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Sereechai Puttes/Time Out Bangkok

Best restaurants and cafes in Silom and Sathorn

Find out why Silom and Sathorn are a foodie destination for quality meals and legendary street food

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Silom and Sathorn might be known for being a business district in Bangkok, but they are actually a heaven for food lovers, too. Here, you'll find some of the best restaurants in Bangkok from Thai and international fine dining restaurants, to cafes and street food legends, so let's find out why Silom and Sathorn are a foodie destination you cannot miss.

Don't forget to check out things to do in the area and Pan Road. Plus, places to dine and drink in Suanplu and Yen Akart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Silom
  • price 2 of 4
A gamut of Middle Eastern eateries dot the Silom stretch, but the relatively new branch of Lebanese institution Al Saray is quickly proving that the restaurant is still one of the best in its category. Lebanese-born chef Mahdi Zehri is tasked with keeping things authentic. Compared to other Middle Eastern cuisines, Lebanese indulges the heavy use of lime juice and herbs, as sampled in the baba ganouj (smoked eggplant dip) and zesty hummus. The grilled meats are the highlights at Al Saray, here served smoky and decadently tender. End your meal with their take on mohalabieh, the Lebanese version of panna cotta with strong hints of rose water. Unlike in the Al Saray headquarters at Soi Soonwijai, alcohol is served in the Silom branch.
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Saladaeng
  • price 3 of 4
There's a scarcity of Greek cuisine in Bangkok’s food scene, compared to its other Mediterranean compatriots. There’s Avra, the first Greek restaurant in Bangkok, which is relatively famous among people in-the-know who want to eat authentic Aegean fare in a rustic and slightly dated taverna. John Yiannis Gamvros, a second generation restaurateur from the family that owns a Greek restaurant in Sydney called Aesop's, is looking to introduce the edgier side of Greece in Bangkok with an unconventional Greek eatery that turns sacred Mount Olympus into an Athenian party district. Moving away from blue and white Santorinistyle interiors that’s typically seen in Greek restaurants, Aesop’s evokes a totally different image by filling up a spacious dimly-lit hall with neon-lit signs and long communal tables that are perfect for celebratory meals. Soon to open is the outdoor terrace, where brunch will be served in a setting that’s inspired by sun-drenched Mykonos. Start off your meal with the mezze platter, which serves nine items in a tray for you to choose from. The delicious pita bread and sesame bagel (B100) can be paired with dips like the creamy taramasalata (salted fish roe, B100) and the chunky melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant dip, B100). The flavorful baby octopus in red wine vinegar and olive oil (B200) is also a good starter, as well as the cheese- and spinach-filled spanakopita (B160). For mains, the kofta (minced lamb and beef skewers, B250) is a tasty choice, and best en
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Convent
  • price 3 of 4
Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s controversial film Kika was a big hit in the ’90s. Its absurd treatment of comedy involved a chaotic storyline, flamboyant costumes and oh-so-trashy moments, elements that endeared the film to audiences in Spain and beyond. When we heard that Julien Lavigne, the French mastermind behind Oskar Bistro on Sukhumvit Soi 11, was opening a restaurant of the same name, we expected a quirky place serving gimmick-heavy fare that require an acquired taste. As it turns out, Lavigne’s version of Kika is stripped off controversial notoriety; the kitchen, instead, offers delicious, comforting Spanish bites that would appeal to most food lovers. Located opposite Saint Joseph Convent School in Silom, Kika follows the similar path paved by other tapas bars in town. Interiors studded with rustic, wood-heavy details are anchored by a counter bar decorated with patterned Moorish tiles. Here, a team of cooks prepare cold dishes in front of diners against a backdrop of colorful canned produce and jars storing fermented veggies. One floor up is a space that offers more privacy but still retains a fun vibe courtesy of a modest-sized cocktail bar. A six-day gastronomic trip, during which Lavigne and his friends ate their way through Madrid and Barcelona, inspired Kika’s tapas-style plates. Jettisoning authenticity credentials, the eatery puts its own spin into Spanish delicacies by injecting culinary influences from the entire Mediterranean stretch and even touch
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Saladaeng
  • price 2 of 4
An amazing steak dinner in Bangkok usually involves a posh, fine-dining venue and a hefty bill. Looking to make steak dinners friendlier to your pocket, the team behind Bitterman has put up a new steakhouse called Meatchop, putting an emphasis on tasty tapas selections and, of course, good, affordably priced, perfectly cooked premium meat cuts. Tucked on soi Saladaeng 1 (the blossoming quarter of Sathorn that has been welcoming a slew of hip venues and eateries), Meatchop hopes to appeal to the younger crowd by eliminating the somber, wood-heavy interiors that are usually associated with steak establishments. Instead, you have a vibrant, Instagram-friendly, delicatessen-inspired setting featuring pink walls, white terrazzo details and pastel blue refrigerators stocked with beer and soft drinks. An open kitchen injects masculine glam with a blend of black tiles and brass details. The variety of cuts is limited, but chef Enzo de la Cruz (who also helms Bitterman’s kitchen) compensates by doing a terrific job searing the perfect steaks, most of which are flown from America and Australia. Our hanger steak of Australian Diamentina wagyu came out crusty on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside (B600/300g). As a bonus, each order is served with sides like crunchy fried potatoes and grilled asparagus. Smaller tapas-style bites benefit from Mediterranean flavors, like house-pickled anchovy (B145) and cold cut platters that include Iberico and Serrano hams (B700). Desserts a
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Sathorn
  • price 4 of 4

La Scala at The Sukhothai Bangkok was that kind of restaurant you wouldn’t mind breaking the bank for to eat outstanding traditional Italian fare.

Le Du
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Silom

The name may sound like a fancy French restaurant but the food at Le Du is stylishly inspired by local Thai fare. Armed with an education from The Culinary Institute of America and working experience in the some of the world’s best kitchens—Eleven Madison Park and Jean-Georges, included, Thitid Tassanakajohn or Chef Ton opened Le Du in Bangkok in 2013 with a mission to revolutionize Thai food.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Convent
  • price 4 of 4
Garnering the 23rd spot in the Asia’s 50 best restaurants list this year, Eat Me has been spicing up Silom for years with sensational dishes churned out by the New York-hailed Tim Butler. His signature includes the pan-seared scallop dish that brings the citrus note from the combination of green mango, chili, and coriander, double spicy lemongrass chicken that comes with lime, cucumber and chili and heftily-portioned Australian wagyu tomahawk.
Nahm
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Sathorn

Sydney-born culinary mastermind David Thompson ensures dining at Nahm, the luxurious Thai restaurant he transported from London, remains one of the most sought-after experiences in Bangkok.

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Blue Elephant
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Sathorn

Nooror Somany Steppe is gifted. Originally a housewife in Belgium, Nooror used her cooking talent to put up the first Blue Elephant restaurant in Brussels with her husband over 30 years ago. Ironically, the restaurant in Bangkok is the 10th branch of the global brand—it was first launched in London, Paris and Dubai before finding a place back home.

Hung Sen
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Saladaeng
  • price 1 of 4
We love Hung Sen for the right reasons: the restaurant has been saving shoppers at CentralWorld from sad-looking mall fare, offering reasonably priced and boldly flavored bowls of steaming noodle soup for years. And now, we even have more reason to love it: Hung Sen has put up a stand-alone shop on Saladaeng Soi 1, serving the area’s office workers and residents its beloved signatures. The restaurant’s wide selection of noodles dishes includes specialties from all across the country, from Sukhothai noodles with chili powder, ground peanuts and string beans (option to add Kurobota pork slices), to creamy khao soi from the north. Looking to attract a new set of diners, the noodle parlor has expanded its menu, offering more northeastern fare and a long list of vegetarian offerings. Try the Hung Sen Vegetarian Set (BXX), which includes sweet som tum (prepared with soy sauce instead of fish sauce), fried mushrooms, tofu steak and vermicelli.
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Benjarong
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Saladaeng

A balancing act between traditional recipes and molecular techniques makes Benjarong one of our favorite places for gourmet Thai grub.

Somtum Der
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Saladaeng
This small eatery along Sala Daeng offers authentic Isan grub in a simple setting. Unlike typical Isan (north-eastern Thailand) restaurants, however, SomtumDer doesn’t adjust their flavors to please Bangkokians’ palates. Feast on small, spice-loaded plates such as the grilled marinated pork (B95), koy kung (soft boiled prawns mixed with fresh herbs and minced roasted rice, B120), and Thai prawn sashimi with house special green chili sauce (B125).
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Pizza Massilia
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Silom
Starting as a food truck, this beloved pizza place has upgraded into a proper sit-down restaurant on Soi Ruam Rudee. Pizza Massilia combines Italian flavors with the tastes of southern France and other Mediterranean countries.  Created by Frederic Meyer, the man behind Issaya Siamese Club, and Italian chef Luca Apino of La Bottega di Luca, the new Pizza Massilia differs from other pizzerias with interiors inspired by the love for baroque-style motifs, colorful walls and a shiny parquet floor. The restaurant also has a wood-fire oven imported directly from Naples in Italy. This gigantic monster is responsible for making each pizza’s crust crunchy yet still chewy.  The kitchen is supervised by Chef Flavio Argenio, who is passionate about giving his customers only the best dining experience. The menu is not too large but has everything from starters and classic pizzas to pasta and dessert. Start with the octopus carpaccio (B390). The octopus, imported from Spain, is slow-cooked overnight and served with fresh black pepper, olive oil, fresh lemon dressing and a touch of almonds. Follow it up with the clam spaghetti (B420), made with fresh Hokkaido clams and baked in the wood oven.  The pizza, of course, is the highlight of the menu. There are plenty to choose from, including the best-selling burrata and culatello (B590). Culatello, the best part of the pork leg, is dry-cured, its saltiness going perfectly well with the creamy softness of burrata cheese. Imported tomato sauce a
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Convent
  • price 2 of 4

Named after an ancient trade route that connected Northern Africa (Egypt, to be precise) to Syria, Via Maris is a casual and vibrant place that completely deviates from Vesper’s dim, bistro-like setting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Saladaeng
  • price 1 of 4

The first brick-and-mortar cafe of the country’s leading Nitro cold brew necessities suppliers sits on a happening land and comes with creative twist. Spread across the first floor of a three-story building on Soi Saladaeng 1, Euroka is a mash-up of trendy exposed brick and whitewashed interiors.

Luka
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bang Rak
  • price 2 of 4

Luka is the star of the hood. Created by some of Bangkok’s best food and drink masters, the trendy spot offers a cool selection of gourmet food, coffee and tea.

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Everyday by Karmakamet
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Silom

All five senses come alive at Everyday by Karmakamet, a lovely café bearing the name of the famous local fragrance brand.

Sugi Bee Garden Café
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Silom

Sugi Bee Garden, a respected bee farm in Kumamoto, Japan, has opened its first brick-and-mortar outlet in Thailand, in collaboration with the Narai Hotel Group.

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Chu
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Silom

With the new venue in Sliom, Chu has proven it’s grown from a chocolate and churro café to become an all-day dining bistro.

Nai Meng Ba Mee Poo Kyo Goonge Yak
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Street food
  • Silom

Located next to Silom Complex shopping mall, the place offers homemade noodles prepared in various incarnations, from egg noodle soup with red roast pork to dry egg noodles served with shrimp wontons, sweet pork, crispy pork belly, crabmeat, mushrooms and a slice of soft-boiled egg.

Bamee Chua Jua Huad
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Street food
  • Silom
This old shophouse has been home to one of Silom’s hottest noodle shops for over 50 years. Here you can feast on chewy noodles served with well-seasoned slices of roast pork and crispy fried garlic at half of Nai Meng Ba Mee Poo Kyo Goonge Yak’s prices (the portions are smaller, though). Expect a long queue at lunch time. 
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Yen Ta Fo JC
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Street food
  • Convent

Try to get here before 11:30 to secure a seat and get your order sorted. Come later and you’ll find yourself having to deal with a grumpy old man asking customers to queue up on the sidewalk while jotting down yen ta fo orders

Kao Mok Gai Soi Convent
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Street food
  • Convent

Parked on the sidewalk in front of Bua restaurant, Kao Mok Gai Soi Convent has managed to maintain its magic for 23 years by offering only one dish: kao mok gai (Thai-style chicken biryani).

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Yen Ta Fo Convent
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Street food
  • Convent

Many locals are privy to this famous yen ta fo shophouse located on Convent road right across BNH hospital. But not too many know that the owners of Yen Ta Fo Convent are distantly related to the founders of Yen ta fo Wat Khaek (said to be the original yen ta fostreet stall in the city).

Tang Hong Potchana
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Street food
  • Convent

This shophouse eatery boasts a 50-year-old signature: Chinese-style stewed goose and giblets. Slices of well-seasoned goose in sweet gravy are served with a small bowl of rice.

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