Top 10 Restaurants in Siam
Best Places to Eat in Siam
Siam was the ancient name of Thailand so it’s somewhat ironic that this central district of Bangkok is now the most trendy and modern area of Bangkok, and, indeed, Thailand. The Siam area is very small, yet heavily built up with shopping malls and hotels, with more on the way all the time. Actually some of our favourite restaurants are hidden inside – most notably Siam Paragon Shopping Mall and Siam Kempinski Hotel which both have two restaurants make it into our Top 10 Guide. But there are also stand-alone restaurants that you can find amongst the warren-like thoroughfares of Siam Square market. One thing is for sure, with our guide you will never be stuck for somewhere to eat in Siam!
Sra Bua is a fine-dining restaurant that serves cutting edge Thai cuisine unlike any you will have ever seen before. Well-known Thai favourites have been turned inside out, and every dish is a treat for the eyes – as well as the taste buds. Located on the ground floor of the Siam Kempinski Hotel, Sra Bua restaurant has high ceilings and Thai antique embellishments. The chef who designed the menu has a passion for Thai cooking, and runs the Michelin-starred restaurant Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen so rest assured this is some of the finest molecular cuisine you will ever try…with a price to match. Read More...
- Open: 12:00 – 15:00 amd 18:00 – 23:00 Daily
- BTS: Siam
- Address: 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2 162 9000
Som Tam Nua on Siam Square Soi 5 is a casual and trendy dining spot that has risen to fame serving up tasty, foreigner-friendly papaya salad and other Issan-region dishes. Hidden deep down on one of the alleyways leading away from Siam BTS station, the search for Som Tam Nua is a fun prelude to a tasty meal, and, at times, the queues of locals trailing out the door testify to its reputation. This area is one of the main fashion hubs in the city, there are a whole range of fashion stalls and interesting shops surrounding the restaurant. Read More...
- Open: 10:45 - 21.30
- Address: 392/14 Siam Square Soi 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
- Telephone: +66 (0) 22 51 4880
Possibly one of the nicest places to eat in Siam, the café is surrounded by water and greenery along with exotic butterflies and birds. A tour of the teakwood mansion after or before a meal is definitely a great way gain an insightful glimpse at the silk trade in Thailand and the life of the American who led it to be so prevalent on a global scale, Jim Thompson. The café features both Thai and western dishes, cooked and presented to perfection with pretty good coffee, too. It goes without saying that the café interior décor is completely delightful. Read More...
- Open: 09:00-18:00
- Location: Opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road
- BTS: National Stadium
As the name suggests, Yellow Tail Sushi Bar is an exceptional Japanese restaurant for anyone looking for premium cuts of the best sushi and sashimi, flown fresh from Japan three times a week. There are so many Japanese restaurants in Bangkok serving tuna belly and wagyu steak nowadays that some people have mistakenly started to lump them all in together – but mark my words, the quality of the produce here is far higher than any of those shopping mall franchise bento box restaurants. Open every day for dinner between 18:00 and 22:00, and 11:30 to 14:30 on weekends, this is an excellent option for a special occasion when only the best is good enough. YTSB is located on the third floor of a building connected to VIE Hotel. Read More...
- Open: 18:00 to 22:00 – 11:30 to 14:30 (on weekends only)
- BTS: Ratchathewi
- Address: 117/39-40 Phaya Thai Rd
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2309 3939
Brasserie Europa at the Siam Kempinski Hotel serves a delicious lunch and dinner brunch buffet in a chic dining room with views of the hotel’s inner courtyard. The freshness and the quality of ingredients is top notch here, so it’s easy to go back to beautiful displays of seafood, salads, cold cuts and desserts for more. Unlike other brunches in town, the restaurant serves the main course a la carte from a menu comprised of gourmet ingredients from all around the world. Lunch runs between 12:00 and 15:00, dinner between 18:00 and 23:00. Given the amount of food on offer, lunch is great value at 950 baht for three courses. Read More...
6Café Chilli (Siam Paragon)
- Open: Lunch 12:00 to 15:00, Dinner 18:00 to 23:00
- BTS: Siam
- Address: Brasserie Europa at Siam Kempinski Hotel, Rama I Road
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2162 9000
This restaurant bistro serves a modern mix of Thai dishes with an emphasis on 'Isaan' (the northeastern region of Thailand) food. The laidback surroundings of Café Chilli are an excellent place to sample the famed dishes of the region, which is known for its powerful use of flavours. Servings are small and each has an individual taste due to the bold use of herbs and spices, so it’s best to order several dishes for the table to share so you can get the right blend of fiery spice, biting citrus and bitter herb flavours. This is exactly the kind of food that tourists come back to Thailand to find. It also boasts a shaded outdoor patio area – perfect for relaxing with a drink in hand.
- Open: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Basement of Siam Paragon Shopping Mall
Red Sky is one of the tallest rooftop bars and restaurant in Bangkok. While it doesn't offer striking riverside or treetop views that other rooftop bars enjoy, it has a pretty impressive 360-degree panoramic vista from the 55th floor – in one of the most convenient locations in town. Red Sky bar is part of the Centara Grand Hotel, which itself is actually part of this gigantic CentralWorld shopping mall in Siam. There's a good selection of sophisticated European cuisine which is a bit pricey without being too extravagant. The cocktail and wine list are long enough so you're sure to find the perfect drink to go with your lamb or imported beef. Read More...
- Open: 05:00 PM - to 1:00 AM
- Location: Centralworld
The heart-warming idea of going to grandma’s house for some traditional home cooking is something that transcends boundaries and is exactly the kind of feeling you get at Ban Khun Mae Restaurant. Ban Khun Mae is actually a bit of an anomaly, located in the heart of Siam Square, the uber-cool shopping area popular with young city kids and university students. This is a great restaurant to visit if you are trying famous Thai dishes for the first time as the chef flavours dishes to suit stereotypical Western tastes and nothing is overpowered with spice. Tom yum kung, chicken with cashew nuts, som tam, and spring rolls are all firm favourites here and are popular with tourists but also with a few locals – always an encouraging sign. Read More...
- Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Rd
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2250 1952 3
Nuer Koo (pronounce 'Nua Kooh') takes one of the most basic Asian dishes and make it a luxury treat. Found on the fourth floor of Siam Paragon shopping mall, the restaurant is not even a real restaurant as you don't really step inside a room, but by doing so Nuer Koo brings the concept of 'street food' to a new indoor dimension. Prices range from 'a bit expensive' to 'extremely expensive', but if you know a bit about meat grades you will understand what these fancy meat names mean. It’s certainly a great experience to try Thai noodle soup with imported Australian Wagyu. The soup here is also delicious – you might just drink it all even once the beef and noodles are long gone! Read More...
- Open: 10:00-22:00
- Location: 4th Floor at Siam Paragon
- BTS: Siam
Nothing short of an institution, Hard Rock Café Bangkok delivers the same fun times, friendly staff and belly-busting burgers associated with all branches of this incredibly popular franchise. It’s a reassuring slice of Americana for the travel-weary, a place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, and, as night falls, one of the most famous places in the city to rock out to live music. Located in Siam Square, the entrance is only a few paces away from Siam BTS station and MBK, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon shopping malls; an ideal place to capture its target market of tourists and expats. Read More...
- Open: 11:30 AM - 01:00 AM
- Address: Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok, Siam Square Soi 11
- Telephone: +66 (0) 2658 4090 3