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Eat and meet

Sathorn Road

While Sathorn is certainly a major Bangkok thoroughfare, it's hardly on the tourist radar for most. Nevertheless there are a number of bars and restaurants though many will stretch the average travellers budget.

  • Nahm
    4.5 stars

    Fantastic food

    The Metropolitan Hotel, 27 Sathon Tai Rd
    T: (02) 625 3333

    David Thompson is the saviour of Thai cuisine/destroying Thai cuisine. It all depends on who you are talking to. ... read more

  • Khao Mok Gai Convent
    4 stars

    Excellent khao mok gai

    Soi Convent (in front of Bua Restaurant), Bangkok

    Muslim-Thai biryani rice with chicken, or khao mok gai, is a fairly common street dish that’s especially popular in Southern Thailand. One of the finest versions we’ve come across in Bangkok is served by one of the many street carts found on food-heavy Soi Convent, just off Silom and around the ... read more

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    Vegetarian food on Pan Road
    4 stars

    Dig in, it's delicious

    Pan Road, Bangkok

    Fronted by the awe-inspiring Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple off Silom Road, Pan Road is a bastion of vegetarianism. Chennai Kitchen and A-Ma Kitchen are two of our favourite no-frills eateries serving strictly meat-free southern Indian and Chinese-Thai fare, but poke around and you’ll find a lot ... read more

  • Blue Elephant
    4 stars

    Classy and delicious

    233 Sathorn Tai Rd, Bangkok
    T: (026) 739 353, (026) 739 354

    Boasting restaurants in several parts of the world and a whole line of Thai food products for export, Blue Elephant sets a high bar for royal Thai cuisine. Set in a gorgeous Colonial-era house, the Sathorn Road location is a fine choice for a refined dinner splurge. ... read more

  • SomTum+
    4 stars

    Over 15 varieties of som tam

    Soi Suan Plu 8, Sathorn Rd
    T: (02) 286 4928

    A breezy corner shop on the left as you walk up Soi Suan Plu 8 from Soi Suan Plu. ... read more

  • Baan Bai Plu (BP Vegetarian Restaurant)
    4 stars

    Completely satisfying

    Soi Suan Plu 8, Sathorn Rd
    T: (080) 080 7255

    Real vegetarian food in Bangkok can be hard to find. Lurking behind every plate of Chinese kale or mound of vegetable fried rice are vegetarian-eating’s ninja assassins: fish sauce and oyster sauce (and sometimes, inexplicably in a “vegetarian” dish, fried slices of pork belly), which makes ... read more

  • Wong's Place
    4 stars

    Bangkok's best dive

    27/3 Soi Sribamphen, Rama 4 Rd
    T: (081) 901 0235

    Wong’s Place is a dive. It's small, its interior could only be described as eclectic-lazy and half of the time you have to get your own beer out of the coolers and open it before paying. But it's one of the best dive bars in all of Southeast Asia. ... read more

  • Kiew Jeen
    3.5 stars

    Authentic Northeastern Chinese

    Soi Ngam Dupli, Bangkok
    T: (02) 679 7019

    Chinese flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques have long been incorporated into the cuisine of Thailand. They’re evident on practically every Bangkok street in cheap staples like khao man kai (chicken rice) and noodle soup. If you’re in the mood for something different, stop by Kiew Jeen ... read more

  • Baan Somtum
    3.5 stars

    22 varieties of som tam

    9/1 Soi Si Wiang, Sathorn, Bangkok
    T: T: (026) 303 486

    Baan Somtum on Soi Si Wiang in Sathorn produces 22 varieties of som tam along with a host of other Isaan soups and salads in a modern atmosphere. You pay a little extra for the air-con spread and snappy team of servers, but when it comes to northeastern Thai flavours, Baan Somtum isn’t playing ... read more

  • Tawandang German Brewery
    3.5 stars

    A brewery only as Thailand could imagine it

    462/61 Rama 3 Rd
    T: (02) 678 1114 ?

    Despite the drunken-backpacker Khao San Road cliche, real beer can be hard to find in Bangkok. There are a few places worth checking out, including House of Beers and BeerVault, but brewpubs aren’t common. Enter one of our favourite beginnings to an evening: Tawandang German Brewery. ... read more

  • Caffe D'Oro
    3.5 stars

    Coffee and bakery treats

    Tisco Tower 48 N Sathorn Rd

    This comfortable coffee shop is on the lower level of the Tisco Tower Building. ... read more

  • Moon Bar and Vertigo Grill at the Banyan Tree
    3 stars

    Incredible views

    61st Fl, 21/100 South Sathon Rd
    T: (02) 679 1200

    The Moon Bar is an open-air roof-top bar with incredible views atop the Banyan Tree Hotel on Sathorn Road. ... read more


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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... read more

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