Meaning “black chicken” in Chinese, Heijii (pronounced hey-ji) is unarguably Charoenkrung’s hottest (and hippest) new café. The café mixes retro-Chinese elements with industrial chic interiors to realize a trendy setting where millennials can sip caffeinated drinks while browsing through or filling up their own Instagram feeds.
We sometimes find it ridiculous that, despite the fact that one-third (or even half) of the Bangkok population is Thai-Chinese, there are very few new Chinese restaurant openings, especially when compared to Western ones. There are even less for those grand, fine-dining types. Which is why were pretty stoked about Yao, the new Chinese restaurant and bar that crowns the newly opened Marriott Hotel on Surawong Road. Set on the 32nd floor of the hotel tower, the restaurant provides commanding views of downtown Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. Modern Shanghai-inspired decor in dark, seductive hues, along with elaborate Chinese ornaments and brass sculptures reflect the dining room’s name, which means “glory” in Mandarin. There are five rooms for private gatherings, with the biggest one able to fit up to 20 people. Yao prides itself on being one of the few diners in Bangkok to offer Shanghainese cuisine along with Cantonese delicacies—all of which are churned out by a kitchen team led by Chinese chefs. Lunch offers a selection of tasty and sizeable dim sum bites such as har gow and siu mai, as well as xiao long bao, which is offered in both the traditional steamed way and in the fried version—the latter of which is a rare Shanghainese dish you may not find elsewhere. These bites go particularly well with Yao’s housemade chili sauce, The dinner menu gets fancier. Start off with a platter of nine Chinese snacks (B488) before moving on to savory favorites like fried green beans
An innovative Charoenkrung eatery that brings local produce to the fore. Rising chef Napol Jantraget leads the enthusiastic kitchen team, which rolls out dishes that play around the eatery's principle—80 percent of the ingredients used here are sourced either from local sustainable suppliers or nearby markets. Food is great while desserts are equally satisfying.
This romantic,white-washed tea room is perhaps the best afternoon tea spot in Bangkok.
Restauranteur Fred Meyer and Chef Sujira “Aom” Pongmorn reinvents pad Thai by using 18 homemade ingredients, following a secret recipe from the eastern part of Thailand. Instead of shrimp stock, Chef Aom insists on using crab stock as the key ingredient. Try the pad Thaipuu (pad Thai with crabmeat).
Patrons will be able to enjoy hearty Italian dishes enhanced by views of the Chao Phraya River. Unlike the hotel’s more sophisticated outlets such as Le Normandie and Lord Jim’s, Ciao is a more laidback venue that features modern black tabletops and sleek bronze table lamps.
A retro-style, East-meets-West restaubar. The first and second floors are now complete, unveiled as a bar called Foudejoie, while the top floors arededicated to a beer bar and a steakhouse.
Cantonese restaurant chain Coca, to our surprise, has ventured into European cuisine, launching a restaurant that injects healthy tweaks into Southern French fare.
Kushiyaki or grilled skewered items star in Jua’s menu. Chef Adkins’ take on casual Japanese bites veer away from the traditional and instead focus on influences spanning global flavors.
With a sweeping view overlooking Chao Phraya River, the legendary Le Normandie at The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has been offering refined French cuisine to Bangkok’s most affluentyear after year. Steering the kitchen is chef Arnaud DunandSauthier who creates stunning dishes using only the mostpremium ingredients from across the globe.
A hidden eating oasis injected with vintage cool, Little Market is a collaboration between former Ce La Vi chef Chet Atkin, travel photographer Jason Lang and Soy Sauce Factory founder Thomas Menard. Hearty breakfast treats are worth the detour.
Praised for offering some of the best croissants in Bangkok, Maison Chatenet has opened a cafe in the old town at Warehouse 30 in Charoenkrung. Though Laotian- French baker, Albert Chatenet, is no longer involved, his older brother Marcel still adheres to the bakery’s philosophy and practice of offering Bangkokians the most authentic fine French pastries made of the best ingredients they can afford—we’re talking imported French butter, French flour, mineral water and fine cane sugar. Get there early (don’t say we didn’t warn you) if you want a taste of their famed buttery croissant (B30). The strawberry tart (B130), which tops fine almond cream with slices of fresh strawberries is another favorite. Complement these pastries with a cup of hot chocolate (B120). Come by the weekend to experience savory plates such as moules marinière (mussels in light cream sauce, B390) or burger with fried chicken (B150). The menu will soon include wine and beer.
Shang Palace at the Shangri-La has always topped lists of best dim sum restaurants in Bangkok, thanks to savory bites that scream authentic Cantonese flavors. Even better, their dim sum lunch sets come at a good price—for B788 per person, you can savor all of Shang Palace’s 46 homemade bites between 11:30 and 14:30 on weekdays. Shangri-La’s top-notch service is another added bonus.
Trustworthy Thai restaurant Supanniga Eating Room takes its greatest hits and serves it on a dinner cruise that sails daily from River City Bangkok’s pier. There’s also a one-hour sunset cruise that pairs small bites with a selection of Thai-inspired tipples crafted by the team behind Silom restobar Vesper.
One of the best—and most affordable —dim sum restaurants in Bangkok, Tuang is run by Hong Kong-bornchef Yip who was behind the success of Shangri-La Bangkok’s Shang Palace restaurant. Try the shrimp with rice flour roll (B50) and hakao (steamed shrimp dumpling, B50).
This traditionalshophouserestaurant has been serving up Chinese-style roasted duck for many generations.
For more than 50 years, Jok Prince has been a place to go for tasty congee. The jok is usuallyserved with minced pork, but there are options to add egg and pork entrails.
Located next to AV camera shop, this 44-year-old restaurant serves crispy pan-fried oysters andmusselsomelette—one of the best in Bangkok.
This restaurant has been around for decades and is praised as one of the best places in Bangkok for stewed pork knuckles. The soft and tender pork is served atop rice with flavorful gravy, spicy sauce, and boiled egg—heavenly!
A small street vendorthat’s one of the few places in Bangkok to have authentic Cantonese pork balls. You can choose between spicy and non-spicy options, but we do recommend the latter. Also, try their deep-fried Chinese buns stuffed with BBQ pork or sweet cream.
You come here for noodles served in larger-than-life portions, topped with a tender duck drumstick and/or duck entrails.