The seasonings used in Thai cooking are so flavorsome that it’s hard to find bad food in Bangkok. Some meals are just more exceptional than others. But in a city so large and with so many dining options, how to you figure out where to eat? The following list includes what I feel to be some of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Several were recommended by friends and long-time Bangkok residents. Others I stumbled upon while exploring the sights. I hope you enjoy your meals as much as I did!
Krua Khun Kung
If you take river ferries every day while in Bangkok, you’ll probably want to find something to eat near one of the terminals. One good option is Krua Khun Kung at Tha Chang terminal. As I sipped cold Singha beer on the riverside patio, I stopped worrying about rushing off to see more stuff and simply enjoyed the moment. The food – a spicy red curry with giant prawns and a refreshing green mango salad – almost didn’t matter. The relaxing atmosphere is what set this meal apart.
The original location of family-run favorite Krua Apsorn is in Dusit Palace Park. It’s no wonder that the Thai royal family has been known to dine here. The chef’s signature fluffy crab omelette is legendary! Crab and other seafood specialties feature heavily on the menu. The mussels stir fried with chilies and herbs is a good choice, as is the creamy green curry with fish balls.
This cozy little restaurant is where I was first introduced to khao soi, a wonderful curry that hails from Chiang Mai. Soul Food’s take on this classic dish features tender pieces of beef brisket, a creamy coconut broth, and crispy fried noodles on top. It was so good I almost ordered a second helping. Other winning dishes include a fried banana blossom salad, succulent fried chicken with pickled watermelon rind, and sticky tamarind barbecue ribs with grilled pineapple. It’s no surprise that Soul Food is recommended in the Michelin Guide.
Supanniga Eating Room
What do you think are the best restaurants in Bangkok? Leave your recommendations in the comments!