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Jan 13, 2008 08:46 AM

Great restaurants *other* than Thai food in Bangkok?

Is it even taboo to ask?

Will be in Thailand for a month in Jan.- Feb......I've been before.....done the food stall thing and eaten black scorpion off a stick....

...but I remember, after a week or two, wanting more diversity in my meals than just Thai, and craving certain ingredients not used heavily in Thai cooking (dairy, mostly...)

Even thought the dollar is weak against the baht now, wouldn't Bangkok still be a less expensive place to dine, say, French cuisine or sushi than my hometown of Los Angeles?

So how about it? This board is full of Bangkok dining recommendations, but how about non-Thai restaurants?.....

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  1. My husband and I were craving something other than "asian" food after 2 weeks on the road and one of his colleagues recommended the italian restaurant, Zagnotti in Bangkok. It was a welcome change - the food was fantastic and authentically italian.

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    1. re: CChan126

      i lived in BKK for several months...

      -- i agree that Zanotti is excellent...especially the risotto and the fritto misto

      -- for other Italian, i also like Calderazzo on Langsuan, and Airplane, a few doors down, is pretty good too...

      -- i agree w/ the Rang Mahal rec, but i'll also add that Indian food is pretty good at a lot of places in BKK...Rang Mahal has a nice view and top food, but it's quite pricey...all the Indian places i ordered delivery from pretty strong too and less than half the price...

      -- i've had only disappointing French food in BKK, although i never made it to Philippe...

      -- and if you are really craving dairy, charcuterie, etc, getting some bread and cheeses from the high-end supermarkets is always an option...

      1. re: Simon

        Had dinner at Zanotti last Wed. The food was excellent - perhaps the best Italian I've tried in Bangkok. I had:
        - Taglioni Piemontesi di spinaci con San Daniele ham (Piedmontese spinach angel-hair pasta with San Daniel ham & Italian walnut sauce);
        - Trancio di Branzino al Cartoccio con Patate e Verdune (sea-bass fillet baked in foil with vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, garlic & lemon drops);
        - Bunet Piemontese (a Piedmontese pudding, made using amaretti cookies, chocolate & caramel).

        P.S. - Ran into ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra in the men's room afterwards - looks like Zanotti is also his choice for an Italian fix.

    2. There's the Fuji chain of Japanese.
      It's not too bad and quite reasonable.

      MK Suki is a nice, healthy diversion.
      It's a "hot pot" sort of deal.

      Within Siam Paragon there are many options.

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      1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

        I love the German food at the TawanDaeng Micro Brewery on Rama 4 .

        I wonder how many of those deep fried pork knuckles they go through in an night ?

        Strangely enough the Thai Food is excellent as well .

        And of course its more than a restaurant , with entertainment etc. , but beware the place is Very Thai .

      2. Here are some non-Thai spots which I really liked:

        For Italian food, Sorrento (South Sathorn Rd) or Angelini's (Shangri-La Hotel).

        Great steaks at New York Steakhouse (JW Marriot), Fireplace Grill (Intercontinental Bangkok) or Madisons (Four Seasons).

        French food - Le Normandie at Oriental, Le Cafe Siam (Sathorn) or Auberge Dab (Pathumwan).

        My fave German is Bei Otto (Sukhumvit Soi 4) though you can find many others in the city.

        Any other SPECIFIC non-Thai cuisine you're looking for?

        1. No particular cuisines except Japanese, whether bento box or sushi...

          ...just looking for good alternatives. It would just be nice to have, say, a French repast or a sushi feast at baht prices...

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          1. re: chrisheadrick

            Try Oishi - it's got a few outlets around Bangkok & my friends/relatives there love it. Extremely good value for food that's fresh.

            Hanaya in Bangrak is also another family favorite.

            1. re: klyeoh

              I second Hanaya. Also, there's a community of Japanese on Thonglor (Sukhumvit soi 55) and the soi which connects 55 to 39 (Suk 55/13?) There are tons of Japanese restaurants for Japanese people there. Little hole in the wall ramen shops, restaurants, etc. I'd recommend checking out one of the more busy ones.
              There's a couple Korean places there too.

          2. Bangkok has the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy!

            Angelini, Zanotti, and Gianni are among my favorites, but there are scads of them -- not pseudo-Italian, but the real thing. Although the food is expensive by Thai standards, it costs far less than you'd pay for the same authentic Italian food elsewhere.

            The only downside is that wine is savagely expensive in Bangkok restaurants, about twice what you'd pay in the US. You're hard-pressed to find many bottles costing less than US$50 in Bangkok restaurants. The house wines are usually good, though, often Chilean. And Thailand is quickly learning to make good wine; try the whites from Chateau de Loei if you get a chance.

            For fabulous Indian food with a killer view, go to Rang Mahal -- deservedly famous.

            Good Korean at Kongju in the hotel that's attached to MBK mall.