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Eat and meet


The Silom area, serviced by the BTS stops at Sala Daeng and Chong Nonsi and the Silom subway stop, is both a busy financial district and a popular tourist destination. Probably as close to a CBD as Bangkok gets, many of the restaurants in the area cater to the office crowd, but there are plenty of excellent bars and restaurants, particularly along Silom's low-numbered sois: Sala Daeng, Convent, Soi 4, Patpong, and Soi Thaniya, which cumulatively contain a concentration of dining and nightlife options that rivals Sukhumvit.

  • Polo Fried Chicken
    4.5 stars

    Really hits the spot

    3 Soi Polo (also called Soi Sanam Khli), Wireless Rd
    T: (02) 251 2772

    Polo Fried Chicken has other stuff on their menu and we're sure that it's good as well, but the reason to walk right over those accident victims in the road or your own pleading grandmother, is the chicken. Marinated overnight in magic and then fried to a crisp, this chicken is the chicken to ... read more

  • Muslim Restaurant
    4 stars

    It's all about the food

    1354-56 New Road (Soi 42), Charoen Krung, Bangkok
    T: (022) 341 876

    Muslim Restaurant (yes, that’s it’s official name) on Bangrak's historic Charoen Krung Road has been serving up rich and delicious Indian-Thai Muslim fare in a classic, no-frills setting for 70 years. ... read more

  • Dean & Deluca Cafe
    4 stars

    A lunch splurge

    92 Narathiwasrachanakarin Rd
    T: (02) 234 1434

    This grand café is occupying a temporary building and will eventually move into the largest tower in Thailand, which is being assembled behind it. The dining room feels anything but temporary. It's laid out in an open, industrial-style, with huge front doors and a retail section off to one ... read more

  • Hai Som Tam Convent
    4 stars

    Very popular and very spicy

    2/4-5 Convent Rd
    T: (02) 631 0216 ‎

    Packed to the rafters with office workers during the lunch hour, this is the best place in Silom to fill up on Isaan (Northeastern) Thai favourites. The standards here are marinated and grilled chicken, skin crispy and smoky, a bevy of som tam choices (green papaya salad), and laap of every kind ... read more

  • Streetfood: Silom 205/207/209
    4 stars

    Great food, bargain price

    205/207/209 Silom Rd

    While not the sexiest of restaurants, the trio occupying 205/207/209 Silom Rd offer a great meal and a bargain price. 205 specialises in noodle soup (yen ta foo), 207 does red roasted pork and 209 does chicken rice. This is a perfect place to load up before a night on the town — expect ... read more

  • Thanying
    4 stars

    Refined Thai cuisine

    10 Pramuan Rd, between Silom Soi 17 and 19
    T: (02) 236 4361

    Run by the son of a princess who served as the royal cook to her half-sister, this charming restaurant serves refined Thai cuisine. The nam prik gapi, an unexpectedly delicious mixture of grilled shrimp paste, fish sauce, chiles, sugar and lime is delicious, eaten with fresh vegetables dipped in, ... read more

  • Streetfood: Silom Soi 20
    4 stars

    Yum yum

    Silom Soi 20, Silom Rd

    Apart from pad Thai, smoothies and kebabs on Khao San Road, ordering street food in Bangkok can be frustrating if you don’t know the lingo. Menus are often posted only in Thai and many basic dishes — like som tam and noodle soup — come with a range of options that can leave travellers ... read more

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    4 stars

    Fab views

    5/F, River City Shopping Complex, Charoen Krung Rd.
    T: (08) 4928 6161

    Balco has the most non-descript decoration ever invented: it's like vanilla ice cream, but instead of cream they used water, and instead of vanilla they used nothing. But when the sun goes down and all the lights go on across the riverbanks, and a breeze is blowing down the Chao Phraya, and boats ... read more

  • Yaki Ten
    3.5 stars

    Great sushi and sake

    95/3 Langsuan Soi 6, Lumpini, Bangkok
    T: (02) 652 252

    If your sushi is not complete without sake, go to Yaki Ten, a restaurant just south of Lumpini Park with a late night Friday and Saturday sake bar. Yaki Ten specialises in yakitori, the Japanese equivalent of beer food, and their maki and nigiri are placed on the menu like an afterthought. But ... read more

  • Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental
    3.5 stars

    Did ye take me crumpet?

    At the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Charoen Krung Soi 40, Bangkok
    T: (02) 659 9000

    To my mind, any window to the past is a delight, be it a 19th century read, or old-world architecture and eats. While staying at the Mandarin Oriental will be out of my price range for, oh, the rest of my life, high tea at the Mandarin Oriental is a wonderful occasion that, when planned for, ... read more

  • The Pool
    3.5 stars

    Make a splash

    Sarasin Rd (near Silom Soi 4)

    Themed bars can be very hit and miss but, nevertheless, Bangkok loves them. Sometimes the theme is strong, such as the blacksmith workshop-cum-bar, Iron Fairies. Other times the theme is a bit more unfathomable. The Pool is one such bar. ... read more

  • Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Great for biryani rice

    186 Charoen Krung 36, Bangkok
    T: (02) 234 7911

    We’ve passed Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant near Haroon Mosque on Charoen Krung Soi 36 several times, and as nearby Muslim Restaurant has long been a favourite of ours, we thought we’d see how Home Cuisine compares. ... read more

  • Khao Na Ped Ba Mee Roast Duck
    3.5 stars

    Bangkok's best roast duck?

    Larai Sap Market off Silom Road

    Like many hole-in-the-wall Bangkok restaurants, one of our go-to roast duck joints goes by a very straightforward name: Khao na ped ba mee, which translates simply as “Rice or egg noodle with duck”. It's tucked down a side alley in the terrific but hidden away Lalai Sap market off Silom Road. ... read more

  • Bug and Bee Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Convenient location, eclectic food

    18 Silom Road, Bangkok
    T: (022) 338 118

    Bug & Bee Cafe on Silom Road offers standard Thai dishes, Italian and Japanese inspired vegetarian fare, French-style crepes with a Thai twist, and a host of fusion dishes that aren’t afraid to test the limits of cuisine-blending experimentation. Add a host of baked goods and extensive coffee, ... read more

  • Indigo Bar and Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Beautiful on a balmy tropical evening

    Soi Convent, Silom Rd
    T: (02) 235 3268

    Indigo is a French brassiere housed in a converted wooden house down a small, unnamed soi off of Soi Convent. If it's not too hot, try to sit in the candle lit courtyard that opens off the bar on the main floor — it's beautiful on a balmy tropical evening. Indigo went through a rough patch ... read more

  • SkyBar at Lebua State Tower
    3.5 stars

    Breathtaking views and prices

    Lebua Hotel in the State Tower, intersection Silom Rd and Charoen Krung Rd
    T: (02) 624 9555

    With a gaudy gold dome atop a behemoth white chunk of steel and concrete, we’ve always found the Lebua State Tower to be an eyesore in the Bangkok skyline. At 247 metres — the third tallest in Thailand — there’s no doubt it’s an imposing structure. On the 64th floor rooftop, the Sky Bar ... read more

  • Molly Malone's Irish Pub
    3 stars

    Sport and pub grub

    1/5-6 Soi Convent Silom Rd
    T: (02) 266 7160 ‎

    If you need a fix of your football or a proper Irish breakfast, Molly Malone's stands ready. Other than that, there's not much to distinguish Molly from the rest of the identikit Irish bars in town. They do have a tasty early bird breakfast (order before 12 noon) that provides a proper daily ... read more

  • Aubergine
    3 stars

    Great setting, a bit pricey

    71/1 Soi 1/1 Sala Daeng Rd
    T: (02) 234 2226

    Aubergine is housed in the former Russian ambassador's residence off of Sala Daeng Road. The building has high ceilings and teak paneling and looks like it would be the perfect set for a French film about discontented colonialists. However, if those same Indochine colonialists were alive today ... read more

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