Top 5 Thai Restaurants in Bangkok

Not only is Bangkok famous for its street food – there is an abundance of Thai fine-dining restaurants in the capital as well. These joints may be slightly pricer, but their passion for Thai flavours and high-quality ingredients speak for themselves. As such, their gourmet meals prove that Thai cuisine can be worth the fancy prices. From award-winners to exotic cuisine, here are our top 5 Thai restaurants in Bangkok.

5 Best Thai Restaurants in Bangkok

1. Le Du

Le Du is our top choice due to its inventive, Thai-inspired creations. Using modern cooking techniques, chef Thitid Tassanakajohn skillfully re-interprets Thai cuisine. He places emphasis on ingredients and thus sources only the best, high-quality produce from local farmers. Additionally, as the name “Le Du” suggests (meaning “season”), these ingredients are seasonal and so the menu changes per time of year. The restaurant offers 4 courses and tasting menus that can be perfectly paired with their selection of wines.

We recommend trying their signature dish, the Khao Kluk Kapi – river prawn served with organic rice and shrimp paste. Alternatively, a summer highlight includes the Khao Chae, a re-imagined dish featuring jasmine ice cream with pork and prawn balls.

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This Michelin acclaimed venue has a relaxing ambience so is a welcome retreat for diners. This, coupled with their delicious gourmet meals is a Thai dining experience worth every penny.

Opening hours: 18:00-22:30 (Monday to Saturday).

Pricing: 2,300-3,000 Baht/person.

Address: 399/3 Silom 7 Alley, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500.

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2. R-Haan Thai restaurants

R-Haan is a 2 Michelin star restaurant located in Thonglor. Set in a quaint white house, they serve Thai food prepared using traditional culinary practices.

As a restaurant, they pride themselves on staying true to their roots. They follow generational recipes taken from ancient cookbooks and use the same ingredients as seen in these techniques. This provides diners with “the history and elegance” of Thai cuisine, in turn emphasizing their authentic Thainess. However, each dish has a modern twist; as seen in Chef Chumpol Jangprai’s menu, which re-invents flavours and aromas. Thus, customers can indulge in Thai cuisine with tastes of both the past and present. Finally, they source their produce locally every season, to ensure the best, freshest quality.

Diners can choose between 3 courses that consist of 14 dishes. These meals are designed to be shared family-style or “sumrub”, but with a fine-dining approach. Every set begins with small starters, followed by soup served in a siphon. Next, are 4 delicious mains – some highlights include their Roasted Cherry Duck Breast or the King River Prawns. Lastly, in terms of desserts, some notable sweet treats on their summer menu are the Musk Melon Parfait with lavender ice cream and the Toddy Palm Cake.

Opening hours: 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00 (daily).

Pricing: 2,900 Baht/person.

Address: 131 Pai Di Ma Di Klang Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110.

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3. Sorn

For those craving a taste of the South, Sorn is the place to be. Founded in 2018, it is a multiple award-winning Thai restaurant. It has earned 2 Michelin stars and was named on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Top Tables 2020’s Best Restaurants in Bangkok.

This Thai restaurant delivers a refined approach to Southern Thai cuisine. To keep with “long lost recipes and local culinary wisdom”, they source only the finest produce from Southern Thailand. Their list of ingredients is broad – with over 20 different variations that showcase the diversity of the region. In a transformed 2-story mansion, they offer a 5-course menu served “sumrub” style. From Sea-Mole crab to Yellow Curry with fish and mangosteen, there is something for everyone. Their cooking is meticulous and most meals are slow-cooked. Their soup, in particular, is double-boiled for 6 hours, promising a rich and abundant flavour. For dessert, we love their Sweet Until Midnight (soybean ice cream), to perfectly end your meal. Overall, this Thai restaurant’s loyalty to tradition ensures not only an authentic but memorable Southern Thai dining experience.

Opening hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:30-23:00 (daily).

Pricing: 3,500 Baht/person.

Address: 56, Sukhumvit 26 Soi Ari, Klongton Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110.

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4. 80/20 Thai restaurants

4th on our list is 80/20. As a Thai restaurant, they employ an exciting approach to Thai cuisine with a sustainable ethos.

Here, local suppliers are favoured. What the owners can’t grow on their farm, they’ll search for in independent local fishermen and organic sources. In fact, as their name implies, 80% of their produce is from Thailand. In addition, their menu is driven by seasonal ingredients. Some standouts are their Asian watermeal (a small fruit packed with protein) and black chicken from the Northeast that are unique to try. 80/20 is also passionate about preservation and fermentation. For example, their koji-fermented fish sauce is made in-house and adds a layer of complexity to any meal.

They offer 2 tasting menus, comprising up to 18 different bites to enjoy. In the summer, the Amuse-Bouche with betel leaf and duck sausage is a must-try. Their desserts are also mouth-watering but inventive – we recommend their Suan Maprow, a blend of coconut, guava and honey.

Opening hours: 17:30 – 22:00 (Wednesday to Sunday).

Pricing: From 2,800 Baht/person.

Address: 1052-1054 Charoen Krung 26, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500.

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5. Paste

Michelin-starred Paste lies in the centre of Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong district. Whilst their flavours stay true to heirloom recipes, each dish has a contemporary edge. Hailed Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2018, chef Bee Satongun’s taste combinations are equal part original as they are addictive. Signature dishes include the Khao Chae with jasmine flowers, caramelised shallots and river fish. Alternatively, try the lotus-style Crayfish Salad served with golden apple powder and prawns. They also offer a selection of desserts, such as the Ok-Rong mango sticky rice roll and wines from Germany and Austria as well.

Inside, the decor is just as luxe as the food, featuring neutral tones, large windows and abstract seating. This setting serves as the perfect backdrop for Paste’s top quality food, drink, and service. They are pioneers of contemporary Thai cuisine and are critically acclaimed. Therefore, overall it is an exquisite Thai fine-dining experience.

Opening hours: 12:00-14:00, 18:30-23:00 (Daily).

Pricing: 2,500 Baht/person.

Address: 999 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330.

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To round out your Bangkok dining journey, read our article on the top restaurant-bars in Bangkok.

Please keep in mind that due to COVID-19, opening times may vary and some venues may be temporarily closed.

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Felicia is a journalist and content writer who covers a range of topics from life style to leisure and tourism. Her career began as a copywriter working for many news and media companies, where she worked with several brands in England and Myanmar to help them increase their online presence. She is a graduate from University of Brighton, England.

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