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RAMBUTTRI HOT SPOTS 1Gecko

Sister street Rambuttri is another hopping spot to spend your night with good beer. Head to Gecko, a low-key street beer garden, for reliable cheap drinks deals. Singha B60/small bottle and B80/large bottle.

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The space that used to be a gas station next to the police station is now a colonial-style hotel. The property’s front space doubles as a beer garden where you can sip draught Singha along with daily live music. Singha beer park out front with deals from B100/glass, B249/jug and B649/tower.

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After kick-starting your night at Baan Chart’s beer garden, head inside the hotel for some dancing at Fubar with a small bottle of Singha in hand. Buy-one-get-one-free on pints of Singha from 5-9pm.

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Owned by the same people as Baan Chart, this tiny guesthouse is nestled down a little alley off Khaosan Road, and retains a similarly chill vibe with a small drinking garden out front. Singha bottles for B130, small bottle for B90 and towers for B650.

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Want to know more about Rambuttri? Located right beside the party capital Khaosan Road, sister street Rambuttri makes for a more chilled drinking destination thanks to a long list of laid-back bars. Since launching in 1933, Singha Beer has been a major part of Bangkok’s nightlife scene. Here are the top seven spots to experience a true taste of Rambuttri’s nightlife with a Singha Beer in hand. For more information please visit

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Next up from Villa Cha Cha is this classic live acoustic venue hidden among Banglampoo’s street stalls. Promotion on three small bottles of Singha at B200.

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6Villa Cha Cha 7Bangkok Bar Located only a few steps from Bangkok Bar, this tiny tropical-designed hotel is a hidden gem for those looking for a peaceful drinking spot on Rambuttri. Singha at B650/tower

One of the longest-standing bars in the area offers a one-stop service: start with spicy Thai dishes and a tower of Singha, before heading to the upstairs’ dancefloor for live pop/rock and hip hop DJs. Singha towers at B500 from 7-10pm daily.

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1 Snap a Shot with Captain Jack Sparrow Captain Jack Sparrow himself exists on Khaosan—or at least a Thai guy in convincing costume. 2 Try Insects or Delicious Street Food Pad krapao and pad Thai for a quick refuel or, if you’re brave, crispy insects. Deep-fried larva with a bottle of Singha, anyone?

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Four activities you shouldn’t miss around Rambuttri

3 Shop for Vintage Finds Find everything from ’70s floral dresses to vintage leather trunks. And all at pocket-friendly prices. 4 End Your Night with a Bowl of Delicious Congee Opposite Swensen’s, you’ll find the famous jok banglampoo (congee with minced pork) and stir fried seafood sukiyaki.

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ISLAND HOPPING From North to South, Thailand is globally renowned as a year-round tourist destination. With the high season about to commence for the tropical South, we visit two of Thailand’s most beautiful diving islands–Koh Tao and Koh Samui—and roundup the places to drink by the beach.

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As the name suggests, this beach and pool bar is one of the top spots to catch the sunset. Singha buy-two-get-one-free (B90/ bottle).

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This true tiki-style beach bar is ideal for a sunset barbeque, DJs and live music. Catch their daily happy hours from 4-10pm to get Singha at B60 (down from B90).

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This Thai-style resort’s pool and beach bar offers a private and chillaxing atmosphere.

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Expect a wide range of electronic tunes on the dance floor, along with a lot of fire dancing and other activities you can join by the beach. Daily happy hours from 8-10pm see Singha priced B80/bottle (down from B90).

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A laid-back beach bar to watch the sunset from a daybed. John-Suwan Mountain Viewpoint

Top Three things to do in Koh Tao 1 Diving

Must-visit spots Ao Luek and Ao Tanot offer endless diving/snorkeling schools. We recommend completing you trip with a visit to neighboring Nang Yuan.

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best of the island’s buzzing nightlife. The party starts at Choppers Bar, 7pm, on every Mon, Wed and Fri. For more information, visit kohtaopubcrawl.com

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There’s a huge range of tiki-style bars from which to sip a drink while watching the sunset. Don’t forget to catch a fire dancing show while you’re there.

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This beach resort and bar offers a long list of fun activities and facilities, from its beachfront restaurant and pool bar to live music, fire shows and beach parties.

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Africa’s 2Henry Irish Pub

This backpacker haunt has become extremely popular among locals and visitors alike due to their friendly service, good drinks and live music.

3The Duke Pub

Nice and spacious, this spacey Irish bar is a top spot to head for dinner and drinks, serving Western favorites with a long list of booze.

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One of the island’s most popular spots to hit the dance floor, Green Mango offers electronic tunes, boozy buckets and cold beers, as well as a pool table for pre-gaming.

and Gecko 5Frog Pub

Set in a wooden villa by the beach, this bar offers Thai food and draught beer, along with live ‘60s-‘90s Brit-pop/ rock every day. Daily happy hours from 5-8pm serve up specially priced Singha at B70/bottle (down from B90) and B100 Singha draught.

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This beachside garden sits a little far from the other bars in the area, offering a cozy and private drinking experience. Pick a spot among the rattan garden seats and enjoy your Singha beer.

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This beautiful Thai house specializes in traditional Thai food from the Central and Southern regions. It’s also the perfect place for a few drinks.

Shack Bar & 8The Grill Situated in Bophut fisherman’s village, The Shack Bar & Grill specializes in everything barbecue-related amid a cozy atmosphere.

Top three things to do in Koh Samui 1 Visit Chaweng Beach

This the best place to experience the island’s beachside nightlife. At Chaweng Beach, you’ll find a huge range of bars serving food and drink all night long. Make sure you catch the fire juggling by the beach, too. See our favorite bars in the map (TK).

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2 Visit the Fisherman’s Village

Koh Samui is much more than beautiful beaches and parties. If you’re looking for a quiet escape, Bophut fisherman’s village offers a taste of the slow life, the ideal setting for restaurant and cafe-hopping. There are a lot of charming guesthouse, too, if you really enjoy the change of pace.

3 Visit Fullmoon Party

Koh Pangan may be the original setting for the infamous island party, but Koh Samui also has a monthly Full Moon Party that’s worth adding to your to-do-list. It all takes place at Cha Cha Beach Club, Chaweng Beach, where international electronic DJs will get you dancing the night away with a Singha in hand.

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You’re back for seconds? Good on you. Our 2015 edition of Best Eats is even better than last year’s debut. It’s still packed with unpretentious restaurants doing quality comfort food. Many of them are even—gasp!—chains located in malls. This is not the kind of dining BK usually admits to, even if these are the spots where we spend a lot of time eating in the real world. And why not embrace fuss-free comfort food? What’s not to love with Greyhound’s iconic “complicated noodles” or the honey toast at After You? That’s not to say Best Eats isn’t packed with standalone restaurants, too, but this is definitely our most democratic guide. And this year, it just got a whole lot more democratic with the addition of a voting component. Look out for the Reader’s Choice trophies: these are the places you, dear readers, have voted to be your absolute favorites. From pizza and dim sum to pastries and coffee (maybe not in one seating), Best Eats 2015 has you covered with places we guarantee will not disappoint. Tuck in!

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BEST LOCAL COFFEE

Roots

The coffee-driven sister of popular brunch spot Roast, Roots sources some of the finest local and international coffee beans and roasts them in house. Take a seat at the rich, dark wood-decorated bar to pair an espresso with a freshly made pastry or try the new cold drip. Coffee offerings change every 6-8 weeks depending on what’s in season; if your timing’s right, we recommend the fruit-forward Ethiopia Sidam Schilicho French press. 295, Ekkamai Soi 15-17, 088-190-5950. Open Sat-Sun noon-6pm

Ceresia Coffee Roasters One Ounce for Onion Owned by a Venezuelan family, this specialty coffee shop sells single origin and original blended coffee sourced from a variety of farms worldwide, roasted in small batches and rotated seasonally. Try the filter coffee of the day or a flat white along with a slice of carrot cake and freshly baked pastries. There are also bags of roasted coffee available to take home, just be sure to ask for brewing recommendations from the baristas for the best results. They now also have a second branch in Sala Daeng. 593/29-41 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 098-251-4327. BTS Phrom Phong. Open Tue-Sun 8am-6pm. Other branch: Silom on.fb.me/1ECWVdR 8

Guitarist of indie-rock mainstays Slur, House Sorasak, moved his fashion accessories store, Onion, from Siam Vintage to this bigger location in Ekkamai, and with it added a cafe that brews beans supplied by Brave Roasters. The raw-meets-industrial decor is a fitting backdrop for a wide range of sunglasses, shoes and preppy bags. It all makes for a cozy atmosphere in which to enjoy genuinely excellent in-house roasted coffee. 19/12 Ekkamai Soi 12, 080-046-6885. Open daily 9am-8pm. Other branch: Ari. oneounceforonion

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EAT & ENJOY by Citi

Nikko Café G/F, Citadines Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-258-2270. Open daily 11am9:30pm

Gallery Drip Coffee

The two photographers behind this joint, Piyachart Trithaworn and Natthiti Ampriwan, take their coffee so seriously that they source and roast the beans themselves. As the name suggests, it’s all about the drip brew method here. The menu is short, as the owners are advocates of single-origin beans, sourced from places like Yemen and Kenya. But they’re also big believers in empowering their baristas, who we’ve noticed are really knowledgeable, friendly and passionate. BACC, Rama 1 Rd., 081-989-5244, 081-917-2131. BTS National Stadium. Open Tue-Sun 11am-9pm

The hip Zen-inspired coffee shop on Ekkamai Soi 12 is now making moves into nightlife. After the success of its Ekkamai outlet, Nikko Cafe has opened a second branch. The new spot still puts the precedence on drinks over food. The cocktails stick to the venue’s Japanese theme with options like the Summer Garden (umeshu, honey, citrus and soda) served on a wooden tray. But you’re welcome to stick to their great coffee.

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Kuppadeli Room 219/1A, The Pride, Asoke Towers, Sukhumvit Soi 21, 02-664-2350. MRT Phetchaburi, Open daily 7am-9pm.

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Rough wood tables, exposed brickwork, moody lighting and imposing-looking coffee equipment—this charming but tiny cafe offers a slice of Brookyn in Bangkok thanks to the owner’s keen eye for decorating (by day he’s an interior designer). Not just a pretty space, they also serve a serious cup of coffee—choose from espresso machine, drip or French press, expertly made and served with baked goods sourced from young Thai entrepeneurs. Opposite Samitivej Hospital, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 081-261-2040. Open daily 8am-5pm. Other branches: Ari, Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 26 and Bang Na. CasaLapin

Kuppa has long been a popular international cafe and restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 16. Their mini-me is Kuppadeli on Asoke (closer to MRT Petchburi than Sukhumvit), which does breakfast and lunch treats in a sundrenched setting. The lovely loft-like space features a prominent bar and cooking station from which come fancy breakfast options like egg white frittata with mascarpone and parmesan, plus lunch favorites like chicken pesto penne or roast beef sandwich with grain mustard and quiche Lorraine.

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Kaizen Coffee Co.

The quiet end of Ekkamai is home to the all-white Kaizen Coffee Co. Founded by three (fittingly hip) buddies who were fascinated by Australia’s coffee scene, the cafe’s brews go beyond long black and flat white nonetheless. (This is Bangkok, after all.) You can expect nitrogen-brewed coffee along with tea, experimental health drinks and a brunchy menu of bacon and eggs on ciabbata or tomatoes, avocado and feta on sourdough. Tai Ping Tower, 582/5 Ekkamai Soi 26 and 28, 098-831-6009. Open daily 7am7pm. F

Ink & Lion Cafe

Both espresso machine and slow drip coffee in an industrial setting adorned with old bikes, bare bricks and wooden furniture. The barista, Adithep Pinijpinyo, sources his beans from local roasters such as Brave Roasters, Pacamara and Ceresia. You can also munch on pastries like lemon tart and coconut cake, made by Size S Coffee & Bakery (Soi Ngamduplee), while taking a peek at the rotating exhibitions. 1/7 Ekkamai Soi 2, 091-559-0994, 02-002-6874. BTS Ekkamai. Open Mon-Tue 9am-6pm; Thu 9am-6pm; Fri 9am-6pm; SatSun 10am-6pm. F

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Pacamara

Chiang Mai boutique coffee roaster Pacamara has moved its Bangkok base a few sois from Thonglor to a much cozier and more accessible spot at Rainhill. Set amid familiar industrial-style decor defined by hanging lamps, steel and exposed bricks, you’ll be pleased to find the main focus doesn’t stray far from the coffee. Sit, sip and chat to the informed staff about the new beans they source from popular roasters like Intelligentsia and Ogawa. 2/F, Rainhill, Sukhumvit Soi 47, Bangkok, 02-261-7830, BTS Phrom Phong

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Set in an exquisite old teak house built back in the 1900s, Hemingway’s Garden Bar & Restaurant offers a lush, colonial escape in the heart of downtown Bangkok. The all-in-one dining complex boasts two bars, air-conditioned dining rooms, a leafy Spanish garden and a breezy terrace. The kitchen serves a creative list of comforting favorites with a Caribbean influence.

The UK’s largest coffee shop chain is now serving its handcrafted, Rainforest Alliance-certified brews right here in Paragon. Not only do they boast about their trademark Mocha Italia blend, but they’re also pretty proud of their eco-friendly cups made using only certified sustainable pulp and vegetable ink. Enjoy a cup of coffee with simple food such as British beef cornish pie and Melayu-style chicken pie.

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BEST BREAKFAST & BRUNCH

Crepes & Co.

Crepes & Co. may have moved from its original location, but for locals and long-term expats alike continues to represent Bangkok’s original home-style brunch spot. The new house retains the fuss-free food that works just as well for a casual date or for a big family lunch. And great service adds to the positive vibe. In addition to the array of sweet and savory crepes, the frequent Spanish, Greek and Moroccan promotions are highly anticipated. 59/4 Lang Suan Soi 1, Phloen Chit Rd., 02652-0208-9.. BTS Ratchadamri. Open Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 8am-11pm. F Other branches: crepesnco Thonglor and CentralWorld. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 31 Dec 15

Chu

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Room 204-206, 2/F, Exchange Tower, 388 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-663-4554. BTS Asok. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-9pm. F

Athenee Residence, entrance through Soi Ruamrudee, 65 Wireless Rd., 02-168-5464. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 7am8pm. F

Chu gets its name from its churros, a traditional Spanish fried dough which you can order with chocolate or dulce de leche. Do also try the creamy, velvety, dark hot chocolate—possibly the best in town. The darkest one, made with 58-percent cacao French baking chocolate (as opposed to cacao powder) is wonderfully complex, bitter and creamy. The polished service and solid brunch menu make Chu a popular lunch destination, too, particularly on weekends.

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While some may picture French food as incredibly complicated, smaller Parisian cafes don’t even have a kitchen, and do little more than a sandwich, a croque monsieur and some salad. Here too, you can tuck into a very solid lineup of sandwiches, soups, quiches and salads. Desserts, like the tarte tatin and creme brulee, are also delicious. Don’t just take our word for it; the place is always packed with French people getting a little taste of home.

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Tribeca Restobar

This New York-inspired restaurant is doing brunch-friendly dishes and comforting basics in an elegant setting featuring the requisite brick and marble touches. The all-day brunch menu consists of everything from eggs Benedict with pancakes and the health-minded granola and yogurt parfait to their own version of the Reuben sandwich. Enjoy the free-flow brunch on weekends from 11am–3pm and don’t skip desserts, particularly the amazing flourless chocolate cake and New York cheesecake. Nihonmura Mall, Thonglor Soi 13, 02-712-9209. Open daily 9am-10pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get S’More & Brownie Cheesecake when order Wagyu Burger (limit 1 dish/ card/table) (Today – 30 Sep 15) Get 10% discount on food only (Today – 31 Mar 15)

Paul 1/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Rd., 02-001-5160. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 7:30am-10pm

Founded over a century ago in Croix, Northern France, Paul is now in Bangkok. It’s a big chain, for sure, but their products are surpisingly convincing (and the baguette even earned the top spot in BK’s blind taste test). Best known for producing over 140 types of bread, the bakery empire has opened over 400 branches throughout the world, also specializing in pastries (millefeuille fraises), cakes (lemon and raspberry sponge cake) and croissants, as well as sandwiches and salads.

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Gram

If you can’t snag a seat at the counter of this very Brooklyn-inspired coffee shop, park yourself in the tiny (but leafy) courtyard. As the corrugated steal and white subway tiles might have led you to surmise, the dishes on offer include bagels and burgers. It’s a prized spot for brunch too, thanks to offerings like the egg royale, banana caramel pancake and creamy crispy egg. Top it all off with a milkshake, coffee or matcha grean tea. 1/F, 49 Terrace, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 081-8848554. Open Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. F Other branch: Emquartier Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get Ovaltine Volcano Pancake when spend 1,500baht or more/sale slip Limit 1 dish/card/ table or 10% discount when spend 1,000baht or more/sale slip (Today – 30 Sep 15) Get 10% discount on food only when spend 1,000baht or more / sale slip (Today – 31 Jan 16) T&C : on food only and promotion discount cannot be used with free dish promotion. ***Also note that both promotions are for Emquartier branch only

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Ceret G/F, Emquartier, The Helix, 693 Sukhumvit Rd., BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm F

Classic comfort food with a focus on local organic ingredients, all plated up in a handsome, pared-back Nordic interior. Veggie-focused dishes range from the vegetable salad with tofu and spicy nut dressing to the seasonal vegetables and mushrooms cooked with an egg yolk fudge and topped with parmesan truffle. Elsewhere there are street food touches, like kanom pung ping (toasted bread) served with a twist of tres-leches, milk ganache and house-made ice-cream.

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This brunch spot offers Western dishes with Thai twists, such as salted egg carbonara (fresh pasta, grilled squid, salty egg yolk) and E-Sarn Olio Aglio (fresh pasta, Isaan sausage, salted fish). Also expect breakfast staples like eggs Benedict and granola with yogurt and their house-made buttermilk biscuit. Book ahead. The little shop-house’s ground floor is dedicated to an open kitchen and a small bar overlooking the street, while the mezzanine level has space for about 20 people. G/F, 44/11 Thonglor Soi 13, Sukhumvit Rd., 099-9295464. Open Tue-Sun 9am-4pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get Homemade Plum Ginger Soda when order Duck & Waffle (limit: 1 drink /menu) (Today - 30 Sep 15) Get 10% discount on food only T&C : on food only and discount promotion cannot be used with free dish promotion.

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Here you'll find excellent coffee roasted just around the corner. Whether you opt for the French press or the drip coffee, the beans are expertly selected from various regions. The menu covers brunchtype dishes like crab cakes with eggs Benedict and corned beef hash, as well as more substantial options like burgers, steak-frites, flank steak and butter-roasted chicken. 2/F, Seenspace, Thonglor Soi 13, 02-1852865, Open Mon-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm 14

This organic grocers-slash-cafe-slashrestaurant offers up excellent produce sourced from local farmers and artisans amid a warm, homely setting. Expect everything from brown rice and pure coconut oil to freshly-baked pain au chocolat, frittata, and ham and bacon hash. The welcoming staff will also give you the lowdown on what goes into their products, where they come from, how they are made and what’s good on the menu. We recommend the full English breakfast and risotto with spicy sausage. 235/5 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-662-2510. Open Tue-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat-Sun 8am-8pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get Hot/Iced Latte or Cappucino when order Full English Breakfast (limit: 1 dish/ card/ table/sales slip) (Today – 30 Sep 15) Get 10% discount on food only for Citibank Ultima, Preferred, and Select Get 5% discount on food only for other card types T&C : on food only and discount promotion cannot be used with free dish promotion.

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Calin Cafe

Featuring lots of dark oak and a classic black and white chequered floor, Calin Cafe offers up a French-influenced dining experience. The boulangerie offers house-made croissants and brioches, while dishes include the likes of razor clam with garlic and chili, eggs Benedict with salmon and zucchini, and croque monsieur. Also on offer are six choices of coffee made from Cafes Richard brand beans. G/F, Eight Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 081-586-7305. Open daily 8am-11pm. F

This Scandinavian-style cafe is one of the most popular breakfast venues in town thanks to a delightful interior decked out with a mix of cool marble and warm blond wood. Although the breakfast menu sounds fairly simple— omelets, buckwheat waffles, Scandinavian open sandwiches and homemade granola—it is perfectly executed and uses great ingredients, many of them organic. Do try the cold-brew tea and home-infused cocktails. Coffee, too, is excellent. 149 Sathorn Soi 12, 02-635-0404. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 7am-9pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get complimentary Rocket POP (any flavor) valued 135 Baht when spend 1,000 Baht or more /sales slip (limit: 1 drink /card /table /sales slip) Today - 31 Dec 15

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BEST ICE CREAM

iBerry

In what has to be the pick of J Avenue real estate—a bell-shaped, glass-walled conservatory right by the entrance­—this iconic Bangkok dessert spot serves delicious house-made ice creams, sorbets and smoothies, along with a lengthy list of cakes and brownies. There’s also a brief menu of savory dishes like pastas, salads, soups and khao gaeng, but that’s really not why people go here. J Avenue, Thonglor Soi 15, 02-712-6054. Open daily 9am-11pm. F 14 other branches in Bangkok. www.iberryhomemade.com

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The go-to local name has been serving up some of the best frozen yogurt in town since 2008 at a reasonable price. Along with the original flavor, there’s always a rotating flavor of the month which can range from peach and watermelon to tiramisu. On its small, white-dominated counter, you can opt for toppings like fresh fruits, cookies, nuts and sauce.

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Emack & Bolio’s

Jaiyen Cafe

7/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6250. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm.

After successfully launching as a homemade ice cream delivery service, Jaiyen launched this cafe serving 24 flavors of ice cream, including childhood favorites such as Nutella, Yakult, Milo and Thai tea fudge. If you drop by with some company, try the Jaiyen Dips, which come in eight scoops and with three dipping sauces, or tuck into the waffles with ice cream served in the cute tableware amid a Japanese-inspired wooden interior. 27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 33, 098-251-6485. Open Mon-Fri noon-9pm; Sat-Sun 11am-9pm. F Other branches: Thonglor Soi 13, Paragon jaiyencafe

Straight out of Boston, Massachusetts, and dubbed the “original hippie ice-cream company”, Emack & Bolio has made a stir with its fancy marshmallow waffle cones. Get their natural cow’s milk ice cream in one of the signature cones or try their smoothies made with a scoop of non-fat vanilla yogurt. If that’s not decadent enough for you, go for an ice-cream pizza with sweet toppings like brownie crust, marshmallow and homemade hot fudge sauce.

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Creamery Boutique Ice Creams

This warmhearted boutique ice cream shop serves up frozen delights in a homey setting. Owned by a foodie who works in a five-star hotel, it offers some pretty weird and wacky ice-cream flavors, like Bacon & Eggs (aka BritPop), alongside slightly more conventional concoctions, like Apple Crumble (huge chunks of cooked apple, caramel and cinnamon), Nutella Kid-Cad (a must for chocolate lovers) and the ever-popular Berry Cheesecake. U Center Chula, Soi 42, Bangkok, Thailand Opening Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-9pm MRT Sam Yan 087-909-8080. 2 other branches: Thonburi and Tha Maharaj. creamerybkk

Cold Stone Creamery 6/F, Beacon Zone, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 10am-10pm.

This premium American ice-cream parlor is now several branches old in Thailand and lets you customize your ice cream, combining a flavor of your choice along with a choice of toppings. The components get slapped onto a frozen granite slab and manhandled until they’re all mixed in.

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BEST ICE CREAM

Farm to Table Cafe

These guys not only grow their own vegetables out in Phu Chee Fah, but they take things one step further, making ice cream from their own produce—pumpkin, potato, carrots and strawberries—all certified by IFOAM (International Foundation for Organic Agriculture). We’re particularly impressed by their ability to blend organic milk with vegetables, a long process of trial and error, due to the flavors and acidity of some veggies. 179 Atsadang Rd., 02-115-2625. Open daily 10am-8pm.

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Itim Morefire Yotse

This may be a street-side stall, but don’t expect cups of coconut ice cream. Not only do they serve their ice cream in moh fai (a tin hot pot), but the flavors are also out of the ordinary: milk, seasonal fruits, beer and, our favorite, Red Bull vodka. This amazing local parlor now even has a branch in the giant Terminal 21 shopping mall.

The boutique serves up gelato ice cream amid a setting of Western-style country furniture, marble and big cushions. Choose from 14 flavors, including earl gray, butterfly pea and lime, and mango and passion fruit, or keep an eye out for their seasonal specials, like the mango gelato and sticky rice, and Greek-inspired feta cheese and mint leaves. Baan Promphong, 147 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-0351. Open Tue-Fri noon-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am-10pm

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BEST RAMEN

Bankara Ramen

From the dramatic kanji sign to the dark wooden windows, there’s no doubting the restaurant’s Japanese pedigree even from the outside. This ramen favorite is known for its fatty tonkotsu broth, served with perfectly al dente noodles and various forms of intensely flavorful slow-cooked chashu. A cholesterol attack, yes, but definitely worth trying. The Kakuni Bankara comes with three-day-braised pork belly that literally melts on your palate. Delicious. The Manor, 32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-622-5162/3. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 11am-11pm. F Other branch: Paragon bankararamen

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Chabuton

The first Michelin-star chef devoted to Japanese noodles, Yasuji Morizumi, now has 12 branches around Bangkok. Expect superior quality from all Chabuton branches, but we particularly like the original at Siam Square. The tonkotsu chashumen has a slightly greasy broth that’s packed with flavor, and the slender in-house noodles have the requisite springy quality, the perfect accompaniment to three slithers of tender rolled-up chashu.

Intense tonkotsu flavor does not need to be greasy, as this place proves with its clean, tasty broth that retains a deep and porky profile. The popular Japanese chain has fully lived up to the hype of its debut a few years ago, and still packs in the crowds. This is ramen as an artform, from the al dente homemade noodles to the melt-in-your-mouth soysauce-simmered chashu. Japanese. 3/F, Rain Hill, 777 Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-261-7414. BTS Phrom Phong. Open MonSat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am10:30pm. F B-BB

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Ippudo Ramen

Having spread his empire to more than 130 branches around the world, three-time ramen TV Champion chef Shigemi Kawahara finally made his long-awaited splash in Bangkok at Central Embassy with Ippudo Ramen. Famed for his Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, chef Shigemi aims to use the finest local ingredients for a rich broth bursting with intense pork flavor and umami goodness. Served with bouncy inhouse ramen and his signature chashu, this is food heaven for Nippon noodle fanatics. 3/F, Central Embassy, Ploenchit Rd., 02-160-5672. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10:30am-10pm. F Other branch: Emporium Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get complimentary Chicken Bun valued 70 Baht++ when order a bowl of ramen (Limit 1 dish /card /table /sales slip) Today - 31 Dec 15

Menya Kouji

Hailing from Sanuki prefecture in Ibaraki, this ramen is creamy and very earthy. The house-favorite Special Ramen features molten pork fat, slow-cooked pork-belly chashu and a boiled egg with a perfectly fudgy yolk. This guilty, cholesterol-fueled (but surprisingly palatable) pleasure is just too good to miss out on. G/F, 39 Blvd. Bldg., Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-160-0112. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-10pm.

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Korakuen

With four branches in Bangkok and over 500 in Japan, Kourakuen claims that its ramen has retained the same taste since 1954. Its most popular dishes are Chuka Soba, its signature ramen in traditional broth, and Niku Chuka Soba, which is ramen with sliced pork belly, grated radish and red peppers. M/F, Gateway Ekamai, 982/22 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-108-2803. BTS Ekkamai. Open daily 10am-10pm. F

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BEST RAMEN

Ramen Tei

This bustling ramen shop can get rather wild, when office workers and Japanese salarymen descend for good-value lunch sets. In the evening, it’s similarly packed, so this is not the place for a romantic dinner. However, it’s perfect for anyone looking for an affordable, filling, delicious meal. One of the best katsu curry in Bangkok, thanks to a thick pork cutlet and rich curry with big chunks of meat. They also do a mean bowl of shio ramen. 23/8-9 Soi Thaniya, Silom Rd., 02-234-8082. BTS Sala Daeng. Open daily 11-2am. 4 other branches in Bangkok. www.ramentei-bkk.com

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Nantsuttei B/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-261-0214. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm. F Other branch: Paragon Nansutteithailand

With eight branches in Japan, Nantsuttei is recognized for its rich and creamy pork bone broth and ma-yu, a black oil made of roasted garlic. The entire process is impressive: the garlic roasted in seven steps, to reach the optimal bitterness that will balance the broth; the broth itself is made with pig’s head and chicken bone boiled under pressure for 24 hours. The results are equally impressive.

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Misoya Ramen Thonglor Soi 13, 089-053-7474. Open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; 5-10pm; SatSun 11am-10pm

Hachiban

Hachiban arrived in Thailand in 1992, and today is one of the largest Japanese ramen franchises in the country. The fast service and friendly prices mean its popularity has only increased with time—that and its reliable bowls of ramen. Try the ha jung men, traditional soup served with roast pork, seaweed and kamaboko; and the saru ramen, chilled noodles with zaru dipping sauce. 6/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-613-1029. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 10am-10pm. F Branches nationwide. www.thaihachiban.com 24

This ramen chain is now an empire that stretches from Los Angles to Sao Paulo—and throughout Japan, of course. They have the usual thick pork bone broths and slices of intense char siu but Misoya also serves healthy, vegetarian alternatives that tap into the therapeutic qualities of miso. You should also look out for their specials, which can range from miso to Hokkaido snow cheese toppings.

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BEST YAKINIKU

Gyu Gyu Tei

Run by an apprentice of Jojoen, one of Tokyo’s ubiquituous yakiniku institutions, this restaurant serves a great selection of marbled beef sourced from reputable Japanese purveyors. There’s a wallet-friendly option of all-you-can-eat local beef as well as quality a la carte items, fresh salad and the signature dipping sauce. There are four branches around Bangkok, with the Seenspace branch ideally suited to some after-dinner bar-hopping. Seen Space, Thonglor Soi 13, 02-185-2392. Open daily 11:30am-11:30pm. F 3 other branches. www.gyugyuteibbq.com

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Rengaya

Standing in the Japanese-friendly and very much golf-obsessed Thaniya Plaza, Rengaya is a lot more exciting than it looks. This yakiniku restaurant’s tasty yet affordable lunch sets, available from 12-2pm, come with sweet, umami-fueled marinated beef loin, karubi, pork and seafood for you to grill. Accompaniments of rice, miso soup, salad, kimchi, tea or coffee and fruits are included. Evening prices (a la carte) are reasonable, too.

A yakiniku spin-off from the popular shabu-shabu chain Akiyoshi, this Japanese barbecue offers a tasty selection of marbled beef, both from wagyu and local breeds. Our advice: don’t miss the jyo tongue shio—thinly sliced salted beef tongue that is just perfect for barbecuing. To load up on some carbs, try the Ishiyaki Bibimbap, which is the restaurant’s take on the famous Korean dish. 55 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-2595781. BTS Thong Lo. Open Mon-Fri 4-11:30pm; Sat-Sun noon-11pm.

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Hida Grill

Following the success of Honmono Sushi, Iron Chef Boontham Pakpo and his team brought this venture to Bangkok. Formerly Seikitei, an all-you-can-eat DIY yakiniku restaurant, Hida Grill now offers different cuts of two-time Wagyu Olympics-winning Hida beef for you to grill to your own liking. Fans of Honmono can still order tuna sushi and sashimi, freshly flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, as is de rigueur. For gourmands on a budget, there are also set options. G/F, Charn Issara Tower II, Phetchaburi Rd., 02718-1922-4. Open Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm; SatSun 11am-10pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 15% discount on food (a la carte menu only) and redeem 10% on-top discount when using Citibank Rewards redemption Today - 31 Dec 15

Miraku

Choosing between Thaniya Plaza’s cookie–cutter Japanese restaurants is no easy task. But step through Miraku’s cluttered facade and you’ll find more character than most thanks to plentiful tables of happy patrons not put off by acres of laminate wood. As well as reasonably priced beef to grill at your table, the restaurant offers sashimi, sushi and a la carte grilled dishes. 2/F, Thaniya Plaza, Silom Rd., 02-231-2219. BTS Sala Daeng. Open daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. F

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While grill restaurants are often described as smoky, greasy and cacophonous, this place is the opposite. The dining room has a high ceiling, a bright and airy feel, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an open kitchen. You have a choice between shabu shabu (hot pot) or yakiniku (grilling) but expect to wait at least 15 minutes for the latter—it’s really, really popular. If you’re not on a corporate account, forget the Kobe and wagyu and stick to the delicious Thai-French tenderloin. 7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-646-1364. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 11am-10pm. F.

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Yakiniku Tan

Around for almost two decades, Tohkai is still going strong with its seven branches of yakiniku restaurants catering to both beef enthusiasts and the not-so-picky-but-very-hungry. With both an all-you-can eat and a la carte menu, you’ll have to make an important choice: stuffing yourself with quality local marbled beef or sampling super high-end wagyu and US prime cuts. Either way, prices remain very fair. 3/F, Thaniya Plaza, 62/17-18 Soi Thaniya, Silom Rd., 02 266 4551. BTS Sala Daeng. Open daily 11am-9:30pm. F 14 branches www. tohkai4u.com

Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, Sukhumvit 63 (Soi Ekamai 5)/Sukhumvit 55(Soi Thonglor 10), 091-772-4652. Open daily Mon-Fri 5-11pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm, 5-10:30pm. F

This is your no-frills Japanese barbeque joint: barebones decor, powerful ventilation, diligent service changing your grill whenever it gets encrusted with charred bits, and giant plates of meat at pocket-friendly prices. The multiple locations across town and the Japanese clientele are testament to the brutal efficiency of this minimal recipe. One of the best yakiniku in town, Tan might not be ideal for a date, but for a rowdy and beer-fueled meal with friends, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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King Kong by Nami

One of the most popular all-you-can-eat yakiniku chains in Bangkok offers local beef along with juicy pork, poultry and seafood at excellent value—hence the crowds. You can also order sides such as garlic fried rice or the signature King Kong soup to slurp up with the fatty beef. Buffet maniacs will head straight for the big prawns and New Zealand mussels but desserts and non-alchoholic drinks are included, too. 2/F, Amorini, 1 Suan Siam Rd.. 02-517-5077. Open daily 11am-11pm. F 5 other branches Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 150 Baht discount when 2 customers or more dine at the restaurant (Mon – Fri, 11.00hrs – 17.00 hrs and exclude public holidays) (Limit 150 Baht /card /table /sales slip) Only at participating branches: Meng Jai, Town in Town, Ramindra Today - 31 Dec 15

Sumi Tei Yakiniku 9:53 Community Mall, Thonglor Soi 9, 02-662-5818. Open daily 5-11pm.

This Japanese barbecue’s main attraction is the melt-in-your-mouth A5-grade wagyu, which the owners say comes from a special breed usually only available to the imperial family of Japan. Cuts range from sirloin and short rib to rib eye. Or try it all with the tasting plate. If you are not keen on red meat, the Imperial seafood set includes king crab, Hokkaido scallops and tiger prawns. We also like the views of this rather leafy community mall and the elegant wood interior.

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Bo.lan 24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, BTS Thong Lo, 02-2602961-2, Open Thu-Sun noon-2pm, 6pm-midnight.

Chef couple Bo and Dylan (both formerly worked at David Thompson’s Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, Nahm in London) make all their Thai food from scratch, including the curry pastes, using only the best ingredients. Their traditional style, jazzed up with a few modern plating touches, has earned them global recognition. We recommend the Bo.lan Balance, a degustation menu regularly changing to reflect seasonal products. Bo.lan’s stylish house prominently features dark wood and ceiling covered with kradong (flat baskets). Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only (lunch) Get 2 glasses of complimentary mocktail when spend via Citibank credit cards (dinner) Today - 30 Jun 2016

Yuutaro 64 Sukhumvit Soi 51, BTS Thong Lo, 02-6626070. Open Daily noon-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. F

Serving fresh and high-quality ingredients, the restaurant strikes a harmonious balance with its Zen garden and dark wood decor, while the kitchen is run by Thai chef Uthit Jittrong, who has more than 30 years experience in Thailand and Japan. Besides the must-try sushi, the kampachi with ponzu jelly and wagyu toro maki are also not to be missed. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 20% discount on food a la carte menu for Citibank Ultima and Preferred or Get 15% discount on food a la carte menu for other card types. Today - 31 Dec 2015

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Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen Ruamrudee Soi 2, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-001-0116. Open daily 11:45am-2pm, 6-10:45pm.

Francesco Lenzi, former head chef at Opus and Medici (Hotel Muse), serves rustic-style Tuscan food from a refined-looking dining room created by Italian designer Ermanno Scapin. There’s a big emphasis on cold cuts, courtesy of Lenzi’s uncle’s small-scale organic ham company, Antica Norcinera. The tagliere del Lenzi platter includes truffle-rich mortadella col tartufo and melt-in-your-mouth pancetta Toscana. We also recommend the nettle potato gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and Iberico pork cappicola. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get complimentary Tiramisu for 2 persons when spend via Citibank Credit Cards Today - 30 Apr 2016

Vivarium 3675 Rama 4 Rd., 02-261-9507. Open Daily 5-11 pm. F

Two big-name local chefs, Chumpol Jangprai of MSC Thai Cooking School and Boontham Pakpoh of Honmono Sushi, have collaborated to open this Thai restaurant which makes all its dishes using the finest Japanese ingredients. Think Hokkaido crab curries, stir-fried Kobe beef with basil, Kobe beef green curries and sablefish cooked with ginger and chili. The vast space is flooded with natural light and also comprises a wine cellar, single malt bar and cocktail bar. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 20% discount on food a la carte menu Today - 31 Mar 2016

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Honmono Sushi 19 Thonglor Soi 23, 02-185-1447. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm.

Years after opening, Honmono still packs in affluent Thais drawn to its fresh fish from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. It’s located in a charming Thonglor house, way up the road from the most bustling part of the street. We recommend sitting at the bar, where friendly chefs are happy to talk you through choices. The chunks of fish are positively enormous, making it more of a guilty pleasure than a refined dining experience. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 20% discount on food a la carte menu and redeem 15% on-top discount for Citibank Ultima when using Citibank rewards redemption or 10% on-top discount for other card types when using Citibank Rewards redemption Today - 31 Dec 2015

Italics 63/3 Soi Ruamrudee, Phloen Chit Rd., BTS Phloen Chit, 02-253-2410, Open daily 7am-11pm.

Modishly kitted out in black and white, this is a neighborhood coffee spot, lunch-friendly bistro, evening restaurant and even deli all at once. The kitchen team creates new interpretations of Italian cuisine, with dishes like calamari frito (fried squid with chili powder), smoked duck with mango and red onion jam, or buffalo poached chicken (poached chicken with mozzarella cheese). The restaurant also makes pasta and pizza dough in-house, and cooks its pizza in a wood-fired oven. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 20% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages for Citibank Ultima, Preferred, and Select Today - 31 Dec 2015

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Sava Dining 5/F, The Emquartier, 693, 695 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6208, BTS Phrom Phong, Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm.

Having made his name with the modern, ready-to-wear womenswear label Asava, designer Polpat Asavaprapa is now combining fashion with food with Sava Dining by Asava. Here, the focus is on hearty, home-style dishes with slight twists, such as bruschetta nham with fresh chili and garlic sprinkled with cheddar cheese (B190), fish and shrimp balls in spicy and tangy sauce served with poached morning glory and crispy fish flakes (B220), and baked garlic and spiced clams in crispy puff pastry (B260). Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 15% discount on food only for Citibank Ultima, Preferred, and Select Get 10% discount on food only for other card types (Today - 30 Sep 15) Get 10% discount on food only Today - 31 Dec 2015

Bella Rocca 9/F, The Emquartier, 693, 695 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6273, BTS Phrom Phong, Open Mon-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-11pm.

This restaurant by Pomodoro group (Pomodoro, Gustuso, Amici, Common Room) is set in an elegantly-decorated dining room. The food is also well presented. At Bella Rocca, classic Italian dishes are showcased with modern presentation. Highlights are the Risotto Allo Zafferano e Fegato Grasso, which not only comprises a risotto with saffron but is also topped with unctuous foie gras from France. Another must-try is the Guancia di Manzo, tender ox cheek, marinated for hours and braised in red wine. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 15% discount on food only for Citibank Ultima and Preferred Get 10% discount on food only for other card types Today - 31 Jan 2016

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BEST DIM SUM

Din Tai Fung

Founded over 50 years ago as a cooking oil store in Taiwan, Din Tai Fung switched to dumplings, caught the eye of The New York Times, bagged a Michelin star and became a global chain of restaurants. It specializes in xiao long bao (soup-filled steamed dumplings) and shao mai. The honed menu, the general appeal of the product (who doesn’t like dumplings?) and the handmade, quick-service model have made it a huge hit. Also try the dry noodles with pickled mustard and shredded pork and the noodle soup with vegetable pork wonton. 7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02646-1282. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 11am10pm. F Other branch: Central Embassy. www.dintaifung.com.sg

Hong Bao

Hong Bao breaks with tradition by offering a bright white dining space decked out with chandeliers and ink drawings from 18th century Europe. It is also unusual in that it serves its dim sum, which are some of the best in town, all day. We’re particularly fond of the steamed rice rolls with crispy shrimp, which perfectly combine a fluffy rice roll with the well-mixed dark soy sauce. Their famous salapao lava is also superb, managing a wonderful balance between sweet creaminess and salty egg yolk. Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-3565, 092-273-5242. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-9:30pm; Sat-Sun 10:30am-9:30pm. F Other branches: Central Embassy and Thanya Shopping Park hongbaorestaurant 32

Ah Yat Abalone Forum

There’s a friendly atmosphere to this long-standing Chinese restaurant specializing in Cantonese cuisine. The native Hong Kong chef, Yeung Koon Yat, whose Forum Restaurant in Hong Kong once held a Michelin star, is best known for his abalone and seafood dishes but he also does some of the best dim sum in town. Don’t forget to try the lava buns which were on the menu long before becoming popular elsewhere in Bangkok. 3/F, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Charoen Krung Rd., 02-291-7781-2. Open daily 11am-2:30pm, 6-10pm. F

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Royal Kitchen

Iron Chef Thanarak Chuto’s riverside Chinese cuisine covers dim sum as well as dishes like Hokkaido scallop with garlic, Szechuan sauce and milk, drunken chicken with wasabi and jellyfish, and seared beef tenderloin with onion, kale and Hong Kong red wine sauce. Although Thai, chef Thanarak has been cooking Cantonese food for more than 30 years. Take note: they do serve shark fin dishes. 622/69-70 Rama 3 Rd., 02-294-3998, 090-971-1193. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 50% discount on Peking Duck (advance reservation required, Limit 10 dishes /day) (1 Aug - 31 Oct 15, excluding 12 Aug 15) Get 15% discount on food only for Citibank Ultima, Preferred, and Select

912/6 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-391-9634, 02-714-8548. Open daily 11am-1:45pm, 5:30-10pm

Open since 1985, this Thonglor institution is well-known for Cantonese cuisine prepared by Hong Kong chefs. Drop by at lunch for the special dim sum variations ranging from basic shrimp dumplings to more sophisticated options like abalone. Eight-or-nine-course menus can be had for well under B1,000 per person for a table of ten or come close to 4,000, depending on the ingredients. Coming with a smaller party? Play it safe with the signature Peking duck.

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Chinese. C Phloen Chi

Chef Man

Make your reservation early if you want a taste of what is some of the best dim sum in Bangkok. Excellent preparation, fresh ingredients and perfect timing make even the most basic shrimp dumplings exciting. Located in the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, the atmosphere is fairly vibrant thanks to a large open kitchen where a small and frenzied army of cooks prepare the Cantonese dishes. 3/F, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Sathorn Rd., 02-212-3741. 02-212-3789, BTS Surasak. Open daily 11:30am2:30pm, 6-10pm. F 2 other branches: Bang Na and Ratchadamri. www.chefmanrestaurant.com

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Liu Conrad Bangkok Hotel, 87 Wireless Rd., 02-690-9255. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm.

As you might guess from the neo-classical decor, the Conrad Bangkok’s gourmet Chinese restaurant is aiming to go beyond traditional dishes. Liu offers authentic Chinese delicacies creatively reinterpreted for contemporary restaurant goers. Case in point: Liu’s signature “Dong Po Pork,” stewed pork belly with black soy sauce served with Chinese buns. We particularly like the refined sets, which combine all you-can-eat dim sum and treats like pan-fried snow fish or barbecued peking duck.

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Grand Palace

For over 20 years, Grand Palace has held its place as one of the most famed Chinese restaurants in town. The location, tucked away at the bottom of the B.I.S. Building, takes some finding. Inside, it’s just what you’d expect from an old Chinese establishment: round tables with white tablecloths and a predominance of dark-hued wood. Their strength is in dim sum dishes (do order the har gau [shrimp dumplings] and fried tofu skin with shrimp) and Peking duck. B.I.S. Building, 119 Mahesak Rd., 02-235-8949, 02234-3640-1. BTS Surasak. Open Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; daily 6-10pm; Sat-Sun 10:30am-2pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 30% discount on abalone menu (Limit 1 dish /card / table /sales slip) (1 Aug - 31 Oct 15) Get 10% discount on food only and exclude dim sum menu Today - 30 Jun 16

Ting Tai Fu

Loud Thai-Chinese families gather here on Saturday nights for Shanghai-inspired comfort food. The stir-fried dishes such as garlic eggplant, ma poh tofu and pork ribs in red sauce are sinfully greasy and, as a consequence, very tasty. We also recommend the amazing xiao long bao (broth-filled steamed dumplings) and lion-head meatballs. Ting Tai Fu may not look like much, but its dim sum, buns and noodles made from scratch make it well worth a trip to Ramkamhaeng. 166 Ramkhamhaeng Soi 14, 02-718-8586. Open daily 11am-9:30pm 34

China Palace

This long-standing Cantonese restaurant is tucked down a small alley on Si Phraya Road. The establishment is a Rama 5-era building with fittingly grand, Chinese-style decoration. On top of traditional dim sum dishes, the highlights here include suckling pig and the thin-yet-crispy Peking duck. You can also expect pricey seafood dishes like the soft-boiled fresh lobster. Be warned, on Sundays the place can get seriously crowded. 297 Si Phraya Rd., 02-631-5111-3. Open Mon-Sat 11am-2pm; daily 6-10pm; Sun 10:30am-2pm. F

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BEST THAI BISTRO

Greyhound Cafe

Like its sisters, this branch of Greyhound Cafe combines urban cool and comforting dishes. Most of all, Greyhound is reliable: same menu, same attentive staff, same reasonable prices and same touches of creativity that don’t take you out of your comfort zone. We recommend the Complicated Noodles, which are now something of a Bangkok dining legend. 2/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6660. Open daily 11am-10pm. F 9 other branches. greyhoundcafe Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only for Citibank Ultima,Preferred, Select, Citibank Rewards, Platinum Rewards and Citibank Gold. Today - 31 Oct 15

EAT (Eat All Thai)

Supanniga Eating Room is widely considered one of the best restaurants in Bangkok for Thai home-style food, and this follow-up also does some pretty amazing dishes. The menu includes regional specialties from all over Thailand, like big, plump Ayutthaya river shrimps and green curry fried rice with salted eggs from Chaiya, in Surat Thani. The atmosphere manages to belie the restaurant’s mall location with homey, roughly hewn wooden furniture and quaint ceramic tableware. 2/F, Groove at CentralWorld, Rama 1, 02251-1230. Siam. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. F

Kalpapruek

There are plenty of resons why this bistro serving fuss-free Thai comfort food draws in such a crowd of hungry shoppers: authentic Thai flavors (even by the standards of its picky, local clientele), comfortable, relaxed seating, and decor that puts its shopping mall neighbors to shame. Whether it’s a plate of kanom jeen, somtam with grilled pork or a simple plate of fried rice, the food is consistently delicious. 7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02613-1359. Siam. Open daily 11am-10pm. F 4 other branches: Paragon, CentralWorld, Mercury Ville, CDC. http://ow.ly/Pe80a Best Eats 2015

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Kram

Kram does simple Thai comfort food in a house filled with plants and reclaimed wood. The adorable outdoor area is filled with bean bags, picnic-style seating and hanging light bulbs, with movies projecting onto the wall. The kitchen serves up classic Thai dishes including gaeng kua poo bai chaploo (curry with crabmeat and wild betel leaf), pla rak gluay pad prik khing (stir-fried horseface loach with chili paste) and woonsen dork kajorn pad khai (stir-fried glass noodles with cowslip creeper). 113 Sukhumvit Soi 39 (Sukhumvit), 02-2588170. Open Tue-Fri 11am-2:30pm; Tue-Thu 5:3010pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm; Fri 5:30-11pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 30 Jun 16

Kai Yang Sua Yai

This colorful shop-house transports the Northeastern dishes of an old street-food favorite into a proper dining setting. Tuck into a whole chicken, along with namprik pla ra (chili paste with fermented fish) and somtam poo (papaya salad with freshwater crab). Wash it down with Singha, fruit juice or wine by the glass. They offer about 15 vegetarian dishes, too. Piman 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-6428. Open daily 11am-10pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 30 Jun 16

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Taling Pling

Taling Pling is so good at walking that fine flavor line on Thai dishes—not too salty, not too sweet—pleasing its very mixed clientele. Its wooden house is pleasantly bright and contemporary inside thanks to vividly colored walls. This place is as close as it comes to a sure bet—a simple meal that gives you little cause to complain and won’t cost you the earth. Room 653, Baan Silom, Silom Soi 19, 02236-4829. Open daily 11am-10pm. 6 other branches. www.talingpling.com 36

Not far from the bustle of Silom Road, this restaurant brings typical street food into a modern shop-house setting. The menu focuses on somtam and other classic Northeastern dishes. Not as sweet as Bangkokians usually like their somtam, the flavors here are particularly authentic. Do try the pork skewers marinated in coconut milk and the wonderful deep-fried minced pork balls. Their martinis are also a highlight. 5/5 Sala Daeng Rd., 02-632-4499. BTS Sala Daeng, MRT Silom. Open daily 11am-2pm, 4:30-10pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 31 Jan 16

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Nara

Kumpoon

This mall-dwelling somtam store tries to create an upcountry ambiance with lots of wood, servers clad in mor hom shirts and fake trees branching out from the ceiling. Small-portioned food is served in clay pottery while complimentary crisp veggies come in a mortar. The short menu offers a familiar run down of Isaan’s greatest hits from somtam to larb and soup normai (bamboo shoots salad) and variations of the flavorsome somtam. Also at Central Plaza Pinklao and Central Plaza Lardprao. 7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd, 02-646-1044. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 11am-9pm. 3 other branches. Kumpoon

Baan Ying Cafe & Meal

In a bright, modern dining room with well-crafted hardwood furniture and shelves stocked with white crockery for a homey touch, Baan Ying serves a lengthy menu supercharged with Thai fusion favorites like spaghetti tom yam while retaining solidly executed standards. The calamari fried with chili and salt is downright addictive, but most of the teenage crowd here opt for the design-your-own-omelet menu to create the ultimate comfort food pick-me-up. 4/F, Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-1533. BTS Siam. Open daily 10am-9pm. F 7 other branches. Baanyingcafeandmeal Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 31 Dec 15

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7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-613-1657/8. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 10am-10pm. F

Set on the seventh floor of CentralWorld, Nara is upscale Thai bistro dining done right. The decor is suitably refined, while the food is quickly executed, no-nonsense classics. Accessible and reliable, Nara works both for out-of-town guests and locals who want Thai flavors delivered with smooth service and elegant decor. Blending purple fabrics and dark woods, tropical plants and a lofty ceiling, Nara manages to feel Thai and modern at the same time.

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Kub Kao Kub Pla Thai. 6/F, The Helix, The Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6236. Open daily 10am-10pm.

Having proved her ability to create scalable, quality restaurants with dessert cafe iBerry, Atchara Burarak (aka Pla iBerry) has now turned her attention to savory dishes. Kub Kao Kub Pla (meaning “dishes to eat with rice”) spans both Western and Thai comfort food, from rad nha (thick noodles in gravy) to spaghetti aglio olio. The restaurant also serves classic iBerry desserts like ice cream and waffles.

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BEST BUDGET SUSHI

Sushi Hiro

The sister restaurant of Tatsuya Izakaya Buffet and Niku-King sports traditional Japanese fishermen’s village-inspired decor and offers dishes like spicy maguro maki, kinmedai sushi (golden eye snapper) and Canadian lobster sashimi. For a taste of it all, splurge on the Hiro special set consisting of 12 varieties of fish, including chutoro (medium fatty tuna), scallop and taraba crab. There’s also a more pocket-friendly seven-bite set available. Ramindra Soi 57, 080-080-0538. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm; SatSun 11:30am-10pm. 3 other branches. sushihirothailand

Sushi Masa

Thanks to great produce and very reasonable prices you still need reservations to snag a seat here. Unlike the stiff, sullen operations in other Japanese enclaves, here you’ll find relaxed staff and cheerful chefs serving huge chunks of fish literally drooping over the sides of the rice. As well as cheap sets you can also get high-end offerings of fatty tuna belly and Matsuzaka beef. Siam Sawana Hotel, 359/1 Phaya Nak Rd., 083-701-7627. BTS Ratchathewi. Open Mon-Thu 10:30am-10pm; Fri-Sun 10:30am-11pm. F 2 other branches: Phloen Chit and Thonglor www.sushimasabangkok.com 40

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Muteki

The sister restaurant to Thonglor’s endlessly praised Mugendai is similarly sushi-oriented. Yet its modern cafe-style decor and creative menu mark it out as something quite different, where the team can exercise their creativity. The tabloid newspaper-style menu is packed with hundreds of dishes, from maki to sashimi, tempura and lots of agemono (deep-fried sets) and don (rice). One dish that ranks highly is the engawa lavadon (seared halibut fin and mayonnaise truffle oil on a bed of rice). G/F, Empire Tower, Sathorn Rd., 02-670-2888. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 10am-10pm. F

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Seiryu Sushi

The black steel and large bay windows of this renovated shophouse are a fitting setting for its modern sushi offerings, while the affordable menu has proven its staying power. The straightforward offerings include classic and fusion maki, as well as some Edomae-style sushi ranging from fresh local fish to imported ones. Dinnertime is primetime for nearby office workers, while weekends see families and expats dropping by. 25/2 Sala Daeng Soi 1, 02-636-3338, 02-636-3342 MRT Silom. Open daily 11am-10pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get complimentary Green Tea or Black Sesame ice cream with red bean when spend every 800 Baht Today - 31 Jan 16

Sushi Shin 2/F, Nihonmura Mall, Thonglor Soi 13, 091-021-8985. Open daily 11:30am2pm, 5:30-10pm. F

Young Bangkokians just can’t get enough of this sushi bar, which combines affordable raw fish, a host of deals regularly popping up on its Facebook page (up to 50 percent off!) and a decor of pale wood that evokes Muji’s minimalism. Sashimi and classic sushi options coexist with signature pieces that don’t shy from tempura crumbs, a bit of blow-torching, a sprinkling of shrimp eggs and a dollop of freshly chopped wasabi.

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Sousaku

The character-filled venue was one of the first omakase-style sushi bars in town. The raw cement walls are adorned with illustrations while the low wooden ceiling gives the impression of a gabled roof. The food focuses firmly on sushi, which is served in rounds (mostly on the hour), with diners at the counter’s six seats forced to eat with their hands. Prices for 10-15 piece sets depend on market rates. 1/6 Ari Soi 2, 02-279-2461. BTS Ari. Open Tue-Sun noon-2:30pm, 5-10pm; Sun noon-3pm, 5-9pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers.

Tenyuu Sushi Bar B/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-261-0245. BTS Phrom Phong Open daily 10am-10pm.

If you’d like to sample the food of the palatial Rama V-era Tenyuu Grand (on Sathorn Road), without the hefty price tags and hi-so vibe, this sushi bar is a chill alternative. The food is equally playful, thanks to fusion recipes like sashimi in tacos or a fiery laab salmon don. You can keep things perfectly safe though, such as with the salmon ikura don and dragon rolls.

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Sakana Sushi & Sashimi

There’s a charm to Sakana’s hidden, barebones setup: a few tables in a glass box and sushi chefs slicing and blow-torching at the counter. It’s always packed, and you may even spot the occasional bigwig (ex-PM Abhisit is said to be a regular). The menu is dominated by sushi, from raw to grilled, along with some delicious maki (rolls). The Rainbow Roll (salmon, tuna and squid topped with avocado) has a freshness that chain restaurants simply can’t match. Aree Garden, Ari Samphan Soi 11, 02278-2968. Open daily 11am-10pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 5% discount on food only and get free mochi ice cream when spend 1,500 Baht or more / sales slip Today - 28 Feb 16

Tororo

This cozy sushi spot has floorto-ceiling windows and stylishly minimalist wooden table sets. They serve a wide range of sushi, from the cheapest tamago (Japanese omelet) to the more expensive otoro (fatty tuna). They also recommend the uni (sea urchin), foie gras and Matsusaka beef. Service is friendly and mindful, too, and when you factor in that the venue is quiet and small (with about 40 seats), Tororo makes for a real sushi sanctuary. 1/F, The Horizon Destination Mall, Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai), 02714-2228. BTS Ekkamai. Open MonFri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 5% discount on food only excluding set menu and promotional menu Today - 28 Feb 16

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Torajiro

Here, the winning izakaya (“drinking restaurant”) formula offers fun, as opposed to fine, dining at relatively affordable prices. The tables are housed in little alcoves equipped with wooden coat hangers ready for salarymen suit jackets. The menu is a 14-page multicolored folder that’s as fun as the venue itself, festooned with refreshingly unprofessional full-color photographs. And there’s literally something for everyone—tempura and tonkatsu, noodle dishes, rice dishes, sushi, sizzling platters. 1/F, Nihonmachi, Sukhumvit 26, 02-2596075/-6. Open Mon-Sat 5:30pm-midnight; Sun 4:30-11pm. F 2 other branches: Sukhumvit Soi 39 and Thonglor Soi 13 www.aroijapan.com/torajiro

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BEST VIETNAMESE

Le Dalat

The most beautiful and refined Vietnamese restaurant in town now has a shopping mall branch. Here, you’ll still find a kitchen that focuses on quality ingredients, but the royal Vietnamese recipes have been updated with more contemporary presentation to match the equally updated decor. The kitchen also incorporates some French twists in dishes like the French-style roasted chicken, salmon with cheese and salmon with cucumber summer rolls. 7/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-269-1000. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm. F 1 other branch: Sukhumvit Soi 23. www. ledalatbkk.com Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 31 Mar 16

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Thang Long

One of the most upscale Vietnamese restaurants in Bangkok, the establishment has a very crisp design, with heavy dark furniture and an imposing bar quite reminiscent of a modern steakhouse. Its best dishes include the deep-fried fish with lemongrass—crisp, flavorful and impressively presented—and the melt-inyour-mouth Thang Long beef steak. For those unfamiliar with Vietnamese food, the picture menu is a real savior.

The Japanese-Vietnamese couple who own this restaurant have decorated it with their beautiful collection of vividly colored Hoi An lanterns, communist propaganda posters and wooden cabinets. The freshly cut flowers, ‘60s and ’70s Vietnamese soundtrack, ceramic tableware and Vietnamese tartan styled napkins are a charming setting for classic dishes from the southern and central parts of the country. It’s a popular spot with the Nippon housewives of the area. Piman 49 Complex, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-6311. Open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am10pm. F

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Banh Mi Bo

The green Vietnamese sandwich truck Banh Mi Boy has turned into this cafe and takeaway spot serving an extended menu. Of course, you can still order their specialty banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) in five varieties: crispy roast pork, barbecue pork, Vietnamese grilled pork, lemongrass chicken and tofu. They now also offer pho (noodle soup with beef), summer rolls, spring rolls and bun cha gio nem nuong (rice vermicelli with spring rolls and grilled pork) as well as Vietnamese coffee and desserts. Ellsie Boutique Mall, Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 096-886-0052. BTS Phrom Phong. Open Wed-Sun 11am-7pm; Mon 11am-7pm.

Ngon Lam

This busy neighborhood spot serves consistent Vietnamese meals at decent prices. The dining room has a glass facade and is decorated old-school with bamboo-patterned wallpaper, while the menu comes with helpful pictures of both classics and house specials. Dishes like pak mor yuan (shrimp and minced pork wrap), goong pan aoi (fried shrimp meat with sugar cane) and guayjab yuan (broad rice noodle soup with meat and herbs) are made using better produce than most places use. 556-558 Saphan Lueang, Rama 4 Rd., 02-633-2762, 081-8312128, MRT Samyan. Open daily 11am-10pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers.

Vietnamese & More

The specialty here is Vietnamese sandwiches. Nestled down a tiny sub-soi, the place offers a rather haphazard setting and a brief yet delicious menu of Vietnamese faves (and, yes, a few Thai and French-influenced dishes). Our favorite is the succulent beef brisket and blue cheese banh mi sandwich with a side of au jus for dipping. The pho also comes with a richly seasoned broth that’s evidently been simmered for an extended period of time. Rompo Mansion, 99/9-11 Thang Rotfai Khao-Saipaknam Rd., 02-671-9955. Open Tue-Sun 11am-2pm, 5-9:30pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers.

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Thien Duong

Bin Bin Long

Boasting dark wood decor (and a slightly out-of-place Union Jack sofa) and playing host to a smooth jazz trio every Friday night, the romantically cozy restaurant rolls out a very decent list of Vietnamese dishes. Do try the banh canh, known in Thai as guayjub yuan, a thick Vietnamese noodle soup, and the naem nueng set, which comprises traditional Vietnamese meat balls, served with rice paper, fresh salad and a sweet and sour dip. 39

Paholyothin Soi 11, 02-279-8665. Open daily 11am-10pm.

Dusit Thani Bangkok, 946 Rama 4 Rd., 02-200-9000. MRT Silom, BTS Sala Daeng. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10pm. F

Thien Duong is one of the very few fine-dining Vietnamese restaurants in Bangkok. The decor is a lavish mix of Vietnamese antiques and classical decor. The menu takes all-time favorites—sugarcane skewer of shrimp and charcoal-grilled pork dumplings, crispy soft shell crab salad with herb dressing or deep-fried whole flounder fish with toasted peanut served with lemongrass sauce—and plates them with refined presentations, making for a delicate and exotic experience.

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Zoulviet

Set in the old spot occupied by Yuu Shabu, above After You in J Avenue, the intriguingly-titled venue is a good fit for those seeking solid Vietnamese food like spring rolls and banh cuon (steamed rice crepes), rounds of drinks or both. A lively ambience is provided by splashes of bright blue and red while hanging lamps and bare brick walls add an industrial edge to the place. J Avenue, Thonglor Soi 13, 02-712-9435. Open daily 11am11pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 31 Dec 15

Madam T L/F, Sukhumvit House, 128/46 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-259-1127. Open daily 11am-2:30pm, 6-10pm.

This second branch of the friendly Vietnamese restaurant from across the Chao Phraya, with its limited but fresh array of Vietnamese dishes and prompt, unobtrusive service, is a welcome addition in a condo-heavy neighborhood. The comfort of the colorful and relaxed dining room also makes a change from the slightly fussier La Dalat up the road. The place is just so cute, the food so fresh, eating at Madam T makes you feel healthy and warm inside.

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BEST MEXICAN

La Monita Taqueria

Despite the expansion, the original venue remains our favorite place to get a super flavorful quesadilla or fish taco. Burritos and the steak torta are also excellent thanks to well-flavored meat, onions, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. You might also want to try the Cuban rice topped with fried egg and the amazing choriqueso, a spicy dish made with Mexican chorizo and cheese. The decor isn’t much, but you won’t care after your third michilada—a concoction of beer, lime juice, salt and chili. 888/26-25 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-650-9581. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 11am-11pm. F 3 other branches in Bangkok. www.lamonita.com

Charley Brown’s

Sabroso Mexican Tapas Bar

Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-2215. BTS Nana. Open Mon 5pm-midnight; Tue-Sun noon-midnight.

24/5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-262-0997. MRT Sukhumvit. Open Tue-Sat 3-10pm; Sun noon-10pm.

It’s been around for two decades, and the decor’s pop portraits and bright colors are as vibrant as ever. Charley serves up generous platters of Tex-Mex favorites like fajitas and tacos. We’d also point you to the well-spiced albondigas (meatballs) and elaborate nacho platters, not to mention their delicious house sangria. There are always some interesting food and booze deals running, too, plus some creative cocktails like the delicious passion fruit margarita.

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This is one of only a few Mexican restaurants in Bangkok that’s actually run by Mexicans. Jorge Bernal has kitted out his 20-seater restaurant with a homey, intimate vibe that doesn’t skimp on Mexico’s bold signature colors of blue, red and yellow. The three-page menu contains every traditional Mexican dish you can think of. Start with a traditional pozole soup before tucking into mole enchiladas or one of the 11 different tacos. Want to try them all? Swing by on a Saturday for the taco buffet.

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Sunrise Tacos

Sunrise Tacos has a few branches across town, and there are now other restaurants doing more purely Mexican food. But we’ll always have a sweet spot for Sunrise, the first genuinely satisfying Tex-Mex in town. The 24/7 opening hours make it perfect for night crawlers, and Sunrise Tacos mostly remains very solid comfort food. When we’re in the mood for a hearty chew we go for barbacoa beef; otherwise our top pick is carnitas, juicy pork cooked “for hours” until it’s tender. Sukhumvit Soi 7/1, 02-651-3718. BTS Nana. Open daily 24 hrs. 11 other branches in Bangkok. www.sunrisetacos.com Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only (Valid at Terminal 21 branch only) Today - 31 Oct 15

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Zambrero

This Mexican chain from down under is armed with a small quick-service menu. Start off with some nachos or the spicy marinated fried chicken with lime pickle and coconut flakes (which is a special dish only for Thailand). Or go even larger with the 480g burrito. All protein options (beef, chicken, and pork) are cooked sous-vide to ensure moistness and maximum flavors. There is also a selection of traditional dressings and condiments such as red chili, chipotle and an assortment of salsas. 6/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-251-1788. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 10am-10pm. F

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The Bangkok branch of the Sydney-based restaurant Mejico does away with Mexican food’s usual format of big portions and lowkey vibe. Instead, Mejico aims to give its food a more exciting edge by incorporating modern twists like guacamole made table-side and served with plantain chips. The menu does include some simpler items, too, like the substantial braised beef short rib in smoky chipotle marinade. They also carry Bangkok’s largest selection of tequila. 2/F, Groove, CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd., 02-2526660. BTS Siam. Open Sun-Thu 11am-midnight; Fri-Sat 11-1am. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 30 Jun 16

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Coyote

The Coyotes in Sukhumvit Soi 33 and Convent Road have closed, but fans can now visit this branch in Soi 11. It serves the signature Coyote Nachos, shrimp quesadilla and beef burrito. Heavily themed in a bright orange adobe color scheme, Coyote is just as much about the ambience as the drinks (its happy hour runs twice a day, from 4-7pm and 10pm-midnight), making it the party animal of Bangkok’s Tex-Mex scene.

Behind the bright pink exterior of this tiny shop-house is a low-key fiesta, with burnt-orange and yellow walls, bright tablecloths and the occasional sombrero. The menu is typical comfort food, with a surprisingly good guacamole, as well as slow-cooked pork carnitas, beef fajitas—the works! And it’s all always made fresh to order. With its low-key charm, tasty grub and relaxed service, Tacos & Salsa is suited to both quick in-and-out meal or a long night with friends.

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Hungry for Bangkok’s very best burger after long, hard gaming sessions of FIFA 15 or Ghost Recon? Mark and Honey Falcioni of Bangkok’s favorite burger truck, Daniel Thaiger, have you covered with their follow-up venture at gaming lounge Game Over. NERD by Daniel Thaiger offers burgers and malty shakes to hungry video and board game addicts in need of refreshment. For the rest of us, it’s also a chance to try some of the city’s most-hyped burgers with air conditioning and without the prospect of them selling out. Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-1707684. Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11:30pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-11:30pm. Other branch: Daniel Thaiger Truck (Sukhumvit Soi 23)

The Firehouse

The joint is among the first of a slew of places that began using finer ingredients to elevate the burger beyond a simple fast food snack. It’s also home to one of the city’s largest collections of fire-related paraphernalia. The food shows real attention to detail, with a sizeable menu of American-inspired comfort food. Most of their burgers, like the simple but impressive 180g Premium Burger, use hand-ground patties made of organic Thai French beef from Pon Yang Kham Cooperative farms. 33/26 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-3643. BTS Nana. Open daily 11:30am-midnight Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only (for dine-in and takeaway) Today - 31 Dec 15

Escapade Burgers & Shakes

A collaborative effort between chef Chalermpon “Van” Rohitratana and mixologist Karn Liangsrisuk, runner-up in the 2012 Bacardi bartending contest, Escapade Burgers & Shakes is a miniature gastrobar powerhouse that packs a flavorful punch. The specialty here is beef burgers that regularly rank among Bangkok’s best. Double your intake with a Quarter Cow (two beef patties, two slices of cheddar cheese with truffle sauce) and be sure to try the decadent smoothie cocktails. Filling stuff. 112 Phra Athit Rd., 081-406-3773. Open TueSun 4pm-midnight. Best Eats 2015

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Fatty’s Bar & Diner

This fairly basic space is grungier than other diners in town, but it puts some serious gusto into its classic American dishes and also hosts comedy nights, gigs and movie screenings. Join the largely expat crowd and order the deep-fried jalapeno stuffed with Wisconsin cream cheese, Buffalo hot wings and Jack the Ripper (deep-fried bacon-wrapped sausage topped with peppers, onions and jalapeno cheese sauce). Or maybe just one amazing burger and a craft beer. Reasonable prices and a rocking playlist earn it extra points. 598/66 Asoke Din Daeng Rd., 081-438 7221. Open Tue-Sun 4pm-midnight.

Mother Trucker

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Locate the black food truck and order some big-sized burgers stuffed with a premium, juicy 150-gram jumbo pork or beef patty, arugula, Aussie cheese, bacon and a breaded onion-ring. Add more onion rings on the side or go nuts and double, triple or even quadruple it up for a beast of a burger. If this is your first time, we’d recommend sticking to a single patty though. It’s more than enough and plenty delicious.

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Part WTF (crowds drinking on the street outside), part Escapade (hefty-sized, no-nonsense burgers), the compact galley space packs in a kitchen (OK, a grill, deep-fat fryer and fridge) and a well-stocked bar serving locally distilled sprits, home-infused concoctions and Thai-made craft beers. Go straight for the burgers: the meat in the the towering, strictly-knife-and-fork Australian wagyu burger is lovely and moist, accompanied by a sharp and sweet tomato relish.

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25 Degrees Burger Bar G/F, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188 Silom Rd., 02-238-1991. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 24 hrs. F

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Located near Chokchai Steakhouse, this recently refurbished, tiny dining spot serves a focused list of dishes with an emphasis on classic and modern Australian fare. Chef Roland Graham’s recommendations include the naturally fed steaks from Tasmania, lamb sausage rolls, homemade meat pies and lamb shoulder burger, as well as rotating daily specials. We’re particularly fond of the Robbins Island pasture-fed wagyu burger, topped with wild mushroom ragout and torched goat’s cheese. It’s one of the best in town. Across Prasarnmitr Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 21/2, 080-052-7336. MRT Sukhumvit. Open Mon-Sat 5-9pm; Sat noon-3pm

Originated in famous Hollywood Roosevelt, this burger bar is named after the precise temperature difference between a raw and well done hamburger, 25 Degrees introduces a sophisticated new twist on the traditional American burger bar concept –complete with funky music and cool “bordello meets burger bar” decor. The most popular is the No.1 signature burger, with caramelized onion, bacon, Arugula, Gorgonzola cheese and thousand island dressing. 25 Degrees can also do it your way with its Craft Your Own Burger menu.

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Mad Moa

The tiny Old Town shop-house that previously housed Seven Spoons has been given a Polynesian makeover. Called Mad Moa, the tiki-themed bar serves simple yet unique pub grub. The Aussie wagyu-packed Mad Moa Burger comes in a homemade brioche with chipotle mayo, while the super-tender, three-day slow-cooked ribs with lemon and herbs are, frankly, some of the best we’ve tasted in Bangkok–-the perfect pairing to one of their rum-heavy daily rotating cocktails. Take note: they also do a line of under-the-counter homebrewed beers that you won’t find on the menu. 211/7, Chakkaphatdi Phong Rd., 085155-2601. Open Tue-Sun 6-11pm.

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Inspired by tree houses, this bar-restaurant hybrid offers a sophisticated trip down memory lane. A local former champion of the Diageo Reserve World Class Thailand Competition designed the drinks list, and it shows. The menu is tight and original, from the fruity BKK Cobbler to the old-fashioned-style Whiskey Rebellion. Be sure to order the tasty bar snacks like Scotch eggs to go with your drinks.

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BEST PIZZA

Peppina

Wanting to make the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in Bangkok, chef Paolo Vitaletti (of the highly esteemed Appia, which is just around the corner) ordered his massive pizza oven directly from Italy, along with a Neapolitan baker with five years’ experience just to make the dough. The result is simply some of the best Italian pizza in town. But Peppina also serves a variety of fresh salads, specialty cold cuts and hearty grilled meats. 27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-119-7677. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pm-midnight. F (valet) H

Pizza Pala Romana

The result of Pala’s Roman-style 72-hour-cured dough is a thick, bread-like crust bursting with flavor. Pala also does a mean selection of pastas and specials that seem to never repeat themselves, serving up rare ingredients for the Bolognese-weary, such as gnocchi with pumpkin or blue cheese and walnut sauce. As a place to simply grab a slice to go, it remains one of our top picks in town—just don’t expect a fine-dining ambiance. Room #1, MRT Sukhumvit Station, Asoke, 02-259-12289. MRT Sukhumvit. Open Mon-Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 11am-midnight. Other branch: C.P. Tower (Silom Rd., pictured here). www.palapizzabangkok.com

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Il Bolognese Trattoria e Pizzeria

Il Bolognese does pizza for the connoisseur, using crust left to rise for 72 hours. The manager, Andrea Bernardi, says he never stops testing the recipe, and has tried various different flours and techniques to produce a crust that is crispy but not too airy. There are generous wood-fired notes, accentuated by quality toppings. The parma e stracciatella, for instance, is a terrific option. 139/3 Sathorn Soi 7, 02-286-8805. Open daily 11:30am2:30pm, 5:30-11pm. F

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Pizza Massilia

Anchored in a Sala Daeng parking lot, this food truck stems from a collaboration between two French and Italian powers, namely French restaurateur Frederic Meyer (Issaya Siamese Club and Namsaah Bottling Trust) and Italian chef Luca Apino (La Bottega di Luca). The resulting pizza is pretty amazing. In addition to the classic margherita, other options include spicy andouja and garlic, the French-inspired ratatouille and baby squid Provencal. Drinks range from limonata and orangeade to wine and Italian draft beer. MK Gold Parking Lot, Soi Sala Daeng, Silom Rd., 02-259-9294. BTS Sala Daeng, MRT Silom. Open Tue-Sun 5:30-10pm. F

The starched white tablecloths and velvet-upholstered chair are paired with rustic materials like bare bricks, hand-troweled walls in earth tones and solid wood furniture. Chef and co-owner Angelo Rottoli, Beccofino takes particular pride in his hand-rolled and hand-twisted pasta, but also the wood-fired oven used to make crispy thin-crust pizzas. Either way, dishes are comforting and fussfree. Beccofino is equally serious about its wine: their list is impressive, and just for Italian wines.

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Pizzeria Limoncello

The sister of the esteemed fine-dining restaurant Zanotti offers delicious pizza as well as other authentic Italian classics. The decor is homestyle and the open ovens make the whole place smell delicious. Do leave some space for the panna cotta or just a cup of fresh strawberries and enjoy the kitsch experience of dining on checkered tablecloths under a vaulted ceiling painted with chubby cherubs. 17 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-0707. BTS Nana. Open Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6-11pm; Sat-Sun noon-3pm, 5:30-11pm. H F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get complimentary Panna Cotta when spend via Citibank Credit cards Today - 31 Jan 16

Domino’s Pizza One Fenix Square, Sukhumvit Soi 22 (and more than 20 other stores), Call center: 1612. www.dominospizza.co.th. Open daily 10am-11pm.

After some ten years during which it had disappeared from Bangkok, Domino’s Pizza returned to the city in 2012. The U.S. pizza chain boasts its hand-tossed, thin and crispy crusts as well as the signature pan with various kinds of toppings like pepperoni, Hawaiian and seafood, spanning all over to the rim. It also highlights its delivery strength, with the growing store locations, by offering a 30-minute delivery guarantee.

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Basilico

Amid classical green checked tablecloths, rustic chairs and vaulted niches, Basilico serves affordable pizzas that were some of the first in Bangkok to truly aim for authenticity. With only three branches in town, Basilico is no Scoozi, and its restaurants retain the atmosphere of a standalone. There are dozens of different pizzas on offer, from a simple Napoli to a hearty capricciosa, but you could also swing by for the whole antipasti, pasta and meats combo. We also recommend the lasagna. 34 Phahon Yothin Soi 7 (Ari), 02-619-8188. Open daily 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm. F Other branches: Sukhumvit Soi 20 and 33 www.basilicopizza.com Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only Today - 31 May 2016

Pizza Mania Scoozi Pizzeria

Scoozi is a veritable pizza empire now, with some 20 locations all over Bangkok. It’s all the more remarkable that their pizza continues to taste this authentic. The tartufo, for example, is a signature recipe that takes a classic four-cheese pizza and throws in some mushrooms and truffle oil for added depth. The crusts are satisfyingly thin and crispy, and can even be ordered with whole-wheat flower. They also serve salads, soups and pasta—but we’d recommend you stick to the pizza. 174/3 Surawong Rd., 02-234-6999. Open daily 10:30am-10pm. F 19 other branches in Bangkok www.scoozipizza.com 54

One of our favorite pizza delivery joints, Pizza Mania is easy on the prices, but big on flavors. The doughs and sauces taste very natural, the crust is crispy and, although the toppings may be far from sophisticated Italian stuff (think chewy pepperoni instead), they are very hearty and unpretentious. Pizza Mania doesn’t skimp on the cheese and the seasonings either, meaning this is the perfect accompaniment to a beer or Coke while watching a game. 120/3, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-2611212. MRT Sukhumvit. Open daily 11am-11pm.

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BEST PASTRY

After You

After You is a phenomenal success. To this day, the dessert cafe’s many locations are often mobbed, with people queuing out front for the super-buttery honey toast (picture a giant slab of bread several inches tall) topped with vanilla ice cream and a side of whipped cream. There are equally decadent variations with nutella, strawberries or even cheddar cheese. 323/3 Thonglor Soi 13, 02-712-9266. Open daily 11am-midnight. 9 other branches in Bangkok. www.afteryoudessertcafe.com

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Uncle Tetsu

Founded in Fukuoka, Japan, this bakery has been spreading around the globe for over 20 years and makes some of the best Japanese-style cheesecake you will ever taste. The signature Angel Hat has a cloudlike texture which unfolds into a sugary and tangy burst of flavor. Their secret? Plenty of butter and cream cheese from happy Japanese cows. Also try the original chocolate flavor—not to be missed. G/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-235-2221. BTS Siam. Open daily 10am-10pm. F 9 other branches in Bangkok. uncletetsu.thailand

After training in Paris for nine years at top names like Laduree and Angelina, Thai/American pastry chef Carol Boosaba opened this little white and blue cafe in Asoke. Here, all the cakes and pastries are baked daily in limited numbers. Focusing on traditional French pastries, the menu rotates depending on seasonal ingredients. We recommend classics like St. Honore, tarte au chocolat and the Parisian croissant. 1/F, Metha Wattana, 27 Sukhumvit Soi 19, 088-870-0020. BTS Asok. Open Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. F Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get Free Mini Croissant (THB 45) or Macaron (THB 65) when spend 200 baht or more /sale slip. (limit 1 pc./card/table) Today – 31 Jan 16

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Maison Eric Kayser

After opening stores in nine countries throughout Asia, French artisan boulangarie Maison Eric Kayser has finally landed in Bangkok. Eric Kayser, known for his signature Baguette Monge and croissant, is the fourth generation of a family of bakers and has opened more than 110 outlets worldwide in little over a decade. Expect a variety of breads, croissants and pastries as well as sandwiches and light meals. 103 Sukhumvit 55, between Soi 3-5, 02-712-9070. BTS Thong Lo. Open daily 7:30am-10pm. Exclusively for Citibank Credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages Today - 30 Jun 16

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Krispy Kreme

Pierre Herme

G/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-402-4554. BTS Siam. Open daily 10am-10pm. F 17 other branches in Bangkok www.krispykreme.co.th

G/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 089-365-8888. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm. F

Remember the crazy three-hour queues that welcomed the opening of the first branch at Paragon? Well, this is still our favorite doughnut in town. The appearance is appealing, if a little uniform, with a layer of hard icing coating the perfectly formed ring. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, the initial taste is a heap of sweetness but the actual texture of the doughnut is very light, with buttery notes. There’s hardly any aftertaste of oil making it very easy to have two—or three.

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Pierre Herme started out as an apprentice for legendary patissier Gaston Lenotre, before becoming pastry chef for Fauchon at only 24, and then Laduree. The man is singlehandedly responsible for the world’s macaron mania. And now, he’s making the very best ones in his own name. Munch on signature flavors rose, caramel, dark chocolate and milk chocolate with passion fruit or go seasonal with such short-lived treats as truffle, mandarin orange and green apple-celery. In addition to macarons, you can also order chocolate bonbons, cakes and jams.

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TWG Tea Salon & Boutique M/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6070. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm. F

New York Cheesecake

Sure, they do a few other things, like chocolate truffle cheesecake and black forest cake. But what really makes the trip to CDC worth it (and putting up with the shack’s no-frills decor) is its splendid New York-style cheesecake. Baked not set, the huge cakes have a flavor that’s creamier than most, and come served in portions plenty big enough to share. Oh, and their pastrami sandwiches are not to be missed, too. Crystal Design Center, Praditmanoontham Rd., 02-102-2065. Open Sun-Thu 10:30am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30am-9pm. F

TWG Tea’s trademark look is all monogrammed glass, wood paneling trimmed with gold and shelves lined with signature yellow tins. Drinks are prepared behind an open bar, so you can keep an eye on the bartenders as they steep and taste every pot. The menu includes sets for breakfast, brunch and dinner, as well as all-day dishes. Expect plenty of signature dishes infused with tea, from the seared foie gras salad to the mango crumble.

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Lobby Salon

The Sukhothai is the chocolate king in this town, thanks to its single-focus afternoon tea-time buffet devoted to this dark pleasure. First off, there’s the signature chocolate cake with confit ginger by pastry chef Laurent Ganguillet. But you’ve also got to sample a cup of the hot chocolate that’s made on the spot by melting chips of chocolate (16 types and origins available, from Cuba to Venezuela) and cream into a cup. The Sukhothai Bangkok, 13/3 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-8888. MRT Lumphini. Tea-time F

ChikaLicious 5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5892. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10am-10pm. F

This New York based concept sees a dessert bar serve up a threecourse-dessert prix fixe menu which you can pair with wine. The menu starts with an amuse-bouche e.g. a fresh granita in flavours like watermelon, followed by a signature main dessert such as chocolate tart with pink peppercorn ice cream and red wine sauce, paired with port wine. Finish with chef’s selection of three petit desserts, for examples Cointreau chocolate truffle and coconut marshmallow.

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BEST BBQ, RIBS & WINGS

BonChon Chicken

BonChon has followings in several major US cities, Seoul and Bangkok. Their concept is simple: fried chicken, Korean-style, complemented by fat-cutting condiments like salads, pickles and booze. The signature chicken lives up to the hype: a crunchy batter on the outside that holds up marvelously against the restrained slathering of spicy sauce, and moist, tender and flavorful meat on the inside. 2/F, Seenspace, Thonglor Soi 13, 02185-2361. Open daily 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. F 10 other branches in Bangkok. bonchonthailand

Tony Roma’s

Kyochon

4/F, Terminal 21, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-108-0790. MRT Sukhumvit, BTS Asok. Open daily 11am-10pm. F

1/F, Centerpoint of Siam Square, Rama 1 Rd., 02-6234166. BTS Siam. Open daily 10am-9pm. 5 other branches. kyochonthailand

Ribs purists don’t have much love in their barbecue sauce-coated hearts for chains. But something has to be said for global brands refining their secret weapon for decades—think Coca-Cola or McDonald’s French fries. Tony Roma’s ribs combine perfect texture with a well-balanced sauce, particularly if you get the beef ribs. Cheese-topped potato skins and a half-slab of original baby backs are always a safe bet, too.

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One of Korea’s largest fried chicken restaurant chains, Kyochon now has six branches in Bangkok. It claims to import the sauces and main ingredients from Korea, for an authentic and traditional taste. The signature flavors are the original soy garlic, red hot and honey. You can either opt for wings and drumsticks or even a half or whole chicken.

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The Chop 9/F, The Helix, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6275. BTS Phrom Phong. Open Mon-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-11pm.. F

Roadhouse Barbecue

This spacious, three-story tavern comes fully equipped with a grill and two bars, attracting crowds of office workers and expatriates every night with huge steaks, massive platters, giant sandwiches and 26 beer taps with many new craft beers including Rogue, Deschutes, Brew Dog and Anderson Valley. The menu features a great variety of American favorites including barbecue ribs, buffalo wings, burgers and steak chili. 942/1-4 Rama 4 Rd., 02-236-8010. BTS Sala Daeng, MRT Silom. Open daily 11-2am.

This elegant steakhouse with industrial age decor, red banquettes and views of downtown Bangkok serves both its generous steaks and juicy burgers on slate framed in wood--a fittingly masculine gimmick. The Chop’s signature is a massive tomahawk (or cote de boeuf as the French call it) but they also take great pride in their Billionaire Burger, a decadent tower of wagyu beef, truffle seasoning and foie gras. For some proper beef and a standalone atmosphere, The Chop ticks all the right boxes.

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Smokin’ Pug

The brainchild of the American barbecue aficionados behind the 10-year-old Lazy Pug in Chengdu, China, specializes in the low-and-slow smoking technique. The result is tender, aromatic meats like smoked buffalo wings, pulled pork (in sandwiches and chili) and full racks of baby back ribs. There are also colorful Tex-Mex dishes like smoked brisket quesadilla and citrus shrimp tacos. Don’t miss the equally smoky bourbon cocktails, either. 88 Surawong Rd., 083-029-7598. Open daily 5pm-midnight.

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Lady Brett

The folks behind next door’s Rocket also own this cozy wood-and-tiles restaurant inspired by 20th-century taverns. Chef Patrick Martens’ menu focuses on barbecued and seasonal food, cooked over open flames on a Josper charcoal grill. Cocktails are excellent, while upstairs you’ll find the dimly-lit and leather-laden U.N.C.L.E., serving more craft cocktails throughout the night. 149 Sathorn Soi 12, 02-635-0405. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 5pm-midnight.

Sway

This pre- and post-clubbing spot puts the emphasis on Western bar favorites. The main draw is undoubtedly the chicken wings in some 35 flavors. All come with a special ranch sauce and carrots. Another real highlight is the great beer selection, including a beer wall that lets you try a variety of fine drops from the likes of Rogue and Anderson Valley before you buy. Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, 02-711-6052. Open daily 6pm-2am. F

Bourbon Street

Around for years, Bourbon Street is still the only place in town doing Cajun and Creole food. The result? Tables packed with nostalgic Americans and locals, amazed and comforted by Louisiana favorites like cornmeal-crusted catfish, barbecued ribs, crawfish etouffee and jambalaya. The portions are large and affordable, and service is brisk. 9/39-40 Ekkamai Soi Tana Arcade, 02-3816801-3. BTS Ekkamai. Open daily 7am-midnight. F 60

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25 Degree Burger Bar

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After You

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Ah Yat Abalone Forum Aka Ampersand Boutique

Baan Ying Cafe & Meal

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Banh Mi Bo

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Basilico

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Bankara Ramen

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Beccofino Italian

Restaurant & Grill

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Bella Rocca

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Bo.lan

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Bin Bin Long

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BonChon Chicken

16

Buddhi Belly

60

Bourbon Street

C 12

Cafe Tartine

09

Casa Lapin

15

Cold Stone Creamery

17

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams

12

Crepes & Co.

48

16

Calin Cafe

08

Ceresia Coffee Roasters

20

Chabuton

13

Ceret

46

Charley Brown’s

33

Chef Man

59

The Chop

51

Chef Bar

33

Chef Pom

11

Costa Coffee

57

Chickalicious

12

Chu

34

China Palace

Coyote

Crumb by After You

D 32 53

B 38

17

Din Tai Fung Domino’s Pizza

49

Escapade Burgers & Shakes

Emack & Bolio’s

F 49

Il Bolognese Trattoria e Pizzeria

10

Ink & Lion Cafe

18

Itim Morefire Yotse

22

Ippudo Ramen

J 50

EAT (Eat All Thai)

50

iBerry

52

17

35

18

16

30 Italics

E 17

I

Farm to Table Cafe Fatty’s Bar & Diner The Firehouse

G

Jaiyen Cafe Junker and Bar

K 36

Kai Yang Sua Yai

35

Kalpapruek

22

Korakuen

56

Krispy Kreme

38

Kumpoon

58

Kyochon

10

Kaizen Coffee Co.

27

King Kong by Nami

36

Kram

38

Kub Kao Kub Pla

09

Kuppa Deli

09

Gallery Drip Coffee

34

Grand Palace Greyhound Cafe

L

25

Gyu Gyu Tei

60

Lady Brett

43

Le Dalat

33

Liu

23

The Lucky Room

13 Gram 35

H 24 11

Hachiban Hemingway’s

26

Hida Grill

30

Honmono Sushi

32

Hong Bao

51

Hyde & Seek Peek a Boo

46

La Monita Taqueria

29

Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen

57

Lobby Salon

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R

45

Madam T

22

Ramen Kio

51

Mad Moa

24

Ramen Tei

56

Maison Eric Kayser

25

Rengaya

48

Mejico

59

Roadhouse Barbecue

22

Menya Kouji

14

Roast

26

Miraku

15

Rocket Coffeebar

24

Misoya Ramen

08

Roots

50

Mother Trucker

33

Royal Kitchen

40

Muteki

24

Nantsuttei

38

Nara

49

Nerd by Daniel Thaiger

57

New York Cheesecake

44

Ngon Lam

09

Nikko Cafe

O 08

One Ounce for Onion

P 10

Pacamara

55

Paris Mikki

13

Paul

52

Peppina

56

Pierre Herme

53

Pizzeria Limoncello

54

Pizza Mania

53

Pizza Massilia

52

Pizza Pala Romana

53

Pizzeria Limoncello

62

Thien Duong

34

Ting Tai Fu

42

Torajiro

42

Tororo

27

Tohkai

58

Tony Roma’s

13

Tribeca Restobar

57

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

U 55

S

N

45

Uncle Tetsu

46

Sabroso Mexican Tapas Bar

43

Saigon Recipe

42

Sakana Sushi & Sashimi

31

Sava Dining

54

Scoozi Pizzeria

41

Seiryu Sushi

14

Simple

59

Smokin’ Pug

36

Somtum Der

41

Sousaku

47

Sunrise Tacos

27

Sumi Tei Yakiniku

Z

40

Sushi Hiro

47

Zambrero

40

Sushi Masa

45

Zoulviet

41

Sushi Shin

60

Sway

V 44

Vietnamese & More

29

Vivarium

Y 25

Yakiniku Bar

27

Yakiniku Tan

28

Yuutaro

T 48

Tacos & Salsa

36

Taling Pling

14

Taper

41

Tenyuu Sushi Bar

43

Thang Long

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