Bangkok dining scene is evolving fast and has no struggle to provide a million culinary experiences to demanding customers. With the incredible versatility of Thai food, the stage is open to really wide range of dining experiences and the best places to dine are not necessarily the most expensive. Since food in Bangkok is everywhere at any time of the day or night, it become more and more fun to explore the small alleys of Bangkok in search of hidden gems. Here are 5 of the best one we found by chance and some are really hard to find so you better print the maps!
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Le Du Restaurant
Le Du Restaurant is a new rising star on the culinary scene of Bangkok and you better go there now before the word is out and seats become hard to get. Despite a French sounding name, Le Du is not a French restaurant at all… Le Du means 'Season' in Thai and categorizing its cuisine is a bit difficult. It could be defined as Young Creative Cuisine with Thai Roots with touches from many international origins. And here ‘Young’ doesn’t mean amateur - both head chefs at Le Du have a surprising culinary background.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11:30am-2:30pm; Monday to Saturday 6-11pm (Closed on Sundays)
- Location: 399/3 Silom Soi 7
- BTS: Chong Nonsi exit 4
- Tel: (083) 073-6860 and (081) 562-6464
- How to get there: The restaurant is hidden but very close to Chon Nonsi BTS. Take exit 4 and walk few meters to the 7-11. Enter the small street and walk 20 m.
La Table de Tee
La Table de Tee restaurant is a real find: somewhere you can enjoy well-presented, delicious French food in an intimate romantic setting. What sets it apart from the crowd is that the five-course inspired set menu is only 950 baht per person (not including service charge). We’ve searched high and low but no-one matches La Table de Tee for quality, value and atmosphere in Bangkok. The small restaurant is situated down a back alley on Soi Sala Daeng, just a few minutes from the BTS and MRT stops on Silom Road. The street outside is typical for this area, slightly run-down and a bit grubby, but once you step inside the glass-fronted restaurant, you soon forget about the city noise.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 18:30 to 22:00
- MRT: Silom
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Address: 69/5 Soi Sala Daeng, Silom Rd., Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6363220
Seven Spoons RestaurantIn a small Chinese shophouse on a quiet road that visitors don’t really frequent you will find one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Seven Spoons is fully booked every night, serving a range of Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes. The reason behind its popularity is simple. With delicious food, strong cocktails and a warm atmosphere, Seven Spoons is a rare find in the city, a restaurant with real soul and prices so low that you will be doing a double-take when they bring you the bill. Seven Spoons is almost too good to share, and despite its popularity it still feels like a fantastic secret.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – Midnight, except Mondays
- Address: 211 Chakkrapatipong Road, Intersection of Lan Luang Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6284588 or +66 (0)84 5391819
I found one of the best hidden restaurants of Bangkok purely by chance as I was exploring the surroundings of the Thewet area, north of the Grand Palace. Steve Cafe & Cuisine is tucked away on the riverside, far from busy streets, with no easy access and with no big signage. It's almost as if you have to be worthy to find it. Of course it's not an unknown restaurant, since it opened in 2012 word of mouth spread the good news that Steve Cafe has got everything just right, guaranteeing its sucess. It is now recommended that you call in advance if you come for dinner - People love discovering little secret places like this.
- Opening Hours: 11.30 am - 11.pm
- Tel: +66 (0) 81 868 0744, +66 (0) 2 281 0915, +66 (0) 2 280 2989
- How to get there: by boat disembark at Dhevet pier and walk to main road but only 100 meter from pier cross a small bridge on your left and follows walk to small walkway along the canal until you reach the Thevarakunchong temple and you have to walk to temple pier.
So you heard of Royal Cuisine and are wondering where to find the real thing and not end up in a tourist trap? Or if this one meal is going to cost such royal sum you will have to eat plain rice for the rest of your holiday? If you're not careful it could! Fortunately, we know a small restaurant hidden in Silom area which serving exactly what you are looking for and it won't even cost you an arm and a leg: Thanying, a delightful restaurant owned by M.R. Sorut Visuddhi, son of Princess Sulabh. Royal cuisine doesn't mean overly complicated dishes, but requires using only the best fresh ingredients, an elegant presentation and everything cut so that a guest never has to use a knife, the fish should be absolutely boneless and many other details that help to make the distinction between food and cuisine.
- Opening Hours: daily from 11:30 hrs and last order is at 22:00 hrs
- BTS: 3 mn walk from Surasak BTS Station
- Tel: (66) 02-236-4361, (66) 02-235-0371