Bangkok has always been a foodie paradise, with knockout meals on just about every block. While the street food here is still second to none, the city has also reinvented itself in recent years with an outstanding array of fine dining options and great gourmet selections from around the world. Now featured in the San Pellegrino list of top restaurants in the world, Nahm continuously makes the list and is not to be missed, with chef David Thompson creating authentic and top notch traditional Thai. Other truly excellent Thai spots include Paste, which now has several branches, as well as green friendly Bo.lan, and Iron Chef Ian Kittichai's excellent Issaya Siamese Club, set in a gorgeous old Thai home. For authentic hard to find Thai dishes, The Local is the best place in town, and Soul Food Mahanakorn still gets accolades as one of the city's homiest spots to enjoy creative simple Thai cooking with good drinks.
It's not only Thai food that visitors are coming to Bangkok for now. Gaggan and its molecular Indian recently was selected as Asia's Best Restaurant, 22 Kitchen & Bar features a dynamic young chef doing knockout Pacific Rim cuisine ranging from Peru to Hawaii, and if it is sushi that you want, look no further than Isao, probably the only restaurant in Bangkok that has a line out the door 365 days a year. There are thousands of Italian places to choose from, but for fine dining and great ingredients, you can't top JoJo, set in the prestigious St. Regis hotel.
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