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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Our Best Eats in Bangkok - A Travel Guide for Food Lover

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We’ve been to Bangkok (Krung Tep) many times, exploring and discovering all sorts of amazing things in Bangkok has to offer. We’ll be posting about our past travel adventures in Bangkok and Ayuthaya soon (hopefully), so we thought we’d neatly organise them by putting up a post solely on food (restaurants/eateries recommendation, what and how to order).

After returning from any trips, we often reflect, browse through our photos and realise that by far the most memorable experiences we had all revolved around food. Being a food obsessed individual; we often grab our spoons and explore every little corner whenever we travel! While walking the sidewalk near to the BTS stations around Bangkok, we were blasted with irresistible aromas from either a street stall or from the restaurants nearby.  

So, we continue with an extension of our Thailand series, which we will share some of our memorable dining experiences and favourite eating places in this beautiful Land of Smiles. If you love Thai food and food hunting, so this post is for you! 

So, here's the list of our favourite eateries spots in town  during our recent visit to Bangkok: **Also, be sure that we will continue to update the growing list of new eating places on our next/future visits. 

#1. Harmonique Restaurant and Giftshop
Address: No. 22 Charoenkrung 34, Wat Muang Kae Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Telephone / Website (if any): (02) 2378175
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm, Sunday closed
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Silom Line) to Saphan Taksin, Exit 3 and walk for 15 minutes along Charoenkrung Road 
Highly Recommendable: Fried Seafood Cake Stuffed in Crab’s Shell, Crab Yellow Curry and Tomyum Kung
Description: Unlike other Thai restaurants in Bangkok, Harmonique Restaurant offers a whole different dining experience. Simple but stylish, the restaurant features a laid-back atmosphere making you feel like dining at home. The restaurant serves a great variety of mouth-watering Thai food, don’t miss its signature dish, “crab with yellow curry”. The dish is tasty and not too spicy, which was a relief for Camel (as he can’t handle as much heat as I do!). Serving somewhat like a crab stew, the freshness of this dish will leave you wanting for more. Reasonably priced with an extensive list of mouthwatering dishes, Harmonique  will not fail to impress. Visit Harmonique Restaurant and give your own verdict!
**Tips: Booking ahead is definitely recommended.
Price: 120 Baht – 200 Baht/ dish
Don't miss the Fried Seafood Cake Stuffed in Crab’s Shell
Definitely a must-try Crab Yellow Curry
Tomyum Kung is the flavour that defines Thailand!
Entrance to Harmonique Thai Cuisine Seafood Restaurant
Dine like you're at home
#2. Taling Pling Savoury Thai Cuisine
Address: 25, 3rd Floor of Central World, Sukhumvit Soi 34, Bangkok Thailand 
Telephone / Website (if any): (02) 25853089 / (02) 61313601 (Central World) www.talingpling.com  
Operating Hours: 11.00 am – 10.30 pm 
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Sukhumvit Line), stop at Siam station and walk for 10 minutes to Central World 
Highly Recommendable: Marinated Chicken in Pandan Leaves, Deep Fried Snowfish with Fish Sauce, Tomyum Kung, Fried Rice with Crabmeat, Crispy Pork Lardons Omelette, Lemongrass Tea 
Description: The selection of food at Taling Pling is good and huge as it represents many different aspects of Thai cuisine, many of which are not easily found in any other Thai restaurants with affordable price. As recommended by most travel sites, we visited Taling Pling with no hesitation. We ordered the originally recommended “Deep Fried Snowfish”. Its basically deep fried that’s topped with fish sauce. The crispy edges of the fish are delicious and definitely quite addictive. We both ended up virtually finishing the entire piece. Also, recommended are their signature Fried Rice with Crabmeat and Tomyum Kung. Overall, Taling Pling food is great, varied and affordable. 
Price: 200 Baht – 600 Baht / dish

Can you handle the heat?
Don't miss its signature dish - Deep Fried Snowfish with Fish Sauce
Lemongrass Tea for you to melt away the heat

#3. Nara Thai Cuisine (Thailnd’s Best Restaurants 2007 Through 2014)
Address: 7th Floor of Central World, Sukhumvit Soi 34, Bangkok Thailand
Telephone / Website (if any):  (02) 61316589 / www.naracuisine.com
Operating Hours:  10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Sukhumvit Line), stop at Siam station and walk for 10 minutes to Central World
Highly Recommendable: Stir-Fried Crab with Yellow Curry, Thai Fish Cakes, Pandan Leaves Chicken,  Tomyum Kung (River Prawns in Spicy Lemongrass and Lime Soup)
Description: Nara Thai Cuisine is a popular and busy restaurant in the heart of Central World patronized by both tourists and locals. Nara was originally founded in 2003, and is famous for its boat noodles and authentic Thai dishes. The house specialties include: Stir-Fried Crab with Yellow Curry and Tomyum Kung which was served with river prawns and very flavourful. We were also impressed with their fish cakes which we find both beautifully and deliciously prepared. We love it for the decent food, convenient location and nice ambience. It is a great place to sample many Thai dishes under one roof. There are 2 branches in Thailand, one in Central World and another one is located at the Ground floor of Erawan Bangkok.
Price: 240 Baht - 1000 Baht/ dish 
Deliciously prepared Tomyum Kung
House Specialty - Stir-Fried Crab with Yellow Curry
#4. MK Restaurants
Address: B716, 7th Floor Central World, Rama 1 Road, Prathumwan, Bangkok Central 10330, (also available at various locations – Siam Paragon, Big C Supermarket, MBK, Asiatique) 
Telephone / Website (if any): (02) 248 5555 / www.mkrestaurant.com/en 
Operating Hours: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm  
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Sukhumvit Line), stop at Siam or Chit Lom station and walk to Central World (5-10 minutes from BTS station)  
Highly Recommendable: MK Steamboat (Shrimp Fish Balls, Fresh Fish, Chicken, Shrimp, Shrimp Wontons, Shrimp Balls), MK Signature Roasted Duck with Crispy Pork
 Description: We always look forward to dining at MK whenever we travel to Thailand (since we were young). An irresistible place that is famous for steamboat, MK Restaurant has a renowned reputation in Thailand. Serving not only yummy soup base, its ingredients are simply remarkable as the choices are great and fresh, they range from fish slices, fresh prawns to meat balls, not forgetting the signature MK sauce that increases the appetite. What more, apart from serving steamboat, there is also roasted items, dimsum sets, green noodles and congee, available at this place where you can order your a la carte items as a complement to the steamboat dishes. Their signature roasted duck coupled with its slightly sweet gravy is definitely a must-try. Topping the whole dining experience is the friendly and efficient service that often brings back return customers.
Price: 30 Baht – 80 Baht (for fresh foods, vegetable and mushroom items for steamboat) 155 – 310 Baht (for roasted item), 50 Baht -120 Baht for noodles/congee items, 80 – 200 Baht (for a la carte items)

I'm a big fan of MK Steamboat
MK Signature Roasted Duck - It's so tender and well-cooked
MK Signature Roasted Duck

#5. Thong Lo Street Food Night Market
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 38, Bangkok Thailand (a few steps from Thong Lo BTS station) 
Telephone / Website (if any): N/A 
Operating Hours: 6.00 pm – early hours in the morning 
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Sukhumvit Line), stop at Thong Lo Station. 
Highly Recommendable: Rolled Rice Noodle in Herb Soup with Pork and Boiled Egg (Kuay Chap), Sticky Rice and Coconut Milk with Mango, Shaved Ice with Toppings and Syrup, Thai Noodles Sweet Dessert, Noodles with Wanton, Crab Meat and BBQ Pork, Boiled Chicken Rice and Rice with Stewed Pork Limb / Knuckle
Description: Thong Lo Street Food Night Market located at Sukhumvit Soi 38  is definitely a place not to be missed when you’re in Bangkok. We found this place back in 2010 (during one of Chengy’s working trip to Bangkok). This place offers a great initiation into Thai street food. Located just a few steps from Thong Lo BTS station, the food here is tasty, cheap and arrives quickly. Most stall menus are in English making it easy to make your choice. Their Rolled Rice Noodle in Herb Soup with Pork and Boiled Egg is our all-time favourite, the standard is definitely good enough to rival if not surpass the good ones we have in Penang. Besides the rolled rice noodles, don’t miss their Rice with Stewed Pork Limb / Knuckle which is tenderly cooked and melt-in-your-mouth. The Thai Noodle Sweet Dessert, an ice-cold concoction of rich coconut milk, red beans, diced water-chestnuts and tri-colour Thai noodles with palm syrup is definitely a must-try. You’ll be begging for more! Overall, we had a ton of fun trying many local foods here. We think it’s still a great place for tourist to quickly gain exposure to the many different types of Thai food in Bangkok. 
Price: 50 Baht – 80 Baht

Without any fancy look, this local specialty is definitely a must-try when you're in Bangkok

This local delicacy will lead you astray with temptation!
Remember to try Bangkok's street desserts at Thong Lo
Delightful and heavenly, it tastes so good that you wont want to share them
Don't mind - Street is your "Restaurant"
#6. Bitter Deck by Sala Arun
Address: 47 – 49, Soi Ta Tien, Maharat Road I, Phraborummaharajchawang, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand
Telephone / Website (if any): (02) 26222932 / www.salaarun.com  
Operating Hours: 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Silom Line) to Saphan Taksin station. Proceed to Central Pier and take Chao Phraya Express Boat to Pier N9 “Tha Chang” and walk for 5 minutes towards Wat Pho (the boutique hotel is located on your right hand side)
Highly Recommendable: The bar offers an array of quality imported beverages / wines/ cocktails / local beer and snacks
Description: Serving beverages and snacks on a stunning terrace – 5 storeys above the Chao Phraya River, this bar offers a “wow” factor with stunning view of Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) across the river and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) that gives you an unforgettable experience. The bar is located right in front of Wat Arun, offers one of the best views ever. I highly recommend going a little before sunset and staying till night comes to have a majestic view of the scene.   
Price: 120 Baht – 400 Baht

This bar offers stunning view of Wat Arun & Wat Pho

One for the album

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) along the Chao Phraya River beautifully lit up at night

#7. Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice (labelled Pratunam Chicken and Rice)
Address: Petchburi Soi 30 Bangkok, Thailand  
Telephone / Website (if any): (081) 7797255
Operating Hours: Opens daily from 5.30am – 3pm and 5pm – 3am
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Sukhumvit Line), stop at Chit Lom Station, walk for 15 minutes towards Platinum Fashion Mall, shop located opposite The Palladium. You should see the road sign “30 Phetchaburi”. The shop is right at the intersection next to this sign.
Highly Recommendable: Boiled Chicken / Boiled Chicken with Steamed Rice Description: Kaiton Pratunam is very well-known to both Thai locals and tourists of Bangkok for its steamed chicken rice, to some – a simple plate of rice served with only chicken gizzard and liver with soup and so we had to go and try it for once. Getting to this famous chicken rice shop is not very difficult as it is just located opposite The Palladium Shopping Mall and close to Platinum Fashion Mall, famous shopping district in Bangkok. With such a reputation, expect to find at least some similar stalls nearby selling the same kind of chicken rice. The queue for take-away and tables are often fully occupied during peak hours, so be there early!
Price: 60/120 Baht or 40 Baht
One of the best chicken rice in town

Not too difficult to locate. Just spot the pink uniform

#8. Chatuchak Weekend Market   
Address: Chatuchak Weekend Market 
Telephone / Website (if any): N/A 
Operating Hours:  Saturday and Sunday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm 
Directions/Getting There: Take BTS sky train (Sukhumvit Line), stop at Mo Chit Station
and walk for 5 – 10 minutes towards Chatuchak Park 
Highly Recommendable: Coconut Ice Cream with Toppings, Flavoured Ice Stick, Duck Rolled Rice Noodle Soup 
Description: A visit to Bangkok is not complete without heading to Chatuchak Market. Melting away the heat at Chatuchak Weekend Market can’t get any more delicious than this, or you can pile on a scoop of ice-cream for extra oomph!  This popular coconut ice cream selling everywhere at  Chatuchak Market is the best way to beat the blistering Bangkok heat. The coconut ice cream is served in a mini coconut shell and comes with two-three toppings of your choice. This dessert is what sweet dreams are made of. A feast of red beans, palm seeds, sweet corn and peanuts coupled with avalanche of sweetly-flavoured condensed milk. Also recommend are their duck rolled rice noodle soup at a random roadside stall. It was really good!!   
Price: 40 Baht onwards
A complete refreshment in a bowl 

What sweet dreams are made off
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Read more about our travel experiences @ Bangkok: 
Our Best Eats in Bangkok - A Travel Guide for Food Lover (Series 2)

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