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Bangkok's Top Restaurants Guide 2014

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. 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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      1. re: PhilD

        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

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

          http://bk.asia-city.com/restaurants/a...

          http://bk.asia-city.com/restaurants/a...

          1. re: shakti2

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

          2. re: klyeoh

            We have just launched our Thai Restaurants Guide (http//:www.thairestaurantsguide.com) which lists all Thai restaurants around the world (well, it will when we have inputted them all - about 10% currently listed (1400+) :) ) and we are currently focusing on Bangkok so we should have plenty for you to review next time in Bangkok.

             
          3. re: PhilD

            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

              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.

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

            1. 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.

              1. 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

                  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.

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                  1. re: bclare

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

                    1. re: klyeoh

                      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

                        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.

                  2. I will be in Bangkok next month. I am not looking for fancy but just good authentic Thai food restaurant recommendations. Also I was told that if Thai's think Americans are dining they always add sugar to cut the spice - has anyone heard of this. I appreciate any input for some good Thai food. Thank you.

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                    1. re: sunniew

                      I was reading on the SF board recently about Thai places having dishes that were too sweet. Will be interested in reading about this.