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Best restaurants around Ratchaprasong Intersection

Find the best places to eat and drink around one of Bangkok's busiest intersections.

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Time Out Bangkok editors
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Home to five-star hotels, embassies and some of the city's grandest shopping centers such as CentralWorld and Gaysorn, Ratchaprasong is ranked as one of Bangkok's busiest and most recognizable areas. It's also a haven for foodies looking to fill their tummies with tasty bites. Check out the  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Ratchaprasong
Here’s a bit of good news for Bangkok’s food lovers after rather gloomy times: Saemaeul Sikdang, South Korea’s top barbecue restaurant has arrived in the capital, opening its first branch in CentralWorld. Anyone familiar with Seoul’s tourist-packed areas such as Hongdae must have seen, perhaps even eaten at, this barbecue spot. Popular among both locals and visitors, Saemaeul Sikdang attracts hungry crowds craving sizzling Korean bulgogi. But for those not familiar with the brand, it’s a massively popular chain run by Chef Jong-Won Paik, with over 123 branches across the globe. Like the other Saemaeul Sikdang stores, the Bangkok outpost features a homey atmosphere and a line-up of delectable dishes, all meant to encourage a sizzlingly good time with friends and family. The menu boasts signatures like Yeoltan Bulgogi (B290) or sliced pork that comes with either spicy Korean sauce or Korean soy sauce. Off-grill, you have Chilbun Dwaeji Kimchi (B280), a pork and kimchi “soup-erstar” that’s cooked for exactly seven minutes—supposedly the ideal time it takes for the meat to absorb the spicy flavors of the fermented side dish. A bowl of steaming hot rice completes your meal. Some other dishes to look forward to include the intensely flavored Jeyuk Bukkeum (spicy stir-fried pork, B360), Cheese Gyeran Jjim (steamed eggs with cheese, B180), and other well-known Korean eats like bibimbap (rice bowl), tteokbokki (rice cake) and pajeon (Korean pizza). Saemaeul Sikdang is located on the 7
  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Ratchaprasong
Hong Kong’s famed Kam’s Roast, known for purveying delicious perfectly roasted meats, is now in Bangkok and is expected to attract queues of fans much like in its home country.  Kam’s Roast is the international offshoot of Kam’s Roast Goose, which first opened in Wan Chai in 2014. The eatery received a Michelin star in 2015 after only six months of operations and has retained the recognition for six consecutive years. Behind the restaurant’s success is Hardy Kam, whose grandfather, the late Kam Shui Fai, founded the iconic roast goose restaurant Yung Kee. It’s safe to say Kam’s Roast uses the family’s secret roasting technique.  It’s not safe to say, however, that Hardy Kam inherited the family restaurant from his ancestors. After Kam Shui Fai grandfather passed away, the second-generation Kams got into a huge, long-running dispute over shares of Yung Kee (quite the scandal in Hong Kong) and the latter lost its luster and Michelin star. To start afresh, the younger Kam put up Kam’s Roast Goose, which follows the same standard set by his grandfather.  “As the third generation, KRG's mission is to provide a memorable dining experience to every guest every time with impeccable food and services in a warm and family-oriented environment. We are committed to follow these principles and values passed down to us from one generation to the next.” These words are written on Kam’s Roast Goose website; words also honored in the restaurant’s branches across Asia. Kam’s Roast Thailand’s m
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  • Restaurants
  • Buffet
  • Ratchaprasong
Long-standing hotel Grand Hyatt Erawan found a silver lining in the coronavirus woes that swept the whole city. The ensuing lockdown allowed the five-star venue to focus on launching new ventures and revamping its signature F&b outlets in a bid to maintain its top-ranked position. Included in the revamp is The Dining Room, it’s all-day-dining and buffet restaurant. For many years, The Dining Room has been serving wonderful cuisine to both Bangkok residents and stay-in guests. The food covers nearly everything in the culinary spectrum, most of them prepared from live cooking stations that ensure diners can tuck into freshly made fare. What the crew recommends—and so do we—is the grilled Australian lamb chops and grilled Korean-style pork chops. You can also choose from a variety of filling and comforting chow like pizza, pasta, cold-cut meat, fresh seafood and desserts. All of these are laid out as an all-you-can-eat feast, available three times a day: breakfast (07:00 to 10:30, priced at B500 net), lunch (12:00 to 14:30, priced at B1,690 for adults and B845 net for children), and dinner (17:30 to 21:30, priced at B2,390 for adults and B1,195 for children). For reservations and more information, please contact 0 2254 1234, bangkok.grand@hyatt.com, or visit this link.
  • Restaurants
  • Ratchaprasong
Are you a fashion lover with an inclination for café-hopping? If yes, then this newly opened cafe will be right up your alley. Fashion publication Vogue Thailand has just launched Vogue Café, a 'comfortable yet stylish' spot where well-heeled and designer bag-toting patrons can enjoy delicious bites in surroundings that reflect the magazine’s tasteful aesthetics.  Though the café is Vogue Thailand's very first attempt to diversify outside of publishing, it is actually the second Vogue-branded eatery in the city—the first was the ultra-chic cocktail bar Vogue Lounge, which opened to fanfare back in 2016 at MahaNakhon CUBE, operated by the building itself, and quietly closed down two years later when King Power took over the building’s operations.  Vogue Café’s menu offers both big and small plates for modish patrons to enjoy. You can start off your meal by pecking at either the Quiche Lorraine or Spinach & Mushroom Quiche (B180 each), or the Quinoa & Mixed Vegetable Salad Bowl (B250) before moving on to mains such as Bibimbab Bowl (B250), Baked Cheesy Ratatouille Rice Bowl (B220), Grilled Herbed Pork with Vermicelli (B250) or Grilled Pesto Caprese Sandwich (B180). Or you can also just come and have a drink and one of their sweet treats, which includes cookies made with Valrhona chocolate (B85) and a couple of vegan options. Drinks (starts from B95) run the gamut, from cold brew to specialty teas to fruity sodas. Vogue Café Bangkok is located at Erawan Bangkok (near BTS Chidlom
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  • Japanese
  • Ratchaprasong
There’s one ramen place in Tokyo where you may have to line up as early as six in the morning to get a slurp of Michelin-starred noodle soup. That said eatery is no other than Tsuta, the very first ramen restaurant in the world to get a Michelin star.  Founded by chef/owner Yuki Onishi in 2012, Tsuta earned its first Michelin star in 2015 for Onishi’s innovative approach to ramen, from sourcing new ingredients to infusing truffle oil into aromatic dashi broth. Despite the Michelin accolades (and a relocation to the trendy Yoyogi-Uehara neighborhood), Tsuta has kept prices low at around 1,200 to 1,600 yen (approximately B345 to B460). And though Tsuta was dropped from the latest Michelin Guide Tokyo, the ramen place still lives up to its reputation.  The good news is, Tsuta has just opened in Bangkok on the third floor of Central World. This is Tsuta’s first outpost in Thailand and its fourth overseas.
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Ratchaprasong
Paste is probably one of Thailand’s most understated restaurants. Steered by the husband-and-wife duo of Jason Bailey and Chef Bee Satongun, this modern dining room offers fine Thai dishes crafted with respect to traditional Sanitwonge recipes, yet also brimming with innovative confidence. Drawing its name from “curry paste,” the centerpiece of Thai cooking, Paste pays particularly attention to the very source of their ingredients. For example, only fleur de sel (that delicate crust of salt that floats on the surface of saltwater) from Nan province is allowed in their kitchen (table salt is not an option). The menu carries a long list of intriguing Thai dishes with an interesting mash-up of ingredients. The selection of delicate starters includes an interpretation of pla haeng tangmo (฿370), an old-school dish that’s usually eaten in summer. Paste confidently pairs sweet watermelon and salty ground salmon and garnishes the combination with crispy shallot, roasted galangal and caviar. Succulent oysters, meanwhile, are carefully wrapped in betel leaves and served miang-style with flavorful condiments like ginger, roasted coconut, popinac and sweet galangal jam (฿450). The mains are equally sensational. A colorful Chiang Mai-style salad comes with giant river prawns doused with spicy yum sauce, fragrant nam prik noom (roasted banana chili), smoked shallots, chargrilled tomatoes and seaweed (฿800). Our favorite, however, is the southern-style mud crab in yellow curry (฿800). The
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Singaporean
  • Ratchaprasong
  • price 1 of 4
No visit to Singapore is complete until you brave the queue at renowned restaurant Song Fa to savor its bak kut teh, a pork-rib soup that’s usually served with lots of pepper. Now, you don’t have to wait until your next holiday to visit the Michelin-recognized eatery as Singapore’s most famous bak kut teh has finally made it to Bangkok. Song Fa has been serving its Teochew-style bak kut teh, a dish that comes with a clear broth made with Chinese herbs and roasted Sarawak peppercorn, for 50 years, having started out as a humble food cart in 1969 along Johor Road. Its name comes from its founder, Yeo Eng Song, and the word "fa" which means “to prosper” in Mandarin. All ingredients (except for the meats) are imported from Singapore to guarantee that dishes maintain the original Song Fa taste. Their signature dish (B250) comes with super tender pork loin ribs that you can strip down with your chopsticks. Soup is refilled on the house, so feel free to slurp as much as you can. The menu also includes homemade mee sua noodles (B200) with your choice of meat, as well as boiled rice with minced pork (B120), braised pork with offal (starts at B200), and pork belly (B220), the special dish that is only available in Thailand. You can also add house-made salted vegetables and ground nuts (B100) to your rice for more texture and flavor. And to wash down your meal, Song Fa has fragrant oolong tea (B120). The queues are already incredibly long, so either you come at opening time or brace you
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Hamburgers
  • Ratchaprasong
  • price 4 of 4
Along with Cantonese eatery Four Seasons and the loftily located Duck and Waffle, lobster roll joint Burger & Lobster has long been considered a gastronomic must for tourists visiting London. So it was no surprise when the opening of Burger & Lobster in Bangkok at Gaysorn Village late last year prompted massive queues consisting of locals and tourists (Chinese, to be precise). So, what’s the deal with Burger and Lobster? The menu is as straightforward as its name— the restaurant specializes in two items: burgers and lobsters, the latter served as is or in a variety of sauce-topped incarnations. A spin-off of popular London steakhouse Goodman, Burger and Lobster started out in 2011 in Mayfair with only three items. The eatery gained so much love that it began expanding around the globe in locations like New York, Dubai, Kuwait, Genting Highland, and most recently, Bangkok. At the Gaysorn Village outpost, Canadian lobsters (stored in tanks surrounding the spherical dining room but hidden from the diners’ view) end up in hefty dishes like the B&L Thermidor, which sees whole lobster steamed with a herbal velout. thickened with mushroom sauce and cheese (B2100). Lobster is also served in an intense and creamy tom yum soup (only available in Bangkok, B1,850) that’s also uncharacteristically sweet (presumably to appease chili-intolerant tourists). For indecisive diners who can’t decide whether they should go for a burger or lobster, the establishment offers a massive surf ‘n’ turf d
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  • Ratchaprasong
Moroccan-style afternoon tea set by executive pastry chef, Saifui Huda is inspired by Moroccan life style and created to celebrate Easter. Two special blends, minty Moroccan tea and fruity Grand Wedding tea, are served with their signature dessert like Signature Baked Marble Cheese Cake, Belgium Chocolate Truffle and Blueberry Scone. The set is B550++ per person and B850++ for two person, and is served everyday from 14:30-17:30.
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  • Italian
  • Ratchaprasong
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is now home to a new Italian restaurant, and it’s promising to be a must-visit. Named after the Italian word for “sage”, a condiment that’s essential to Italian cooking, Salvia positions itself as a place where families and friends can come together and enjoy meals made especially for sharing. Head chef Roberto Parentela, who’s had 10 years of experience under his chef’s hat, helms the kitchen. He’s crafted a wide-ranging menu that reflects the authentic tastes of Italian food, as well as creative tweaks influenced by his Piedmont and Sardinian roots. Start off your meal with the Prosciutto Crudo di Norcia (B490), a 24-month dry-aged Parma ham that will certainly tickle your appetite with its piercing sweet and salty flavors. Follow it up with the Burrata e Pomodori (B390), an amazing dish that pairs the soft and smooth cheese with organic multi-colored tomatoes. Suggested mains include one of the restaurant’s scrumptious pastas, including a paccheri dish (B790) with homemade squid ink sauce mixed with fresh crab. If you don’t fancy seafood, then go for the Fusilli Caserecci al Ferretto (B330), which pairs fresh fusilli with a flavor-packed lamb sauce. For heavier fare, Salvia serves Australian Angus rib eye (B1,380). Here, the meat is grilled over grapevines, which causes a strong, aromatic—and definitely tantalizing— scent to linger all over the restaurant. What’s an Italian place without pizza? At Salvia, the Italian staple stands out for its thi
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