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Favorite Bangkok Restaurants

Michael Babcock, June 6th, 2009

There are some very good Thai restaurants in Bangkok, as you might expect. Here are some of our favorites.

Roasted Eggplant Salad at My Choice

Roasted Eggplant Salad at My Choice

Kasma was once asked: “Do you have any suggestions for good eating places in Thailand? What do you think about the Baab Khanitha, Blue Elephant, Banjarong or Bussaracum restaurants?”  Kasma replied that she’s not very enthusiastic about any of those. They are basically upscale, Royal Cuisine type places that cater largely to tourists. She ate at a similar type of restaurant last year because her driver said he dropped a lot of people off there and it was terrible. These sorts of restaurants that cater to tourists and are given lots of coverage in the guidebooks are the ones she tends to avoid. She prefers the more modest places with good food. Many are holes in the wall where you need to be able to speak or read Thai to get good food. Here are a few of Kasma’s favorites.

My Choice

My Choice Chicken Curry

My Choice Southern Chicken Curry

(Click on an image to see a larger version.)

One of our favorite restaurants in Bangkok is “My Choice” on Sukhumvit Soi 36 a fair ways into the Soi from Sukhumvit Road. Every group that Kasma leads to Thailand eats here at least once. It is not a “pretty” restaurant but we’ve never had an even merely good dish there – everything is great. The Southern Style Curry, Roasted Eggplant Salad, Duck with Greens, Bitter Melon Salad, and on and on and on. Terrific food. Address is: 19 Sukhumvit Soi 36 (Soi Napasap). Telephone: 02-258-6174. We have an blog on My Choice that includes numerous pictures of its surroundings and appetizing

A. Mallika

Spicy Stir-fried Ostrich at A Mallika

Spicy Stir-fried Ostrich

There are two restaurants run by the same company with the name Mallika. Our favorite, and where Kasma always takes her trips to Thailand is actually called A. Mallika. It is a large indoor and outdoor restaurant in the outskirts of town on one of the new highways where many large garden restaurants are located. It has a more extensive menu with unusual dishes not seen in any other restaurants; the food is also better and spicier since it caters mainly to Thai families with cars. Get the sour ribs. They also have a peppered ostrich dish that is good, as is the soft shell crab. Wonderful coconut ice cream. It’s address is 13/10 Moo 9, Kaset-Navamin Road, Boong Koom District, Bangkok 10230, Tel. 0-2946-1000. Check out the photos by a former trip member (click on the photos to see a larger version with caption). Also, check out Michael’s 2012 blog on the subject: A Mallika Restaurant in Bangkok.

Ruen Mallika

This is a fairly fancy restaurant, more so than A. Mallika, and a bit of a splurge (though still reasonable by US standards).  It’s found in the Sukhumvit area, not far from the tourist hotels, in a romantic setting in an old teak mansion with a lush garden. It’s more expensive than A. Mallika, catering to upscale Thais and tourists. The address is 189 Sukhumvit 22 Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Tel: 662 663 3211 2. It is a challenge for taxi drivers to find! Here’s the restaurant’s website — there’s a map you might want to print out to help you get there: www.ruenmallika.com.


Soft Shell Crab at A Mallika

Soft Shell Crab at A Mallika

One of Bangkok’s oldest Thai restaurants, located not far from the Democracy Monument on Radjadamnoen Blvd. is Sorndaeng (possibly spelled Sorn Dang). It’s upscate, expensive and has a stiff mixture of western colonial and Thai Royal ambience that may make the casual diner feel a little out of place, but the food is excellent and menu extensive. It’s stayed in business as long as it has because of its impeccable service and the high quality of its food.

Taling Pling

Another one we like is Taling Pling, at 60 Pan  (or Pun) Road, Silom – it is on one of the sois just off Silom road – I think it is Soi 20, but may be wrong: it is the Soi that has the Hindu temple at the corner. However, they tend to tone down the food for foreigners, so it’s best to go with a Thai or learn to communicate with the staff that you like really spicy, full-flavored authentic Thai food. One of their specialties is Miang Taling Plingtaling pling is the name of a tart fruit that gives the restaurant its name and is used in many of their dishes when it’s in season. Address: 60 Tanon Pun, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok. Phone: 02 236 4830, 02 234 4872.

You might enjoy seeing Kasma’s Thai food photo sampler. I’ve also written an article on Eating Out In Thailand.

Written by Michael Babcock, June 2009.

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18 Responses to “Favorite Bangkok Restaurants”

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  3. Sandra says:

    I agree that My Choice restaurant although it lacks in appearance the food was great.
    I really love the coconut crab dip (sorry don’t know real name).

  4. Cutecookie says:

    I May reccommend Pong lee+ restaurant next to Democracy monument ,
    Quite good restaurant in Thailadn

  5. Opo says:

    I might recommend one more restaurant called ” BO-LAN” that some Thai people said it was one of the best Thai restaurants ever. You can also see more nice restaurant via my site restaurantsofbangkok.com

  6. […] cream in several restaurants: My Choice in Bangkok has a particularly good one.  A. Mallika (see Favorite Bangkok Restaurants about mid-page) has a good one as well, served in a young coconut, if you […]

  7. S Lloyd says:

    is the food Center near Ambassador Hotel still open. Being 12 yrs since I never went back, but that was a great food. That was a great food court. Amazing food from varied origins. If it’s still opened: is the quality of food still stellar?
    PS: I miss Bangkok a lot.

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  9. Hazelton says:

    I met my husband in Taling Ping Thai Restaurant, Pan Road; I felt so happy when where inside the resto. I am so in love with that place and I guess that made me push to love more and more with ric whom my husband now.. :)

  10. Willie says:

    Ruen Mallika is a rambling, two-storey wooden house with a nice garden. There are two option on what location to celebrate, whether it is inside, or outside with a beautiful scenery of a people made garden. I love the ambiance and like to be there with my honey bunch and feel the love.

  11. Mattheron says:

    A. Mallika is an authentic Thai cuisine, the food they served is best! I don’t know if it is related to mallika in washington, they serve best desert, and this includes shakes like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and chocolate sauce.

  12. Betsy O. Duke says:

    “My Choice Southern Chicken Curry” – this is not just like a regular chicken curry; its special! Absolutely very special, though the place is not as pretty that much but the food they serve is delicious.

    • Michael Babcock says:

      The Southern Chicken Curry is a dry curry, and very spicy. Although when most people think of Thai curries, they think of the coconut milk based curries, there are other types as well. Kasma’s blog post on Thai Curries – Gkaeng is an interesting read.

  13. How I missed “Sorndaeng”; my Thai friend introduces delicious food, I thought it is not I wanted to eat, but when I tasted it, wooowww…..can I order it online? haha…

  14. bangkok top restaurants says:

    I like the sounds of Talin Ping on silom. im gonna go and take a trip to that one and give it my review. Thanks for the info and keep up the excellent work. Much appreciated!

    • Taling Pling on silom branch is one of the best food chain when it comes to spicy and full-flavored authentic Thai food. This Restaurant price information is based on meal cost per person, it made me easy to pick on my pocket, good serving.

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