Spotlighting foreign pioneers of Bangkok food scenes
Food scenes in Bangkok have been one of the most prevalent in the region for a long time. Known for its unique collection of local and international cuisines, in this issue, we would like to shine the spotlight on some of the foreign pioneers that have added colours and flavours to the City of Angles for over 20 years.
Eat Me Restaurant
This restaurant balances between fine-dining feel and a cosy environment both indoor and outdoor, offering a wide range of classic French cuisine and notable wine list to expats and local Francophiles for over a decade. Good value for a sophisticated meal.
Pipat Soi 2, Silom Rd.
(20m off Convent Rd)
Tel: 02 238 0931
Open daily: 3pm-1am
From carefully selected ingredients, this tavern has practised decades of signature old-style charcoal steak grilling and secret marinating recipe. For non-beef eaters, Grilled Lamb Rack and Lobster Thermidor are also recommended.
58/4 Soi Ruam Ruedi
Tel: 02 256 6874
Open daily: 11:30am-1:45pm; 5:30pm-10:30pm
L’Opera Italian Restaurant
Established in 1983, L’Opera is one of the first Italian restaurants in Bangkok food scene originally catered to the Italian gourmands, politicians, aristocrats for both dining occasions and business meetings.
53 Sukhumvit Soi 39
Tel: 02 258 5606
Open daily: 11:30am-2pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Bourbon St. Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Founded as a restaurant and bar in 1986, Bourbon St. Restaurant & Oyster Bar was the only destination for authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine in Bangkok. Run by Doug Harrison, the restaurant features many Louisiana dishes such as the famous blackened fish, Gumbo, Jambalaya and more are served with New Orleans-style hospitality and Thai charms.
9/39-40 Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai)
Tel: 02 381 6801
Mrs Balbir’s Indian Restaurant
This charming Indian restaurant has grown into more than eight outlets in Bangkok since its establishment in 1975. The vegetarian owner, Vinder Balbir, is an experienced in-flight meal consultant for Thai Airways, Indian guest chef to hotels and on television, and cooking instructor for many celebrity chefs. She has a cooking school that teaches various ethnic cuisine cooking lessons.
155/1-2 Sukhumvit Soi 11/1
Tel: 02 651 0498
Open daily: 11:30am-10:30pm
Offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian Northern Indian cuisine since December 1997, New Bukhara’s achieved a reputation of being one of the most consistent Indian restaurants in Bangkok with Indian chefs in house. While priding itself with offering robust Indian flavours, the level of spiciness can be adjusted according to personal preferences.
121 Sukhumvit Between Soi 5-7
Tel: 02 253 6265
Open daily: 11am-11:30pm
Bawarchi Indian Restaurant
This award-winning Indian restaurant with royal ambience has been using original recipes reconstructed to be appealing in look, taste and texture since 1998. Locals and expats come for Mughlai and North Indian cuisine emphasising on signature dishes and unique product offerings.
BF, 973 Ploenchit Rd.
Tel: 061 814 0022, 061 814 0088
Open daily: 11am-4am
Inspired Greek and Mediterranean is this bistro’s speciality. Opened in 2002, deli bar delivery service is now available. The menu features meze, soup and salad, grill specials, house specials, platters, wraps, pasta, and dessert. The interior resembles a cosy Mediterranean home with Greek-style white wooden chairs.
37/1 Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai)
Tel: 02 713 1112
Open daily: 11am-10pm
Royal India is the first Indian restaurant in Thailand, opening around 45 years ago and serving the local Indian community. The first branch which has won several awards is located in Bangkok’s little India or Phaurad. The chef cooks authentic homely Indian dishes containing spices imported from India. Drinks such as Lassi and Masala tea are also popular.
392/1 Chakraped Rd.
Tel: 02 221 6565
Open daily: 10am-10pm
Cabbages & Condoms Bangkok
The quirky restaurants and resorts have as much to do with cabbages as with condoms. It operates as a ‘Business for Social Progress’, and all profits support The Population & Community Development Association (PDA) and its programmes in primary health, education, HIV/AIDS, rural development, environment and water, etc. It all started with a vegetable stand on PDA office premises and the Thai restaurant in Bangkok is decorated with condoms as well as handing out some at the end of the meal.
10 Sukhumvit Soi 12
Tel: 02 229 4610
Open daily: 11am-10:30pm
Famous for flavourful homemade Japanese curry, Aoringo is a casual eatery that has long been known in Bangkok for Rakkyo and Fukujintsuke to eat alongside the rich curry; different from what many other places provide. The coffee jelly with milk is another signature. There is no service charge or VAT and many stars have dined here.
582/11 Sukumvit Soi 63
Tel: 02 065 5369
Open daily: 11am-2:30pm; 5pm-9pm
The Gianni Ristorante has been operating since 1996. It is located in a courtyard with its own wine cellar of at least 250 Italian labels in the collection. The décor inside has a Mediterranean-bluesy feel with a painted mural wall. Chef/Patron Gianni Favro oversees every aspect that contributes to the overall production.
34/1 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Rd.
Tel: 02 252 1619
Open daily: 11:30am-2pm; 6pm-10pm
Known as the German Institution situated in the heart of Bangkok, Bei Otto is now more than 30 years old. Mr Otto Duffner established this simple restaurant with the addition of event room, catering services, bakery, delicatessen, cafe and traditional German butcher. It has a Middle German farmhouse atmosphere.
1 Sukhumvit Soi 20
Tel: 02 260 0869
Open daily: 11am-12am
Hidden in the soi, this Japanese Izakaya has Japanese clients returning for more than 27 years. There are separate sections for smokers and nonsmokers, suitable for business get-togethers and small social gatherings. The food and sake provision is of quality.
19 5-6 Sukhumvit Soi 19
Tel: 02 255 2057
Open daily: 5:30pm-1am
Hanaya is a pioneering Japanese restaurant in Bangkok that was established in 1976. The restaurant serves both set and a la carte menus, well-liked for sushi and sashimi. The classic yet casual ambience attracts business clientele, especially during lunchtime.
683 Si Phraya Rd.
Tel: 02 233 3080
Open daily: 11:30am-2pm; 5:30pm-10pm
Himali Cha Cha
Himali Cha Cha & Sons now has three branches since the business first started in 1979. House specialities include mutton barbecue, chicken tikka, and chicken masala. Mr Cha Cha or the father spent more than 40 years travelling and gaining culinary experiences from around the world before opening this restaurant. It is now run by his son, Kovit Sarcar. Mughal arches and rattan seatings can be spotted.
1229/11-12 Charoen Krung Soi 47/1
Tel: 02 238 1478
Zanotti Il Ristorante Italiano
Chef Gianmaria Zanotti founded this restaurant in 1998 which has later been recognised as a reference point for business lunches and dinners for any occasion. Ingredients and recipes are from Northern Italy. Pasta is made daily by a team of Italian chefs that prioritise culinary tradition and good wine.
24 Chan Soi 43 Yaek 45
Tel: 02 636 0002
Open daily: 11:30am-2pm; 6pm-10:30pm
A familiar restaurant serving family-oriented style Italian food in a warm comfortable atmosphere since 1976. Pan Pan restaurant offers a wide range of pasta menus and other dishes to choose from, outstanding tuna salad and Italian sausage served with fresh crispy thin Italian pita.
6, 1 Sukhumvit Soi 33
Tel: 02 258 5071
Open daily: 11am-11pm
This upscale French restaurant is curated by Chef Philippe Peretti from Corsica who has worked in multiple professional kitchens abroad, helped with the royal food and beverage menu, and set airline meal. The romantic vibe makes Philippe a perfect destination for dinner dates and quiet gatherings.
20/15-17 Sukhumvit Soi 39
Tel: 02 259 4577
Open: Tue-Sun11:30am-2:30pm; 6:30pm-10:30pm