5 Restaurants to try at Asiatique
Riverside restaurants at night market
Asiatique’s night market on the river has quickly become a go-to spot for evening shopping, but it is also developing a good reputation for restaurants. It really is a place with something for everyone, with a variety of Thai and international restaurants ranging from pizza chains to an area dedicated to food court style dishes. With over 40 restaurants onsite it can be hard to choose. The most glamorous and fashionable are located along the boardwalk, overlooking to Chao Phraya River, and although these are popular, they don’t usually require bookings, except during holidays like New Year. Most of the restaurants are open from 17:00 until 23:00, so you will also have plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely meal if you have booked tickets for the Calypso Cabaret. We have selected five of our favourite restaurants at Asiatique.
If you arrive at Asiatique via the free shuttle from Saphan Taksin pier there is no way you can miss Baan Kanitha. The beautifully recreated duck-egg blue house is to the left as you step onto the boardwalk, and is a great place to enjoy a traditional Thai meal in style. With 20 years of experience serving Thai food in Bangkok, Baan Khanitha know their stuff, and serve a variety of favourites including chicken massaman curry, tiger prawn tom yum, spring rolls and fried fish cakes. On our last trip we really enjoyed the deep-fried sea bass with a red curry sauce and scallops in black pepper. With seating both inside and out, we usually pick a table on the first floor, where you can enjoy an uninterrupted view of the river and the twinkling lights of the boats passing by.
2Ko Dang Talay
- Open: 17:00 until 00:00
- Telephone: +66 (0)2 108 491011
Another riverfront Thai favourite is Kodang Talay, which specialises in seafood. In keeping with Asqiatique’s warehouse feel the restaurant is large and has an industrial feel and a bit of an echo, so we prefer the tables that fringe the boardwalk and allow you to people watch. This is simple traditional food that is well executed. Dishes include breaded shrimp cakes, a large plate of clams pan fried with holy basil, and a decent phad thai with large prawns. There are also some traditional coconut-based desserts, which make a refreshing end to your meal. Ko Dang Talay is well set up for groups, and tends to get busy between 18:00 and 21:00.
39E Furniture Bar
- Open: 16:00 – 00:00
- Location: Boardwalk, Warehouse 7.
- Telephone: +66 (0)2 1084498
There is something about 9E Furniture Bar that makes us feel it belongs in a cool indie neighbourhood rather than Asiatique. This small restaurant is down a side lane in warehouse 9 and has laidback atmosphere and some retro furnishings and designer armchairs to lounge in. A big pull here are the bargain-price cocktails, but the menu of fusion food is also great value, and tasty! We shared the lemon fried calamari, tom yam spaghetti and fried beef with oyster sauce, served on rice. Although the restaurant isn’t large there’s often a small band squeezed into the corner, so you get to enjoy some live music as you dine.
- Open: 17:00 – 00:00
- Location: Warehouse 9
- Telephone: +66 (0)91 0965195
It would be hard to miss this restaurant, as the black-and-white theme really sticks out. In fact, some might say they have taken the checker board theme a little too far with child-sized chess pieces lining the small outdoor terrace and staff wearing chequered outfits. With two bands playing every evening and some delicious fusion food it is easy to spend a couple of hours relaxing here. However, if you thought the theme would lead to an intellectual board game, never fear as the restaurant also has a neon-lit chess board and a glass set so you can pretend you are a master. As for the food, our favourites include the crispy pork and tomato salad and sea bass with a spicy northern Thai sauce along with fried rice.
5Kacha Kacha Japanese Teppanyaki and Yakitori
- Open: 17:00 -01:00
- Location: E01
- Telephone: +66 (0)8 95035206
Don’t be surprised when all the staff and cooks at this Japanese restaurant in Asiatique shout at you when you walk in; they are greeting you in the traditional manner, although it can be a little scary. The restaurant is decorated in warm wood, and there is an open kitchen and teppanyaki grill. You can either sit near the grill and get your food cooked in front of you with the occasional flame, or you can order yakitori (barbequed meat and vegetables on a stick) at your table. Although we really enjoyed the unusual vegetables and soya beans on a stick, they are only small, so we recommend ordering a selection with a grilled chicken set and some Japanese sticky rice.
- Open: 17:00 – 00:00
- Location: E5
- Telephone: +66 0(2) 108424243
Asiatique The Riverfront
- Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
- Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
- How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.