As we bid adieu to 2023, a year filled with gastronomic adventures, let’s relish the delectable memories of our culinary explorations. From casual eateries serving scrumptious plates to upscale dining establishments in five-star hotels, we’ve savored it all. Here’s a roundup of the noteworthy dining spots that emerged in Bangkok throughout the year, promising a feast for the senses. Please note that this list is based on our experiences from December 2022 to November 2022 and is presented in no particular order. Restaurants not yet experienced will be considered for next year’s list.
Location: Soi Sathorn 12
Highlights: This downtown gem, an extension of the renowned Song Wat, remains true to authentic Thai flavors. Delight in a breakfast menu inspired by the owner’s childhood memories, featuring dishes like Isan-style hotdog and ketchup fried rice.
Highlights: Recently awarded a Michelin star, Inddee is a fine-dining haven offering beautifully plated fare showcasing the vibrant flavors of India. Immerse yourself in stunning interiors and exquisite lighting design.
Cuisine: Contemporary European
Location: Soi Sukhumvit 26
Highlights: Tucked away yet deserving of acclaim, nais is a casual brunch spot celebrated for boldly flavored western-style comfort fare adapted for the Thai palate. Indulge in delights like pot pies and roast chicken.
Highlights: A French gastro bar with a captivating ambiance, Bisou, curated by chef-sommelier duo Antoine Darquin and Théo Lavergne, beckons with stylish comfort fare. Truffle toast and fried chicken are among the fine offerings.
The Crystal Grill House
Location: Asiatique, Charoenkrung Road
Highlights: Situated in bustling Asiatique, The Crystal Grill House defies expectations with its charming riverside setting and impeccable seafood and imported beef offerings. Don’t miss the linguini with Alaskan king crab.
Bistrot de la Mer
Highlights: Nestled on the suite floor of Sindhorn Kempinski, Bistrot de la Mer offers a casual French bistro atmosphere with stunning views of Langsuan greenery. Indulge in the delightful bouillabaisse.
Highlights: A journey to Ari is rewarded with Neapolitan-style pizza at Kenny’s. The chewy dough and inventive toppings, such as smoked peppered bacon and Fior Di Latte cheese, make it a must-visit.
That Fat Kid Buddy
Highlights: Chef Buddy Thomthanut, self-proclaimed “a fat kid,” adds a modern twist to Thai comfort dishes, drawing inspiration from a lifelong love of food. From rice with roast pork to fried pork with sticky rice, indulge in reimagined classics.
Category: Bars – Izakaya
Location: Soi Ekkamai 2
Highlights: A picturesque izakaya blending old and modern Japanese motifs, Fatboy Izakaya offers a minimalist Brutalist-style structure. Helmed by Chef Arnie Marcella, the menu features modern Japanese and Yoshoku dishes.
Location: Yan Nawa
Highlights: Chef Ton Tassanakajohn introduces an all-day dining spot, BK Salon, set in a mesmerizing setting inspired by the Thai traditional sticky rice container, kratib. Enjoy comfort Thai and Western dishes in a socializing atmosphere.
Location: Soi Sukhumvit 39
Highlights: A Japanese import offering Hakata food, Uma Uma showcases the gastronomic culture of Fukuoka. Indulge in grilled skewers and tonkatsu ramen, representing the quick eating habits of Japanese locals during World War II.
Highlights: Fire takes center stage at Choen, the latest addition to Soi Nana in Yaowarat. Chef Mew Mesaengrilverakul reinterprets street fare from Chinatown, presenting them in novel ways without compromising original flavors.
Den Kushi Flori
Highlights: A collaboration between Michelin-starred chefs Zaiyu Hasegawa of Den and Hiroyasu Kawate of Florilège, Den Kushi Flori crafts innovative kaiseiki skewers (‘kushi’ in Japanese) that promise a unique culinary experience.