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Bangkok's Best Thai Restaurants

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A June 2007 trip to Bangkok by LenR

Cooking school preparation Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: This journal reviews my five favourite Thai restaurants in Bangkok and makes suggestions on what to eat and how to find them.

Bangkok's Best Thai Restaurants

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Overview

Cooking school preparation Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Thai food has become one of the most popular cuisines in the world. If you enjoy it in your home country, you will love it in Bangkok. Eating is a favourite pastime in this city and you can do it everywhere. I enjoy sitting on a rickety stool on a street footpath watching the passing throng as I eat a bowl of noodles almost as much as sitting in a fine-dining restaurant.Thai food does not have to be full of chillies. In fact some of the dishes I most enjoy are those where the subtle flavours of the herbs and spices slowly fill the mouth. It is a special Bangkok experience that I enjoy again and again.Thai food combines the best of several Eastern cuisines: the oriental bite of Szechuan...Read More

Lemon Grass

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Restaurant | "Lemongrass."

Lemon Grass Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This is a delightful restaurant in the center of the Sukhumvit Road area. There are several hotels nearby so it is understandably popular with regular visitors to Bangkok.In the late 1980s this was my favourite Thai restaurant and I was a regular visitor. Then in the 1990s I was put off by the indifferent attitude of the staff as the popularity of the place soared. It almost became an effort to serve you and I believe the kitchen suffered the same problem.But no more. I have been back here three times in the past 18 months and each time I have loved the food, the ambiance and the service. It is firmly back on my ‘favourites’ list.The restaurant is in an old non-descript-looking...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

Lemon Grass
5/1 Soi 24, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 258 8637

Blue Elephant

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Restaurant

Blue Elephant  	 Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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The story of the Blue Elephant restaurant is interesting. The first Blue Elephant restaurant was opened in Brussels by a Thai expat and her Belgian husband and now there are restaurants in London, Paris, Copenhagen, Dubai, Beirut, and elsewhere. The group needed a flagship restaurant and that had to be in Thailand so that is what this restaurant has become.The restaurant, and associated cooking school, is housed in a century-old building. On entering you travel back in time. The interior is loaded with teak and works of art and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. The style of food on offer is called new Royal Thai cuisine.When it comes to the food, you need to understand whom thi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

Blue Elephant
233 South Sathorn Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10120
+66 (2) 673-9354

Cabbages and Condoms

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Restaurant

Cabbages and Condoms Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Don't be misled by the restaurant's odd name or put off by the array of contraceptive devices for sale. This very popular place raises funds for the Population & Community Development Association, the country's family planning program. The complex is a restaurant, bar, internet café, massage shop, and gift shop all rolled into one. It is a ‘must-go’ place. Arriving recently with friends, we were all so impressed by the decor. Most prominent were the tens of thousands of white fairy lights draped from the canopies, fluttering in the night breeze. There were plenty of candles too, and the sounds of hundreds of diners chattering, punctuated by noisy sizzling dishes wafting a great aroma into ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

Cabbages and Condoms
6 Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 229 4611

Baan Khanitha

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Restaurant

Baan Khanitha Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Baan Khanitha is the name of two award-winning Thai restaurants that are the brainchild of Khanitha Akaranitikul, an elegant lady who made her name as a designer of beautiful fashion garments for her Khanitha boutiques. They are currently my restaurants of choice in Bangkok.Perceiving the need for somewhere to enjoy high quality Thai food in a traditional atmosphere, Khanitha decided to open a restaurant that matched her high expectations of cuisine and decor. The result is Baan Khanitha (Khanitha's home), a charming restaurant that opened in a Thai-style house in Sukhumvit Soi 23.The restaurant creates a homely ambiance through the use of traditional handicrafts, paintings, plants, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

Baan Khanitha
36/1 Soi 23, Sukhumvt Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 258 4181

Mango Tree

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Restaurant

Mango Tree Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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I stumbled upon the Mango Tree restaurant by accident some years ago and still remember how much I enjoyed that first meal. I must have been impressed because I started telling Thai friends about this discovery, but then found that many of them already knew about the restaurant and its great food.Nothing much has changed except that other outlets at Bangkok’s new airport and in London, Tokyo, Korea, and Malaysia have since joined Mango Tree in downtown Bangkok. The lovely informal atmosphere and the high quality food remain the same in this lovely 80-year-old Siamese restaurant house with its own tropical garden.Mango Tree offers a quiet retreat from the surrounding hectic Patpong area...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2007

Mango Tree
37 Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road
Bangkok 10500
66 (2) 236-2820