Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is a vibrant and bustling metropolis known for its vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and mouth-watering cuisine. The city is renowned for its street food, which is both delicious and affordable. However, Bangkok also boasts an impressive array of world-class restaurants that cater to discerning diners looking for an upscale culinary experience.
The food scene in Bangkok is incredibly diverse with options ranging from traditional Thai cuisine to international fusion dishes. Whether you’re looking for spicy tom yum soup, sweet mango sticky rice, or succulent grilled meat skewers; you’re sure to find something to satisfy your tastebuds.
With so many incredible restaurants in Bangkok, there is something to offer every palate and budget. Don’t know what to eat in Bangkok? Here are the top restaurants in Bangkok that you should try according to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
What to Eat in Bangkok: 9 Restaurants in Bangkok You Need to Try
399/3 Silom Soi 7, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Award: The Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Le Du has been working its way up the ranking of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2017, finally arriving at the very peak in 2023. The brainchild of chef-owner Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn, the restaurant showcases refined modern Thai cuisine based on the country’s extraordinary agricultural heritage and centuries-old culinary techniques – and its unique style of food has wowed critics and diners from across the continent. While “Le Du” may sound French, Le Du comes from a Thai word that means ‘season’, reflecting the restaurant’s focus on seasonal produce.”
22 Maha Rat Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Award: 3rd Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Hot on the heels of its high-flying sibling Le Du, Nusara has also proved hugely popular since opening in 2020. It serves traditional Thai cuisine with a twist, reflecting a modern update on the chef’s family recipes and culinary traditions. [It is] a 10-seat dining room overlooking the Wat Pho temple complex, Nusara provides an intimate setting where modernity meets the glamour of a bygone Old Town era. Below the restaurant is the Mayrai Pad Thai and Wine Bar, also run by the Tassanakajohn brothers.”
68 Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Award: 5th Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Gaggan rose to fame for his irreverent, highly creative menus – at one point written only with emojis and currently laid out like a school test – which are subject to constant evolution. Classic dishes like Lick It Up, a multi-coloured Holi gulal made from vegetable dyes, have evolved: every element sees an assault of flavour on the palate’s taste receptors. New signatures crop up routinely, such as the recent Flower Power (featuring goat’s brain mousse) and Brain Freeze, an ice cream whose ingredients need to be guessed by the guests.”
56, Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Awards: 9th Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri, Sorn’s chef-patron, grew up in close contact with his grandmother’s southern cooking. It is why Ice does not only cook southern Thai food, but also transforms the flavours and memories of his encounters with diverse southern Thai cultures into a one-of-a-kind innovative cuisine. His thought process is mind-bending and his flavouring explosive, with no compromise on chili heat and spice. Sorn is allegedly the most difficult restaurant to book in Thailand and one of the good reasons why is its impeccable service.”
No. 10, Yenakat Soi 3, Yannawa, Chongnonsi, 10120 Bangkok, Thailand
Award: 22nd Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“When twins Thomas and Mathias Sühring debuted their namesake restaurant in 2016 – presenting a fresh interpretation of traditional German fare via a menu of sophisticated, lighter-style bites – the launch was met with immediate approval. At Sühring, the duo embraces local, seasonal products and luxury ingredients, which they plate with a minimalist aesthetic. It’s all blended with superlative Thai local produce to create one of the world’s truly unique food philosophies.”
Ms Maria and Mr Singh
2nd Floor of Gaggan Anand Restaurant, 68 Sukhumvit 31, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton-Neu, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Award: 33rd Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Making its debut in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2023 after opening in 2020, Ms. Maria & Mr Singh is a vibesy, casual Indian-meets-Mexican restaurant from the one and only Gaggan Anand, chef-owner of the eponymous restaurant that topped the list from 2015 to 2018. The restaurant moved to a new location in March 2023, with a chef’s table space and a bustling open kitchen run by Anand’s right hand, chef Rydo Anton. As with all Anand’s ventures, Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh serves flavour and spice alongside a heavy dose of fun and funk.”
422 Vanich Road, Bangkok, 10100, Thailand
Award: 35th Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Winning a constant stream of awards since opening in 2021, Potong is the fine dining restaurant in a narrow multi-floor building from chef Pichaya ‘Pam’ Utharntharm serving a 20-course tasting menu of innovative Thai-Chinese cuisine in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown. The food at Potong focuses on five elements: salt, acid, spice, texture and Maillard, a chemical reaction of reducing sugars that brings distinctive flavour and takes diners through Chef Pam’s culinary memories and emotions.”
Raan Jay Fai
327 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Award: 38th Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Located on Maha Chai Road, Raan Jay Fai has become a culinary institution in Bangkok. The seven-table restaurant (and takeaway) may have had humble beginnings as a hawker stall (and to this day keeps its hyper-casual Formica table format), but it has since become an unmissable destination for food lovers. Over the years, one constant has been the chef: legendary Supinya ‘Jay Fai’ Junsuta, who can still be found in the kitchen wearing her trademark heat-protective goggles.
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2369 Ramkhamhaeng Rd, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok 10240, Thailand
Award: 46th Best Restaurant in Asia 2023
“Influenced by her time at US big-hitter Blue Hill at Stone Barns, chef-owner Tam Chudaree Debhakam has created a restaurant and garden experience in Bangkok that champions local produce and Thai biodiversity. Opened in 2020, Baan Tepa is home to an open-kitchen dining room, chef’s table and organic culinary garden where guests can learn about the local herbs and spices before sitting down to eat. Baan Tepa’s nine-course tasting menu takes diners on a culinary journey across the country, drawing from Tam’s travels. Beginning with snacks from north, south and central Thailand, it takes in courses like black squid ink with lemongrass, soft shell crab with roe, and lamb curry with pickled condiments.”
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