Foodie's Favorites

Foodie's Favorites

Fight your hunger as Tap Chitraphan - owner of Buttercup, Tiny Cup, and Not Just Another Cup cafes - reveals where she goes for some of the city’s most heartwarming dishes.

1 Appia

Appia

Nestled in the Sawatdi neighborhood alongside other celebrated establishments, Appia merits attention in its own right. This so-called Roman trattoria is laid-back and boasts authentic family recipes that afford dishes that are rustic, honest to its roots and – needless to say – pleasing to the palate. The porchetta (organic pork rolled with fennel, rosemary, garlic and then roasted; starting at B450) is infamous and so irresistible that we are willing to plead guilty to gluttony.

 

Tap’s favorite: Pancetta

 

Sukhumvit Soi 31

02-261-2056

Open Tue-Sat 18:30-23:00, Sun 11:30-14:30 and 18:30-23:00

 

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2 El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse

El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse

The slabs of meat served at this popular downtown restaurant are not of the theme-park variety. El Gaucho’s steaks are for serious beef eaters. Mainly imported from Australia and the US, the steak choices, which range from a straightforward rib eye to a chunky wagyu filet mignon, are cooked the Argentinian way: over the grill and lightly-seasoned with salt. Apart from the beef, El Gaucho also has a good selection of pork, chicken and fish.

 

Tap’s favorite: Ribeye Steak

 

Sukhumvit Soi 19

02-255-2864

Open daily 11:00-midnight

 

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3 Le Dalat

Le Dalat

Le Dalat Indochine is a fine dining Vietnamese restaurant that focuses on recipes from Vung Liem, a district in the southern part of Vietnam where food is richer and a tad bit spicier. The menu still features favorites such as spring rolls, prawn bites and pho soups but, for the real Indochine experience, Le Dalat recommends their Vietnamese curry, a thick, chunky sauce with lamb and chicken or the beef stew, a zesty dish served with veggies and crusty bread.

 

Tap’s favorite: Lotus Salad (B280)

 

Sukhumvit Soi 23

02-259-9593

Open daily 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00

 

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4 Soei

Soei

A not-so-hidden gem beside the Samsen Railway Station, Soei boasts intense Thai flavors that will definitely knock you down – along with the prolonged wait of about two hours. The favorite dish here is kam platoo tod or deep-fried mackerel heads (rather than cheeks). The dish is subject to limited servings of up to 10 per day so plan your meal ahead and reserve your desired number of mackerel heads before you end up counting regrets instead.

 

Tap’s favorite: Kam Platoo Tod (B90)

 

Samsen Railway Station, Kamphaeng Phet 5 Rd.

087-508-8402

Open Mon-Fri 11:30-22:00, Sun 11:30-22:00

 

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5 Mitsumori of Tokyo

Mitsumori of Tokyo

Tucked away in a secluded area on Sukhumvit Soi 23, Mitsumori still draws regulars with its use of high-quality ingredients for authentic, fresh and made-on-the-spot Japanese dishes – a philosophy no different from its sister restaurant, Ootoya of Tokyo. The menu focuses on three staples: soba, made fresh every morning and evening; yakitori, which uses only the very best jidori or gai baan (free-range chicken); and gohan (rice) made with Japanese rice cooked on charcoal so as to retain its distinct flavor and aroma. Don’t leave the place without trying a portion of fresh tofu — a popular favorite, indeed.

 

Tap’s favorite: cold soba (B230) and grilled chicken liver (B90)

 

Sukhumvit Soi 23

02-640-8283

Open Mon-Sat 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00; Sun 11:30-14:00, 17:00-21:00

 

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6 Urai

Urai

Move fast because Urai is open for only three hours a day (or less if they run out first). For more than 50 years, this old and charming establishment has been cooking up some of the best five-spice braised goose in town. The goose meat and intestines are properly washed and then cooked to perfection — aromatic, juicy, and intense. Don’t forget to order the soup of the day, guaranteed happiness in a bowl.

 

Tap’s favorite: Haan Palo (starting at B100)

 

Songwat Rd. (Yaowarat)

02-221-4413

Open daily 09:30-13:00 (Except Chinese Religious Holidays)

 

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7 Pala Pizza Romana

Pala Pizza Romana

The city’s pizza fanatics never came to a better consensus on the top pizza in town until they tried Pala. Known for its signature dough, a crusty bread-like treat, Pala tops their square-cut slices with the freshest toppings and ingredients. Aside from their beloved pizzas, you can find other scrumptious selections of Italian fare in their menu: starters, salads, pasta, desserts – all made out of premium Italian ingredients and affordably priced. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices are also available.

 

Tap’s favorite: Spaghetti Amatriciana (B230)

 

MRT Sukhumvit Platform, Asoke Rd.

02-259-1228-9

Open Mon-Sat 10:00-midnight, Sun 11:00-midnight

 

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8 Kaizen Coffee Co.

Kaizen Coffee Co.

Kaizen, which literally translates into “continuous improvement” in Japanese, is the philosophy of a group of passionate baristas who aspire to bring a vivacity and vibrance to Bangkok’s coffee scene. The minimalist, all-white setting contrasts with the rich hues of coffee brews, while an endless parade of lines drawn on the wall bespeak the Kaizen practice. Here, specialty coffee is brewed in numerous ways: from syphon-filtered coffee to their famous nitrogen-brewed coffee – all to serve up a perfect cup for any palate. Other must-try drinks include the Blonde Mocha, a rich, sweet-smelling potion or, if you’re not that crazy for coffee, the masala chai tea (you might just fall in love with it). Brunch dishes and homemade dessert creations are also to be expected.

 

Tap’s favorite: Latte (B100)

 

Tai Ping Tower, Ekkamai Soi 26-28

098-831-6009

Open Tue-Sun 8:00-18:00

 

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9 Klang Soi

Klang Soi

Tucked within one of the sub-sois of Sukhumvit Soi 49, Thai restaurant Klang Soi has been a hit among locals for more than 30 years. This pleasant retro-style house always packs in the lunchtime crowd who appreciate the restaurant’s classic dishes that bring out the simple and delicious flavors of Thai cooking. Favorite options include the green curry (starting at B150), khao chae (rice soaked in cold water and served with side dishes, B280), and stir-fried rice with catfish chili paste (starting at B150).  Try to come on a regular basis because they have special dishes that are rotated daily.

 

Tap’s favorite: Khao Chae (seasonal: March - May, B280)

 

Sukhumvit Soi 49/9

02-391-4988

Open Tue-Sun 11:00-14:30, 17:00-22:00

 

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10 AOI

AOI

Dark-wood interiors, private rooms and a sparse sit-down setting set the scene at this institutional Japanese spot. Things aren’t as traditionally formal at Aoi; the menu spans sushi standards, noodle dishes and teppanyaki entrees. All the classic raw bites — sashimi, uni, toro sushi —are accounted for, and are guaranteed fresh and of great quality. Also present are dishes such as seafood udon, grilled prawns, and even a piquant beef tongue.

 

Tap’s favorite: Spinach Salad (B300) and Sashimi (starting at B400)

 

Silom Soi 6

02-235-2321-2

Open daily 11:30-14:30, 17:30-22:30

 

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11 Nai Chai Boat Noodle

Nai Chai Boat Noodle

Just past Don Mueang Airport, on the opposite side of the road, stands Nai Chai, which may be a little hard to find if you’re a newcomer. Come to witness crowds of diners getting rowdy over moo satay, tod mun and bowls of Nai Chai’s famous boat noodles. The signature beef noodles, literally made in a boat and swimming in a flavorful broth, is easily a favorite.

 

Tap’s favorite: Beef Noodle (starting B35)

 

Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd. (Don Mueang)

02-533-6172

Open daily 07:30-20:00

 

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12 Tang Jai Yoo

Tang Jai Yoo

Tang Jai Yoo is not just another Chinese restaurant in Yaowarat. The place serves authentic flavors presented Cantonese-style or inspired by cooking from mainland China, and, over the years, has become a local favorite among Thai-Chinese families who come for dishes like delectable crab in sauce, whole lobsters and crispy-skinned suckling pig. Don’t expect any peace and quiet while you’re here; find solace, instead, in their grub (and the company of your significant other).

 

Tap’s favorite: Deep-fried Mantis Shrimp with Garlic (starting at B750)

 

Yaowaphanit Rd. (Yaowarat)

02-224-2167

Open daily 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00

 

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