Though Chinese restaurants come a dime a dozen in Bangkok, there are some that stand out from the crowd. On the group floor of Oriental Residence, Mandopop offers a contemporary interpretation of traditional Cantonese, Sichuan, and Hakka dishes. The smart décor seamlessly blends the old with the new, such as antique wood screens and modern Chinese pop art. Enjoy the dim sum buffet for unlimited bite-sized treats, each bursting with a tasteful mix of East and West flavors.
When Australian born David Thompson’s opened Nahm in 2001 within six months was the first Thai restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. He opened this restaurant in April of 2012, in 2012 it was the first restaurant in Thailand to be listed in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2013 it moved up the rankings to 32nd in the World and 3rd in Asia. He sourced his recipes from old cookbooks of former Thai matriarchs, such as southern-style grilled mussels smoked with coconut husks then cooked with curry-infused coconut cream. All have an authentic taste, the perfect balance of sour, sweet, salt, and spice flavors; true to Thai culinary heritage.
The Metropolitan by Como Bangkok
27 South Sathorn Road
Tel +66 2625 3388
Combining art with a bar may not be an entirely unique concept—unless the art makes the joint seem more like an eccentric friend’s house. It begins with the nude portraits on the walls and the array of vintage, mismatched furniture. The music here is as random as the décor, but this gastropub doesn’t stop there: The Thai-Italian inspired menu boasts some of the best pizza in town, and the cocktail menu is one of Bangkok’s largest. Be sure to swing by during happy hour (5–8 pm daily).
Opened last December 2012, Bad Motel kitsch name became quickly a must-stop venue in Bangkok bar circuit. Emphasizing on “Thai-ness”, the broke-down and touches of dilapidated walls mixed with manicured trees remind us of a Thai street food experience.The overall industrial-chic mood combines colorful décors and signs, old and broken-down spaces, in one building divided onto 4 separate floors topped with a magnificent rooftop overlooking the busy street below. The dishes served are based on simple yet delicious Thai re-invented recipes. DJ line up plays different tunes every night from 9pm to 1am and music selection can vary from indie electronic, reggae, funk, pop and disco on any given night.
Address: 331/4-5 Sukumvit 55, Klongtan-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Phone: +66(0)2 712 7288
Opening hours: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM Everyday
Price range: $$ moderate
Payment: Cash, VISA, Master, AMEX, JCB
Cuisine: Thai inspired cuisine