One of the best things about living in Bangkok is that you’ll never run out of Thai restaurants to try.

In this blog post I’m going to share with you 10 of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok that I tried in 2016.

The rules:

  1. First time eating – All the restaurants on this list are restaurants in Bangkok I tried for the first time in 2016 (you can see my previous years of best Thai restaurants in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, – wow the years keep flying by!).
  2. Thai food – I’ve kept this list to Thai and Thai Chinese food (since Chinese influence is so intertwined into Thai food and culture).
  3. Opinion – This list of best restaurants in Bangkok 2016 is not a popular vote, they are just my opinion, featuring places I personally ate at this year. If you’d like to share your favorite Thai restaurant in Bangkok, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Ok, let’s get started.

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Pungently flavorful food at Som Tam Jay So (ร้านส้มตำเจ๊โส)

1. Som Tam Jay So (ร้านส้มตำเจ๊โส)

There are plenty of Isaan restaurants in Bangkok, and many of them are very good, but some seem to lack that real pungently powerful Isaan flavor that you get in Isaan.

Som Tam Jay So (ร้านส้มตำเจ๊โส), located in Silom, is a restaurant in Bangkok where you’ll find the real deal, and I think it’s one of the best Isaan restaurants in Bangkok.

Their grilled chicken wings (pik gai yang ปีกไก่ย่าง) are good, the beef laab (laab neua ลาบเนื้อ) is sour and spicy, and the jungle green papaya salad (tam pa ตำป่า) is everything you want in green papaya salad — and it will light your mouth on fire from the chilies and fermented fish sauce.

Som Tam Jay So (ร้านส้มตำเจ๊โส)

Address: Soi Phiphat 2, Silom, Bangkok 10500
Open hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily
Price: About 40 – 50 THB per dish

ที่อยู่ ซอยพิพัฒ 2 สีลม บางรัก กรุงเทพมหานคร 10500
โทร. 085-999-4225
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 8.30 – 16.30 น.

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The incredible green curry at Sanguan Sri (ร้านสงวนศรี)

2. Sanguan Sri (ร้านสงวนศรี)

Walking to various embassies I had walked right by Sanguan Sri (ร้านสงวนศรี) dozens of times throughout my time living in Bangkok.

But for some reason, probably because I was always in a hurry to finish my business at the US embassy as fast as possible, I never even really noticed Sanguan Sri (ร้านสงวนศรี) restaurant which sits lonesome in the midst of sky-rise modern buildings and malls at Phloen Chit.

Sanguan Sri (ร้านสงวนศรี) is a classic Thai restaurant that’s been serving fantastic food for over 50 years now. Their green curry, which is rich with curry paste and coconut cream, and with a wonderfully balanced cumin flavor, is one of the best versions of green curry I’ve ever had in Bangkok.

Sanguan Sri (ร้านสงวนศรี)

Address: 59/1 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Open hours: 10 am – 3 pm on Monday – Saturday (Closed on Sunday)
Prices: Dishes range in price from about 50 – 100 Thai Baht

ที่อยู่ 59/1 ถนนวิทยุ (ใกล้สถานีรถไฟฟ้าเพลินจิต ติดกับโรงแรมพลาซ่า แอทธินี) ลุมพินี ปทุมวัน , กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330
เปิดบริการ จันทร์-เสาร์ 10.00-15.00 น. (ปิดทุกวันอาทิตย์)

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Amazing braised goose at Chua Kim Heng (ร้านฉั่วคิมเฮง)

3. Chua Kim Heng (ร้านฉั่วคิมเฮง)

In comparison to duck, goose isn’t really all that common in Bangkok, and when you do find it, it’s pretty expensive.

I won’t deny that Chua Kim Heng (ร้านฉั่วคิมเฮง) is indeed an expensive restaurant, but they have been serving the same braised goose now for over 4 generations in Bangkok.

Along with a plate of braised goose, a winning dish you need to try is the goose feet in a pan (ขาห่านอบแห้ง (ไส่หมี่) with noodles, braised feet, and an assortment of spices and herbs like garlic, Chinese star anise, whole black pepper, and coriander roots. It’s amazing.

Chua Kim Heng (ร้านฉั่วคิมเฮง)

Address: 81 Thanon Phatthanakan, Kwang Suan Luang, Kate Suan Luang, Bangkok 10250
Open hours: 8:30 am – 6 pm daily – these are the hours for serving goose
Prices: You’re looking to spend about 200 – 400 THB per person

ที่อยู่ 81 (ตรงข้ามพัฒนาการซอย 6) ถนนพัฒนาการ แขวงสวนหลวง เขตสวนหลวง, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10250
โทร. 02-319-2511, 02-729-8822
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 8.30-18.00 น.

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Janhom (ร้านจันทร์หอม), one of the best restaurants for southern Thai food

4. Janhom (ร้านจันทร์หอม)

I’ll be honest with you when I say that I don’t eat southern Thai food out at restaurants very often in Bangkok. That’s mainly because my wife’s family are from southern Thailand and I eat a lot of amazing southern Thai food at home.

But one day for lunch my wife and I went to Janhom (ร้านจันทร์หอม), a southern Thai restaurant at Ramkhamhaeng, and there’s no doubt it’s of the best Thai restaurants in 2016 that I ate at.

The yellow curry with barramundi (gaeng leung pla kapong แกงเหลืองปลากะพง), loaded full of chilies and fresh turmeric, and the fermented fish viscera curry (gaeng tai pla แกงไตปลา) were particularly stunning.

Janhom Restaurant (ร้านจันทร์หอม)

Address: 273/4 Soi Nawasi, Thanon Ramkhamhaeng 21, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok 10240
Open hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday) from 11 am – 10 pm
Prices: You’ll spend about 200 – 400 THB per person for a full feast

ที่อยู่ : 273/4 ซอยนวศรี ถ.รามคำแหง 21 หัวหมาก บางกะปิ กรุงเทพฯ 10240
โทร. 02-319-1128 , 02-319-1129
เปิดบริการ อังคาร – อาทิตย์ 11.00-22.00 น.

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Don’t miss the crispy pork belly at Kuay Jab Mr. Joe (ร้านก๋วยจั๊บ มิสเตอร์โจ)

5. Kuay Jab Mr. Joe (ร้านก๋วยจั๊บ มิสเตอร์โจ)

Kuay Jab Mr. Joe (ร้านก๋วยจั๊บ มิสเตอร์โจ), located along Thanon Chan, serves kuay jab (ก๋วยจั๊บ), a peppery porky soup with noodle rolls.

But the real reason I included Kuay Jab Mr. Joe (ร้านก๋วยจั๊บ มิสเตอร์โจ) on this list of best Thai restaurants in Bangkok 2016 is because of their crispy pork belly (moo krob หมูกรอบ), which is possibly the crispiest pork belly in all of Bangkok.

When you go, definitely order a bowl of kuay jab (ก๋วยจั๊บ), but whatever you do, don’t miss ordering an extra plate of moo krob (หมูกรอบ)

Kuay Jab Mr. Joe (ร้านก๋วยจั๊บ มิสเตอร์โจ)

Address: 313/7 Soi Chan 42-44, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Open hours: 8:30 am – 4 pm daily
Price: About 50 – 100 THB per person

ที่อยู่ 313/7 ถ.จันทน์ ระหว่างซอย 42-44 วัดพระยาไกร บางคอแหลม กรุงเทพฯ 10120
โทร. 02-213-3007
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 8.30-16.00 น.

Paste Bangkok restaurant
Southern Thai curry with salt brined chicken (แกงไก่กอและ) at Paste Bangkok

6. Paste Bangkok at Gaysorn

For a long time now Paste Bangkok has been my choice for best high end Thai restaurant, and I’m not alone, they were recently voted the best Thai fine dining restaurant on Time Out.

I had eaten at their old location at Thong Lo, but since then, Paste has progressed and moved to Gaysorn Shopping Mall, and since the menu updates frequently and is constantly developing, I included Paste Bangkok on this list of best Thai restaurants 2016.

What I love so much about Paste is that Chef Jason Bailey and Chef Bee Satongun have such acute taste buds and a deep knowledge of the balance of Thai flavor and ingredients to progress Thai cuisine.

The flavors you’ll experience eating at Paste Bangkok will leave your taste buds rejoicing.

Paste Bangkok

Address: 3rd Floor, Gaysorn, 999 Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini Bangkok, Thailand
Open hours: Lunch from 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm and dinner from 6:30 pm – 11 pm daily
Prices: About 1,000 – 3,000 THB per person, lunch special for 1,100 THB per person

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Klang Soi (ร้านกลางซอย) – some seriously crispy fried holy basil

7. Klang Soi (ร้านกลางซอย)

Quite similar to Sanguan Sri (ร้านสงวนศรี), Klang Soi (ร้านกลางซอย) is a classic Thai restaurant that’s been serving good home-style Thai food for decades. The restaurant is located in the back sois of Thong Lo, within The Racquet Club, tucked away in a house at the end of the compound. It’s a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Along with the spectrum of Thai dishes, they also have some unique and interesting dishes with western influence like the kratong thong gai (กระทงทองไก่), which are kind of like mini Thai chicken pot pie bites.

But the ultimate dish to eat at Klang Soi (ร้านกลางซอย), that you shouldn’t miss trying, is the salted fried beef with crispy holy basil (neua kem kra prao krob เนื้อเค็มกระเพรากรอบ). The holy basil is fried perfectly so it’s crispy and fragrant.

Klang Soi (ร้านกลางซอย)

Address: 12/1 Sukhumvit 49/9 Thanon Sukhumvit, Khlong Tan Neua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Open hours: 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm on Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Prices: Main dishes range from about 80 – 150 THB

ที่อยู่ : 12/1 ซ.สุขุมวิท 49/9 ถ.สุขุมวิท คลองตันเหนือ วัฒนา กรุงเทพฯ 10110
เปิดวันอังคาร – อาทิตย เวลา 11.00-14.00 น. และ 17.00-22.00 น. หยุดทุกวันจันทร์

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Good, rather greasy and salty food at Khao Tom Somphong (ร้านข้าวต้มสมพงษ์)

8. Khao Tom Somphong (ร้านข้าวต้มสมพงษ์ สวนหลวง ร.9)

In the evening, one of my favorite types of Thai restaurants to go to are khao tom restaurants — not the ones that serve khao tom pla, rice soup with fish, but rather the restaurants that serve all sorts of Thai and Thai Chinese stir fried dishes that you can eat with either rice soup (khao tom) or regular rice.

Khao Tom Somphong (ร้านข้าวต้มสมพงษ์) is a pretty typical Thai khao tom (ข้าวต้ม) restaurant serving a full spectrum of dishes and they even have a couple of locations throughout Bangkok. Their food is a little bit oily and salty, and makes for such a good time of eating and hanging out with friends.

Along with whatever other dishes you order, don’t miss the wild boar fried with curry paste (moo ba pad ped หมูป่าผัดเผ็ด), which is flavor packed.

Khao Tom Somphong (ร้านข้าวต้มสมพงษ์)

Address: Thanon Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan Thi 9 Soi 24 Nongbon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250
Open hours: 4 pm – 12 midnight daily
Prices: Typical local Thai prices, about 50 – 80 THB per dish

ที่อยู่ ถนน เฉลิมพระเกียรติรัชกาลที่ 9 ซอย 24 หนองบอน , ประเวศ , กรุงเทพมหานคร 10250
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 16.00 – 24.00 น.

P’Aor Yam Naem Khao Tod (ร้านพี่อ้อ ยำแหนม-ข้าวทอด)
P’Aor Yam Naem Khao Tod (ร้านพี่อ้อ ยำแหนม-ข้าวทอด)

9. P’Aor Yam Name Khao Tod (ร้านพี่อ้อ ยำแหนม-ข้าวทอด)

This place is not a restaurant, but rather a street food stall. I included it on this list of best Thai food in Bangkok 2016 because this legendary stall serves one of the best versions of yam naem khao tod (ยำแหนมข้าวทอด) I’ve tried.

Located on the edge of Sriyan Market, one of my favorite food markets in the city, P’Aor Yam Name Khao Tod (ร้านพี่อ้อ ยำแหนม-ข้าวทอด) is only open for a few hours per day and sells out quickly. So timing is everything. They only do takeaway, but last time I went, I brought my own plate and spoon to eat on spot.

Their yam naem khao tod (ยำแหนมข้าวทอด), which is a sour pork and fried rice ball salad, is spicy and sour, with the right ratio of crunchy to jelly textures. It’s absolutely an amazing snack food!

P’Aor Yam Naem Khao Tod (ร้านพี่อ้อ ยำแหนม-ข้าวทอด)

Address: Thanon Nakhon Chaisi, Soi Sriyan 1, Bangkok
Open hours: 11 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 5 pm, and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday)
Prices: 30 – 40 THB per bag

ที่อยู่ ริมถนนนครไชยศรี ซอย ศรีย่าน 1
เปิดบริการ 11.00-13.00น., 14.00-17.00น., 17.30-19.30 น.
ยำแหนมข้าวทอด มีชุด 30-40 บาท

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Pepper crab at Daeng Ahan Talay (ร้านแดงอาหารทะเล)

10. Daeng Ahan Talay (ร้านแดงอาหารทะเล)

This final restaurant that I included on this list is actually located in Samut Songkhram, about an hour from Bangkok. But I included it on this blog post because it’s good enough to make the drive to the restaurant for the seafood.

Translated to Red Seafood, Daeng Ahan Talay (ร้านแดงอาหารทะเล) serves excellent Thai seafood of all different kinds, in a quiet and peaceful location in the countryside, not far from the ocean.

The notably excellent dishes I tried included squid fried in just the right amount of salted egg yolk (meuk kai kem หมึกไข่เค็ม), razor clams fried with basil and fingerroot (hoy lawd pad cha หอยหลอดผัดฉ่า), and an awesome version of crab fried with black pepper (boo pad prik thai dam ปูผัดพริกไทยดำ).

I haven’t had a chance to write up a full review of this restaurant yet, but I will hopefully do so soon. It’s a seafood restaurant that’s worth making a day trip out of.

Daeng Ahan Talay (ร้านแดงอาหารทะเล)

Address: 152 หมู่ 1 Amphoe Mueang Samut Songkhram, Chang Wat Samut Songkhram 75000
Open hours: 8 am – 8 pm daily
Prices: All depends on what you order, but likely around 300 – 600 THB per person

ที่อยู่ 152 หมู่ 1 บริเวณดอนหอยหลอด บางบ่อ-ปากมาบ บางแก้ว เมืองสมุทรสงคราม สมุทรสงคราม 75000
เปิดบริการทุกวัน 8.00-20.00

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Best Thai restaurants in Bangkok in 2016

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Conclusion

And that completes 10 of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok that I ate at in 2016.

Hope this gives you some ideas about a few delicious restaurants you don’t want to miss in Bangkok. For many more recommendations, check out my full list of favorite restaurants in Bangkok.

Thank you for your support throughout 2016 and keep enjoying more Thai food!

Do you have any suggestions of restaurants I should try?

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The 10 best Thai restaurants in Bangkok in 2016!


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  • Mint Phongphaka

    2 months ago

    Wow! I have never tried any of these recommended restaurants before! Thank you for sharing it with us :) I would like to suggest Krua Pruksa(ครัวพฤกษา คาราโอเกะ) at Praditmanutham road for you to try out, their coconut cake is super delicious!

  • Alan Spedding ( cumbriafoodie )

    2 months ago

    BoLan is my number one favourite for high end authentic Thai food.
    Osha is my current fave , purely for the theatre , imagination , twist on Thai classics and bloody good cooking. ( The prices are good too )

  • Steve

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark, thank you for this fantastic site. I have travelled to Thailand for the past 15 years and love the photos of the food. Excellent recipes and guidance. Keep going!! Would you be able to do a section on dips? I had fish sticky rice and a chilli dip, it was lovely. I know it was nam prik but there are so many!

  • Fawn

    9 months ago

    I love this site. it makes me want to return to Thailand. Keep up the good work.

  • Sam

    11 months ago

    We ate at Klang Soi and loved it. Do you know where we can find the neua kem kra prao krob in the States? It was fantastic. We actually looked for it elsewhere in Thailand and it seemed like a very Klang Son specific thing! What does the “kem” mean in the dish name?

    • B

      11 months ago

      Kem means salty in Thai. So Nuei Kem from the name of this dish means salted beef

    • Mark Wiens

      11 months ago

      Great to hear that Sam, glad you enjoyed it. Hmm, I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever seen it in the US, but your best bet might be to make it yourself if you can get some fresh holy basil. You’d dry the beef in the sun for a day, then deep fry, and deep fry the holy basil leaves as well, and then combine it all.

  • Simone

    11 months ago

    I regret that I have discovered your webpage only now! We were in Thailand in November and I was a bit disapointed with the food we had in Bangkok even though one evening we went to a restaurant which is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in the world.
    Your selection looks very good and I hope to go back soon.
    Thank you also for a lot of great recepies, very inspiriring .

    • Mark Wiens

      11 months ago

      Hey Simone, sorry to hear your food experience wasn’t the best in Bangkok. Hope you can come back again to eat delicious food!

  • Heather

    11 months ago

    Fantastic resource for any Bangkok food novice, you’ve inspired us to make a special ‘taste Bangkok’ side-trip.

  • Rob

    11 months ago

    Hi Mark, try Larb Ubon (Labb Ubon). David Thompson of Nahm Restaurant goes there sometimes with his staff after service. I went there a year ago and loved it. No frills but great food and Mai Pang. Can’t ask for much more than that.

    • Mark Wiens

      11 months ago

      Hey Rob, awesome to hear that. It’s kind of a hidden spot, yet right in the middle of financial Bangkok!

  • Wisarut Nualkaew

    12 months ago

    Have you ever try Goboo Noodle(โกบู้รสซิ่ง)? Is located at Nawamin Road Soi 8 . it’s a noodle with super tender pork , 2 half boiled eggs. อร่อยมากๆครับพี่มาร์ค

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Wisarut, I have never heard of it, but I just searched it, it looks incredible. I will try to go there when I have a chance, thank you!

  • Остров Бали

    12 months ago

    I was in Bangkok in 15of November. And yes, i visit Sanguan Sri.. mmm, their food menu is really cool.
    Great review!

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Awesome to hear that, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Ryan G

    12 months ago

    I am really liking the blog Mark. I can’t really eat much food that is spicy, so is there something I can do to make sure they don’t make something or I can make sure that they don’t add any MORE spice to their dishes? Is there a way to tell if something has a ton of spicy to it?
    Thanks
    Ryan G

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Ryan, it just sort of depends on the dish, some dishes are typically meant to be spicy and not really made non-spicy, but other dishes, like salads which are made to order can usually be made spicy or not. Thanks for your support!

  • Moshe

    12 months ago

    Dear Mark,
    We are coming to Bangkok several times a year ( from Israel…)and sometimes we are going to other places in Thailand. Whenever we are there we are always following your recommendations and we are delighted to “have it almost with you…” While getting back home you are ” keeping us alive”( until our next trip) and we cherish your activities and enjoying seeing most of what you are doing.
    All the best for 2017 and Happy New Year to you and entire family

  • David

    12 months ago

    Thanks Mark, really going to try some of them when i am in Bangkok next month. Happy holidays!

  • Mark KF Siew

    12 months ago

    Hi Mark, Your latest on fine foods in Bangkok is no different from the rest; what every food lover need to know; what it looks like; where to find them. World class !! Thanks for all the interesting write-ups / good quality pix in the past 12 months. I have not been in Bangkok in a while; lots to do and sample when I next visit ! Keep up the good work and look forward to more . Wishing you and family a Great Xmas and Happy New Year. Warm regards, Mark Siew, KL Malaysia.

  • nui acain

    12 months ago

    Thank you for all good work. You are the best of what you do. Love your work Mark.

  • Aiysha

    12 months ago

    Hi mark, my husband & I were in Bangkok just last week and we really use your blogs, vlogs and food guides as our reference. 50% of our meals there were based on your recommendations and none of the restaurants disappoint. We tried soei, heng chun seng, wattana panich and p’or tom yam goong. & Since we don’t eat pork the beef soup options were really great for us! Thank you so much for all your effort in producing great contents on Food in Bangkok and making eating street food in Bangkok less daunting for those not familiar with the city . Keep up with the great work! Aiysha & Izam (Malaysia)

  • Pamela Hamilton

    12 months ago

    Can’t wait to go to thailand on a foodie adventure.

  • JodyFoster

    12 months ago

    I am So Fortunate to have a Neighbor that Lives directly Across the Street from Me.They are Laoction’s.Chip the Father his Mother moved in to live,79 treats old,She grows All the Natural Herbs in their backyard.She provides me with That Sticky Rice,and Veggies.Damn it is Good Food.Lean.

  • Patrick Palmarella

    12 months ago

    Love your work.
    5th best Pad Thai is is on Soi Thonglor near corner of Sukhumvit road

  • Susan de Guzman

    12 months ago

    You have the best food reviews . I’m so encouraged to go to Thailand to try all the restaurant I see in your site. I’m so entertained by your beautiful pictures, your expresive reaction when you savor what you’re eating is priceless.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Huge thank you Susan, really appreciate your support and encouragement.

  • Tan Yang Ching

    12 months ago

    I found the Curry Crab at Kluang Seafood at Ratchada , walking distance from Huay Kwang Station one of the best I have ever eaten. Been there 2 times and never get disappointed . Still as good.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Excellent, thank you for the recommendation Tan.

  • Rafaela

    12 months ago

    Hi Mark , we are flying to Bangkok this friday , great post can’t wait to try some of them.
    I don’t know if you know this restaurant and I don’t know if we can compare with this ones that you suggested but definitely this restaurant offers the best chicken in town ( at least in my options opinion :) ) Polo fried chicken , near lumphini park (https://maps.google.ch/maps?rlz=1CDGOYI_enCH614CH614&hl=en-GB&um=1&ie=UTF-8&fb=1&gl=ch&entry=s&sa=X&ftid=0x30e29f2733b3d5e1:0x357b87266d17d601&gmm=CgIgAQ%3D%3D) . The chiecken is amazing, so tasty and the papaya salad too.

    Enjoy your Christmas with your new born, wishing you a great 2017.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Rafaela, great to hear from you and glad you’ll be coming to Bangkok in a few days. I have been to Polo fried chicken, but it’s been years ago now. So might try check it out again when I have a chance. Here’s an old post about it: https://www.eatingthaifood.com/soi-polo-fried-chicken/ Hope you have a great trip!

  • lian

    12 months ago

    good job Mark keep them up in the coming year 2017;
    curious to know how you take the videos while you are eating and talking?
    who are doing the video filming?
    are you stationed in Thailand; planning to teach english in Thailand

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hi Lian, great to hear from you, thank you. Normally when I’m eating it’s my wife doing the filming — couldn’t do it without her. Yes, I’m station in Thailand, but probably won’t be teaching English!

  • plamuk aka travellingchef

    12 months ago

    While I appreciate the time and trouble you go to in order to inform people of your culinary adventures, I abore many of your comments because of the repetitive nature of your language which tends to make me leave what I am reading. As well, when you write recipes they are very similar to your comments, repetitive, and that also I find boring. Before closing, I live in Bangkok for most of the year and my comments are made because I am a retired Psychologist and know my native language. At the same time, I am an erstwhile chef and have worked in many hotels in Thailand, amongst other places. I usually try to read your “reviews” with an open mind and see if there any recipes worthwhile adapting. By the way, on one of your current top 10 you put up “salt brined chicken” and on another picture, “some seriously crispy fried holy basil.” Brine is salt water, and what do you mean by “seriously crispy?” No need to comment because I am sure my comments are among the few that rate your statements in a negative light and that others are bound to “attack” my observations.
    ‘nuf sed

    • Susan de Guzman

      12 months ago

      Plamuk a Psychologist-chef? Sounds like a brainless idiot.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hi Plamuk, I appreciate you following my culinary adventures. This blog started off as a place to share what I ate and learned in Thailand, and to me that’s what it still is today. I’m just doing what I love to do, and that is eat, and share my experiences through blogs and videos. I could always improve at my writing and English grammar, but I also enjoy the informal format of blogging – and I can write like I talk!

      • Willis

        12 months ago

        I greatly enjoy your reviews so rest assured there are many more of us than there are of the Grouch.

    • Nicksta

      12 months ago

      Plamuk aka TOSSER-of-a-chef =)
      Just because sooky Psychologist tossbag “so called” chef can cook “apparently” … doesn’t give him/her/ladyboy the right to criticise you on your blog. Seriously Crispy obviously means Seriously Crispy!! What an imbecile.
      Keep up the great work Mark. Love reading your reviews. =) Merry Xmas

  • Lorenz

    12 months ago

    Those are some seriously awesome food. Will definitely try the recommendations when we come visit next year. Thank you!

  • Shaun

    12 months ago

    Another great post! I hope to try them all in the new year!

  • Doug

    12 months ago

    I second the comment regarding BTS or MRT directions. We’ve had so many bad experiences with Taxi and Tuk-
    Tuk drivers that we avoid them 100%. I realize not all restaurants are near BTS/MRT stations but we ate at many with good BTS/MRT directions even advising which Exit-Number to take.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Thanks Doug, I will try to cover more restaurants that have easier access to BTS/MRT. As a side note, have you tried using UberX or GrabTaxi in Bangkok? My wife and I use both apps quite a bit, and have had pretty good experiences. But I agree, for tuk tuks, they can be a real challenge.

  • Steve

    12 months ago

    Thanks for another great post Mark. Wishing you and Ying a very happy Christmas, and an amazing New Year.

  • Ralf

    12 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    As usual, my first source of information and inspiration is your website! I love to read your reviews. I always have my tastebuds feeling what you describe. If anything is better than your written reviews, it is your Youtube videos which brom over with your impressions. You literally make us smell and taste what you eat!
    I will be in Bangkok with my family for a few days in March, and we will for sure try to follow your footsteps.
    BR,
    Ralf

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Thank you so much for the kind words Ralf, really appreciate your support. Great to hear you’ll be coming to Bangkok in a few months!

  • natalie bell

    12 months ago

    Thanks Mark we wish you and your family a happy new year. A favourite place of ours to eat in bangkok is next to the chinese temple by the pier in nonthaburi. Their prawns with stir fried rice and vegetables is great.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Natalie, great to hear from you, Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for the recommendation!

  • Paul

    12 months ago

    Thanks for this list Mark. I’ll be in BKK in February and will try as many as possible. I wish you would have included the BTS directions though. I’m also going to finally try soei which i learned (through Dwight’s video) has moved. Thanks again.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Thank you Paul. Yes, Soei has moved due to BTS construction, but it’s pretty close to the old location.

  • Jo

    12 months ago

    A Google map with all the locations would be very useful and a great help.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Thanks Jo, will try to do that.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Jo, just wanted to let you know, map is now in the post.

      • Jo

        12 months ago

        Thank you!

  • Jim

    12 months ago

    Mark, my wife and I will be visiting Bangkok soon. We’ll be staying off RamKhamheang Road soi 170 or there abouts. I’ve had some good reports about the Ploy which is down son 170 but this is truly a local restaurant for the local people, we’ll be checking it out anyway. The restaurant I truly look forward to trying as it’s close to where we are staying is called Simply V. I’ve read a write up in the Bangkok Post and it sounds and looks good, give it a go if you get a chance. Owners a Thai who has spent a long time in the USA. The restaurant can be found on soi 187 which is directly opposite son 170, don’t know how we’ll get to it as there’s a bridge/flyover separating our side of the road from the other, a U turn will no doubt sort us out.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Jim, great to hear from you and glad you’ll be coming back to Bangkok soon. Very cool, thanks for the recommendations, I will try to check them out when I have a chance!

  • Chieko

    12 months ago

    All of the food looks delicious, especially for someone who’s only had tea this morning. Wish i had the recipes!
    On a side note, have you ever done a compilation of some of the strangest ingredients you’ve run across? I love bizarre foods. Being 1/2 Japanese I’ve already eaten some things that many Westerners will gag at. I have silkworm pupae in my freezer, roasted a pig’s head on Thanksgiving. Totally a fan of nose-to-tail eating and anything that comes out of the water!
    Thanks!!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hey Chieko, great to hear from you, thank you very much. I actually started writing a bizarre Thai foods blog post a couple years ago, and never finished it. I will definitely try to write that soon. Thank you for the encouragement!

  • Arthur Longhurst

    12 months ago

    Baan Somtum, Sathorn Square, 9 1 soi, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
    +66 2 630 3486
    I’ve been here several times with my Isaan girlfriend and she loves it. I really enjoy it too. I’m sure it’s not haute cuisine but the place is usually packed with Thais and it’s a simple restaurant with no pretentions.