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Bangkok's Top Restaurants Guide 2014

klyeoh Mar 30, 2014 07:59 PM

BK Magazine, Bangkok's leading lifestyle publication, has just published its Bangkok Top Restaurants Guide 2014. The list include about 100 of the Thai capital's leading restaurants. No surprises in the list. Here are the top 10:

#1 Le Beaulieu, Witthayu (Wireless) Road - French
#2 Nahm, Metropolitan Hotel, Sathorn - Thai
#3 Gaggan, Soi Lang Suan - Indian molecular gastronomy
#4 Apia, Soi Sukhumvit 31 - Italian
#5 Water Library Thonglor, The Grass, Sukhumvit Soi 55 - International
#6 La Scala, The Sukhothai, Sathorn - Italian
#7 Opposite Mess Hall, Sukhumvit Soi 51 - International
#8 Little Beast, Thonglor Soi 13 - Modern-American
#9 Supanniga, Sukhumvit Soi 55 - Thai
#10 Paste, Sukhumvit Soi 49 (opposite Samitivej Hospital) - Thai

The restaurant I'd really like to visit is Water Library Thonglor, as the chef, Muhammad Haikal Johari, is Singaporean. Chef Haikal is Malay-Muslim, but his cooking's international, having trained at the Raffles Hotel Singapore, before working in a succession of popular Singapore fine dining restaurants: Coriander Leaf, Les Amis and Pierside Kitchen & Bar.

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  1. PhilD RE: klyeoh Mar 31, 2014 10:11 AM

    Unfortunately not on their on-line site yet.

    Are their more Thai places further down the list? I do want o try Gaggan one day - although I fear novelty rather than substance if some of the car crash dishes I have eaten in Delhi area anything to go by.

    Paste is a new one to me - any reports?

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      JonU RE: PhilD Mar 31, 2014 01:04 PM

      Here's the list

      1. re: PhilD
        klyeoh RE: PhilD Mar 31, 2014 02:32 PM

        Very few Thai entries (as you can see from the link provided by JonU) and, in fact, none of the places/casual eats which local families would frequent are listed here. BK usually targets expat/foreign crowd and Thais willing to experiment with hip/trendy places.

        1. re: klyeoh
          shakti2 RE: klyeoh Apr 6, 2014 10:44 AM

          Actually the same magazine has good lists for mid-range Thai places and street food as well :



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            Curt the Soi Hound RE: shakti2 Apr 6, 2014 11:30 AM

            Krua Apsorn and Baan Phueng Chom are two of my favorites.

        2. re: PhilD
          eljnwin RE: PhilD Jul 12, 2014 02:35 PM

          As Klyeoh said, BK is mainly oriented at the expat/hiso community, so its unlikely many local Thai places would make it on that list, but their mid-range/street food guides are quite helpful.

          I've been to Gaggan, Nahm, Appia, and Supanniga.

          Gaggan I felt was definitely style over substance. I won't say much more than I didn't feel it was worth my time or my money. I probably won't go back.

          Nahm was good, but it didn't leave me rushing to return either. It may be good for a special occasion perhaps. I'm a big admirer of Thompson and all he has done for Thai food. The food was good, very good, but with a set menu almost twenty times the price of an average Thai meal, I couldn't say the food was in another culinary dimension. And no, I'm not one of those inverse snobs who believes all good Thai food can only come from a tin cart and a plastic stool on the side of the road.

          Appia I loved. Not necessarily for the food itself, which is good, but for what it represents. Most Italian Bangkok joints are either super refined hotel eateries, or fairly generic bolognese and pizza parlours. (We won't even talk about the Pizza Company) Appia is a great neighborhood restaurant, with a short, focused, and well executed menu, and for Bangkok that's a real novelty.

          1. re: eljnwin
            PhilD RE: eljnwin Jul 13, 2014 05:23 AM

            Ref Nahm, I think it's great void let down by an average restaurant. I wouldn't mind the price if it had atmosphere and the room felt relaxed and comfortable.

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          shevboyz RE: klyeoh Apr 2, 2014 01:06 PM

          i like Le Beaulieu very much, this together with Krua Apsorn are my favorite places to eat in my recent trips to BKK.

          1. Curt the Soi Hound RE: klyeoh Apr 5, 2014 08:50 AM

            Yup; not surprising … although one might actually be considered Thai.

            This list kinda illustrates the socio-political situation that has been facing the country for some time.

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              bclare RE: klyeoh May 18, 2014 10:52 PM

              Any suggestions for a vegetation friendly special occasion restaurant for our tenth wedding anniversary? For this, we'd desire luxury. Visiting the city with someone watching the kids for the evening. Thank you!

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              1. re: bclare
                heydana RE: bclare May 30, 2014 06:39 AM

                For Thai food: Though Nahm definitely exudes luxury (inside the Metropolitan hotel), I thought the food at Bo.Lan was a bit more interesting, and also a nice environment. Most Thai restaurants are very vegetarian friendly.

                www.firstbite.tv / www.youtube.com/firstbitetv

                1. re: bclare
                  klyeoh RE: bclare May 30, 2014 02:19 PM

                  You'll need to take into account the restrictions on movement after 10pm due to the current martial law in place.

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                    klyeoh RE: klyeoh May 31, 2014 07:36 AM

                    Update: Curfew hours in Bangkok under martial law has been reduced to between midnight and 4am.
                    Feedback from Singaporean travellers there has been positive so far.

                    If you go out at night and may not make it back to your hotel by the time the curfew kicks in, just make sure you carry some form of photo ID for positive identification by army personnel manning the roadblocks.

                    1. re: klyeoh
                      Curt the Soi Hound RE: klyeoh Jun 1, 2014 06:40 AM

                      Although I wouldn't suggest violating curfew, the army and police aren't in "shoot first ; ask questions later" mode. Odds are one will simply be questioned and told to get back to your hotel.

                      At this time, one should have their passport in their possession.

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