Bangkok's Best Thai Restaurants: From Creative to Innovative to Simple Home Cooking

In a city of thousands and thousands of Thai restaurants, it is indeed a hard task to choose “ten best.” In fact, ask just about any local or expat to list their own ten, and of the 100 people you ask, you will have 1000 spots. It’s not just that there are so many good places, but that there are so many types of good places, from luxurious spreads in the most posh surroundings, right on down to the best bowl of noodles you ever tucked into out on a sweltering street corner. Upscale and innovative Thai can best be savoured at Nahm, Paste, and Issaya Siamese, restaurants that are constantly voted into the top 50 tables in Asia. One can also find a great selection of hard to find and authentic Thai food at spots like The Local or Supanniga Eating Room, which feature old school recipes and a wide choice of dishes. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it isn't 5 star. confirmed by great local eateries like Pochana 55, or for northeastern Isaan cooking, Lung Yai or Baan Som Tam. Soul Food Mahanakorn is a long proven winner when it comes to original Thai favourites in a comfortable cocktail bar and restaurant. Finally, don't miss out on trying wildly creative molecular Thai gastronomy at the elegant Sra Bua.

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

Pochana 55
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

Pochana 55 is a plainly decorated 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 up several...  Read More

If you are looking for a special evening with gorgeous surroundings, great food, and plenty of romance, Issaya Siamese Club completely fits the bill. This is the flagship restaurant for renowned Thai chef Ian Kittichai, and has received...  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, it is a relaxing and homey spot, probably a recreation of what grandma's kitchen was all about, and indeed, the owner...  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

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

Lung Yai
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

You might wonder what all the fancy Mercedes are doing in the parking lot of what looks like such a basic restaurant. Simply put Lung Yai is hands down the best local Isaan eatery in Bangkok, which is saying a lot. The homey place, hidden off...  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

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

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


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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