10 Best Value Restaurants to Be Found in Bangkok, Thailand



Bangkok is known for its outstanding food options not only in fantastic taste but in exceptionally great food for the price. While most Thais will tell you that the best food is often found at specific street vendors, there are also plenty of no frills restaurants that have great value dinners with tables and chairs and a bit of air con. If it is Thai you are after, why not try some hearty northeastern Isaan fare at popular spots like Baan Som Tam, recent winner of a Bib Gourmand from Michelin, or Lung Yai. For Thai Chinese, Pochana 55 may be a hole in the wall, but it has been serving satisfied customers for years and consistently providing fantastic meals at a pittance. The same goes for nearby Saengchai, which has great seafood and cheap prices. If it is Chinese dumplings and a bit of northern Chinese cuisine that tickles your fancy, not only does Hong Teong Long have the best in the city, but they are half the price found elsewhere. If you like Indian biryani, try Home Kitchen Islamic Restaurant, noted for its mutton biryani dish, and quite affordable. Thong Lor is not known for cheap restaurants, but Supanniga Eating Room is quite reasonable, and the hard to find Thai dishes make it well worth a visit. Japanese food also isn't cheap, but Bankara Ramen makes the best noodles in town, and it won't empty your wallet. And last, but certainly not least, for the best value breakfast you can find anywhere in Asia, head over to the lunch counter at one of the various outlets of Took Lae Dee, a legendary Bangkok institution. You will get plenty of bang for your baht following this 10 Best list!


Lung Yai
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Lung Yai is one of the better local Isaan eateries in Bangkok, which is saying a lot, with hundreds of spots to choose from, and the only thing that can compete with the food are the amazingly low prices. The homey place, hidden off the street...  Read More




The Indian and Middle Eastern specialty of biryani (rice that is mixed with a combo of meat and vegetables that have been cooked in a spice hearty assortment of cardamom, bay leaves, coriander, mint, cinnamon, saffron, ginger, garlic, and...  Read More




Took Lae Dee means cheap and good in Thai, and its long food counter, which can be found inside any branch of Foodland supermarkets, has appeared in countless numbers of Thai movies and thus is well known throughout the country. The food is...  Read More


Bankara Ramen
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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


Pochana 55
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Pochana 55 is a plainly decorated simple and cheap streetside restaurant that has been serving thousands of customers for over 20 years. Initially famed for its khao tom rice soup, served to clubbers coming home at 4am, the restaurant now serves...  Read More




If you like oysters this little hole in the wall serves up some of the best street fare to be found anywhere in Bangkok. Recently awarded a Bib Gourmand listing by the Bangkok Michelin Guide, the lady running this joint whips up divine plates of...  Read More




The quaint three story shophouse on Thong Lor is easy to miss it looks so small from the outside, but once through the doors, and while not as cheap as some of the other's on this list, still very affordable for the excellent food and chic...  Read More


Hong Teong Long
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If you have an affinity for Chinese dumplings without breaking the bank, 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...  Read More




Isaan, or northeastern cuisine, is probably the most common food eaten in Thailand, by both visitors and locals alike. Some of the best Isaan food is found at corner street stalls, which most tourists find too hot and uncomfortable to sit at,...  Read More




This restaurant is an absolute classic, still going strong after more than half a century in business, due to a mix of both great food and affordable prices, far cheaper than most Sukhumvit digs. Saengchai is a simple "pochana" restaurant, which...  Read More


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Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave

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