There are plenty of excellent restaurants in Sukhumvit. In fact, some people see the area as a foodie heaven, as it includes Japanese, Indian and Korean enclaves, as well as the popular Thong Lor and Ekkamai roads, which have seen an explosion of international dining options over the years. There’s a complete range of food here, from excellent street eats to fine dining in chic restaurants.

    In Bangkok, Sukhumvit Road runs from a few blocks west of Nana BTS Skytrain Station. There are plenty of places to eat in the vicinity of the stations, especially at Nana and Asoke and further along at Thong Lor and Ekkamai, but we also recommend exploring a little further down the roads that lead off this main thoroughfare.



    Recognized for many years as one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok, Bo Lan is not your everyday local eatery. This beautiful restaurant and its small garden is located a hundred meters down Sukhumvit Soi 53, close to Thong Lor BTS Station and serves a menu of food inspired by traditional Thai cooking.

    If you prefer to be guided through your dining discovery, the sets, called 'Bo Lan Balance', are a great way to experience this rare Thai Cuisine, serving a range of appetizers, soups curries as well as desserts in which coconut features heavily. Dishes are elaborate both in presentation and taste and each bite is a mix of texture, flavor and spice level.

    Location: 24 Soi Sukhumvit 53 (Soi Pai dee ma dee), Khlong Tan Nua, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: lunch: Thursday–Sunday from midday to 2.30 pm, dinner: Wednesday – Saturday from 6 pm till late (last order 10.30 pm) (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 260 2962



    Enoteca Italiana is one of the most successful Italian restaurants in Bangkok. Despite being hidden at the end of a very narrow street, it’s almost always full every day and it would be nearly impossible to just show up and ask for a table.

    An eclectic collection of vintage advertizing signs decorate the walls, garlic and onion garlands hang from the ceiling, while the brick counter is covered with Italian cheeses, smoked hams and salamis. And of course, no Italian restaurant would be complete without an entire wall dedicated to good wines. Making a choice among so many appetizing names is a real challenge with so many attractive dishes, such as truffle pigeon liver pate, tenderloin of venison with artichoke and roasted snow fish with Nduja chilli pork sausage and piquillo pepper.

    Location: 39 Sukhumvit Soi 27, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)2 258 4386


    Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery

    Cocotte Bangkok Farm Roast and Winery is a restaurant that combines a passion for local, seasonal, organic produce with the lively buzz of a French bistro. The barbecued steaks, rotisserie chickens and fresh salads taste delicious and are sourced from sustainable farms within Thailand (well, everything except the steak).

    It is as close to farm-to-table dining in Bangkok as you’re likely to get and it’s proving incredibly popular. Cocotte Bangkok is packed most nights of the week. The vibe is fun and energetic. Waitresses come and go, while the row of chefs is busy in the open kitchen. There’s also an open deli with artisanal cheese and cured meats laid out for you to make up your own platter.

    Location: Soi Sukhumvit 39, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 3 pm and from 6 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)92 664 6777


    Soul Food

    Soul Food Mahanakorn serves up popular regional dishes in the cozy wood-lined restaurant on Thong Lor, only 5 minutes’ walk from the BTS. It might seem controversial, but as one of the best Thai restaurants in the city, Soul Food is run by an American.

    If you’re looking for a great evening with delicious food and no pretentions then this is the place to go. With a focus on fresh local produce, there can often be some unusual Thai specialties on here. What makes the classics like khao soi and massaman curry really stand out is the quality of the ingredients; they taste like the best versions of Bangkok’s famous street food.

    Location: 56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thonglor, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5.30 pm to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm and from 5.30 pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)2 714 7708


    Long Table

    Long Table is not quite sky-scraping, but what it lacks in stature it makes up for in every other area. This includes serving Thai food that tastes delicious and looks amazing, cocktails that err on the right side of sweet and a view that makes you forget that this isn’t a rooftop. With a selection of wines, beers and cocktails on the buy one get one free menu, Long Table is a great place to start any evening.

    The menu is Thai fusion so if you are a fan of local food there will be dishes that you recognize, at least in writing. But here, nothing looks quite like you imagine it to, and we really appreciate the chef’s innovation.

    Location: C.T.I. Tower, 25th Floor, 48 Sukhumvit Soi 16, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)2 302 2557


    Cabbages and Condoms in Bangkok is a restaurant with a difference. Using a quirky name to highlight a serious issue, it is a great place to enjoy some tasty Thai food knowing that part of the profit is going to a good cause. The choice is impressive – it goes way beyond the usual pad thai and tom yum (but never fear, these are also available).

    Recommendations include the spicy-sour deep-fried catfish salad served with a mango dressing, a whole chicken marinated in wild honey and yellow crab curry with bell peppers. To accompany these, order the combo of white and red jasmine rice, which comes in the shape of a heart.

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    Location: 10 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)2 229 4610


    Whale's Belly

    Whale’s Belly’s playful name may suggest a gimmick, but the comfortable surroundings, friendly service and astonishing creative cuisine are a winning combination. It’s certainly a quirky themed restaurant. The whale’s belly is central to the theme, with white slats on the roof making up the bones of the large mammal and the walls decorated in a deep-sea blue.

    Ingredients are imported to insure that Whale’s Belly serves the finest quality produce available and the food is delicious. Though this restaurant comes under the banner of European cuisine, there are some Asian influences on the menu, such cold capellini pasta with crab and mentaiko (pollock roe). Another must-try is the slow-braised wagyu beef cheek, cooked over 36 hours and served with a peppercorn sauce.

    Location: 39 Boulevard Tower, 2nd Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday–Sunday from midday to 2.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)64 082 2188



    Inspired by his grandmother’s recipes, owner Eh opened Supanniga Eating Room. It serves an appetizing range of traditional Thai dishes from both her hometown in Trat (by the east coast) and Khon Kaen (northeast) where the family is now based. With comfortable but chic decor, an outside terrace and some strong martinis, this restaurant on Thong Lor is worth a trip along the road to Soi 8.

    The tables are laid with pretty blue-and-white china, the accent color is sunshine yellow and despite the modern touches, it feels like popping round to a friend’s place for a bite to eat. Supanniga Eating Room is a fantastic local restaurant which addresses the needs of discerning diners who are looking to experience time-honored regional cooking.

    Location: 160/11 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 714 7508


    The Local

    The Local Bangkok is a traditional fine-dining Thai restaurant in the heart of Bangkok. The restaurant serves delicious home-cooked Thai food in a traditional wooden house in the Asoke area of Sukhumvit.

    Inspired by traditional Thai cooking and cuisine from the past, The Local Bangkok presents beautifully presented dishes from its extensive menu, with over 70 modern Thai options on offer. Start with the tasty mixed plate called Ruam Kam Aroy, which includes khao soy soup, lemongrass shrimp and fried chicken wrapped in a pandanus leaf to seal in all the juices. Be sure to sample one of the stars of the menu, the Gaeng Run Juan, a traditional Thai curry that includes thin strips of beef steak cooked in a shrimp and lime paste. The Pla Ta Pien Tom Kem is slow-cooked fish, simmered for over 20 hours and mixed with The Local's secret recipe sauce, and is another popular dish from the menu.

    Location: 32-32/1 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 664 0664

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler

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