Bored of traffic jams? Ditch your car and access Phrom Phong and everything it has to offer via the BTS Sky train. This area is popular for its wide range of restaurants and cafes including favorites such as Himali Cha Cha & Son (Indian), Shio Yoshoku (Japanese) and, for those craving for some sweetness in their lives, Custard Nakamura.
The best restaurants and cafes near BTS Phrom Phong
Looking for a nice Indian restaurant? You’ve come to the right place. Maya, located at Holiday Inn on Sukhumvit 22, is one of the finest contemporary Indian restaurants in the city. Enjoy views of the open kitchen and get a glimpse of chef Ramneek Singh Lamba performing his culinary magic. Maya specializes in presentation – each plate combines original Indian tastes with pretty garnishing. Try the Peshawari murgh tikka (grilled chicken with herbs) with naan bread before finishing off with dessert like the Maya Shrikhand, a delicious treat that blends four different yogurt flavors. Late in the evening, DJs take over the bar and liven up the vibe. There are a variety of wines and cocktails at Maya but if you want to try something new, we recommend the signature SUGAR-huri-CANE (vodka and rum with cane juice).
After the success of his first restaurant, Soul Food Mahanakorn, former American food writer, Jarrett Wrisley collaborated with Roman chef, Paolo Vitaletti, to open an Italian restaurant named Appia. Named for and inspired by the ancient road which connected Rome to the southern part of Italy, Appia’s combines original Roman food with southern Italian recipes. Interesting, right? The all-handmade pasta is a must as well as the gnocchi, Italian-style dumplings made from potatoes and flour. They also recommend the Porchetta, mouthwatering roast pork sliced and served in the traditional Italian style. If the pork is too much, try the zucchini salad with Parmesan or A Caprese in Puglia, a combination of burrata, crispy bread and oven-dried tomatoes. My Mother’s Tiramisu and some wine nicely round things off.
A two-floor stand alone house has turned to be a modern urban restaurant that will make you feel at home. The rustic-style restaurant provides both alfresco and air-con dining sections which are filled with both crafted furniture and bean bags for those who want to chill out in a big garden. Included in the highlights are Pu Pak Pong Galee (stir-fried crab with yellow curry), Moo Aroi (grilled pork with herbs) and laab moo tord (deep-fried minced pork with Thai herbs). Whether you are in the Sukhumvit neighbourhood or not, it’s still worth making some effort to experience a decent Thai meal in a surprisingly shady central of Bangkok.
R.E.234 will take you back to the King Rama era when the Western cultures first arrived in Thailand. Runs by the brains behind Moose, Drac Suvarnapradip, who revamped the old house and filled it with vintage furniture. The place features both Thai and Western dishes. Indulge your palate with the signature afternoon tea set, tiger prawn with pomodoro sauce, stuffed pork chop with pesto cheese and massaman kai while enjoying R.E. 234’s jazz and classical music. Don’t forget to try the organic floral tea before you leave. For jazz fans, live jazz music is available on Fridays and Saturdays.
Banh Mi Bo, just like its name, specialises in Vietnamese sandwiches, banh mi, offering a decent list of fillings, but stars of the show are BBQ pork, lemongrass chicken and the combo—crispy pork belly and Vietnamese-style grilled pork. The place has become Thai palate’s favorite as all the banh mi are served with cucumber, carrot, coriander, and fresh chilli.
Expect fresh homemade dishes like all the ingredients were just harvested straight from their garden. Begin your meal with the highlight starter, heirloom tomato salad that arrives with balsamic dressing topped up with bruschetta and mozzarella cheese. For main course, explore carabineros gambas, and baked rigatoni--a hearty pasta dish with pork sausage, mushroom and tomato sauce, grilled iberico pork secreto--medium rare Spain-imported pork. For drinks, if you aren’t a heavy drinker, try passion of steel (watermelon, vanilla vodka and Italian spirit). But if you are in search for something stronger, why not go for the sexy good pear hunting.
Speaking about Indian food, many Bangkokians might not be so familiar with, but Indian food is inspiration to plenty of cuisines around the globe. Himali Cha Cha & son has proven its success by branching out into three areas, the original branch is situated on Charoen Krung road. Himali Cha Cha & son’s real highlights are tandori chicken—fermented chicken with yogurt and herbs charcoal grilled accompanied with naan, Chicken Kashmiri and lamb curry.
After the success of their first branch in Soi Langsuan, All Six To Twelve opened their second spot providing modern Thai and fusion dishes and space for private parties or special events in an industrial-style setting. Of the particular note are klua kling moo tod, northern & Isan style sausage, capellini prik ong and French fries with dried chili paste.
With plenty of hanging plants from big trees and ceiling, Gastro1/6 has become another urban refuge for those who yearn for more greenery in Bangkok. The most commendable are homemade full English breakfast (bacon, eggs, bread, eggs, sausage, mushroom and veggies) and Pasta Mussels with Spanish sausage and homemade (slightly) spicy tomato sauce which is popular among Thai palates. There are only two chefs who are in charge at Gastro 1/6, ordering your food before having a look around the gallery is highly suggested.
The former grandma’s house was turned into an non-benefit art gallery named after ‘ar-ma’ (granny in Thai) as RMA offering a non-profit creative space featuring art exhibitions like photography as well as other media. RMA also provides regular creative workshops, artist talks, screenings, performances, and exhibition openings. Keep an eye on their website for the upcoming events.