Ramen Tei is a chain ramen eatery with five branches across Bangkok, but this simple eatery in Soi Thaniya, the Japanese hostess bar street just off of Silom Road, is open late and focuses on the late night salarymen drinking crowd. The bowls of ramen here, ranging from traditional shoyu ramen to the juicy tonkatsu pork ramen, are some of the largest in town, and the menu has a host of other Japanese favorites, like katsudon, mabu-dofu, and curry katsu plates, all of which also are much bigger than you'll find at similar restaurants. The neighborhood late at night has a rather sleazy feel, and the decor of Ramen Tei won't win any awards, but if you need a late night noodle fix or to fill an empty stomach, this is an excellent choice.
Recommended for Late Night because: For huge portions of late night noodles, Ramen Tei delivers.
Dave's expert tip: Take the BTS to Sala Daeng and exit into Soi Thaniya to get here.
While its 2am closing time might be a tad early for nightowls, you can still get one of Bangkok's best post midnight meals at this no frills gourmet kitchen and now recent winner of a Michelin star!!. Jay Fai specializes in pad kee mao, or drunkards noodles which can be found at many street stalls for 30 baht a plate but here go for an outrageous 600 (with the crab omelet going for up to 1000 baht)! Why? Well, Jay Fai has been written up by food critics around the world and now put in the Michelin Guide for her street food. Stuck in one of Bangkok's last timeless neighborhoods, where skyscrapers and designer malls don't exist, Jay Fai is a small basic shophouse eatery, and what sets it apart are the drunken noodles that come with ultra fresh monster prawns made by an auntie who has been serving the faithful for 60 years. Coming here after midnight also means you might actually get a table!
Recommended for Late Night because: for the top pad kee mao "drunkards noodles" in town, Jay Fai is at the top of the list.
Dave's expert tip: Saochingchao is not well served by public transport. Best to take the Skytrain to Ratchathewi and then take a taxi along Petchaburi heading west. Or if visiting Khao San Rd, you can walk down Tanao south of Democracy Monument to reach the neighborhood. Do note that since being awarded a Michelin star, you may have to wait up to 4 hours to get a table here.
If you have an affinity for Chinese dumplings in the wee hours of the morning (they are open until 4am), 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 cuisine, and boy do they get their dumplings right. Look on every diner's table and you will see plates of xiao long bao dumplings, both steamed and fried, that are filled with delicious juice, not too heavy, not overcooked, and will have you already scheduling your next visit. The menu isn't limited to dumplings either. There is a wonderful spicy cucumber and seaweed salad, a red pork dish to die for, and the drunken chicken will make you dizzy from joy. It may be a hole in the wall, but Hong Teong Long is full every night and for good reason.
Recommended for Late Night because: for the best Chinese dumplings in Bangkok, hole in the wall Hong Teong Long is number one.
Dave's expert tip: the best way to find this out of the way location is to Skytrain to Chong Nonsi, walk north up to Silom, cross the road and go through the ITF Tower building, turn right, walk 100 meters to the next corner, and then left, you will see the red lanterns hanging across the street from the Ocean Insurance Building.
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 nothing over the top, but its regulars swear by it, and many visitors to Thailand end up spending days and hours here, lingering over plates of Thai and western food at all hours, and celebrating the sunrise with the big American breakfasts, consisting of of toast, eggs, bacon, ham, sausages, orange juice and tea or coffee.
Recommended for Late Night because: For 24 hour cheap and good, Took Lae Dee is excellent!
Dave's expert tip: There are 9 branches of Took Lae Dee in the 11 Foodlands in Bangkok, a large proportion of tourists seem to frequent the one in Sukhumvit Soi 16 and also Soi 5. From 5-9am, breakfast goes for 49 baht!
This restaurant is an absolute classic, still going strong after more than half a century in business. Saengchai is a simple "pochana" restaurant, which somewhat translates into family style Thai-Chinese comfort food. Everything on the huge menu is good, but popular items include anything to do with seafood, the pork and olives, and the potent tom yum soup. The owner is a bit of a celebrity, shown in photos on the wall with countless numbers of Thai movie stars and singers who have visited the restaurant. Best of all, Saengchai is the place to go for your late night cravings, as it stays open until 4am, so if you need to work off a hangover or just need some spicy munchies before bed, this is your best bet.
Recommended for Late Night because: For great late night Thai food in a classic joint, Saengchai Pochana is a great spot.
Dave's expert tip: The restaurant is located between Sukhumvit Sois 30 and 32, with the closest BTS stop being Phrom Phong.
The decor isn't much to write home about, but the Malai Coffee Shop inside the Malaysia Hotel is one spot that is still awake when the rest of the city isn't. The small eatery is open 24 hours, and has an extensive menu, serving up anything from ham sandwiches to stir fried scallops with asparagus, plus any type of eggs, pancakes, and more, should you decide to welcome the morning. It's a rather eclectic neighbourhood, full of backpackers, gays, and all night partiers, many who drink at the nearby late night Wong's Bar, a Bangkok institution. The hotel itself is also pretty legendary, as it's been around since the GI days, and has seen Bangkok's changes without batting much of an eye.
Recommended for Late Night because: For 24 hour food, drink, and comfort, the Malai Coffee Shop is always open.
Dave's expert tip: Best to get here by taking a taxi or a 15 minute walk down Sathorn Soi 1, with the Lumphini subway station as your nearest public transport
Pochana 55 is a plainly decorated streetside restaurant that has been serving thousands of customers for over 25 years. Initially famed for its khao tom rice soup, served to clubbers coming home at 2am, the restaurant now serves up several varieties of sizzling iron platter fish and beef dishes, and hundreds of other Thai Chinese favorites, all of them guaranteed to please. The tom yam here is a benchmark to set the standard for Thailand's most famous soup. During the rainy season, make sure to try the dok krachon "little flower" salad. 55 is constantly mentioned by locals as one of Bangkok's most consistently good restaurants by those in the know and is open from 5pm until 3am.
Recommended for Late Night because: For its extensive menu and famous khao tom rice soup, 55 is always a winner.
Dave's expert tip: Many of 55's tables are located outside on the street, however save for the dead of winter, most visitors will find it too hot (as well as too noisy with the passing traffic) to sit out here. There is a comfortable air con section to the renovated restaurant interior, which isn't overly visible from the street, just inside past the kitchen.
Open until 2a.m., half a century-old Go-Ang Kaomunkai is legendary, and the perfect spot for a midnight snack. Set next to two other khao man gai (Michelin spells it kaomunkai) Hainanese chicken and rice shops, you can distinguish Go-Ang by the pink uniforms worn by the servers and pink storefront (the other spots are blue and orange), as well as by the Bib Gourmand Michelin award the restaurant has received for its tasty boiled chicken that is served with a chili and garlic dipping sauce over rice cooked in chicken broth. While locals might debate whether it really is the best khao man gai in Bangkok, it nevertheless is representative of this deliciously popular dish (originally brought to the country by Chinese immigrants), and while the crowds of tourists vying for a table here during dinner hours is off-putting, if you show up at midnight, you ought to be able to snag a seat. It's in the perfect spot to head to once the malls all shut, as it's just a short walk from CentralWorld, Siam Paragon, and Gaysorn. At 60 baht for a plate, it's a real late night deal.
Recommended for Late Night because: For a great midnight treat, Michelin-awarded Go-Ang Kaomunkai's Hainanese chicken rice can't be beat!
Dave's expert tip: If you are a group, you can order a half or whole chicken separately to go with the rice, which gives you more meat to enjoy.
While it kind of resembles a grade school homeroom with its desk style tables and seating, Too Fast To Sleep is just the spot for those who are out on the prowl in the wee hours around Silom. This 24 hour cafe, which caters to the pulling all nighters Chula University crowd, specializes in cakes and sweets, along with some coffee to help keep you awake, but it is more than just a cafe, as there is also an extensive menu serving some good Thai dishes like gaeng hang lay northern Shan style pork curry, along with some western dishes as well, with an emphasis on pasta and Italian. There is free WiFi, plenty of plug sockets, and lots of magazines and newspapers to keep you busy all night in this library-like eatery.
Recommended for Late Night because: For all nighters who want to have their cake and eat it too, Too Fast To Sleep is a sure 24 hour bet.
Dave's expert tip: The nearest public transport to here is the BTS Skytrain Sala Daeng Station. Walk up through Soi Thaniya and take a left on Rama IV.
Bangkok's homage to the late night diner scene is the U.S. chain 25 degrees, which (in good old American style) is open 24 hours. Located downstairs in the Pullman Hotel G on Silom, 25 degrees has an extensive breakfast menu featuring pancakes, French toast, and waffles with maple syrup, as well as fine crafted omelets and scrambles. The diner is also renowned as a burger joint, and you can craft your own with sirloin, turkey, or even yellowfin tuna to go along with burrata or brie along with a garlic aioli sauce or any other combination of the extensive menu offerings. The chic and upscale decor ensure that you don't forget that this is far more than just an ordinary burger bar.
Recommended for Late Night because: For 24 hour gourmet burgers, 25 Degrees is one of a kind.
Dave's expert tip: The best way to get here is to take the BTS Skytrain to Chong Nonsi station, although if you are coming here at 3am, it wont be open, so best to take a taxi!