The Best Restaurants in Bangkok's Trendy Thong Lor

Mention Thong Lor to anyone in Bangkok and they will immediately think food and drink. The fashionable highbrow district is Bangkok's most happening and trendiest food area, and new restaurants pop up here daily. Despite being home to a hodgepodge of ethnic, the winners on Thong Lor remain Thai, along with a vast selection of Japanese. For Thai, Supanniga Eating Room serves up classic yet simple dishes from the owner's grandmother's recipe book (with dishes from the eastern town of Trat). Down the road, Soul Food Mahanakorn remains a unique venue serving Thai street favourites with a twist. And one of Bangkok's top restaurants, Bo.lan, has recently relocated over to Soi 53, serving a carbon free footprint menu. Classical royal Thai cuisine is served over at longtime favourite Patara, and you can also dig into spicy southern fare at Phuket Town.There is also plenty of great Japanese food in Thong Lor as it is the home of the Japanese expat population, and soi 13 has a Nihonmachi full of izakayas and sushi bars. Places like Honmono and Uomasa fly fresh fish in from Tokyo several times a week there are creative maki rolls at Maki Maki Sushi, and all serve truly outstanding fare, you can literally walk half a block here and find a bevy of choices. Indian also has a spot here, with Masala Art serving up succulent lamb and other specials to discerning diners. For comfort food, Roast does outstanding breakfasts to go with their gourmet coffee, which will kick start you for another day of culinary delights in Thong Lor.

Patara is synonymous with Thai fine dining, and one of Thong Lor's most elegant and classic options for enjoying Royal Thai cuisine. Founded by noted restauranteur Khun Patara Sila–On, the highly successful establishment has branches in...  Read More

Masala Art
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This stylish restaurant serves up traditional northern Indian cooking in yet another trendy Thong Lor neighbourhood space. The menu runs the gamut of all the usual favourites like palak paneer and alu gobi all the way to the succulent specialty...  Read More

Phuket Town
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Even foreign expatriates tend to miss out on experiencing southern Thai cooking, partially due to the fact that Bangkok just doesn't have a whole lot of known restaurants serving southern cuisine. Phuket Town creates the spirit of the south,...  Read More

Maki Maki brings a breath of fresh air to all the endless number of sushi joints clamoring for attention on the Japanese heavy Thong Lor dining scene. The restaurant pays homage to Chicago style fusion maki sushi rolls, which dominate the...  Read More

Bo.lan makes almost every "Best" list when it comes to outstanding Thai food. Recently relocated to Sukhumvit Soi 53 near trendy Thong Lor, the restaurant prides itself on using bio diversified local products, works closely with local farmers,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Uomasa Bangkok

Uomasa is a long standing player on the Japanese food scene that often falls under the foreign tourists radar. Slightly hidden away in Nihonmachi "Japan Town" in Thonglor Soi 13, Uomasa is immensely popular with the expat Japanese crowd, and for...  Read More

Roast combines some of the best coffee in Bangkok along with breakfasts to die for, featuring hearty fare such as poached eggs with corned beef hash, eggs Benedict with Parma ham, banana stuffed french toast, and the house standouts, which are...  Read More

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Honmono has several branches to choose from, including Thonglor, Siam Paragon, and Bang Na, and the Thonglor branch is packed every evening with hi-so Thais, Japanese salarymen, and those who know that the giant servings of fresh fish are worth...  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

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


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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