Where to go for dinner?

– that’s the big question. I know you are on holiday and you want to make the most of it. You wanna try all the local dishes you read about in the lonely planet, and find the hippest places to eat. So you go on a hunt down tripadvisor and google maps, and when you look again you spent an hour on your phone; you are none the wiser but a lot more hangry.

If you’re coming to Bangkok, please let me save you some trouble. Here are the 5 best places to have dinner in Sukhumvit, that have never let me down. All places are between Phrom Phong and Thong Lo BTS station in walking distance from Monkey Nap hostel in Bangkok.

1. Fifty-fifth at Thong Lo

Wed-Mon 18:30-04:30 – Thai food, Tom yum goong –

The Fifty-fifth is a Thai restaurant straight on Sukhumvit Rd just next to Thong Lo BTS station. It is super popular with locals, especially as a late night eatery. There is space to sit outside, but inside the air-conditioned room may be a better choice for most days.

The menu is extensive and includes all the popular Thai soups and stir fries. One of their signature dishes is Tom yum goong (Sour and spicy soup with prawns) – a Thai classic and must try dish if you want to experience real Thai food. I wasn’t a big fan of Tom yum, before my Thai friend took me to Fifty-fifth just to have that soup. Now I can’t get enough of it!

2. Saengchai Phochana

Mon-Sun 18:00-04:00 – Thai food, Seafood –
Saengchai restaurant close to Soi 32

Saengchai is a popular Thai restaurant known for its seafood dishes. The walls of this place are decorated with pictures of the owner together with Thai celebrities, who like to dine here after a night out at the club Sing Sing Theater just on the other side of the road.

The menu has some pictures and English captions. You order Thai style, where the waiter gives you a piece of paper to note down the number of the dish you want to order. Don’t expect anyone to speak much English, so this may not be the ideal place if you have special dietary requirements.

3. Veganerie at Phrom Phong

Mon-Sun 17:00-01:00 – Vegan/Western/Asian fusion –
colorful salad inside white bowl
Amazing salad bowl at Veganerie

Veganerie is a chain of vegan restaurants with 5 outlets in Bangkok. This one is located just behind the Phrom Phong park. The restaurant is large and airy and a great place to take your date. They serve amazing Asian/Thai fusion and western vegan meals. I can highly recommend you try some of their Asian fusion salads or rice dishes, but I’ve also very much enjoyed the burgers. Be prepared to spend ฿300 per person.

Apart from the amazing food, they also have a locally sourced and environmentally friendly shop where you can stock up on stainless steel straws or bamboo toothbrushes.

4. Arno’s at Rain Hill

Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00 – Western/American, Burger –
beef burger on a wooden plate next to a basket of fries and a spoon filled with sauce
The California burger at Arno’s restaurant, Rain Hill

Oooh if you’re craving some western food you’re going to love this one! Arno’s restaurant is in the Rain Hill courtyard, pretty much just opposite of MonkeyNap hostel. From the outside it looks like a steak house but we mainly go there for their burgers. The burgers come with your choice of American or blue cheese, fries or salad and a spicy or non-spicy sauce. Beware, the spicy sauce deserves its name! I personally prefer the non-spicy one, which is like a cocktail sauce – yummy. The cheapest burger is ฿180 including a side.

They also serve salad and pasta dishes and do have meat-free options. However, the place is decorated with big pictures of meat and burgers all over the walls.

5. CT Cafeteria – Japanese buffet

Tue-Sun 11:00-23:00 – Japanese, Buffet
several small dishes on table overlooking restaurant
Japanese buffet at CT Cafeteria

CT Cafetria is located behind EmQuartier just off Soi 35. This is a full on Japanese restaurant in the middle of Bangkok! The menu and all the writing is in Japanese and Thai only. No one really speaks English so just point at what you want.

The place is not known for their ambiance, but rather for their amazing buffet. Choose one of three mains which are freshly prepared and pick up the sides from the buffet. You have a choice of various steamed and fried vegetables, Miso soup, Japanese curry and salad. Also, they have ice cream for dessert with cool flavors like Pandan and goody-goody gum drop. And all of that for mere ฿199 per person.

I think, this is an amazing place to go to if you want to have some Japanese food that isn’t Sushi. In fact a Japanese friend recommended this place to me, so I trust the food is authentic.

  • ≤ ฿100 per person
  • ≈ ฿200 per person
  • ≈ ฿300 per person
  • vegetarian meals available – no vegetarian options
  • hot/spicy – not everything on the menu will be spicy, but better ask before ordering
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