Ethos International Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok

By Mark Wiens 7 Comments
Ethos Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
Mango Lassi, Ethos Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand

Ethos International vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Bangkok is what I would call veggies on the next level.

I happen to be in the Khao San area last night and decided I would stop by and sample their vegetarian food, a couple friends had previously recommended it.

Ethos Vegetarian Food, Bangkok, Thailand
Ethos Vegetarian Food, Bangkok, Thailand

Ethos Restaurant is located on a small quiet side street, just steps away from the rowdy Khao San Road, but a world away in terms of comfort and relaxation. They call themselves a “Travelers Oasis,” and it really does have that appeal of being calm like a desert oasis surrounded by chaotic city life.

Having walked around all day, I started with a Mango Lassi, a fantastic homemade yoghurt and tropical mango blend (pictured on top).

Price – 70 THB

Seating at Ethos
Seating at Ethos Restaurant

Ethos is set up with both low to ground tables and normal sit down tables with chairs. I chose the low table with ground seating –  a more relaxing option in my opinion.

The pads were extremely comfortable, so much so that I wanted to just sit without movement for an unlimited amount of time after the meal (or was it due to the amount I ate?).

Hummus and Tahina at Ethos, Bangkok, Thailand
Hummus and Tahina at Ethos, Bangkok, Thailand

When I saw hummus on the menu, it was something I had to order. Not only was it hummus, it was lightly spiced and included a dab of tahina sauce right in the middle. What really bumped up the greatness of the hummus was a handful of mild sweet onions and a garnish of cilantro.

It was served along with a warm pita bread. I’m going to be honest and say that it was one of smoothest and most delicious plates of hummus I’ve ever had.

Price – 80 THB

Bangkok Vegetarian Restaurants
Mushroom Cream Spaghetti at Ethos

Proceeding to the main course, I started off with this mushroom spaghetti. It was very good, but I will say that I thought the cream sauce was just slightly too sweet. Nevertheless, there was a robust mushroom flavor and a light hint of herbs which I thought was great.

Price – 110 THB

Bangkok vegetarian restaurants
Stir Fried Vegetables with Ginger

To get a big dose of vegetables into my system, I ordered the mixed vegetables with ginger. There could have been an entire garden worth of vegetables fried up on this plate – all with zero oil to be seen.

Long strips of ginger were the highlighting ingredient, a taste I truly love. For myself personally, I would enjoyed some hot chilies mixed within, but then again, my taste buds are acquainted most with Bangkok street food.

Price – 80 THB – big plate!

Thai vegetarian food
Brown Rice at Ethos

Not much to say other than the brown rice was wholesome and perfect (and I think you all know my obsession with rice).

Price – 20 THB

Tempeh Veggie Burger at Ethos
Tempeh Veggie Burger at Ethos

After finishing the previous main courses, my curiosity would not allow me to leave Ethos without ordering the Tempeh Burger. Tempeh is a soybean cake that’s a traditional part of Indonesian cuisine.

I had developed a daily habit of eating tempeh while I was in Indonesia and I couldn’t resist trying this veggie burger – and I was glad I did!

Tempeh Veggie Burger in Bangkok
Tempeh Veggie Burger in Bangkok

I’m going to honestly say that I was delighted to lose my veggie burger virginity to this superbly fresh tempeh burger from Ethos Bangkok – Yes, it was my first time to order a veggie burger. The tempeh was fantastic, the bun was loaded with crisp raw vegetables, and the accompanying mustard sauce was straight up luscious.

Price – 120 THB

One of the most difficult things about eating at Ethos is the massive menu that is stocked with so much food, it’s hard to use any sort of self control to avoid ordering the entire menu. You have the choice of Thai, Middle Eastern, Italian, and even some Indian dishes. Along with the selection, the menu is like a book that goes into extensive explanations about the benefits of a few ingredients they use in their cooking.

With a chilled out ambiance, helpful staff, and a classy selection of vegetarian food, I can’t wait to go back and try some more things off the menu at Ethos international vegetarian restaurant!

On top of great food, they also offer high-speed wi-fi!

Check out the official Ethos website here.

Open hours: 7 am – 12 midnight

How to Get to Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand

It’s located right behind the Burger King on what would be the East side of Khao San Road. Just navigate your way to the street that’s parallel with Thanon Tanao and walk a few meters and you’ll see Ethos. It’s also located just a few strides from May Kaidee’s vegetarian restaurant.

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  • Phuong

    4 years ago

    Im vegetarian for years and i ve been traveling in thailand for many years now. Since we watch mark wiens video on youtube we like to follow some of his recommendations so we went to ethos vegan and vegetarian restaurant thinking of the tempeh burger. First disappointment was the price on the menu. It is 175 bht instead of 120 bht like you said. And second disappointment was the burger by itself.: a very small piece of tempeh not really tasty maybe because too much satay sauce. With that we took a tom yum soup and there was no chili in the soup!!!. We ending up with a 275 bill. So according to me its aint a good place for quality /price. Not a very good address for vegetarians western or thai cuisine. In front of the shop is written ” food for health- free wifi”. But how come?

  • Pammi

    8 years ago

    My daughter and I were regular visitors to this restaurant whilst in Bangkok, and this is the best vegetarian/vegan food I have tasted.

    I wish there was a book out to try out some of these recipes. Loved the falafels with humous etc and the amazing apple crumble and custard, the best I have ever tasted.

    If I am ever in Bankok again I would definately eat there again every day.
    Thank you

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Pammi, thanks a lot for sharing and glad to hear you liked Ethos so much!

  • Leslie

    10 years ago

    This food looks super tasty! Wish I had this article when I visited Bangkok in 2008. I’m a vegetarian and was unable to find any of the vegetarian restaurants listed in my Lonely Planet guide… they seemed to have had the addresses wrong for each one!

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by Leslie! Part of the reason why we are doing this vegetarian challenge is to highlight some of these vegetarian options for travelers visiting Bangkok – hopefully the maps can help in locating them!

    • Dwight Turner

      10 years ago

      That’s too bad because they’re a thriving little community here if you can tap into it. Luckily, we’ve been able to find a lot of them online before we went on this quest. We may even put together a guide when we’re finished, just for vegetarians traveling here. Thanks for following along and spreading the word to other veg-heads!