finally, for something completely different, splurge on a meal at Sra Bua. The menu is Thai, but the molecular creations will leave you shaking your head, as you'd never imagine spicy curries getting served in smoke form. From simple eateries to five-star gourmet, you won't ever be disappointed with the range of Asian cuisine in Bangkok. 

Classic Thai food is renowned world over, yet rarely does one find it presented in such an innovative way as at Paste. Paste Bangkok is the brainchild of Australian award winning chef Jason Bailey and his Thai partner Bongkoch "Bee" Satongun,...  Read More

Bankara Ramen
Photo courtesy of Bankara

This is the first international branch of the famed Ikebukuro ramen house, and boy is it authentic. The interior and decor,along with all the ravenous Japanese expat regulars make one feel like one is in Tokyo, and even more genuine is the food,...  Read More

Hong Teong Long
Photo courtesy of Hong Teong Long

If you have an affinity for Chinese dumplings, you have found nirvana at Hong Teong Long. This hole in the wall with red lanterns hanging outside, and waitresses who can barely speak Thai inside, specializes in Shanghai cuisine, and boy do they...  Read More

Zuma, the posh Japanese eatery with branches in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Miami, and Dubai, has arrived in Bangkok. Based on a traditional Japanese izakaya, yet with a very sophisticated and elegant twist, and designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu,...  Read More

There is a reason why Din Tai Fung has been named one of the world's ten best restaurants by the New York Times, one of the best franchises by CNN, and awarded a Michelin star. This Taiwanese originated franchise excels at clean and delicious...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Isao Bangkok

While this small eatery just off of Sukhumvit is always packed with discerning diners coming to try out creations that just aren't available elsewhere in Bangkok, so much that it is next to impossible to get a seat, lunch offers better...  Read More

Soul Food Mahanakorn
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Soul Food Mahanakorn

Former Atlantic Monthly food critic Jarred Wrisley wanted a place where foodies could enjoy top notch Thai street food without having to sit on stools in the heat, and his converted Chinese shophouse restaurant is now the talk of the town, with...  Read More

Sra Bua
Photo courtesy of Siam Kempinski Bangkok

It might be more like going to a magic show than a restaurant when you see what comes out of the kitchen at Sra Bua. Modeled on the award winning Kiin Kiin restaurant in Denmark, run by chef Henrik Yde-Andersen and Lertchai Treetawatchaiwong, a...  Read More

Owner Kan Markawat and his sister Ploy come from a family of traditional foodies, and they have put their love of traditional and hard to find dishes from all over Thailand on display at the lovely new eatery, The Local, where one can dine in a...  Read More

The only Thai restaurant to be included in prestigious Restaurant Magazine's Top 50 Restaurants in the World, Nahm lives up to its billing by serving some of the best food one can find in Bangkok. Michelin Chef David Thompson continues his...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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