As much as we enjoy our street food, and eating fabulous meals for under 50 baht, we also enjoy visiting restaurants for a slightly different experience of food.
Bangkok is such a large city it would be remiss of us to simple pick our five favourite Thai restaurants across the city, so we are going to expand this across a few blog posts, concentrating on one area of Bangkok at a time.
Given our food walking tour is centred around Bangrak, the historic village of love which is located in Silom, we thought we would pick a different area of Bangkok for our first post and share with you our favourite Thai restaurants along Sukhumvit Road:
1. Cabbages and Condoms, Sukhumvit Soi 12, Asok BTS
Whilst we wouldn’t recommend this to those who know Thailand well and appreciate their food on the local side of spicy, it is a perfect introduction for those who are new to Thailand who might like the spice of their food to be a little more on the tamer side! However the real reason we recommend this restaurant, as it raises awareness on the risk of AIDS and HIV and the benefits of protective sex. The décor is also not to be missed and instead of a mint with your bill, you’ll receive some latex protection for any after dinner activities!
2. Café Banrie, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Ekamai BTS
We love this place – it’s situated on the corner of Sukhumvit 63 (exit Ekamai BTS exit 1), and the fact that it is always full of Thai people says it all. Café Banrie is open 24 hours a day and is essentially a large outdoor garden. The food is amazing. We recommend the seabass (we tried it every way they serve it and each is as good as each other) and also the tom yum goong. A live band plays there most evenings.
3. Soul Food, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thong Lo BTS
One of our favourites but be sure to reserve a table as it is a small cosy place and extremely popular. Soul Food prides itself on “wholesome ingredients, honest cooking and serious drinks” – and yes we can confirm (for the purpose of research of course) that they do serve some pretty serious drinks! We highly recommend the khao soi, and the pork ribs in tamarind – wow this just melts in the mouth.
4. Bo.Lan, Sukhumvit Soi 53, Thong Lo BTS
If we could only use one word to describe Bo.Lan it would be beautiful. Run by husband and wife, Bo and Dylan, this gem of a restaurant is tucked away along a small soi just off Sukhumvit 26, this restaurant offers the best in traditional Thai cooking. We do however suggest the Bo Lan Balance – a set menu which allows you to try a range of fabulous Thai dishes.
5. Supanniga, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thong Lo BTS
If you haven’t tried Isaan style food before then we really recommend you check out Supanniga. Eh, the owner, presents a wonderful menu inspired by his grandmother’s cooking and recipes. We have now visited a few times (we are trying to work our way through the menu!) and we are yet to be disappointed. We recommend the kaeng moo chamuang curry. Enjoy!
We would love to know which Thai restaurant along Sukhumvit is your favourite?