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Who’s in charge Managing Director Andrew Hiransomboon Editor in Chief / Product Director Grégoire Glachant Managing Editor Oliver Irvine Deputy Editor Carl Dixon Features Associate Monruedee Jansuttipan Branded Content Associate Sureepak Janyapat Senior Staff Writers Vasachol Quadri, Lily Kittisrikangwan Staff Writers Natcha Sanguankiattichai, Bonnie Sananvatananont Content Coordinator Nontaya Kumyat Junior Writer Kankanid Mitrpakdee Production Supervisor Komkrit Klinkaeo Senior Graphic Designer Panita Thiraphapong Graphic Designers Chantich Kongchanmitkul, Peeraya Sirathanisa Junior Graphic Designers Wariya Whangwaewklang, Parida Ritthiron Advertising Director Wanida Akeapichai Sales Managers Tipkritta Chiraporncharas, Orajira Sukkasem Senior Sales Associates Tassanee Mahamad, Onwara Sittirug, Waranuch Thaneerat, Nattaya Bovornsettanon, Orakarn Laohakanjanasiri, Amarit Jinaya Junior Sales Associates Kittiya Darachai

ast year, the Top Tables guide doubled the size of its panel to a couple dozen foodies, chefs, restaurateurs and industry veterans. This year we had over 50­—and we solemnly vow to stop expanding. But having a bigger panel does have its perks when you’re reviewing some 200 restaurants to decide which ones should be in the Top Tables Official Selection, and which ones are in the Top 30. It’s a huge undertaking and our panelists have our utmost gratitude for plowing through our not-so-shortlist in an effort to bring you only the best places in town. Any list is going to be controversial. Vehemently disagreeing with them is certainly half the fun. But with the breadth of this year’s panel, we’ve never felt so confident about our humble guide, which began in 2007 as a cover story in BK Magazine. The panel is completely independent from our kind advertisers, we can vouch for how often they eat out in the city’s top spots, and we feel they’ve done a stellar job of selecting the city’s very best restaurants in Bangkok. What’s a Top Table anyway? The definition keeps changing, as trends like industrial decor, communal tables, barbecue, comfort food and fast food continue to sweep the scene, redefining what a memorable dining experience should be. While Top Tables still steers clear of street food (which would deserve its own guide anyway), our idea of a superlative restaurant is increasingly relaxed. Case in point: The Smokin’ Pug, number 25 in our Top 30. It looks like a dive bar, but who could argue with those ribs? Robuchon is still on top, though. There’s just no denying that places like L’Atelier, Gaggan, Nahm and Ginza Sushi Ichi continue to set the standards for food as a form of high art. Three out of four of those venues are aiming for tradition, while Gaggan fully embraces modern techniques. But their obsessive pursuit of perfection unites them. These are the venues where one can’t help but wonder, “Isn’t it crazy, that food at this level exists at all?” Not that you have to eat your way through Top Tables starting from the top. Pick a page at random and book your table. We’re positive you won’t be disappointed.

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1 L’Atelier de Joel FRENCH

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5/F, Mahanakorn Cube, 96 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., 02-001-0698. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm. E H F BBBB The chef: Olivier Limousin heads Robuchon’s Bangkok atelier. He has worked for the brand for 12 years now, both in Paris and London, personally accounting for four of the stars in Joel Robuchon’s total of 25 across 20 restaurants. The French national’s other credits include guest judging the UK’s MasterChef semifinals and gaining a Michelin star at Paris’s Le Bellecour. Then there’s the man behind the restaurant, Joel Robuchon, possibly the most important French chef since Escoffier codified haute cuisine, and a recipient of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France title at 31—the highest honor for an artisan. The place: Taking the Top Tables top spot for its second year running, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is so much more than a fine-dining chain restaurant. The space evokes the feel of an upscale sushi bar while serving up impeccablyexecuted versions of French favorites. The Bangkok branch offers a red and black-accented dining space where guests get the chance to see their food being made, while the menu is studded by L’Atelier standouts like free-range quail stuffed with foie gras and potato puree.

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2 Gaggan INDIAN

68/1 Lang Suan Rd., 02-652-1700. BTS Ratchadamri. Open daily 6pm-midnight. H F BBBB The chef: Gaggan Anand is as much a part of eating at Gaggan as the bite-size flavor jolts that come pouring out of his kitchen course after course. Equipped with lessons learned at El Bulli, the Spanish birthplace of what’s now known as molecular gastronomy, Gaggan drew on his Kolkata heritage to create a cuisine entirely of his own in which memories of India merge with flavors and ingredients drawn from a growing love of Japan and other food cultures. The place: Each night, in a classically restored house on Langsuan Road, the chef’s team offers a tasting menu where diners’ expectations of Indian food are first thrown overboard and then blown out of the water by Gaggan’s El Bulli-influenced creativity. From the simplest fish curry with naan bread to cocktails made from lamb consomme, the restaurant delights and challenges in equal measure. Gaggan is now in such demand that even David Beckham popped in for dinner at the end of last year—the rest of us can be assured of at least a one-week wait for a table.

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3 Nahm THAI

Metropolitan by COMO, 27 Sathorn Rd., 02-6253388. Open daily 7-10:30pm; Mon-Fri noon-2pm. E H F BBBB The chef: David Thompson might be the name people know around the world (he just won a lifetime achievement award at Asia’s 50 Best 2016), but head chef Prin Polsuk is the one who has ensured Thompson’s Bangkok flagship has remained right at the top of its game. Ask the people who’ve worked for him and they’ll tell you Prin is fanatical about three things: authenticity, balance of flavor, and using the right ingredients at the right time of year. The place: Still considered the “must-go” destination of every aspiring foodie in Bangkok, Nahm does Thai food made with the very finest ingredients using the most traditional methods. The most popular offerings at Nahm are the set menus, which usually feature dishes like blue swimmer crab curry with fermented rice noodles and the salad of fresh river prawns and Asian pennywort served in communal, Thai-style fashion.

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4 Ginza Sushi Ichi JAPANESE

LG/F, Erawan Bangkok, 494 Ploen Chit Rd., 02-2500014. BTS Chit Lom. Open Tue-Sun noon-2:30pm; Tue-Sat 6-11pm; Sun 6-10pm. H F BBBB The chef: The executive chef here is the same man who led Tokyo’s original Sushi Ichi to a Michelin star. Masakazu Ishibashi was born into a family of sushi chefs before traveling to southern California where he refined his taste for dramatic, colorful presentation. His restaurant’s arrival in Bangkok sparked a shake-up on the city’s sushi scene that redefined what diners expect from a top-tier Japanese restaurant. The place: Bangkok’s version of the acclaimed Ginza Sushi Ichi in Tokyo came to town promising an unmatched dedication to freshness—and it has delivered. Each day the restaurant flies ingredients in from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, even closing when Japanese holidays will delay the next shipment of fresh goods. Sushi lovers, grab a seat and get your Instagram ready for fresh-from-market omakase, or order a la carte and marvel as the chefs prepare each course in front of you.

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5 Water Library EUROPEAN

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2/F, Chamchuri Square, Rama 4 Rd., 061-852-5411, 095-085-7777. MRT Sam Yan. Open daily 11:30am2pm, 6-10pm. E F BBBB The chef: German chef Mirco Keller cut his teeth in Berlin’s Michelin-lauded kitchens of Tim Raue (two stars), Uma (formerly one star, now closed) and Restaurant 44 (formerly one star). He puts his classical European training to inventive new purposes at Water Library, not shying away from his Asian surroundings both in terms of terroir and seasonality. The place: At the flagship restaurant of Water Library’s ever-expanding empire, Keller dishes out contemporary fine dining in a venue more reminiscent of a five-star hotel than a shopping mall on the outskirts of Chinatown. While there are nice a la carte choices like seared Canadian scallop with green apple and Bresse chicken in a barbecue sauce, the tasting menus are especially well-regarded, with diners able to choose between “classic” and “seasonal” options.

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20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-261-2056. Open Tue-Sun 6:30-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2:30pm. H F BBB-BBBB The chef: Paolo Vitaletti became one of the city’s favorite chefs in record timing when he broke the fussily plated norm of Bangkok’s hotel-dominated Italian food scene and drove it down the simple, rustic, home-style path of Appia. In the years since, he’s perhaps become better associated with the pizzeria sensation that is Peppina (now officially certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana), but still claims head chef rights to the menu of fuss-free pastas, rotisserie meats and unctuous stews at Appia. The place: This permanent staple in the Top Tables Top 10 once again makes an appearance thanks to its deliciously juicy rotisserie chicken, flavorful porchetta with apple sauce and some of the best homemade pasta in the city. Also drawing in diners are the efficient, friendly service; discerning wine list; rich desserts and charmingly rustic decor, which combines wood paneling with turn-ofthe-century bistro chairs.

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1/6 Soi Phiphat 2, Convent Rd., 02-238-0931. BTS Sala Daeng. Open daily 3pm-1am. H E BBBB The chef: The kitchens of Daniel and Aquavit in New York provided Culinary Institute of America-graduate Tim Butler with the foundation he needed to go it alone with his own Bangkok catering company. Heading the kitchen at Eat Me since 2010, he’s been responsible for ensuring the restaurant stalwart has never slipped from the minds of discerning diners thanks to his truly globallyinspired recipes that manage to still keep flavors comforting. The place: Ranked 23rd among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, this romantic and minimalist restaurant shows creativity both on the walls (it doubles as an art gallery) and on the plate in Butler’s bold and memorable creations. Dishes like the spicy wagyu tartare with a fried quail egg come packed with Northeastern Thai flair, while desserts such as the goat cheese ice cream with red wine poached pear and honeycomb are an equal delight.

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3/F, Gaysorn Plaza, 999 Ploen Chit Rd., 02-656-1003. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily noon-2pm, 6:30pm-midnight. F BBBB The chefs: The chefs behind Sukhumvit Soi 49’s Paste (now closed), Bongkoch Satongun and Jason Bailey, have relocated to their follow-up Gaysorn branch turning out recipes drawn from the aristocratic Sanitwong family, descendants of Rama II. While the setting for Bongkoch and Bailey’s food has grown more elaborate, the chefs have maintained the incredibly diverse, fresh flavors that always made Paste a hit with those in the know. The place: As becoming as Paste’s wonderful flavors and elegant, muted dining room is the plating: relaxed and effortless despite a painterly attention to color. But these are so much more than pretty plates of food. The vibrant multitude of ingredients makes for complex, lively dishes in which every flavor and texture somehow remains distinct. Just as importantly, you can really feel husband and wife chefs Bailey and Satongun’s creativity and personality in their food, which is not always the case at other traditionalist kitchens.

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9 Bo.lan THAI

24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-260-2961-2. BTS Thong Lo. Open Tue-Sun 6-10:30pm; Sat-Sun noon-2:30pm. E F H BBBB The chefs: When chef couple Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones opened Bo.lan in 2009, they gave Bangkok its first devotedly authentic fine-dining Thai restaurant. Today, the pair not only continue to drive Bo.lan down increasingly uncompromising roots, waving goodbye to the a la carte menu altogether last year, but they’ve also expanded with the street-food-and-cocktails focused Err, near the river. The place: Featuring fine Thai cuisine made using traditional methods and the best ingredients, Bo.lan—an amalgam of the chef-couple’s names—has made a splash in the global dining world with its aromatic curries, beautifully plated salads and artfully conceived menu. Adding to the allure is a striking dining room, set in an old house replete with tropical garden and close to hipster thoroughfare Soi Thonglor. Try the “Bo.lan balance,” a menu that changes along with the seasons.

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10 Le Du THAI

399/3 Silom Soi 7, 092-919-9969. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open Mon-Sat 6-11pm. F BBB-BBBB The chef: Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, 29, was the toast of Bangkok’s restaurant scene in 2015 when Le Du scooped third place in Top Tables in its opening year. Since then the Culinary Institute of America graduate has gone on to open three more restaurants: Taper (brunch staples and Asian breakfast dishes); Baan (home-style Thai dishes); and Baagadin (deconstructed Thai street food). But Le Du and its contemporary reconstructions of Thai classics remain where the chef’s heart lies. The place: Once in a while, a Thai restaurant comes around that manages to fuse classic Thai food with modern Western techniques in a manner that doesn’t feel heavy-handed or forced. Such is the case with Le Du, where Thitid turns out an unerringly contemporary menu that changes seasonally. The wine is an equal highlight (Thitid is himself a certified sommelier) thanks to bottles sourced solely from organic or boutique outfits.

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11 Chef Man CANTONESE

3/F, Eastin Grand Sathorn, Sathorn Rd., 02-212-3741, 02-2123789. BTS Surasak. Open daily 11am-2:30pm, 6-10pm. F BBBBBB Chef Man has made a big impression on the local dining scene by serving up some of the best dim sum in the city, along with dishes that add interesting Thai touches (and require reservations days in advance). The Peking duck comes with slices of ripe mango, and the lava buns are arguably the best in town. For a taste of authentic Chef Man magic, head to the original branch in the Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel, where the dining room is serviced by a large open kitchen and a veritable army of chefs.

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12 Le Normandie FRENCH

Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave., Charoenkrung Rd., 02659-9000#7390. Open Mon-Sat noon-2pm; 7-10pm. E H F BBBB Possibly the most well-known fine dining restaurant in Bangkok underwent a minor revamp at the beginning of this year to ensure that it continues to set the standard for service and cuisine among eateries with Michelin-star pretensions in Thailand. Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier currently, who enjoys a formidable resume after stints with culinary giants Georges Blanc, Marc Veyrat and Emile Jung, helms the classically French menu. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Come 4 Pay 3 on 4-course lunch menu. (Limit 12 persons /table /card.) Advance reservation is required. Terms and conditions apply. 28 Mar - 31 Oct 16

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13 Sensi ITALIAN

Narathiwat Ratchanakarin 17 Yaek 5, 02-117-1618. Open MonSat 6pm-midnight. H F BBBB This restaurant may seem off the beaten track, but the menu—designed by Chef Christian Martena who previously worked at Opus—promises approachable innovation in a relatively unassuming form. The a la carte menu (which offers generous portions) does twists on “grandma’s memories” such as a homemade strozzapreti served with Canadian lobster, while the degustation menu (highly recommended) changes on a weekly basis.

14 Peppina ITALIAN

27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-119-7677. Open daily 11am-3pm, 6:30-11pm. F BB-BBBB The original branch of this rapidly expanding pizzeria aims high: it wants to be the purveyor of the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in Bangkok, and recently proved itself when it received official certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples. As a result, a massive pizza oven dominates the warmyet-industrial-style dining room, which boasts an open kitchen and its very own Neapolitan baker. Also popular with diners are the pasta dishes, fresh salads and excellent beef steak.

Other branches: Rattanakosin (Tha Maharaj), 02-024-1330; Thonglor (The Commons); Sriracha (Aeon Sriracha), 038-313228

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15 Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen ITALIAN

Ruam Rudi Soi 2, Wireless Rd., 02-001-0116. Open daily 11:45am-2pm, 6-10:45pm. H F BBBB Chef Francesco Lenzi (formerly of Opus and Hotel Muse’s Medici) serves up rustic-style Tuscan food in a warm classical setting courtesy of Italian designer Ermanno Scapin. Thanks to Chef Lenzi’s family connections, the cold cuts come from small-scale organic ham company Antica Norcinera. With that in mind, try the tagliere del Lenzi platter, which incorporates truffle-rich mortadella con tartufo and pancetta Toscana. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get complimentary tiramisu for 2 persons when spending via Citi credit cards Today - 31 Dec 16

16 Savelberg EUROPEAN

G/F, Oriental Residence, 110 Wireless Rd., 02-252-8001. Open Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm, 6-10pm. F BBBB This offshoot of the now-closed one Michelin-star Savelberg in The Hague is helmed by Dutch chef Henk Savelberg, and is his first venture outside Europe. Serving up pan-European flavors with French cooking techniques, Savelberg delights in minimalist tweaks and creative flavor combinations, such as duck liver in black truffle sauce, North Sea sole with old Dutch cheese, and lobster with pomelo and yuzu. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get complimentary dessert when spending via Citi credit cards (Limit 1 dish /main dish /person) Today - 30 Nov 16

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17 Enoteca Italiana ITALIAN

39 Sukhumvit Soi 27, 02-258-4386. MRT Sukhumvit. Open daily 6pm-midnight. H F BBBB Enoteca, meaning tavern, is a welcoming and cozy Italian restaurant serving excellent dried meats, cheese wheels and antipasti platters, all in what feels like a neighbor’s front yard. The charming setting here is only out-shined by the bold flavors in dishes like risotto with licorice and saffron, or succulent oxtail in red wine sauce. Before leaving this Italian oasis, savor their specially crafted rendition of tiramisu or the white chocolate cannoli. C

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19 Little Beast AMERICAN, FRENCH

44/9-10 Thonglor Soi 13, 02-185-2670. Open Tue-Sat 5:30pm1am; Sun 11am-3pm . F BBB-BBBB “New American” can be a slippery concept, but Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Rangsima Bunyasaranand manages to send out a menu’s worth of dishes bristling with brio. Favorites include the jerk chicken hearts with pineapple salsa, homemade charcuterie plate with pork rillette and head cheese terrine, and seared duck breast. A creative cocktail menu awaits, too.

20 Supanniga Eating Room THAI

Thai. 160/11 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-714-7508. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm. H BB-BBB Based on old-style dishes drawn from the owner’s grandmother’s recipes, Supanniga (named after a flower that flourishes in the Northeast) specializes in food hailing from the family hometown of Trat, on the eastern seaboard, and the Isaan city of Khon Kaen, where the family now lives. Much-vaunted dishes here include the moo cha muang (pork with Guttiferae tree leaves) and the nam prik kai poo (chili dip with crab eggs).

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21 Sushi Cyu and JAPANESE

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3/F, CRC Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Rd., 02-2511995. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 11:30am-2pm; Mon-Fri 6-11pm; Sat-Sun 5-10pm. F BBB-BBBB Appearances can deceive. While the original Bangkok branch of Japanese chain Sushi Cyu can seem dated and unwelcoming, the dining area remains packed with customers queuing up for a taste of good yakiniku (Japanese beef barbecue). The yakiniku section is augmented by a sushi counter, which is considered the quieter area of the two.

22 Arno’s STEAK | NEW

2080/2 Narathiwas Soi 20, 02-678-8340. Open Tue-Wed 6-11pm; Fri-Sun 11:30am-10pm. F BBB-BBBB Serving what some Bangkokians claim is the “best steak in town,” Arno’s manages to combine a butchery with a restaurant by offering basically any cut you would find at your local market, plus the opportunity for them to cook and serve it to you at no extra cost. Just pick your cut at the counter, tell the chef how you want it prepared, and then take a seat. French butcher/chef Arnaud Carre—aided by his partners Supanit Chaiyawiwat and Siripong Luengvarinkul—offers beef that is dry-aged for at least 45 days, plus lamb, pork, chicken and some seafood.

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23 Hong Bao CHINESE

Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-3565, 092-273-5242. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm; Sat-Sun 10:30am-10pm. F BBBBB You’ve probably already seen Hong Bao’s hypnotic orange swirled buns on your favorite social media platform. This lava salapao, a colorful bun filled with molten, salty duck egg yolk, may be the headline dish, but there’s no shortage of winners at the alwayspacked Hong Bao. Reserve a table and bring the family for a dim sum feast, while keeping your eyes on the menu for specials and out-of-the ordinary fillings in the rolls and baos. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 15% discount on food only Today - 30 Dec 16

24 Seven Spoons MEDITERRANEAN

22-24 Chakkaphatdi Phong Rd., 02-629-9214. Open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm; Tue-Sun 6-11:30pm. H BBB A longstanding favorite of Old Town denizens wishing for a bite of something a little better than fried noodles in a shop-house setting, Seven Spoons features a Mediterranean-inspired menu big on bold, simple flavors executed with style. Try the soft taco of shrimp with mango salsa, or the braised ox tongue on casareccia pasta. A strong cocktail menu with an oldschool focus rounds out the offerings. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get complimentary dessert when spending 1,000 Baht or more/ sales slip (Limit 1 dish /card /table /sales slip) Today - 30 Sep 16

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88 Surawong Rd., 083-029-7598. MRT Sam Yan. Open TueSun 5pm-midnight. H BBB While Smokin’ Pug may specialize in the blue-collar low-and-slow style of smoked barbecue, the restaurant—set up by the American couple behind the Lazy Pug in Chengdu, China—bears enough nice touches (homemade salad dressing, well-made cocktails) to set it apart from other barbecue pretenders. Regulars go for the smoked buffalo wings, pulled pork sandwiches and baby back ribs.

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Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-662-3813. Open Wed-Sun 6-11pm; Mon 6-11pm. F BB-BBB One of a vanguard of restaurants that seek to tweak tried-and-tested street food favorites, Baa Ga Din presents a modern twist to roadside specialties like chicken wings and oyster omelets. The brainchild of Thitid Tassanakajorn of acclaimed fine-dining eatery Le Du (see page 24), Baa Ga Din also serves an inventive cocktail menu in a friendly, bistro atmosphere that lures large groups who want the casual experience of Thai street food without the exhaust fumes and teeny stools. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 10% discount on food only Today - 30 Sep 16

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20/15-17 Sukhumvit 39, 02-259-4577/8. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm. H F BBBB This French food fixture has long been a favorite of hi-so party types. Central to holding its place in locals’ esteem are the classical touches such as escargots, foie gras and truffles, as well as the solicitous service and comfortable, stately decor. The three-course set lunch is an unexpected bargain.

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56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-714-7708. BTS Thong Lo. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight. H BBB Thought of as a “Thai-style izakaya” by owner Jarrett Wrisley, this perennially popular Thai hotspot does Thai street food with thoughtful, arty flourishes: think housemade watermelon rind pickles with Hat Yai-style fried chicken, or a smoky bacon garnish on the grilled eggplant salad. Specials, written up on a chalkboard on the ground floor, change on a regular basis and the cocktails are potent and tasty.

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47/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-640-8283. MRT Sukhumvit. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm; Mon-Sat 5-11pm; Sun 5-10pm. F BBBBBB This traditionally-minded Japanese eatery serves up an extensive menu, ranging from casual fare like yakitori and soba (made from flour imported from Hokkaido) to more involved dishes such as a speciallysteamed black cod that takes 20 minutes to prepare. Service is efficient and solicitous, while the decor is predictably understated with a touch of Japanese flair. For value for money, try the lunch sets.

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Ah Yat Abalone Forum 3/F, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Charoenkrung Rd., 02-291-7781-2. Open daily 11am-2:30pm, 6-10pm. F BB-BBBB It’s not all just abalone and seafood at this longstanding Cantonese specialist. Headed by native Hong Kong chef Yeung Koon Yat (formerly of Hong Kong’s Forum Restaurant, which once held a Michelin star), this longtime favorite of many of Bangkok’s oldest Thai families also boasts some of the best dim sum in town, including the much-vaunted lava buns.

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L’Appart 32/F, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-126-9999. BTS Nana. Open daily 5pm1am. E F BBBB

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A clever concept combining a “Parisian apartment” feel with a French menu, dining at L’Appart is meant to feel like attending a dinner party at the home of a very chic, wealthy friend. Headed by chef Jerome Deconnick (ex-Hilton Tokyo’s Le Pergolese), L’Appart plies diners with dishes that smack of classical French but occasionally add local twists, such as fish in a tom kha (Thai coconut soup) beurre blanc.

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Sometimes, diners want a show as much as a good meal. Aston offers a bit of both via its large open kitchen, which takes center stage in the dining room, starring alongside stellar ingredients like Irish oysters, French artisanal cheese and locally sourced vegetables. The three-story building itself is also a draw, with its dramatic concrete-and-steel fittings combined with touches of verdant greenery. Especially recommended is the chef’s seven-course table menu, which changes periodically. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers

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Attico 28/F, Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, 489 Sukhumvit Soi 27, 02-302-3333. BTS Asok. Open Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm, daily 6-11pm. F BBB-BBBB The Italian restaurant at the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok continues its focus on Tuscan cuisine under new head chef Roberto Parentela (previously of Zanotti). Favorites such as the ravioli con porcini and branzino al cartoccio (steamed whole sea bass from Brittany) remain, vying for the diner’s attention with an old world wine list, 28th-floor views and a well-appointed dining room.

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Baan 139/5 Wireless Rd., 02-655-8995, 081-432-4050. MRT Lumphini. Open Wed-Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm; Mon 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm. F BB-BBB

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Benjarong Dusit Thani, 946 Silom Rd., 02-200-9000#2345. MRT Silom. Open daily 6-10pm; Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. E F BBB-BBBB

Specializing in “homestyle” dishes utilizing organic veg and free-range meat, Baan is one of the growing constellation of restaurants in chef Thitid Tassanakajorn’s dining empire. This one features recipes cooked up by his very own family. Standout dishes include a kai palo-tom sap hybrid (Chinese-style fivespiced egg soup flavored with Isaan-style spices) and deep-fried sun-dried pork. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 10% discount on food only Today - 30 Sep 16

Rejigged in 2014 by Morten Nielsen, previously chef de cuisine at the Michelin-star Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen (Denmark), Benjarong still offers some of the most old-school versions of “royal Thai” favorites, but gives them a little spin by adding European culinary methods and modern-style plating. Benjarong also has brisk service and a beautiful dining room. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 20% discount on food only (Mon-Fri, lunch hours) for Citi Ultima, Prestige, Preferred, and Select Today - 30 Dec 16

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Biscotti G/F, Anantara Siam, 155 Ratchadamri Rd., 02126-8866. BTS Ratchadamri. Open daily 11:30am2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. E F BBBB For years, Biscotti has reigned supreme as one of Bangkok’s most popular Italian dining destinations. Thanks to its great service, comforting-yet-tasteful decor and wellrounded menu, this Anantara Siam stalwart remains the go-to choice for executive lunches and It-crowd dinners. Pizzas, pastas (made in-house) and mains change frequently, ensuring that the menu never gets stale. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get up to 50% discount on food only for Citi Ultima Get 15% discount on food only for Citi Prestige Get 10% discount on food only for Citi Preferred, and Select Today - 30 Dec 16

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Il Bolognese Trattoria e Pizzeria 139/3 Sathorn Soi 7, 02-286-8805. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11 pm. F BBB Serious pizza connoisseurs already know of Il Bolognese’s exquisite pizza pies. The restaurant takes great pride in its endless experimentation to perfect their pizza making and it shows in the perfectly crispy, wood-fired crust. Combine the excellent crust with highquality, generous toppings, such as gorgonzola and speck, and you’ve got a strong contender among Bangkok’s pizza elite. La Bottega Di Luca

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La Bottega Di Luca Terrace 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-204-1731. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am2:30pm, 5:30pm-midnight; Mon 6pm-midnight. H F BBBB Styled like a deli/restaurant but more evocative of a fine-dining hotspot, this upscale Italian eatery run by chef Luca Appino offers Italian classics made with fresh—and, when possible, homemade—ingredients. Daily specialties change in accordance with what’s fresh in the market, but typical standouts include the beef tomahawk steak and burrata salad.

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Cafe Parisien Glasshouse at Sindhorn, 130-132 Wireless Rd., 02650-9993. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm. F BBB-BBBB For a taste of traditional French bistro cuisine, look no further than this glass-fronted eatery located in front of the Sindhorn building. Though the casual, rotating dishes like coq au vin, beef tartare with fries and grilled Toulouse sausage might say bistro, there’s still a defiant fine-dining touch thanks to a kitchen driven by French chef Herve Frerard (ex-Le Beaulieu, which charted at #12 in Top Tables last year before its closure). For best value, try the three-course set lunch menu. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get complimentary dessert when spending 1,000 Baht or more /sales slip (Mon-Fri, dinner hours and Sat, lunch and dinner hours)

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The Capital by Water Library 3/F, Empire Tower, Narathiwas Rd., 094-7267777. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm. F BBB-BBBB Reminiscent of a steakhouse for picky gourmands, the Capital offers a beef-heavy menu augmented with great seafood and pasta, along with a stylish setting that leans heavily on brass, hardwood and black-and-white accents. Try the Kamichiku wagyu steak, housemade pasta with crabmeat or the “Capital” beef tartare, which incorporates homemade chipotle sauce with Angus beef. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers The Capital by Water Library

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Chesa 5 Sukhumvit Soi 20, 02-261-6650. Open daily 11am-11pm.

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The food at this longstanding-yet-unassuming restaurant could be considered the culinary equivalent of a Swiss watch: not ostentatious, but well-made. What you get here, besides a cozy atmosphere in a standalone house, is friendly service and an extensive menu that spans Europe (from Italian tomato and mozzarella salad to Hungarian goulash). The focus, however, remains on Swiss specialties like melted raclette cheese with pickles and new potatoes.

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Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave. Charoenkrung Rd., 02-659-9000#7390. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. E H F BBBB China House charms diners who need a dash of hip to go with their shrimp dumplings. Set in a dining area that recalls Shanghai Tangmeets-1920s-China, this restaurant offers dyed-in-the-wool crowd pleasers like ovenroasted Peking duck, as well as nouveauChinois flourishes like deep-fried shrimp in a creamy wasabi sauce. For maximum exposure to China House’s kitchen, try out the weekend brunch. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Come 4 Pay 3 on Dim Sum lunch (Tue - Fri and Saturday brunch) (Limit 12 persons /table /card.) or get 20% discount on food only for dinner hours. Advance reservation is required. Terms and conditions apply. 28 Mar- 31 Oct 16 VIETNAMESE

Le Dalat 57 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-259-9593. MRT Sukhumvit. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm. F BBB

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Part of the old guard of Vietnamese restaurants in Bangkok, Le Dalat manages to stay on top of the heap with its faithful renditions of royal Vietnamese recipes, paired with a beautiful dining room full of well-chosen antiques. Munch on classics such as chao tom, banh cuon and the amazing pho, aided by an unobtrusive waitstaff. Other branch: EmQuartier, 02-269-1000

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Passing through Chong Nonsi you can’t help but notice this beautifully restored house in eye-catching canary yellow. Chef Fatih Tutak’s experience working in kitchens around the Asia-Pacific region results in Asian-inspired creations like “Hunting the Duck” (duck breast lying on splashes of red pomegranate sauce and burnt onion powder as gunpowder). Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 15% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages Today - 31 Dec 16

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Extraordinary Dining Babette’s the Steakhouse 19/F, Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan, 55/555 Lang Suan Rd., 02-630-4000. Open daily 6pm-1am. BTS Chit Lom

Amid Art Deco-referencing decor, chef Tobias Schwarzendorfer brings together some of the finest meats from Australia, Japan and America cooked in a French style with various sauces to match. Apart from its steaks, the menu also comprises a variety of pan-seared seafood, new world wines, Champagne and classic cocktails. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner with live jazz every day. Reservations are recommended as seats with views are limited.

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The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar 24-25/F, Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan, 55/555 Lang Suan Rd., 02-630-4000. Open daily 6pm-1am. BTS Chit Lom

This rooftop cocktail lounge takes you back to the jazz age. The two-story space sports prohibition era-inspired decor, featuring lots of dark woods and Art Deco touches. A balcony on the 24th floor lets you take in 180-degree views of Bangkok’s business district, while an alfresco rooftop offers a more leisurely atmosphere. Try classic cocktails that really pack a punch, like the Sazerac 1838, which combines Jack Daniel’s, absinthe and bitters.

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The Gardens of Dinsor Palace 1217/2 Sukhumvit Rd., between soi 59 and 61, 02-714-2112. Open daily 8am-11pm. BTS Ekkamai

This double-story 1930s palace was a royal family residence. Surrounded by luxuriant tropical gardens populated with swans, peacocks and rabbits, the colonialstyle pastry shop, cafe and fine-dining areas feature European and American dishes including foie gras ravioli, oven-baked butter fish, roasted rack of lamb and pizza. Don’t miss refreshing mocktails and delectable desserts made in house.

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Vivarium by Chefs Ministry 3675 Rama 4 Rd., 02-261-9507. Open daily 5-11pm

Two big-name local chefs, Chumpol Jangprai formerly of Siam Wisdom 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 scallop curry, 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.

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Riverside Terrace Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave., Charoenkrung Rd., 02-6599000#7390. Open Mon-Sat 7-10:30pm. BTS Saphan Taksin

With the Chao Phraya river to one side, and the grounds of the historic Mandarin Oriental Hotel to the other, this al fresco international buffet blends a special occasion atmosphere with a relaxed dining format that is bound to please all. The spread’s lineup ranges from barbecued meats and open-fire rotisserie to global favorites from the Indian tandoori ovens and Japanese teppanyaki grill.

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Terrace Rim Naam Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave., Charoenkrung Rd., 02659-9000#7390. Open daily 5-10:30pm. BTS Saphan Taksin

The sister restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental’s Sala Rim Naam is just across the storied hotel, bordering the Chao Praya in an elegant al fresco setting. To a backdrop of traditional Thai pavilions amid a manicured tropical garden, impeccable wait staff bring out regional Thai specialties like tom jin kai (Northern style chicken with mixed herbs soup) and gaeng hung le (slow-cooked pork curry with peanuts).

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Extraordinary Dining Extraordinary Dining Sala Rattanakosin Eatery & Bar Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok, Maharaj Rd., 02-622-1388. Open daily 7-10:30am, 11am-4:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm

It might be a boutique hotel, but half of this four-story renovated shop-house is dedicated to wining and dining in full view of the riverside’s star attraction, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Pull up a seat on the outdoor terrace to feast on a menu that goes down two routes: one, elegantly plated Thai classics and regional specialties; the other, Western bistro food like crispy pork belly and tuna tatare. For us though, the highlight is its rooftop bar—the perfect place for sipping a great selection of cocktails.

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1881 by Water Library Groove@CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd., 061-825-7348, 095-0727777. Open daily 11-midnight. BTS Chit Lom

Water Library’s gastro bar at this breezy, partly open-air mall is inspired by a 19th-century steam power plant. The kitchen is all about comforting dishes, ranging from a classic burger to tiger prawn pasta. Look out for consulting Swiss chef Urs Lustenbergerh’s more personal dishes, too: the spicy “Siam chicken praline” or the “double duck salad” with black olive crumble, poached onsen duck egg, and smoked duck breast.

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Harvest Chapter 31, 24/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-262-0762, 097-2358286. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight. MRT Sukhumvit

This rustic and wholesome restaurant looks like a vintage farmhouse and has an atmosphere akin to a relaxed family gathering. The menu is all-about seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired dishes in big portions ideally suited for sharing, such as the Ocean Goodness (grilled whole Maine lobster, mussels, clams, scallops and oysters) and 1.2 kg grilled cote de boeuf served with zucchini gratin and homemade gravy.

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Tsu & Nami JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 2, 02-656-7700. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. BTS Phloen Chit

The design boasts clever lighting and custom artwork— a wave of bamboo flowing between the two spaces: Tsu, which specializes in sushi-ya, and Nami, the teppanyaki steakhouse. The kitchen sources some of the best fish fresh from Tokyo and doesn’t shy away from a couple of Californian touches.

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Cafe Milano Glasshouse Sindhorn, 130-132 Wireless Rd., 02-650-9995. Open daily 11:30am-10pm, 6pm-10pm. BTS Ratchadamri

Set in the Sindhorn Building’s dramatic glasshouse extension, next to Cafe Parisien, Cafe Milano whips up Italian classics with a stylish presentation befitting the contemporary dining room—elegant leather chairs, red lacquered tables and towering bay windows. Join the office crowds and tuck into slow-cooked porchetta, rigatoni puttanesca or grilled seabass fillet.

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Nabezo Premium 5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5623. BTS Phloen Chit

A spinoff of the much-loved sukiyaki chain Mo-Mo-Paradise, this high-end brand goes all the way to the finest ingredients, served in sets as opposed to all-you-caneat. Diners can opt for either sukiyaki or shabu shabu soup and a star meat, ranging from kurobuta pork to omi wagyu and the highly-praised Taraba king crab. You’ll also get to fill yourself up with delicate appetizers, a choice of noodle and refillable veggies before dessert. Lunch sets are available on weekdays.

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Din Tai Fung 7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-646-1282. BTS Chit Lom. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; SatSun 10:30am-10pm. F BB-BBB A must-visit for Bangkok’s lovers of soup dumplings, this Taiwanese import is one of the most popular restaurants in CentralWorld. Queue up with friends and order a set of xiao long bao (soup-filled steamed dumplings), and a range of dishes to accompany them. Despite the large menu, the bao are the main event and arrive to your table in the same Chinese wooden basket used to steam them, still billowing smoke. Other branches: Central Embassy, 02-160-5918; Central Plaza Lardprao, 02-541-1622

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Elements 25/F, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Wireless Rd., 02-687-9099. BTS Phloen Chit. Open Tue-Sat 6-10:30pm. F BBBB Set in an exquisite dining room with a cantilevered deck overlooking the expansive Bangkok skyline, Elements is a polished fivestar hotel operation which bills its cuisine as “French dining with Japanese influences.” That means it doesn’t shy away from creative tweaks. Splurge on the full experience with their set menu, where dishes like the tuna tataki with ponzu jelly, avocado, ginger and baby shiso hint at the hotel’s Japanese roots. Err

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diVino Bangkok Penny’s Balcony,Soi Thong Lo 16, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok Tel. 02 7148723 | www.divinobkk.com | marketing@divinobkk.com Opening Hours Monday - Sunday 11.30 - 14.00 hrs. 17.30 - 24 hrs.

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Fillets 3/F, Portico, 31 Lang Suan Rd., 02-041-6056. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 11:30-2:30pm; Sun-Thu 6:30-11pm; Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight. F BBBB Laying claim to one of the only eight bar seats for dinner at Fillets will make you the envy of your Bangkok foodie friends. The high-end Japanese restaurant offers traditional omakase dining, where chef Chaichat “Randy” Noprapa chooses sushi and sashimi courses from his latest delivery direct from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. In addition to the fresh sushi, there’s wagyu beef and a growing a la carte menu, which is especially helpful when you’re entertaining in a private tatami room. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 30% discount on food only for lunch hours Get 30% discount on selected beverages (11.30hrs - 20.00hrs) Today - 31 Jul 16

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Il Fumo 1098/2 Rama 4 Rd., 02-286-8833. MRT Khlong Toei. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-1am. F BBB-BBBB

Il Fumo

This grand old villa reborn as a cocktails and Italian grill restaurant boasts some of Europe’s most prized meats, including Galician beef and prosciutto and pork neck from the Ca’ Lumaco Estate (between Modena and Bologna). On top of this, fresh seafood is also on the menu, cooked on big wood-fired ovens and then grilled to accompany pasta or risotto. Overall, there’s a lightness of touch here that makes this much more than just an ordinary steak house.

STEAK

El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse Eight Thonglor, 088-721-3088. Open daily 11am-midnight. BBBB El Gaucho moved from newcomer to Bangkok steakhouse institution in record time, and now has several locations around town. The most impressive of the sequels to the Sukhumvit Soi 19 original is this spacious Thonglor location where you can enjoy the terrace while being spoiled for choice with a menu of beef cuts ranging from Australian and American USDA prime, black angus, and certified angus beef. Other branches: Sukhumvit Soi 19, 02-255-2864

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Gianni Ristorante

Gianni Ristorante

34/1 Soi Tonson, Ploen Chit Rd., 02-252-1619, 02652-2922. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily noon-2pm, 6-10pm. E H F BBBB Gianni’s consistently impresses both the neighborhood regulars and newcomers on a special night out. This classic Italian restaurant reminds you it’s a cut above the rest early in the night with remarkable starters like fritto misto (baby squid, shrimp and fish over polenta) and entrees meant to wow like Chef Favro’s slow cooked wagyu beef cheeks. Not sure where to start? Let the regularly updated specials menu be your cheat sheet.

AMERICAN

Harvey 129 Thonglor Soi 9, 02-712-9911. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 6:30-11pm. H F BBBB

Hyde and Seek

INTERNATIONAL

Hyde and Seek 65/1 Athenee Residence, Soi Ruam Rudi, Wireless Rd., 02-168-5152-3. BTS Phloen Chit. Open Mon-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat-Sun 11-1am. F BBB-BBBB

You may not be able to get a seat upstairs at Harvey, where Thonglor’s high society frequent, but we know the real party is downstairs anyway. Here, the bright dining room becomes romantic at nightfall and young couples smile coyly while tucking into the kitchen’s international (but mostly French and American) bistro cuisine. Don’t be caught out of fashion by ordering your beef cheeks or chicken consomme without a selection from Harvey’s reasonably priced wine menu. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 10% discount on food from the a la carte menu only for Citi Ultima, Prestige, Preferred, and Select Get 5% discount on food from the a la carte menu only for other card types Today - 31 Mar 17

The lure of the Hyde & Seek gastro bar is its ability to be both warm and inviting, while exotic and mysterious. The same cozy brunch spot with strong drinks becomes a dark, mysterious and clubesque restaurant once nightfall arrives. No matter when you visit, though, the chili chocolate glazed baby back ribs are a must-order, along with a unique tipple from the bartender’s list of specials. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 10% discount on food only Today - 30 Dec 16

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Indigo 6 Soi Convent, 02-235-3268. BTS Sala Daeng. Open daily 11:30am-11pm. E F BBBB Frequented by the city’s most hard-to-please Francophiles, Indigo quiets aching cravings for traditional French fare. The inviting restaurant sits in a restored colonial home with a large terrace for mingling while enjoying coffee, excellent breads and a smoke—like a true Parisian. The specialty, however, is the kitchen’s hard-to-beat beef dishes such as the steak tartare or the ginormous cote de boeuf serving, which is carved for you tableside.

Indigo

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Indus 71 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-258-4900, 086-339-8582. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-11pm. E H F BBBB Always among the top spots in Bangkok for Indian dining, Indus won over diners by bringing a lighter touch to traditionally super-filling North Indian cuisine. The upbeat soundtrack and fun, colorful interior makes it a perfect place to lounge, while the biryani and kebabs constantly inspire our need for return visits. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 25% discount on food from the a la carte menu for lunch (Mon - Fri) or get 10% discount on food a la carte menu for dinner (Sun - Thu) Issaya Siamese Club

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THAI

Issaya Siamese Club 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chuaphloeng Rd., 02-672-9040-1. MRT Khlong Toei. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-1am. E H F BBBB Issaya is a refreshingly vibrant modern Thai restaurant set in a beautifully restored house, where upstairs you’ll find exquisite private rooms. Make your way down the long driveway and through the charming garden before finding a seat among the bright blue walls and artifacts emanating Thai heritage. All-star chef Ian Kittichai’s meticulously presented menu features dishes which are unique, yet simultaneously truly Thai. Indus

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J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain

J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain

U Sathorn Bangkok, 105/1 Soi Ngam Duphli, Sathorn Rd., 02-119-4899. Open daily noon2:30pm, 6-10pm. F BBBB An offshoot of the Michelin-starred Cote Saint Jacques in Burgundy, J’aime (French for “I love”) is headed by Amerigo Sesti, who brings a contemporary feel and fondness for sharing plates to classical French cuisine. Dishes like Chef Lorain’s signature quail and foie gras tourte, caviar floating island and pan-seared scallops with pork ravioli get modern touches, and are served by an exemplary front-of-house staff led by Chef Lorain’s daughter Marine. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 20% discount on food only for Citi Ultima, Prestige, Preferred, and Select Get 15% discount on food only for other card types Today - 30 Dec 16 JAPANESE

Jidori-Ya Kenzou 10/12 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-661-3457. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 5pm-midnight. BBBB

Joushitsu Sushi

A favorite of Japanese expats, Jidori-Ya Kenzou takes full advantage of the flavor of Thai chicken by skewering every possible bit of the bird before grilling it over an open flame and baptizing it in soy sauce or dabs of salt. Other customer favorites include the housemade tofu, the pumpkin salad and the vegetable dip with bagna cauda sauce. The sake and shochu selection isn’t bad, either.

JAPANESE

Joushitsu Sushi 20/2 Ekkamai Soi 2, 02-714-3984, 089-025-8583. BTS Ekkamai. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. F BBB Located in “Japanese expat central,” Joushitsu Sushi offers a menu brimming with imported ingredients such as engawa (flounder fin), uni (sea urchin), unagi (sea eel) and hotate (scallop). Adding to the authenticity is the understated decor dominated by a sushi bar. Recommended are the self-named sushi set, the unagi don (grilled eel over rice) and the value-for-money lunch sets. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 20% discount on food only Today - 31 Dec 16

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Kappo Hanako 113/1 Thonglor Soi 13, 02-712-6371/-2. Open daily 5pm-midnight. E H F BBB Delish Japanese food and a round of karaoke? When in Thonglor, take your cues from the locals and pop into Kappo Hanako for a satisfying meal at their teppanyaki bar before belting out your best tunes at the adjoining karaoke bar. The menu, which ranges from smoky broiled eggplant to tempura and specialty seafood, is a real crowd pleaser. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 10% discount on food only Today - 28 Feb 17

Kappo Hanako

JAPANESE

Karatama Robatayaki Piman 49, 46/10 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-4237. Open daily 6pm-midnight. BBBB

Khao

Robatayaki may be known as “Japanese barbecue,” but it has a distinctly upscale reputation back in Japan, where it is easily one of the most expensive types of food available. Little surprise, then, that the ingredients offered by Karatama Robatayaki are top-notch, imported twice a week from the homeland. Choose from awabi (Japanese abalone), kinki (rockfish), Kagoshima beef and Hokkaido corn, and whether you want them grilled, fried or steamed.

THAI

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One of the few Thai “chef’s table” restaurants out there, Khao is the brainchild of former Sala Rim Naam head chef Vichit Mukura, serving up his takes on the local cuisine using premium ingredients like Matsusaka beef. Not surprisingly, space is limited, with room for only small groups of 4-12 people a night. Khao shares space with Japanese restaurant Yuutaro. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get complimentary Thai drinks for everyone at the table when spending via Citi credit cards Today - 30 Jun 16

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STUNNING AL FRESCO VIEWS

If you’re in need of intense flavour from the heart of The Mediterranean, whilst taking in the glorious Bangkok sunset that rivals any Balearic skyline, then we are proud to offer you the most exquisite setting. The warmth of Europe’s most popular destination is brought to Bangkok in three unique settings as you embark on an unforgettable journey of culture and cuisine through the vibrant Iberian Peninsula. Indulge in our semi al fresco Tapas & Raw bar and experience the infinite selection of Mediterranean seafood that we have to offer. The allure of our semi al fresco Dining Deck puts you in the heart of our first-rate cuisine, culminating in an outstanding tapas taste, which is simply unforgettable. An astounding setting, remarkable food and drink and wondrous music beats that will bring the soul of Spain to your table, UNO MAS will forever have you asking for… one more!

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Official Selection THAI

Khua Kling + Pak Sod

Khua Kling + Pak Sod

98/1 Thonglor Soi 5, 02-185-3977. BTS Thong Lo. Open daily 11:30-2:30am, 5:30-9:30pm. H BB The occasionally surly service and crowded premises are no hindrance to the many Thais who cannot get enough of the authentically Southern (read: rip-roaringly spicy) cooking here. Named after one of Southern Thailand’s most popular dishes (the minced meat palaterouser known as “kua kling”, traditionally served with a basket of greens), this longtime favorite serves a great pork iteration, as well as a delicious stir-fried stink beans with shrimp paste. Other branches: Ratchakru, 02-617-2553; Sukhumvit 23, 095-363-6364

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Kitaohji 212 Thonglor Soi 8, 02-714-7997. Open Tue-Sun 6-11pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm. F BBBB

Kom-Ba-Wa

Testament to the size (and spending power) of the Japanese expats in Bangkok, this kaiseki specialist—founded in Ginza more than 70 years ago—has opened its very first branch outside of Japan on Thonglor. Although this restaurant specializes in kaiseki (meticulously prepared multi-course meals made with seasonal ingredients), it still accepts walk-in customers and offers some a la carte dishes, too.

JAPANESE | NEW

Kom-Ba-Wa 39/19 Soi Suanphlu, Sathorn Rd., 02-679-3775-6. Open daily 11:30am2pm, 6pm-1am. F BBB-BBBB “Modern” Japanese with Western influences is the name of the game at this creative restaurant from the restaurateur behind Issaya (see page 68) and Pizza Massilia (see page 84). Crowd pleasers like uni sushi compete for prominence on the menu with aged Tajima wagyu beef steak with ponzu jelly and squid ink ramen with Maine lobster and uni sauce. Diners with a sweet tooth are also sated with specialties like mochi with red bean mousse and strawberry jelly.

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Kram 113 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-258-8170. Open MonFri 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm; Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. F BB Well-made Thai comfort food in a hipster setting: Kram in a nutshell. Set in a greeneryfilled house decorated with bean bags and hanging light bulbs, Kram offers classic Thai dishes such as gaeng ua poo bai chaploo (curry with crabmeat and wild betel leaf), woonsen dok kajorn pad kai (stir-fried glass vermicelli with eggs and cowslip creeper) and pla rak gluay pad prik khing (stir-fried horseface loach with ginger-chili paste). Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 10% discount on food only (dine-in only) Today - 31 Dec 16

Kram

EUROPEAN/AMERICAN

Lady Brett 149 Sathorn Soi 12, 02-635-0405. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 5pm-midnight. BBB-BBBB Sharing a kitchen with the original branch of perennial brunch favorite Rocket, Lady Brett offers the feel of a cozy tavern, supplemented with a menu that reads like a stylish European spin on American barbecue. Former Opposite Mess Hall frontman Jess Barnes recently jumped on board, too, adding some amazing veg-forward tapas to the menu. Other branch: Thonglor (72 Courtyard), 02392-7636

Lady Brett

THAI

The Local 32-32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-664-3360-1. MRT Sukhumvit. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm. F BB-BBBB A labor of love that aims to preserve Thailand’s culinary heritage, The Local offers authentic Thai dishes in a century-old house. Hardto-find specialties such as gaeng run juan (beef in spicy herbal soup) and pla paak nam (seafood in red curry paste) hail from old Siamese recipes, handed down over several generations and utilizing native ingredients sourced from every region of the country. The Local

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Official Selection WESTERN

Lord Jim’s Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave., Charoenkrung Rd., 02-659-9000#7390-1. BTS Saphan Taksin. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Sat 11:30am-3pm; Sun 11am-3pm; daily 7-10:30pm. E F BBBB Lord Jim’s manages to appeal to both high-hair VIP types and office ladies thanks to a crowd pleasing menu that is heavy on lobster, oyster, crab and any other “fruits of the sea” that manage to catch diners’ fancy. A perennial favorite is the buffet lunch, which meshes an “all-you-caneat” celebratory atmosphere with the beautiful river views for which the Mandarin Oriental is known. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 20% discount on food only for dinner hours. Advance reservation is required. Terms and conditions apply. 28 Mar - 31 Oct 16

Lord Jim’s

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M Krub

2/F, Mahanakhon Cube, 96 Narathiwas Rd., 02-019-8105. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 111:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. F BBBB

M Krub

STEAK

The latest opening by Hong Kong-born Chef Man Wai Yin (also of Chef Man), M Krub takes Chinese cuisine and steps it up several notches by adding Western culinary techniques and modern presentation. Plates are hand-painted with Chinese calligraphy and symbols, while French chef Marc Razurel takes inspiration from China to dream up his fusion-infused dessert creations. Reservations are mandatory.

Madison G/F, Anantara Siam, 155 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-126-8866. BTS Ratchadamri. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. E H F BBBB This steakhouse has weathered the storm of many a culinary fad by sticking to what it does best: simple, honest meat with seamless service in a tasteful, contemporary setting. Diners flock to Madison on Sundays, when it is said to serve the best brunch in town, but weeknights are also popular with the business set thanks to imported beef from Australia and Japan and a solid wine list. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get up to 50% discount on food only for Citi Ultima Get 15% discount on food only for Citi Prestige Get 10% discount on food only for Citi Preferred, and Select Today - 30 Dec 16

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Marcel Sathorn Soi 10, 02-635-3533. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open Mon-Fri 6pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 11:30ammidnight. BBBB Marcel offers two restaurants rolled into one: tapas dishes like brie croquettes, mussels mariniere, and duck rillettes; plus gourmet mains like wild king mackerel in bouillabaisse sauce or chicken breast with polenta foam. Not surprisingly for a restaurant in this neighborhood, cocktails are also very good—ask the bartender for the special of the day, made with fresh fruits.

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CANTONESE

Mei Jiang G/F, The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-020-2888. Free ferry from BTS Saphan Taksin. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. E H F BBBB

Mikaku

JAPANESE | NEW

Mikaku 2/F, above Maison Eric Kayser, 103/2 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-7129080. BTS Thong Lo. Open Tue-Sun noon-2pm, 5-9:30pm. F BBBB Founded over 80 years ago in Kyoto’s Gion district by the Mita family, this world-renowned teppanyaki restaurant has opened its first branch outside of Japan on Thonglor Road. Offering some of the most highly lauded beef in the world, Mikaku uses only A4-5 graded Kobe-sourced wagyu. Besides what’s cooked on the teppan (an iron plate where the chef works his magic), Mikaku also offers a couple seafood options including king crab and tuna steak.

Despite its location across the river, Mei Jiang remains one of the most popular places for dim sum in Bangkok. Diners can expect faithfully rendered Cantonese food with courteous wait staff and lovely views of the Chao Phraya. Tea is a big deal here, with staff specially trained to treat guests to their very own tea ceremonies. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get up to 50% discount on food a la carte menu for Citi Ultima Get 20% discount on food a la carte menu for Citi Prestige Get 15% discount on food a la carte menu for Citi Preferred and Select Today - 30 Dec 16

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La Monita Taqueria

La Monita Taqueria

888/26-25 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-650-9581. BTS Phloen Chit. Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm. H F BBB One of Bangkok’s original Mexican taquerias combines a casual, barbecue joint atmosphere with flavorful renditions of Mexican favorites like quesadillas, tacos and burritos. Recommended dishes include the Cuban rice topped with fried egg, choriqueso (a spicy dish of Mexican chorizo and cheese), and the steak torta. Other branches: Siam Paragon, 02-650-9581; EmQuartier, 02-003-6238 Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 10% discount on food only (applicable only at EmQuartier branch) Today - 30 Sep 16

New York Steakhouse

JAPANESE | NEW

Mugendai Penthouse 9/F, EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6333. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 11am-10pm. F BBBB Importing its fish from Tsukiji five days a week, Mugendai places a premium on its generously cut, flavorful sushi. The recently opened outlet in new mall EmQuartier aims to combine the premium restaurant experience with that of a lifestyle bar, while still offering the favorites enjoyed at the original branch at Grass Thonglor (now closed) such as uni hotate tempura and the delicious beef bowl.

STEAK

New York Steakhouse 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 2, 02-656-7700 ext. 4240. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 6-11pm. E F BBBB Executives with bottomless expense accounts looking to splash out on a fancy dinner can do no better than New York Steakhouse, where everything comes just a little bit bigger and better than most places. Look out for US CAB prime beef, Japanese wagyu beef or Australian black angus such as the tomahawk, or go for the ubiquitous Caesar salad or roast beef, made tableside to ensure you get exactly what you want. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 15% discount on food only Today - 30 Dec 16

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64 Pan Rd., 02-637-9899. BTS Surasak. Open daily 6pm-midnight. F BBBB A joint effort from owner/manager Alex Morabito and chef Davide Calo, Opus boasts a wellthought-out menu offering excellent pastas and main dishes, plus an extensive wine list of over 400 Italian labels housed in a walk-in cellar. The setting, a stylish house-turned-restaurant, boasts a masculine vibe rich with leather and red accents.

THAI

Osha 99 Wireless Rd., 02-256-6555. Open daily 11am-2:30pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-midnight; Sun-Thu 6-11:00pm. E F BBB-BBBB The very definition of “OTT,” Osha hosts a menu of reimagined Thai dishes in a dining room crowned with a gold-leaf-coated stairwell and elaborate wallpaper depicting scenes from Thai mythology. Dishes like the Ocean & Flora salad highlight the menu’s two strong suits: premium produce and botanical flavors. Elsewhere, weary staples like green curry are dressed up with spherified pearls of coconut milk. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Osha

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SPANISH

Osito Unique Spanish Mahatun Plaza, 888/23-24 Ploen Chit Rd., 02-651-4399. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10:30am-midnight. F BBB

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It’s the perfect location to celebrate life’s happy moments. Fifty-five storeys above the bustle of central Bangkok, Red Sky at the Centara Grand at CentralWorld, one of the city’s top dining destinations, serves up jaw-dropping panoramic vistas, an inspired menu, and a remarkable well-balanced wine list. At the entrance, an eight-meter-high glass wine cellar stands guard, holding over 2,000 bottles that straddle both old and new world. Outside, the glass-wrapped alfresco bar and bistro showcases nighttime Bangkok as far as the eye can see. The menu is imaginative and excites the senses with an outstanding recipe of tastes and textures. Chef Hugo Coudurier’s Signature additions are a combination of both classical and contemporary bistro dishes that are designed to wow the senses. Start of your gastronomic experience with the sublime Hokkaido Crab Bisque accompanied by a Tender Claw Tempura & Crème Fraiche. Then the delicate flavours that come together perfectly in his elegant Nova Scotia Lobster Risotto with sweet basil and light lobster emulsion. Other standouts include Charcoal Oven Baked Pacific Snow Fish and a personal favourite, the Braised Lamb Shank with Borlotti bean and vegetable ragout, rosemary jus. Showcasing his classical culinary upbringing is a fork tender Wagyu Beef Tenderloin “Rossini” with Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Wild Mushrooms and Madeira Sauce, and another timeless dish, Fried Italian “Zeppole”, berry compote & sweet corn cream. So what better place than Red Sky to impress an out-of-town guest, celebrate the closure of a business deal, or even pop the question? With its spectacular setting, outstanding food, and jazzy music it is the perfect formula for a great night out.

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Official Selection SEAFOOD

The Oyster Bar

The Oyster Bar

395 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Soi 24, 02-2124809. Open Mon-Sat 6-11pm; Sun noon-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm. H F BBBB Starting out as a way for seafood importer Bill Marinelli to woo potential customers, Oyster Bar quickly morphed into one of Bangkok’s most popular oyster bars, serving sustainable seafood flown in twice a week from the USA and Canada. The menu changes regularly depending on what’s available, but regular items include the oysters Rockefeller and impressive seafood tower.

Pizza Massilia

ITALIAN | NEW

Pizza Massilia 15/1 Soi Ruam Rudi, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-6515091. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 5pm-midnight. BBB French restaurateur Frederic Meyer (Issaya Siamese Club, Kom-Ba-Wa and Namsaah) and Italian chef Luca Apino (La Bottega di Luca) have imported two massive, twin ovens from Italy—and a chef, Flavio Argenio, whose pizza-making experience spans Marseille and Italy, making him an ideal fit for this “Italy with a touch of Provence” pizzeria. The baroque, powder blue dining room contrasts French antiques, global contemporary art and simple wood-fired dishes.

THAI | NEW

Prai Raya 59 Sukhumvit Soi 8, 091-878-9959, 02-253-5556. BTS Nana. Open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. F BBB Longstanding Phuket favorite Raya has upped its game by introducing its beloved Southern Thai cooking to Bangkok. The restaurant carries plenty of Sino-Portuguese touches like vaulted doors and a patterned tile floor, while the menu pulls out all the Raya classics, such as the gaeng nuea poo bai chaploo (crab curry with piper leaves) and the moo horng (Southern-style braised pork), alongside new dishes like goong khun ya (grandma’s fried river prawns). Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get complimentary Thai tea when spending via Citi credit cards (limit 1 glass / card /table /sales slip) Today - 31 Oct 16

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Quince Sukhumvit Soi 45, 02-662-4478. BTS Phrom Phong. Open Mon-Fri 11-1am; Sat-Sun 10:301am. H F BBB-BBBB Specializing in fuss-free plates that are meant for sharing, Quince does a unique twist on pan-European food that aims to place its local, seasonal ingredients center stage. The dining area, trussed out by neighboring Casa Pagoda, brims with a comforting-yet-faddish faux-vintage style, and the Mediterraneantinged menu is augmented by an inspired wine list and cocktail menu. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 15% discount on food only (applicable during 11.00hrs - 17.30 hrs) Today - 31 Dec 16 Quince

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Prime Steakhouse Millennium Hilton Bangkok, 123 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-442-2000. Open daily 6pm-midnight. E F BBBB If you like your T-bone or ribeye with a side of gorgeous river views, hop on the Hilton’s ferry and cross on over to the Thonburi side of the river. Prime sets itself apart from its steakhouse rivals thanks to muted-yet-solicitous service, a wood-fired grill and, of course, the “prime” views. Non-meat lovers can content themselves with super-fresh oysters and live lobsters. Rang Mahal

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26/F, Rembrandt Hotel, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, 02-261-7100. BTS Asok. Open daily 6pm-midnight; Sun 11am-2:30pm. E H F BBBB Rang Mahal (“Palace of Colors”) does serious Indian food in a regal setting that takes full advantage of its 26th-floor location to offer up a striking view of Bangkok’s skyline. While some bemoan the small portions, the excellent renditions of saag paneer (spinach with paneer cheese), bhaigan bhartha (spiced eggplant) and Tandoori chicken make it a crowd favorite. Prime Steakhouse

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The Raw Bar 440/9 Thonglor Soi 14, 02-713-8335. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight. BBBB Diners who want to sample fresh oysters in a dining room with the feel of a ship below decks need look no further than this renovated shophouse on Soi Thonglor, where a wide variety of fresh oysters, carpaccio (thinly sliced raw meat), ceviche (Peruvian-style seafood salad) and tataki (seared slices of meat) dishes crowd the menu alongside a selection of cocktails and wine.

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Rib Room & Bar Steakhouse 31/F, The Landmark Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-254-0404. BTS Nana. Open daily 6-11:45pm. F BBBB Although this restaurant considers itself a fine-dining French eatery, it’s more known as a steakhouse—perhaps because of the carnivorous name. Set on the 31st floor of the Landmark hotel, RR&B combines discreet service and moody lighting with a vast selection of beef such as Japanese wagyu Ohmi and Australian grain-fed 400-day meat. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 15% discount on food from the a la carte menu 1 Apr - 30 Jun 16 Roast

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Roast The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2865. Open Mon-Thu 10am11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm. H F BBB The business that had a big hand in kick-starting Bangkok’s brunch craze serves all-day dishes like crab cakes with eggs Benedict, corned beef hash, and a sinfully rich strawberry waffle. Other meals are represented on the menu too, such as lunch (burgers) and dinner (steak frites, roast chicken). Thanks to carefully-sourced beans roasted in house, the coffee here is excellent.

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Rock Restaurant and Bar 7/1 Paholyothin Soi 9, 082-688-8200. Open MonSat 5:30pm-midnight. E F BBB Armed with a pan-Asian focused menu, chef Thanyathorn Kojaranonta takes culinary cues from places as far-flung as Myanmar, India, and China (as well as Thailand) to cook up dishes like crab curry with noodles, syrup pork buns and toddy palm cake. The cocktails, designed by ubiquitous bar-hand Joseph Boroski, are an equal treat.

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Rocket S.12 149 Sathorn Soi 12, 02-635-0404. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 7am-9pm. BB-BBB The concept here is simple but disarming: a breakfast-heavy menu in a welcoming, Scandinavian-style setting with coolly efficient service. All the dishes on the menu—from the eggs to the sandwiches and salads—are wellexecuted and fresh, often utilizing organic ingredients. As with any great breakfast spot, the coffee is good, but so is the cold-brew coffee and cocktails. Other branches: Phloen Chit (Central Embassy), 02-160-5836; Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-6638; Thonglor (72 Courtyard), 02-635-0404 Rocket Coffee Bar

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Rossano’s 167 Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke), 02-260-1861, 02-661-7449. MRT Sukhumvit. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 6-11pm. H F BBBB This cozy little eatery, tucked down a side-street off a busy intersection, may come off a little pricey, but fans of the place love it for its great service, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Besides big-ticket menu items like the beef steak, there is raw tuna carpaccio, homemade ravioli with ricotta and, of course, pizza. The decor makes much use of low-beamed ceilings, wood furnishings and faux-distressed walls.

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Rossini’s 1/F, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-649-8364. BTS Asok. Open Mon-Fri noon2:30pm; daily 6-10:30pm; Sun noon-3pm. E F BBBB Rossini’s represents old-guard, classic Italian fine dining. The decor is made up to resemble a Tuscan villa while the menu is studded with surefire crowd pleasers like pan-roasted foie gras, turbot, creamed artichoke soup and seared black cod. Remember to save room for desserts like the chocolate foie gras mousse and rosemary apple tart with caramel ice cream. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 20% discount on food only for Citi Ultima, Prestige, Preferred, and Select Get 10% discount on food only for other card types Today - 20 Dec 16

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Sakuragawa Sushi B1/F, Jasmine City Mall, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02661-7284. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-3pm, 5:3010pm. F BBBB

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Bangkok is filled almost to bursting with Japanese restaurants, but many Nippon expats bemoan the lack of truly authentic sushi-ya, due to what they see are inferior-quality rice and sushi vinegar in Thailand. One restaurant that passes the test, however, is this unassuming spot tucked into the basement of Jasmine Tower which pulls in the nearby salayman lunch crowd. Take up a seat at the sushi bar to watch the chefs work their magic.

Mandarin Oriental, 48 Oriental Ave., Charoenkrung Rd., 02-659-9000 # 7390. BTS Saphan Taksin. Open Fri-Wed noon-2:30pm, 7pm-10:30pm. E F BBBB The Mandarin Oriental’s signature Thai restaurant, Sala Rim Naam (“Room at the Water’s Edge”) combines classic “royal Thai” cuisine with a theater experience, offering diners a glimpse of local culture as they tuck into their multi-course meals. Many consider the restaurant a must-try for new arrivals to the city.

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La Scala The Sukhothai Bangkok, 13/3 Sathorn Rd., 02-3448888. MRT Lumphini. Open daily noon-2:30pm, 6:30-11pm. E H F BBBB The most popular of The Sukhothai’s outlets, La Scala offers elegant Italian food in a stylish setting rife with shimmering glass blocks and dark wood accents. Try the ever-popular pizza, the 48-hour Tuscan pork belly with apple puree, or the seafood risotto of clam, mussels, lobster, scallop and crab.

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Scalini Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, 11 Sukhumvit Soi 24, 02-620-6666. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 6-10:30am, 6-11pm; Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm; Sun noon-3pm. E F BBBB-BBBB

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Scalini appeals to diners looking for an Americanized form of Italian dining—more Godfather than La Dolce Vita. Headed by Chef Egidio Latorraca, who has over 15 years’ experience from stints in Australia, Europe and Macau, Scalini dishes out specialties like paccheri pasta with duck ragout, oven-baked black cod with Sicilian couscous and, its signature dessert, tiramisu, in a setting that recalls the prohibition era of 1920s America.

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104 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 099-283-6363, 094-429-7777. Open TueSun 6:00pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm. F H BBB-BBBB Headed by young local chef Pakapat Sakyaso, Seed rolls out refined comfort food with an emphasis on local quality produce in a casual, rustically-inclined atmosphere. But as well as seafood, ribs and steak, you’ll also find dishes that bear a Gallic-Asian twist like duck confit with carrot puree and ginger or french toast with pear and caramel. You’ll also find some of the best-priced wine in town.

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Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin Lobby/F, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 991/9 Rama 1 Rd., 02-162-9000. BTS Siam. Open daily noon-3pm, 6-11:30pm. E H F BBBB This molecular gastronomy restaurant specializing solely in Thai food offers a complete dining experience in a fairy-tale decor of delicate Thai pavilions. The sister of Copenhagen’s Kiin Kiin (which has held a Michelin star since 2008), Sra Bua reconceptualizes dishes like red curry, transforming it into an ice cream, while dotting its tom yam soup with gelatinous pearls of lobster essence. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers

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107 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-2858. Open daily 6pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. E H F BBBB In a town filled to the brim with fickle restaurant-goers, Surface manages to toe the line with simple French dishes crafted from chef Chalee Kader’s creative point of view, like the spinach salad with Roquefort cheese and peaches, and the popular crispy snow fish hijiki angel hair pasta. Adding to the ambience are the garden seats and attractive, “shabby chic” wine bar.

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Sushi Hinata 5/F, Central Embassy, Ploen Chit Rd., 02-160-5935. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 11am-9pm. F BBBB One of the sushi restaurants that actual sushi chefs patronize, Sushi Hinata specializes in omakase-style service in which the chefs prepare whatever’s fresh that day for the diner at the counter. With branches in Nagoya and Malaysia, Sushi Hinata hopes to make its mark in the Japanese restaurant-heavy dining scene here with its great attention to detail and exemplary ingredients. While dinners can obviously run on the pricey side, lunch sets can glean unexpected bargains.

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Sushi Kanda 2/F, No. 88, Thonglor Soi 5, 02-712-6639. Open Mon-Tue 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm; Thu-Sun 11:30am-1:30pm; 5:30-11pm. F BBBB Japanese chef Takahiro Hato is especially finicky, choosing only the best quality ingredients from his home country. Obviously, the thing to get here is sushi, so why not choose the omakase route, where the chef chooses your dinner? Lucky diners will get a sushi tutorial from Takahiro himself, as well as extra rolls of uni (sea urchin), which is of such good quality that it earns rave reviews across the board.

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Tables Grill M/F, Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-254-6250. BTS Chit Lom. Open Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm; daily 6:30-10pm; Sun 11am-3pm. E F BBBB Boasting in a “private dining club” ambiance, Tables plates up classic European dishes, many cooked tableside. The decor, designed by New York-based designer Tony Chi, recalls a gentleman’s club with its antique mirrors and dark wood paneling, while the menu deals in the types of standards that adorn high-end restaurants all over the world: like lobster bisque, beef tartare, duck liver terrine. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get up to 50% discount on food only for Citi Ultima Tables Grill

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88 No. 88, Thonglor Soi 5, 095-720-0557. Open Thu-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm; Mon 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm. F BBBB Owned by the same people behind Sushi Kanda (and in the same location), Tempura Kanda deep-fries an assortment of premium ingredients in an airy net of batter, winning over lovers of tempura as much as its sister sushi restaurant draws lovers of raw fish. Try the omakase of tempura, where the chef fries up whatever is fresh in the market that day.

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Ten-Sui 33 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-663-2281. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm. F BBBB Coupling an extensive menu with excellent service, Ten-Sui— housed in a beautiful Japanese-style building surrounded by a verdant garden—offers everything from hot stone dishes to noodles, sushi and shabu shabu. The waitresses all wear Japanese traditional dress and the private rooms upstairs allow for a much more sedate dining experience. Especially recommended are the lunch sets.

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Theo Mio G/F, InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Ploen Chit Rd., 02-656-0444. BTS Chit Lom. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; daily 6:30-10:30pm. F BBB-BBBB The first overseas venture of British TV chef Theo Randall (star of BBC Two’s culinary competition The Chef’s Protege), Theo Mio is situated smack bang in the middle of the city’s shopping district and employs an airy, casual atmosphere (and picturesque outdoor terrace) that belies the Italian fine dining menu. Specialities include the cappelletti pasta with slow-cooked veal and porcini mushrooms. Ten-Sui

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54/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02100-6255. BTS Siam. Open daily 4pm-1am. F BBB-BBBB Set on the 54th floor and overlooking the city skyline, Uno Mas serves a wide range of both hot and cold tapas alongside raw oysters, Boston lobsters and Joselito ham (considered the best Iberian jamon in the world). A special treat is the Cochinillo suckling pig, which is served Spanish style for parties of two or more: halved down the middle, perfectly salted and scented with fresh rosemary. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Uno Mas

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Le Vendome 267/2 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-662-0530-1. Open daily 11:30am-3pm, 6-11pm. F BBBB The dining room is a spectacular homage to over-the-top classic French styling, while the dishes are as rich as the polish on the Louis XVI chairs. Expect the private rooms to be regularly booked out by VIPs, who come back regularly for the foie gras, langoustines and truffle-flecked beef dishes. What’s most remarkable however are the prices—comfortably the cheapest in town for French food on this level. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 15% discount on food only for Citi Ultima Get 10% discount on food only for other card types Today - 30 Jun 17

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Vesper 10/15 Convent Rd., 02-235-2777. BTS Sala Daeng. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Mon-Sat 5pm1am; Sun 5pm-midnight. H BBB-BBBB Upscale tapas bar or restaurant that happens to serve great cocktails? However you view Vesper, you can’t leave without splashing out on some serious drinks as well as Mediterranean cuisine designed in partnership with chef Luca Appino (La Bottega di Luca). The marble bar, helmed by an in-house team that comprises Scotland native Colin Tait and a bevvy of Diageo World Class contenders, serves cocktails focused on barrel aging and botanical ingredients. Water Library Brasserie

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Water Library Brasserie 5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploen Chit, 061-825-2532, 09-4703-7777. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 11:00am-10pm. F BBB-BBBB Water Library Brasserie treads the fine line between “haute cuisine” and brasserie by giving diners great value for money. French flourishes abound, concentrated on signature dishes such as the salade Nicoise, beef tartare and duck confit. Glassware, gold bridges and bookshelves augment the dining area, giving the restaurant a “Jules Verne” feel.

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Yamazato 24/F, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Wireless Rd., 02-687-9000. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 6-10:30am, 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. F BBBB Yamazato is a one-stop shop for Japanese fine dining, in a space that boasts even more luxurious surroundings than its one-Michelin-star sister restaurant in Amsterdam. Besides its traditional a la carte offerings—based on kaiseki ryori, or Japanese “haute cuisine”—there are also two teppanyaki tables and a sushi bar stocked with fish flown straight from Tsukiji. If you have the time, don’t miss the 6-8 course kaiseki dinner menus.

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2/F, Nihonmura Mall, Thonglor Soi 13, 02-712-6868. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm. F BBBB

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Another restaurant that offers up a wideranging Japanese food experience, Yashin— backed by the owners of Tenyuu Grand on Sathorn—offers diners everything from sushi omakase (where the chef decides on what’s freshest to serve on that day) to shabu shabu, a type of stew in which thin slices of meat are cooked by dipping them briefly in boiling broth before they are dipped in sauce and eaten with rice and boiled vegetables. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 15% discount on food from the a la carte menu Today - 30 Sep 16

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Yuutaro 64 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6070. Open daily noon2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. F BBBB As with many a fine Japanese restaurant in Bangkok, sushi is considered the specialty here, but Yuutaro (which shares space with Thai restaurant Khao) also features a striking dark wood setting, Zen garden, and efficient kitchen led by Thai chef Uthit Jittrong, who has more than 30 years’ experience cooking Japanese food in Thailand and Japan. Other recommendations include the kampachi with ponzu jelly and wagyu toro maki. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers Get 25% disoount on food from the a la carte menu for Citi Ultima, Prestige and Preferred Get 20% discount on food from the a la carte menu for other card types Yuutaro

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Zanotti Il Ristorante Italiano 1/F, Saladaeng Colonnade Condominium, 21/2 Sala Daeng Rd., 02-636-0002. MRT Silom. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 6-10:30pm. E H F BBBB Zanotti was among the first restaurants in Bangkok to elevate Italian cuisine to the realm of fine dining. Now considered part of the city’s dining “old guard,” Zanotti still whips up authentic Piedmontese dishes inspired by its founding chef, Gianmaria Zanotti, as well as a great selection of pastas and the dependably tasty Florentine-style beef steak. There’s also an impressive wine list.

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Zuma

G/F, St. Regis Hotel, 159 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-2524707. BTS Ratchadamri. Open daily 11:30am3pm, Sun-Thu 6-11pm, Fri-Sat 6-11:30pm. E F BBBB The surroundings as well as the food lures the rich and beautiful to Zuma. Bamboo, granite and glass dominate the dining area with its vast open kitchen, making this a great place to enjoy dishes like black cod marinated in saikyo miso or sliced sea bass with yuzu truffle oil. But the big, expansive bar also makes Zuma an exemplary watering hole, especially if you opt for one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

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Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok, 204 New Ratchadapisek Rd., 02-694-2222 ext 1530.

22/F, Dusit Thani, 946 Rama 4 Rd., 02200-9000#2345. MRT Silom. Open daily 4pm-midnight.

32/F, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-126-9999. BTS Nana. Open daily 5pm-1am.

The menu focuses on Pacific coastal cuisine like the fresh and simple scallop carpaccio with corn and avocado salsa as well as Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese fusion) dishes like grilled Maine lobster with “ramen gnocchi” and miso tea. The signature drinks also fit the theme well, like the rum-based Catch 22. Added bonus: the panoramic views of Lumphini Park from the Dusit’s top floor.

Imagine a grand Parisian apartment, with parquet floors, rich burgundy wallpaper and lots of marble among some well chosen bric-a-brac. Every item is imported; the couches, black and white pictures of Parisian life, even the La Cornue stove in the open kitchen. Expect comforting and classical dishes, like black truffle ravioli or knife-cut wagyu beef tartare—all expertly presented. The 32nd-floor views of downtown Bangkok are impressive, too.

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115 Somerset Building, Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-381-6441-2. BTS Thong Lo. Open daily 11am-10:30pm.

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Avani Atrium, 1880 New Petchaburi Rd., 02-718-2023. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm.

This restaurant’s young owner, “Ice,” brings his grandparent’s recipes to the hip nightlife neighbourhood of Thonglor. Expect to taste Southern specialties like khua kling (stir-fried grain-fed 150-day Australian beef), pad liang gung siab (stir-fried Southern herbs with dried shrimps) and khao yam Khun Puu (herbs with rice and dipping sauce) in a relaxed setting.

This restaurant by Pomodoro group (Pomodoro, Gustuso, Amici, Common Room) is set in an elegantly-decorated dining room and serves food that’s equally good-looking. The risotto allo zafferano e fegato grasso not only comprises a risoto 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.

Since 1964, the New York-born chain has delivered modern Japanese flavors with a solid dose of American showmanship. Watch the teppanyaki chef slice, dice and sear prime cuts of beef right before you, or explore creative dishes like Rocky’s Mountain Sandwich Spicy Salmon (spicy salmon, tobiko, Japanese onion, kaiware, rayu sauce, spicy mayonnaise). The decor is ideally suited for large parties, which sit surrounding the performersslash-chefs.

This international buffet spans a wide range of cuisines, from Asian to European. Thai favorites include the river prawns with curry sauce, while comforting classics hop-scotch from Southern Europe (lasagne) to its Northernmost reaches (smoked salmon, rack of lamb with gravy sauce). The seafood corner includes scallops, New Zealand mussels, crab and more, while the desserts spread is packed with homemade cakes and a variety of ice cream flavors.

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The Chop

Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, 489 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-302-3333. BTS Asok. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm; daily 6:30-10:30pm.

9/F, EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02003-6275. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm.

The Dining Room at The House on Sathorn 106 North Sathorn Rd., 02-344-4025. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily noon-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm.

Here, you get statement yellow chairs and impressionist paintings to go with your Ming vases and lazy Susans, making this one of the most contemporary and fun Cantonese dining rooms in town. The menu, meanwhile, drives a firm line down all the classics: glazed roast Peking duck, pan-fried cod fish with garlic and spring onion, suckling pig and plenty of dim sum. You’ll also find some powerful Sichuan favorites and a specialty herbal tea bar.

This elegant steakhouse with an 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.

Divino

EAT (Eat All Thai)

EAT Rice & Noodles

Penny’s Balcony, Thonglor Soi 16, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-714-8723. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-midnight.

2/F, Groove at CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd., 02-251-1230. BTS Siam. Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.

B/F, EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02261-0428. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm.

This Thonglor old-timer dishes out the kind of Bangkok-meets-Italy dining experience that sees comforting plates of pastas and boards of antipasti brought to share among friends over reliable bottles of red vino. Plentiful terrace seating in one of the area’s original pre-game spots means you can watch the Thonglor nightlife scene heat up as you tuck into your burrata with parma ham, black truffle ravioli and wagyu steak served Florentine style.

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 a 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.

The team behind Minibar Royale, Supanniga and EAT also own this wall-towall blond wood cafe serving simple Thai dishes that stand in contrast to the mall’s more deluxe eateries. The food here takes influence from the Bangkok streets, adopting a tam sang concept that allows you to pick a protein and a carb then tell the kitchen how you want them cooked. Don’t miss the sea prawn pad Thai or the black sesame ice cream for dessert.

In what used to be an aristocratic home, this standalone outpost of the neighboring W Hotel has one of the most stunning dining rooms in town, artfully blending the building’s period details with considerate modern touches. Half of the restaurant’s 38 seats are at a long, wooden counter facing the kitchen, where the team turns out fusion dishes like “Hunting the Duck”, duck breast lying on splashes of red pomegranate sauce and burnt onion powder as gunpowder.

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Fireplace Grill & Bar

Frank’s Grill

394/35 Maharaj Rd., 02-622-2291-2. Open Tue-Sun 11am-9pm.

G/F, InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Ploen Chit Rd., 02-656-0444#5505. BTS Chit Lom. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; daily 6:30-10:30pm.

Bangkok 23 Complex. Open daily 11am2:30pm, 6-10pm. 02-258-0544

Chef couple Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones of Bo.lan (Top Tables No. 9, see page 22) went casual for this riverside cocktail and tapas bar, while keeping the emphasis firmly on quality produced from around the country. The menu spans a lot of crisp, fried, grilled, comforting, favorites like Isaan sausage, Chiang Rai sausage, a simple bowl of green mango macerated in fish sauce and chili powder, or braised mussels in a clay pot. The pla som (garlic- and jasmine-rice-cured ocean fish) knocks it out of the ballpark.

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Opened in 1966, this venerable steakhouse still does things the old-fashioned way, with Caesar salads tossed table-side and steak tartares prepared on the trolley to your liking. The central cooking station, including the large charcoal grill, dishes out French classics (lobster bisque, onion soupe, flambéed crepes) and Australia’s very best beef: Stockyard wagyu, Great Southern and Riverina—plus fresh oysters and fish (Norwegian snow fish, Dover sole, salmon fillet).

Coming to Bangkok this July, this steakhouse promises to offer central Bangkok another option for high-end imported slabs of meat alongside all the classic dishes you’d expect from a New York restaurant of the old school. There’ll be jazz. There’ll be a bar lined with dark after-dinner spirits. There’ll be decor that invites you to loosen a couple of belt-notches and dig in.

The Great Kabab Factory

The Grill

Isao

L/F, Majestic Grande Hotel, 12 Sukhumvit Soi 2, 02-262-2999. BTS Nana. Open daily 11am-4pm, 6-11pm.

G/F, Groove@CentralWorld, 999/9 Rama 1 Rd., 02-613-1036. BTS Siam. Open daily 11-1am.

5 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-258-0645. Open daily 11am-2:15pm, 5:30-10pm.

The famous Indian franchise is now in Bangkok serving some 450 types of kababs (grilled meat or vegetables) as well as curries. Served both as set menus and all-you-can-eat, Indian chef Mahesh Thepa’s menu changes daily but sticks to the same herbs and spices used in the mother branch. Thanks to a large open kitchen, you’ll see the chefs busying themselves around the tandoor ovens.

Reliably affordable wine-and-dine chain Wine Connection positions this as its most upscale branch, dry-aging meat in its on-site cellar for at least one week. To accompany your US Angus, Australian or 500-day grain-fed Japanese Iwate wagyu beef, you’ll find side dishes like truffle French fries, potato gratin and classic sauces. Of course, it remains one of the cheapest places in town to get a glass of wine, too.

Having learned her art at Chicago’s Green Tea sushi bar, Karuna Sangaroon came back to Thailand and named her small but super friendly restaurant after her sushi master. In fact 80 percent of her sushi dishes come from the Green Tea menu, prepared with international ingredients and American twists. Try the crunchy sushi sandwich (spicy tuna and salmon sandwiched with crispy tempura flakes) or the crowd-pleasing Volcano (spicy baked scallop served in a shell).

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Jojo G/F, The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-207-7815. BTS Ratchadamri. Open daily noon-3pm, 6-11pm

New York Eats by Kitchen 23 Sukhumvit Soi 23. Open daily 11am2:30pm, 6-10pm. 02-258-0542.

Helmed by chef Stefano Merlo, The St. Regis Bangkok’s Italian restaurant serves up slow food and seasonal produce amid contemporary decor. Aside from lots of homemade pastas, highlights from the dinner menu also include the uovo asparagi e asiago (white and green asparagus, slow-cooked egg, asiago cheese foam) carpaccio di gamberi (red prawn carpaccio, prawn mayonnaise, orange gel) and fegatini di pollo (chicken liver pate on brioche bread, zibibbo wine gelatin, fresh leaves). Do visit the walk-in wine and chesee cellar, too.

New York comfort food takes center stage in this soon to open new restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 23. Expect barbecue, hearty salads and other dishes that beg for a good craft beer in an environment where families are welcome.

Medinii

Mexicano (formerly Senor Pico)

35/F, The Continent Hotel, 413 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-686-7000. BTS Asok.

The sleek Italian restaurant atop The Continent hotel has a lot going for it, not least the amazing city views. If you can’t get a table beside the floor-toceiling windows then try and grab one of the slouchy sofas for a langorous meal of pastas and other Italian classics—definitely a good choice if you plan to indulge in the daily free-flow pizza, wine and beer deal.

1/F, Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, 02-261-7100. BTS Asok. Open daily 5pm-1am.

This Mexican restaurant has the seniority (first in town!), the live band and we-aim-to-please hotel service. While touches of Tex-Mex remain, the menu is now firmly “South of the border,” meaning Mexican classics (fajitas, espetadas, tacos) and a few South American additions like Peruvian-inspired ceviche salads. The terra-cotta and stone decor is a fittingly cozy backdrop for the regular live bands playing Latin sounds.

Madison G/F, Anantara Siam, 155 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-126-8866. BTS Ratchadamri. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm.

Tony Chi, the mastermind behind steakhouses which are half heavy and leathery, half bright and airy, worked his magic on Anantara Siam’s signature restaurant to create a meat-eater’s paradise that you want to lounge in forever. The extensive menu features imported beef from Australia and Japan, impeccable service, and a clientele who wear epaulets at their day jobs.

Not Just Another Cup 75/1, Sathorn Soi 10, 02-635-3464. BTS Chong Nonsi. Open daily 7am-7pm.

Taking on the brunch royalty of Sathorn Soi 10, this airy, two-story restaurant deals in a familiar combination of eggfocused dishes, prettily poured coffee and cold-pressed juices served in a daytime-friendly dining room. On the menu, guilty pleasure comfort food like pastas, sandwiches, salads and toasts sit alongside the occasional bowl of muesli or salad. Special mention goes to the Moroccan-style skillet of eggs in a richly spiced tomato sauce, served alongside some deliciously fluffy bread for dunking.

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Osha

Park Society

Pirate Chambre

99 Wireless Rd., 02-256-6555. Open daily 11am-2:30pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-midnight; SunThu 6-11:00pm.

29/F, Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 Sathorn Rd., 02-624-0000. MRT Lumphini. Open daily 6-10:30pm.

3/F, Maneeya Centre, Ploenchit Rd., 02252-5131. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 11ammidnight.

This glamorous Thai restaurant specializes in elaborately reconstructed classic dishes like tom yam soup served through a vacuum coffee-maker, green curry with spherified pearls of coconut milk, and krapao-nua (a street-food staple of beef stir-fried with holy basil) made using the finest Kagoshima wagyu from Japan. The dining room is also something to behold, with its real gold leaf-coated stairwell and custom Ramakien wallpaper.

The restaurant on the top of Sofitel So hotel recently got a new head chef, Joost Bijster, who’s unveiled a menu that eschews fine dining in favor of more casual, shareable bites. You can still expect delicate plating in dishes like burrato di bufala with heirloom tomatoes, pan-seared Tasmanian salmon with white asparagus, leek, fennel and hollandaise sauce, and Iberico belotta with fresh melon, as well as some top new cocktails in the adjoining rooftop bar.

The people behind Pirate Chambre are the same bunch who established Fallabella as hi-so clubbers’ favorite player. At this hidden away restaurant and bar, the focus shifts from bold Thai and Isaan tastes during the day (11am-3pm) like somtam platters and grilled half chickens, to Western fare by night (5pm onwards), including saffron risotto prosciutto and Le Banyan pressed duck for two. You’ll find some pretty ambitious cocktail creations at the bar, too.

Prime

Rang Mahal

Red Sky

Millennium Hilton Bangkok, 123 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-442-2000. Open daily 6pm-midnight.

26/F, Rembrandt Hotel, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, 02-261-7100. BTS Asok. Open daily 6pm-midnight; Sun 11am-2:30pm.

55/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255. Siam. Open daily 6-11:30pm.

Sweeping river views make this one of Bangkok’s most enchanting spots to tuck into a prime cut of meat. Alongside all the imported beef, the extensive wine list and the classic cocktails, the seafood options are equally well thought-out, such as the live lobsters which you can enjoy steamed, grilled or baked. The chocolate souffle may take 20 minutes to bake, but it’s Prime’s signature finale.

Known as one of the best Indian places in town, Rang Mahal serves royal Indian cuisine amid decor fit for a maharaja (sculpted columns, upholstered seats, portraits of Mughal emperors). If the lengthy offerings require too much effort to peruse, opt for a set menu, but do make sure it includes the mouthwatering butter chicken. A traditional Indian band keeps you entertained throughout the meal just in case the 26-story views aren’t enough.

The 55th-floor view from Centara’s rooftop puts this bar in the same league as the city’s highest flying 5-star hotel restaurants. Al fresco dining and drinking takes place under a swooping, red-lit arch, while chef Hugo Coudurier’s seasonal menus spotlight classic, rich steak dishes. Don’t miss the truffle-infused wagyu beef tenderloin Rossini—a menu staple and proven crowd-pleaser.

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Rib Room & Bar Steakhouse

Rossini’s

Ruen Urai

31/F, The Landmark Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-252-0404 ext. 7777. BTS Nana. Open daily 6-11:45pm.

1/F, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-649-8364. BTS Asok. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; daily 6-10:30pm; Sun noon-3pm.

Rose Hotel, 118 Surawong Rd., 02-2668268/-72. BTS Sala Daeng. Open daily noon-11pm.

The bird’s-eye-view of Bangkok’s skyline is sure to impress, as is the discreet, dimly-lit dining room on the 31st floor of the hotel. Bigger parties can book the glass-encased private room, which nestles next to the open cooking station. For a place known as a steakhouse, the menu is that of a gourmet, modern French restaurant, but does include a vast selection of seafood and beef: Japanese wagyu Ohmi beef, Australian grain-fed 400 days and more.

This flagship restaurant of the Sheraton Grande is a classic Italian finedining experience. The decor is unabashadely themed to ressemble a Tuscan villa complete with a gigantic fireplace, wood-beamed ceiling and large frescos of patrician families. Beyond antipasti and pasta, they whip up recipes such as San Daniele hamwrapped black cod with potato fondue and Taggiasche olives, alongside classics like asparagus risotto with black truffle.

Seasonal Tastes

Smith

Somtum Der

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, 259 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-2078000. Open daily 6am-11pm.

1/8 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-261-0515, 02261-0516. BTS Thong Lo. Open Tue-Sat 5-11:30pm; Sun 11am-11:30pm.

5/5 Sala Daeng Rd., 02-632-4499. MRT Silom. Open daily 11am-2pm, 4:30-10pm.

The clean, crisp, cream and green decor evokes a bamboo forest, while the greenery lining the big bay windows continues the natural theme. The open kitchen and live cooking stations lend a fuss-free and an interactive vibe, as they whip up favorites ranging from pizza to pasta to wok-fried Asian noodles. For something heartier, feast on the carvery’s roasts and grills or indulge in a feast of Japanese bites at the sashimi and sushi counter.

Set in a former warehouse, Smith is decked out in an edgy industrial theme, with bare cement walls lined with tools and furniture made of roughly hewn wood. The venue also features a garden with a barbecue area. Chef Peter Pitakwong focuses on locallysourced, fresh ingredients, meats, fish and comfort dishes. Among the musttry dishes are slow-roasted lamb ribs with coffee spice rub and the tuna with braised pig’s tail.

Tucked down a small alley off Surawong, this century-old house showcases a beautiful collection of antiques within its teak structure. Paying homage to its original owner, who was a herbal medicine practitioner, the menu incorporates strong herbs and spices such as green peppercorn, wild ginger, galangal and turmeric. The presentation, too, is incredibly refined: carefully-crafted skewers, bite-size treats atop fresh petals and delicately carved vegetables.

Not far from the bustle of Silom Road, the 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.

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Sonie Sushi & Bar G/F, Young Place, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02662-2779. MRT Sukhumvit. Open TueSun 11:30am-2pm, 5-11pm.

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Supanniga Eating Room

Tables Grill

160/11 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02714-7508. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm.

M/F, Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-254-6250. BTS Chit Lom. Open Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm; daily 6:3010pm; Sun 11am-3pm.

Sonie has been dishing out explosive, fusion-style sushi since 1999. Never down-the-line Japanese dining, here you’ll find more-is-more creations like “sushi pizza” (a staple on the menu since Sonie first opened that substitutes pizza dough for a flat layer of sushi rice layered with tempura flakes, avocado, ebiko and scallion), as well as an easy-going, college kid kind of vibe that’s at odds with most Japanese restaurants.

This is one of the best Thai restaurants in town. Cozy-yet-chic, it serves a menu based on dishes the owner’s grandmother used to cook—Thai food that borrows both from her hometown on the Eastern seaboard, Trat, and where the family now lives, Khon Kaen. Do try the moo cha muang (pork with Guttiferae tree leaves) and pla too tod (deep-fried mackerel), along with the cocktails and mocktails made with intriguing local ingredients.

Tapas Y Vino

The Roof Gastro

2/F, Pullman Grande Sukhumvit, 30 Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke), 02-204-4158. MRT Sukhumvit. Open daily 6-11pm.

25/F, Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa, 865 Rama 1 Rd., 02-217-3070. BTS National Stadium. Open daily 6-11pm.

Tapas y Vino’s plates are much more sophisticated than you’d find in your average tapas joint. For example, the classic diced potatoes, patatas bravas, are artfully presented as six small hollowed out, inch-long cylinders stuffed with a wonderfully tangy mayonnaise. The sophistication isn’t just in the presentation, either. There’s a certain sense of occasion to dining under the big Spanish chandeliers, with a wall of wine to one side and the cooks on the other.

This rooftop bar and restaurant offers 25th-story views in a refreshingly fussfree atmosphere. The urban jungle decor is a playful blend of sculptural pieces and funky lighting while the menu focuses on meats you can grill at your own table on sizzling hot stones. Beef ranges from Australian rib-eye to Argentinean beef tenderloin and all the way up to Aussie wagyu sirloin. You can also pick from a range of seafood options and creative pastas.

Premium steaks, lobster bisque, beef tartare and duck liver terrine populate the menu of this ballsy steakhouse on the mezzanine floor of Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel. New York-based designer Tony Chi worked with a combination of rich woods, studded leather chairs and open liquor cabinets to create the appropriate after-dark ambience, while tableside cooking and plating provides an element of theater.

The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar 123-123/1, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Charoen Prathet Rd, Chiang Mai. 053-253333. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-11pm.

Built around a colonial house opened in 1921 as the British Consulate of Chiang Mai, this elegant resort’s Asian restaurant is a fantasy of colonial splendor, all dark woods and indigo walls. Sip Asian-inspired cocktails at the bar before exploring regional dishes like the Chinese roast duck or the Hue shrimp and vegetable pancake. In true colonial style, you can then retreat to a smoking room for a Cuban cigar and a whiskey.

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Tenkaichi Yakiton Yakitori Nagiya Nihonmachi 105, 115 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-258-2790. Open Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sun 11:00am-midnight.

Despite its minimal décor, the mood remains perfect in this hard-to-get-into Japnese tavern: lanterns hanging from ropes, Nippon kitsch plastered all over the wooden bar/kitchen, thunderous bellows from the all-male kitchen as patrons come and go, steam rising from the yakitori grill. The menu has two pages of sochu by the glass and some bottles, too, but Nagiya’s nabe (hot pots that come in a variety of flavors and ingredients) are no afterthought.

Tiny Cup Cafe

Uno Mas

411/2 Thonglor between Thonglor Sois 21 and 23, 02-712-5112. Open daily 7am-7pm.

54/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255. Siam. Open daily 4pm-1am. Alfresco 54th-

Run by the people behind the cutesy cafe Buttercup and Sathorn brunch newcomer Not Just Another Cup, this cafe has made itself at home in Thonglor with its vintage vibe adorned with knickknacks and wooden furniture covered with patterned cushions. The food spans full English breakfasts (featuring Joe Sloane’s sausages, cheese omelette and egg and chorizo) to desserts like raspberry tart—well worth the calories.

story views complement a fresh, Mediterranean decor that feels anything but stuffy. It’s a fitting backdrop for an equally laidback menu of authentic tapas: some 40-odd treats like Joselito ham, live Boston lobster sashimi, oysters, Cochinillo suckling or wild porcini mushroom croquettes. Thirsty? There are a whopping 36 wines by the glass here.

Vertigo

Viu

Yamazato

60/F, Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok, 21/100 Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200. Open daily 5pm-1am.

12/F, St. Regis Hotel Bangkok, 159 Ratchadamri, 02-207-7819. BTS Ratchadamri. Open daily 6-11am, 6-11pm; Sun 12:303:30pm; Mon-Sat noon-5pm.

24/F, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, 57 Wireless Rd., 02-687-9000. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 6-10:30am, 11:30am2:30pm, 6-10:30pm.

The St. Regis Hotel’s all-day dining spot moves from live cooking demonstrations by day to a New York bistroinspired menu by night: Caesar salads, lobster Thermidor, 500-day grain-fed wagyu skirt steak and chunky beef burgers. It’s all served up in a crisp, open-plan kitchen and dining room overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Even if you’re not a guest at the hotel, it’s worth dropping by early enough to catch the Moet & Chandon Champagne breakfast.

The branch of Yamazato here is even more luxurious and contemporary than its sister in Amsterdam, but it still draws inspiration from classic Japanese design and the art of origami. Offering both a traditional a la carte menu and dedicated teppanyaki and sushi bars, Yamazato is the real deal in terms of Japanese fine dining. Dinner is a grand affair, serving refined 6-to-8course kaiseki menus.

Vertigo is one of Bangkok’s original bywords for rooftop bar, and now it has an indoor operation too—and one that shares the same stunning views from 60 stories above Sathorn. Here you’ll find a gastropub style menu alongside cocktails tailored to each customer’s liking, all served in a flamboyant dining room of purple lighting, baroque motifs and galactic prints.

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Index Silom / Sathorn Arno’s L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Monita, La 36 6

Benjarong (Dusit Thani)

48

Bolognese, Il

50

Capital by Water Library, The

52

Chef Man

26

Eat Me

18

Fumo, Il

61

Indigo 66 Issaya Siamese Club House on Sathorn, The J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain

66 54 68

Kom-Ba-Wa 72 Lady Brett

74

Le Du

10

M Krub

76

Marcel

78

Nahm (The Metropolitan)

10

Opus

82

Oyster Bar, The

84

Rocket S.12

90

Scala, La (Sukhothai Hotel)

94

Sensi 28 Smokin’ Pug, The

40

Vesper

98

Water Library Chamchuri

14

Zanotti Il Ristorante Italiano

100

Ratchadamri Biscotti (Anantara Siam)

50

Ginza Sushi Ichi

12

Madison (Anantara Siam) Tables Grill (Grand Hyatt Erawan) Zuma

76 96 100

Siam - Phloen Chit

110

80

Thonglor

New York Steakhouse (JW Marriott) 80

Bo.lan 22

Osha

82

Bottega Di Luca, La

50

Osito Unique Spanish

82

Gaucho, El

61

Harvey

64

Paste 20 Pizza Massilia

84

Kappo Hanako

70

Savelberg (Oriental Residence)

30

Karatama Robatayaki

70

Khao

70

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (Siam Kempinski) 95 Sushi Cyu

36

Khua Kling + Pak Sod

72

Sushi Hinata

95

Kitaohji

72

Theo Mio

97

Little Beast

34

Uno Mas (Centara Grand)

97

Mikaku

78

Water Library Brasserie

98

Roast

88

Yamazato (Okura Prestige)

99

Soul Food Mahanakorn

42

Supanniga Eating Room

34

Surface

95

L’Appart (Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit) 46

Sushi Kanda

96

Attico (Radisson Blu)

48

Tempura Kanda

96

Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology

30

Chesa

52

Ekkamai

Dalat, Le

54

The Raw Bar

88

Enoteca Italiana

32

Yashin by Tenyuu

99

Local, The

74

Yuutaro

99

Nana Asoke

Mitsumori 44 Prai Raya

84

Riverside / Old Town

Rang Mahal (Rembrandt Hotel)

86

Joushitsu Sushi

68

Rib Room & Bar (The Landmark)

88

Upstairs at Mikkeller

32

Rossano’s

90

Ah Yat Abalone Forum

46

Rossini’s (Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit) 92

China House (Mandarin Oriental)

54

Sakuragawa Sushi

92

Err

60

Ten-Sui

97

Le Normandie (Mandarin Oriental) 26

Phrom Phong Appia 16 Aston: Dining Room & Bar

46

Baa Ga Din

40

Hong Bao

38

Baan

48

Indus

66

Cafe Parisien

52

Jidori-Ya Kenzou

68

Din Tai Fung

60

Kram

74

Elements (Okura Prestige)

60

Mugendai Penthouse

80

Fillets

61

Peppina 28

Gaggan 8

Philippe Restaurant

42

Gianni Ristorante

64

Quince

86

Hyde and Seek

64

Scalini (Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok) 94

Lenzi Tuscan Kitchen

30

Seed

94

Vendome, Le

98

Lord Jim’s (Mandarin Oriental)

76

Mei Jiang (The Peninsula)

78

Prime (Millenium Hilton)

86

Sala Rim Nam (Mandarin Oriental) 92 Seven Spoons

38

Ari Rock Restaurant & Bar

90

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