Thailand is known for having some of the best food around, especially since you can get a meal on the street for less than a dollar. There are literally thousands of restaurants to choose from, depending on your budget and the type of food you’re craving. From street meat, to a variety of Asian locations, to high-class luxury restaurants, there are more places to choose from than you could ever try. We have compiled a list of the best places to sate your appetite while in the capital of the Land of Smiles.
Issaya Siamese Club
If you want an authentic old world experience, you can’t afford to miss Issaya Siamese Club. This restaurant is housed in a 100-year-old home, with a wooden verandah that looks about the same age. You will not find many tourists here, as it is mostly local wealthy Thais and expats who call this restaurant their favorite. The head chef is the heart and soul of the restaurant which means asking for the chef’s recommendation is always a good idea.
Issaya Siamese Club is away from the main tourist area. If you find accommodation in this area, you’ll know it will be one of the more local and authentic hotels in Bangkok.
Cabbages and Condoms
While the name might not be too appetizing for you, this local restaurant has gained international recognition for its food and its cause. The concept behind the name is simple— to promote better understanding and acceptance of family planning, as well as to generate income to support a variety of projects related to this goal. With a motto like “Our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy,” why wouldn’t you take a meal here?
If you find yourself in the area near Silom, you must stop by Le Du. While the name might make you think of French cuisine, the food is actually uncategorizable. The two head chefs are native Thais; however, they create their dishes with inspiration from all over the world. You’ll be supporting two young locals if you choose to dine here.
Speaking of unique experiences, you should consider booking an evening dining cruise on the Chao Phraya River. The traditional Thai food will tickle your taste buds while you feast on the visual delights you’ll see on the river.
After you take one bite of a dish from Gaggan Bangkok, you’ll be instantly transported to Calcutta, India where the head chef is from. These daring Indian dishes are some of the best around and you should make sure you have a reservation in order to avoid missing out on this hidden Bangkok gem.
With a name like that, you know the food has to be amazing. You’ll be visually astounded by the food and the ever-changing art exhibits on the wall. Your taste buds will almost burst when they savor the world-renowned dishes. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll not be disappointed by the variety of tasty desserts they offer. Make sure you put a bit of effort into what you wear, as their dress code is smart casual.