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!
You do have a way of finding restaurants that serve really good food. You would make a good tourist guide. Still don’t know why you don’t weigh 200 pounds. Mom
Trekking around temples in 100 degree heat and 95% humidity helps keep the weight off 🙂
I love Soul Food, it’s owned by a friend of my Shanghai friends (the owner actually used to write for Shanghaiist)! I wasn’t a huge fan of Bangkok but I loved the food (how could you not) — now I’m craving Thai iced tea and a big plate of pad thai…
How funny! If I’d know I would have chatted with him. The place was packed so hopefully he’s doing well! I’d love to return for some of that fabulous khao soi…