Bangrak District, which encompasses Silom Road, Charoen Krung, and places along the Chao Phraya River is one of the city's greatest spots to indulge in degustation. Not only is it diverse in terms of types of cuisine, but the variation also runs the gamut from some of Bangkok's best street food vendors to hole in the wall eateries, to upscale and posh hotel establishments. For great value and superb Isaan Thai, try Baan Som Tam, which is cheap, delicious, and packed each night with locals. To dine in fine style, consider the Mandarin Oriental's luxurious French Le Normandie or its Thai Sala Rim Naam, both set right along the banks of the Chao Phraya. For a great combo of food and atmosphere, the colonial House on Sathorn should not be missed. If you just want plain knockout great food without the views or the fancy tablecloths and napkins, try Bangkok's best dumplings at Hong Teong Long or the superb duck at Prachak, a hole in the wall eatery that has been serving to the masses for over a century, and still sells out almost every day. Other stellar spots include the best biryani in town over at the Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant or the nouvelle Asian fusion at Iron Chef Ian Kittichai's latest venture, the Namsah Bottling Trust.
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