The ten best restaurants and cafes near BTS Asoke
Tucked deep inside Sukhumvit Soi 23 (an area infamously lined with massage parlors and tourist-focused eateries) is Layers, a hidden gem where pide or Turkish-style pizza takes center stage alongside other flavorful Mediterranean-inspired bites that benefit your health.
Serendib is a former name of Sri Lanka, and this is a Sri Lankan-inspired restaurant own by a Japanese person. As strange as it sounds, it’s another reason to try the food here. They offer a wide range of food from the classic BLT sandwich to Sri Lankan pork curry served with okra chutney and papadom. There’s also a long list of tea to pair with your meal such as Soursop and Nuwara Eliya Pekoe ceylon ordered hot or cold. For the royal milk tea, they recommend to pair with its perfect combination, freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and raspberry jam.
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 Maya Shrikhand, which blends four different yogurt flavors. Late in the evening, DJs take over the bar and liven up the vibe in the restaurant. There are a variety of wines and cocktails at Maya but if you want to try something new, we recommend their signature cocktail, 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.
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.
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.
pocket-friendly food and drinks (including boozes, of course!), The Overground Bar & Cafe organises night events such as comedy nights, live-music and slam poetry, but above all, Australian Grahame Lynch who specialises in electronic music and is part of Wasabi Bytes electro band had made this place home for genuine music lovers.
Bangkok betty is an unusual vintage themed bar and restaurant, decorated with bombs and pulleys to recreate an american vibe from 1940s. The food and mixology is pretty amazing despite the unusual names on the menu; heirloom tomato with cheese, the classic calamari, and the succulent pork belly that melts in your mouth. To spice up your night, customers are also greeted and entertained by the Betty’s girls around 9pm everyday.