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  • 10 Really Popular Thai Restaurants in Silom

    The Best Casual Restaurants in Silom

    Thai restaurants in Silom are about as easy to find as tuk-tuk drivers at the entrance of Soi Patpong… in other words, they’re inescapable. Part of Bangkok’s CBD, the main Silom strip and maze of surrounding sois become packed with hungry office workers, who take to the streets to find a quick and cheap fill from around 11:00-14:00 and then again on their way home. However, as much as we love the street food options here, there’s often a long wait at lunchtime and the heat can leaving you dripping sweat into your bowl of spicy noodles.

    So, we’ve gathered together a list of some more convenient and tourist-friendly places to eat in Silom, most of which are open throughout the day and into the evening. We’ve made sure all are ‘local Thai’ style – which means they (mostly) don’t skip on the flavour to appease western palates and most keep prices budget to mid-range. Feast your eyes on our top 10 Thai restaurants in Silom below.

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    If you’re in Silom and in the mood for som tam, this trendy two-storey shophouse is the place to get it. The options of the spicy salad cover a good two pages totalling about 15 different takes of the dish, from classic som tam Thai, to the pungent som tam boo plaa as well as a few more interesting options such as with salted egg or coconut. Not in the mood for papaya salad? Then Somtum Der has a small but excellent selection of meaty sides like deep fried wings, grilled chicken, medium rare beef with a chilli dip and lab. Most dishes are below 100 baht. Read More...

    • Location: 5/5 Soi Saladaeng, Silom Rd.
    • BTS: Sala Deang
    • Tel: 02-632-4499, 084-764-4291
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    Taling Pling
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    Located within the charming but not-so-authentic colonial-styled ‘Baan Silom’ complex, Taling Pling is a well-known Thai chain restaurant serving all the classics in comfortable, casual surroundings. This is the sort of place that doesn’t break down any boundaries when it comes to Thai food, but we do think Baan Silom is worth a look around (particularly for its cool boutiques and pop-up galleries), and if you need lunch, this is always a safe bet. Basically any popular Thai dish you can think of is on the menu, with most dishes around 100-200 baht - or to take out the hassle of working your way through the extra-thick menu, there’s also a family set meal at 1,900 baht.

    • Tel: +66 (0) 2236 4829 30
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    Literally stumbling distance from the steps of Silom’s Chong Nonsi BTS Station, Lek Seafood is one of the most famous and successful local seafood restaurants in downtown Bangkok. There’s nothing fancy about the décor; on the contrary, the plastic chairs and cheap steel tables might be off-putting for first timers, but at least you know that’s a sign prices are going to below…which they are. Must tries include the salty stir-fried cockles (90 baht), yellow crab curry (250 baht) and the thankfully un-oily fish cakes (180 baht), served with a sticky and spicy dipping sauce. They also do all kinds of steamed fish and soups served Thai-style, bubbling away in a metal plate over a flame. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
    • Location: 156 Soi Phiphat, Narathiwatrachanakharin Road, Silom
    • Tel: +66 (0)2 636 6460
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    Fine dining in Bangkok, and most other major capital cities in the world for that matter, never comes cheap – but at least at Thanying Royal Cuisine the ‘fine dining’ food falls into the ‘mid-range’ price category, with no heart attack when the bill arrives at the end. Serving ‘royal’ Thai cuisine normally suggests the restaurant keeps flavours quintessentially Thai, while digging out old and forgotten recipes that are now difficult to find on the streets. An example of this is their ‘goong ob woon sen’ (deep fried prawns with jelly mushroom, ginger and coriander, 390 baht), and the ‘nuer san sarm ros’ (beef fillet fried with tamarind, shallots and green peppercorn, 420 baht). The curries are also outstanding here; we recommend the mini set of four (420 baht) to get the full experience. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 11:30-22:30 daily
    • Location: 10 Thanon Pramuan (Pramuan St.), off Silom Rd. (between Silom 17 and 19)
    • Tel: (+66) 02-235-0371
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    Prachak Restaurant
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    Still standing on Charoen Krung Road after 100 years, this compact shophouse is famous throughout the local community for its roasted duck, done Chinese-style with sweet sauce over rice or yellow noodles. Handed down through various generations, you get the sense little has changed at Prachak over the last century, especially not the recipe for their succulent duck which comes with generous slices of fat and skin to add to the deliciousness. Weight-watchers can say ‘mai ow nang’ to only get the meat (and half the flavour).

    • Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
    • Location: Prachak, 1415 Charoen Krung Road (opposite Robinsons Mall)
    • Tel: 02-234-3755
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    Mango Tree
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    This long-running Thai restaurant in Silom has been a firm fixture in Thailand guidebooks ever since we can remember. Customer reviews have been up and down over the years, but there is no denying the elegance of the place, located in an original 80-year-old Thai house with a tranquil garden and modern courtyard for alfresco dining. As well as all the household-name Thai dishes, look out for Mango Tree’s more intriguing gai hor bai toey (chicken wrapped in Pandanus leaf) or their grilled river prawns in a creamy coconut marinade.

    • Opening Hours: 11:30 - midnight (daily)
    • Location: Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road
    • BTS: Saladaeng
    • Cuisine: Thai
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    Hai Somtam Convent
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    You always know a restaurant is the real deal when you see it constantly packed full of locals, even though it’s right in the middle of a tourist-centric neighbourhood. Despite the name, Hai Somtam is way more than just about the spicy papaya salad, although it serves up plenty of that too. Flavour is big and bold here, so have plenty of tissues and water at the ready to tackle their squid lab, thin tom yam soup, Isaan sausage and nam tok moo. We suspect MSG does play a part in enhancing the flavours here, to exactly what extent we’ll never know.

    • Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 daily
    • Location: Hai Somtam Convent, 2/4-5 Convent Rd., Bangkok
    • Tel: +66(0)2 631 0216
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    Somboon Seafood
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    With nearly half a decade of experience behind them, this slowly-expanding franchise specialises in one thing and one thing only: seafood. This Silom branch is located on the prominent Surawong Road, and a lot of the clientele are from the surrounding hotels or office workers grabbing something after work. We think the flavours here can often be hit and miss (of course, if you’re sitting on the beach in Phuket your fish is probably going to taste fresher), but Somboon’s signature yellow crab curry never disappoints.

    • Opening Hours: 16:00 – 23:00 daily
    • Location: 169/7-11 Surawong Road
    • Tel: +66 (0) 2 234 4499
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    Located in ‘Silom Village’, a purpose-built complex showcasing of all things Thai-cultural, this tranquil restaurant is good – not just for the food – but also live music and shows. The complex is also home to a boutique hotel, crafts shops and spa, so they all provide more good excuses to take a look. Standouts on the menu include the pad Thai which comes with a huge river prawn and their dessert and regional coffee menu are well worth exploring too. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00
    • Location: Silom Village, 286 Silom Road, Bangkok
    • Tel: +66 (2) 234 4448
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    Chuan Savoey
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    This very ‘local’ enclave specialises in two things: egg noodles (baa mee) and roasted red pork with gravy over rice (khao moo daeng). It’s not as if you can’t find anything else like this in Bangkok; you probably can, about five minutes’ walk away. What makes Chuan Savoey a great spot for lunch is, firstly, that its location is about as convenient as it gets – just at the bottom of the steps at Sala Daeng BTS, and secondly, it’s open all day every day (08:00-20:00). Food is spot on too, just expect to pay 10 or 20 baht more due to its central location.

    • Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00 daily
    • Location: Silom Road (under Sala Daeng BTS on the same side as Silom Complex mall)
    • Tel: +66(0)2 235 1860
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