Bangkok: best middle eastern around Suk?
I seem to remember an entire area by Soi 1, maybe, populated by middle eastern restaurants. Any recommendations for some great food in that area? We will be staying in the Sukhumvit area.
I don't know if it's the best, but I have been eating at Shahrazad for almost 20 years and have never been disappointed. It's consistently packed with tourists from the Middle East. Prices have gone up but the quality stays the same.
It's on the small soi one street east of Sukhumvit Soi 3. (Soi 3/1). Walk down past the soi that cuts back out to Soi 3 and it's on the left side. There is a large grill area outside.
It has been written up by others:
My favorite is actually on Soi 2 in Ploenchit Centre... a Lebanese restaurant. Kebab kashkash is excellent. I like the lamb there, and have had good luck with various mezze. It closes at 10pm, however.
There are many restaurants on soi 3 and especially soi 3/1. The great thing here is that they are open very late (sometimes 4am or later).
There is a good Iraqi restaurant far down the soi. Quality is inconsistent, but when it's good, it's really good. I also like an Egyptian place... Nasir al Masri or something like that. It's not the absolute best food, but the staff are really nice and make for a good atmosphere. Tea is decent, fruit drinks usually good, hummous, addas (soup), etc. are usually good. This is also the only place I know that has cherry shisha. So this is my place for hanging out.
There is also a place serving food from Oman that is interesting. It looks like indian food, but feels like Arabic food. It's much more mild than Indian. This would normally be a bad thing for my personal taste, but there is a certain refinement and balance to the cooking that is delicious and it is a style of food that is very rare to find.