Top 10 Restaurants in Pratunam
Best Places to Eat in Pratunam
The Pratunam area of Bangkok divides opinion: to some it is hot, cheap and overcrowded, while others claim its one of the most charismatic and fun districts in the city. In fact, both opinions are justified and it really depends on personal preferences. Either way, there is no doubt that Pratunam is one of the ‘go to’ areas in central Bangkok for wholesale shopping and makes a great, budget base for exploring this exciting metropolis.
When it comes to eating in Pratunam, there are an exciting number of restaurants and vendors catering for tourists from every corner of the globe. You will find speciality cuisine from across the Indian sub-continent as well as Chinese, Thai and many International restaurants too, usually located inside many of the hotels found in the area. A common problem for first-time visitors is how difficult it can be to find just what you’re looking for amongst all that commotion so here we have compiled the ten best restaurants in Pratunam:
1Once Upon a Time
Occupying the ground floor and garden of a pink wooden house, Once Upon a Time is an attractive and quirky setting in which to enjoy many of the dishes that made Thai cuisine famous around the world. With a clientele of mainly foreigners and tourists it’s understandable that the flavours of dishes have been modified for the Western palate. Dishes like pad Thai and green curry are made according to authentic recipes, perhaps on the sweeter and creamier end of the scale, but the tom yum kung seems to lack the requisite chilli and lime kick – if you like your Thai food spicy, we would suggest asking for ‘Thai style spicy’. Once Upon a Time also serves some Western dishes making it a good option for a group who want to enjoy the best of east and west.
2The Curry Pot
- Open: 11:00 - 23:00
- Address: 32 Petchburi Soi 17, Bangkok
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2 252 8629
Indian cuisine is by far the most represented type of food in Pratunam so finding a restaurant isn’t an issue. The biggest problem is the amount of generic, run-of-the-mill places that pop up just to cash in on tourists. Our recommendation is The Curry Pot; located only a few steps from Baiyoke Tower. It is a large restaurant and easy to find. The decor is a little staid but the delicious curries, tandoori meats and seafood are amongst the best in the area. The menu is extensive with north Indian, south Indian, Iranian and Arabic, vegetarian and seafood sections. For those who want a superb curry, the mutton vindaloo is a spicy and tangy option served with potatoes for 240 baht, and for vegetarians, the paneer makhanwala is cubes of soft cheese sautéed with tomato puree for 140 baht. There is also a seafood menu with barbecued lobster, banana prawns, scallops and crab all available.
- Open: Open daily, noon-midnight
- Address: 120/359 Rajprarop Road (next to Baiyoke Tower)
- Telephone: +66 2 6564293
Baiyoke Floating Market is a novel idea, combining the fun of browsing at a market with the enjoyment of a Thai food buffet. The themed buffet style feels fresh and original and the food is as good as any you will find along the many waterways of Thailand – minus the mosquitoes! The food on offer runs in a circle around the majority of the 75th floor so there is certainly something for everyone and it covers all of the most famous and popular regional Thai recipes. There is an excellent mix of curries and noodle dishes to enjoy, with the star attractions being the huge river shrimp and cracked crabs, steamed in front of you and offered with a choice of spicy seafood dipping sauces. Read More...
4Henry J Beans Bar and Grill
- Open: 16:00 – 22:30
- Location: 75th floor, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Rajpraroj Road
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2 656 3000
For a delicious steak or giant rack of ribs, Henry J Beans is a classic all-American bar and restaurant. It isn’t the cheapest place to eat but the portions are massive and really deliver with high quality ingredients. The restaurant is located underneath the Amari Watergate Hotel, opening at 17:00 and carrying on until 01:00 in the morning. As well as belly busting grilled dishes, there is live music from 21:00 (except Sunday) and an impressive range of cocktails. The dark polished wood interior, live sports on TV and high chairs surrounding the bar are all tried and tested elements of Americana that is unlike anything else in Pratunam.
5Novotel Platinum Bangkok Buffet Lunch
- Open: 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: Basement Floor, Amari Watergate Hotel, 847 Petchaburi Road
- Telephone: +66 (0)2 566 1020
For those of you who want to cram in as much shopping as humanly possible, The Square Restaurant in Novotel is actually connected to Platinum Shopping Mall so you never actually have to leave. The restaurant offers great views over bustling Bangkok and the sleek, modern dining area is complemented by interesting lights and wall designs, all created out of fishing baskets especially for this hotel. The international buffet offers a range of Thai, Japanese and European dishes all for the bargain price of THB 449++ excluding drinks. Furthermore, on Sunday they have a special brunch with additional meat options and free flow fruit juice for 699++.
6Kuang Heng Kaiton Pratunam
- Open: 11:45 – 15:00
- Location: 220 Petchaburi Road, attached to Platinum Shopping Mall
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2160 7100
Ask any local what to eat in Pratunam and their first answer would be steamed chicken at Kaiton Pratunam. Originally a Chinese dish, ‘khao man gai’ is a firm favourite in Bangkok for locals and tourists alike. This legendary shophouse serving fresh and succulent chicken is opposite Palladium World Shopping Mall on the corner of Petchburi Soi 30. It’s an open fronted shop so there’s no air conditioning, and there’s a lot of commotion going on out front with chopping and ordering, but don’t let that deter you. The chicken served here is really memorable, laid out in strips on oily rice with a hint of garlic, and garnished with some crunchy cucumber. Alongside your chicken and rice, you will receive a chilli dipping sauce that delivers a lovely tingle and a soup made from the chicken stock that is a lovely and light accompaniment... and all for just 30 baht.
- Open: 05:00 until 02:00
- Address: Petchburi Soi 30. Close to the intersection with Ratchaprarop.
For something a little different we recommend lunch or dinner at the only dedicated Filipino restaurant in Bangkok: New Mabuhay. ‘Mabuhay’ means ‘welcome’ in the Philippines and a warm atmosphere is what you can expect at this ground floor restaurant on a small side street off Petchaburi Soi 19. The owner, Miss Delia ‘Pinky’ is always on hand to recommend authentic Filipino specialities such as the delicious Kaldertang Baka, a beef and vegetable dish that is rich and flavoursome but without any spice, and fried crispy pork called Leehon Kawali. The interior of the restaurant is cosy with a yellow and red colour scheme and decorative parasols adding an interesting touch. Dishes cost in the region of 200 baht so a meal here is both unique and great value. There is also a small mini mart onsite, selling Filipino groceries and freshly baked treats such as coconut bread.
- Open: 08:30 – 22:00
- Address: 1/31 Petchaburi Road Soi 19 (take the first left from the entrance of Petchaburi Road Soi 19, the restaurant is a few metres down)
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2255 2689
To really experience Bangkok you should eat as the locals eat, and that is exactly the experience you get at this famous noodle shop on Petchaburi Soi 19. This no frills shophouse has been serving tasty egg noodles and wontons – with a choice of either pork, crab or shrimp – for many years and has gained popularity as one of the ‘go to’ place for a quick lunch. The restaurant is easy to find directly across the main road from Platinum Shopping Mall, just a few meters down Soi 19. Look out for a shiny display cabinet and a packed restaurant with both Thais and foreigners taking a break from their shopping missions.
- Open: 10:00 – 16:30
- Location: Soi Petchaburi 19 (across the main road from Platinum Fashion Mall)
All you can eat rooftop dining! Bangkok Sky Restaurant is located on the 76th and 78th floors of Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok’s tallest skyscraper. The restaurant has recently added a seafood buffet on its lineup. You can enjoy river prawns, rock lobsters, scallops, grilled salmon, fried crab in curry paste, as well as a selection of popular dishes from around the world. The buffet is inclusive of admission fees to the observation deck on 77th and Revolving View Point on the 84th floor – spectacular and romantic Read More...
10Tae Chew Restaurant
- Open: 11:00 – 14:30 and 17:30 – 22:30
- Location: 76th and 78th floor, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Rajpraroj Road
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2 656 3000
Tae Chew Restaurant on the eighth floor of the Grand Diamond Suites Hotel is well known to Bangkokians who want a great value dim sum buffet lunch. Located in between Platinum and Pantip Plaza shopping malls, the restaurant is convenient for shoppers and offers many Cantonese specialties prepared by their chef from Hong Kong. A range of dim sum treats are complemented by perennial favourites such as roast duck, braised spare ribs and hot and sour soup. The restaurant serves their all-you-can-eat buffet from 11:00 to 14:30 and stays open until 23:00 with an extensive a la carte menu.
- Open: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 8th Floor, Grand Diamond Suites Hotel, 888 Petchburi Road
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2656 6888 98