Sukhumvit, one of Bangkok’s major arteries, and one of the longest avenue in the world most of the time congested by the traffic. Popular among foreign visitors and expats, with its fancy apartments, villas, office buildings, small shops, hotels, shopping malls, and nightlife, but also many Thai restaurants.
A restaurant named for the capital of Laos. Wooden structure on two floors, Some specialties from the Issan region are a little spicy, however, the menu offers a wide choice of fish, grilled red meat, and pork, the popular Tom Yum Koong (hot and sour Thai shrimp soup with lemongrass, galangal chili peppers & kaffir), spring rolls, Issan sukiyaki or sea bass fish with fish sauce as well as ants eggs salad, all this in a “cabaret” atmosphere. This restaurant has undergone some changes in a short period and is now a little expensive and very busy with tourists.
Live music not for me when I am eating, so maybe you should consider before going there for dinner.
Open daily 12.00 to midnight
Show 19.30 – 22.30
Address. 8, Soi Sukhumvit 36
Website Vientiane kitchen
BTS Thong Lo station exit 2. Down the stairs, it’s around 50 meters to Soi 36. Then the Vientiane is about 5 minutes’ walk away.
Krua Rom Mai kitchen under the shade of trees
Near the Vientiane is the Klua Rom Mai, a restaurant where you can breathe a quiet Thai provincial atmosphere in a garden with simple decor. A choice of southern dishes like Kaeng Tai Pla (stir-fried Melinjo with eggs,150 baht) or Tom Yum Issan style, 150-180 baht, The vegetarians will enjoy the Panang (thick red curry with coconut milk with sweet basil leave and vegetables, 130 baht. I went back there for lunch, nothing has changed since last year, and the lady chef is always kind. I had a light meal, deep-fried chicken wings with cashew nuts, and a typical Issan sauce named djew, a plate of rice, and drank (oliang) a Thai iced coffee, all for 85 baht.
An oasis where it is recommended to go with friends and share dishes, at the aperitif do not forget to take the spicy sai oua specialty from Chiang Mai accompanied by a cold beer, delicious. That’s Thailand!
price from 60 to 180 baht
Open Monday to Sunday 10.30 – 22.00
Krua Rom Mai is a little further after the Vientiane.
Ruan means Thai house, Songnaree means two ladies, the two combined becomes the house of the two ladies. Created by two close friends who had the same passion, Thai cuisine. Traditional restaurant elegant and nicely decorated, very pleasant atmosphere. Good Thai cuisine and also a menu for vegetarians. I went to lunch alone, but I think it’s a lovely place for a romantic dinner date. Good service and reasonable prices.
Opens from 11.00 to 24.00
Address. 12/20 Soi Sukhumvit 33
BTS Phrom Phong exit 5
Kuay Teow Rung Ruang which means prosperous, a restaurant very famous for their minced pork soup, fish balls, and liver. Reputed with the local population, but also Chinese tourists since it appears in the Michelin guide. A family story (of Chinese origin), the restaurant was a large room, but after the death of the owner the sons took over, and as a result of disagreements a separation wall has been built. Whether you choose the one on the corner, or the bigger adjacent to it, the menu and the recipe are the same. Well situated in the heart of the Japanese expatriates quarter, big and small massage parlors, and close to the Emporium and EmQuartier shopping centers. I have been there once and this time shopping around had the opportunity to go again at lunchtime. It was crowded, a boy took my name and my order, I had to wait 10 minutes before being placed at a table and about ten minutes to be served. I ordered 2 dishes, both were too sweet and I think with Monosodium glutamate. One was a ba mee (egg noodle ) without soup, and the second, sen lek (rice noodle) tom yum (sweet Chili, chili paste, chili powder, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and crushed peanuts), my preference goes to the first, the second was good but the soup not aromatic enough for my taste. Must I mention the very poor service, which seems overwhelmed by the too many customers
A cheap restaurant, good soups but it is better to avoid lunchtime between 12.00 and 14.00
Open every day from 08.00 to 17.00
Address. 103 Sukhumvit Soi 26, BTS Phrom Phong station, exit 4
Sorn fine southern cuisine
Sorn is the first-ever Thai southern cuisine awarded in the Michelin 2019. A year later, he was awarded his second star
Deep in the soi, a charming house with a pleasant garden is where you will taste the real southern Thai food in Bangkok
Address. 56, Sukhumvit 26 Soi Ari
Restaurants Sukhumvit Soi 22
“My” Soi where I used to stay for several years. Where there was a slum is now the largest hotel in Bangkok and Washington Square once a hangout of Vietnam veterans nightlife entertainment became a vacant (since 2013) lot pending the construction of a New Shopping Center (EmSphere Expected opening 2020). Soi 22 is nowadays were hotels, hostels, B&B and apartments, bars, massage parlors, and restaurants invaded the premises.
Suk 11 Restaurant
Established on Sukhumvit 11 for many years hence the name. A small 2 floors restaurant, all in wood deco, where we eat very well at reasonable prices. The green curry, stir-fried prawn or crab are very good, as are their desserts. Seafood only for dinner and they don’t serve any beer because to close to Sai Nam Peung school – the Thai law not allows to sell alcohol within 300 meters of universities, colleges, high and elementary schools – but you can go and buy one to the family mart across the street. If the weather allows it, you can have dinner on the terrace. Nice staff but the service is slow. Recommended.
Dishes price from 100 to 350 baht
Opens from 14.00-23.00
Address. 267/5 Sukhumvit Soi 22, MRT, BTS Asok, exit E5 (exchange Tower) or Phrom Phong station, exit 6
The restaurant is about 600 meters from Sukhumvit, on the left of the sidewalk.
Foodland Sukhumvit Soi 16
A supermarket and restaurant since 1972 in Thailand. One of my regular favorites, close to where I live, very good food, and a reasonable price. I always choose to seat at the counter where I can watch the chefs in action. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient staff. Lots of expats. Very practical for the late night out, is open 24/7 all year round.
I had as often there my favorite dish. Seafood Green Curry with one plate of rice, 164 baht.
Prices from 70 to 200 baht
16 branches in Bangkok, including one in Sukhumvit Soi 5 and Patpong
On what used to be a parking lot opposite Foodland is now a “lunchtime market” open from Monday to Friday, close at 14.00. Try the best-seller dish, Fried Chicken with Yellow Rice.
Rice with Curry in a Garden
If you prefer lunch in a garden, just walk a little bit further from the market and you will meet a zinc sheets fence, the lady owner of the house cook few dishes, Fried Fish, Gristle Curry, Beef Green Curry, and more, open unfortunately only for lunchtime to 14.00. Not only for a good lunch but a nice place to relax as well.
Price. 35 – 40 baht + 10 baht for rice.
Open from Monday to Friday.
BTS and MRT Asok Sukhumvit
To Get There
BTS and MRT Asok Sukhumvit. By the skywalk go to the exchange tower, exit E5, go down the escalator take the left/left, exit the building, go left the soi 16 is at 30 meters, and from there Foodland about 150 meters. Moto taxi if you don’t want to walk.
Terminal 21 food mall
Terminal 21 is ideally located on the busy Sukhumvit road. Located at the interchange Asok station of the MRT and BTS which is one of the most bustling public transport stations in Bangkok.
A Food court on the 5th floor and in my opinion the best, simple but good food, really cheap and clean. Many locals people, employees, and students but also tourists. Some stalls are busier than others such as Pad Thai which I don’t recommend. Go around the shops to make your choice, tasty fried noodles curry, Kuay Teow noodle soups, fried pork and duck, and more, the vegetarian is not forgotten. A very popular dessert is mango with coconut milk and sticky rice (khao niew mamuang), although mango is a seasonal fruit (March-April) it is served all year round. It is sometimes very difficult to find a seat between noon and 14 and if you can, the nice place is on the back overlooking the neighborhood. Like in all food malls you must purchase a payment card whose unused amount will be returned to you.
Price from 70.00 to 150 baht
Opens from 10.00 to 21.00
BTS and MRT Asok Sukhumvit
Cabbages and Condoms
I remember when HIV was a grave subject in the eighties Mr. Mechai Viravaida which was deputy industry minister from 1985 to 1986 then-Senator and in 1991 minister for tourism, information, and AIDS, was running a campaign for birth control and HIV. At that time it’s was told that he was going to some brothel to educate the patrons/girls and distributed condoms for free, and encouraged taxi drivers to hand out them to their customers. I never knew if that was true? He became a national figure and is name was and still is the slang word for condom. Back in 1973, he founded Thailand’s Population and Community Development Association (PDA) There is a family-planning clinic which openly operates next to the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant. This is one of several places in Bangkok where poor women can have an abortion which is allowed by law.
Mr. Viavaidya opened his restaurant with the intention of increasing understanding and acceptance of contraception. He said “You can go to any shop around Thailand and you will always find cabbages … condoms should be like cabbages which are ubiquitous and accessible to everyone,”
A little anecdote: In 2006, he won the plaudit of the toilet industry, but the anger of retailers after proposing that for every 10 square meters of commercial space, they would have to build public toilets.
The restaurant also supports a number of non-profit organizations in Thailand, and going there for dinner or lunch is not only for a meal but also for a good deed.
The service is good, as soon as you seat they serve free crackers and bring you the drink you ordered right away, which is not always the case in Thai restaurants. I must say that the food didn’t impress me, of course, I didn’t taste all the dishes but the one I ordered was average. Besides the chef recommendation, they offer six set menus for a group of 5 persons at reasonable prices. The setting is very pleasant in a relaxed atmosphere, and you can always choose to have lunch/dinner outside or in an air-conditioned room.
My menu that day. Deep-fried pork with sweet and sour sauce, and fresh coconut for 370.76 baht, including 10% service charge (should be mentioned in the menu) and 7% VAT.
Open Daily : 11:00 – 23:00
Address. 10 Sukhumvit Soi 12
Please have a look at the menu
BTS and MRT Asok Sukhumvit exit 2. You can also go to Time Square mall by the skywalk and down the escalator to reach Sukhumvit, the Soi is a few meters away.
If you have Allergies
Just say Pom/chan pae: milk, (nom) egg (khai), wheat (paeng salee), nut (tua), shrimp (kroong), squid (Pla Muk), fish (pla), chili (phrik), chili sauce, chili paste, pepper sauce.
what I think
I am not in favor of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and try to avoid it as much as possible. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a natural aliment in tomatoes, mushrooms, and many others, so why add more. Most restaurants and stall vendors use it to enhance the flavor, so if you think like me, don’t forget to ask no Ajinomoto “Pong Choo Rot” Ka/Kap, in Thai.
A very interesting website to learn more about all the additives found in food.
I hope this will be helpful for planning your next trip to Bangkok. If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to help you out.
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