Mexican, Italian, Korean: where can you find all of these cuisines from around the world in one neighborhood? Ari, Bangkok’s up-and-coming area for all things food. Dessert shops line the sois (streets) of this quaint, quiet area. In comparison with downtown Bangkok, Ari is clean and less crowded, a much-needed escape from the usual city decor. Here are our choices for the 10 best restaurants in Ari.
Food Truck, Thai, $$$
Seafood lovers, bring your appetite. Summer Street is serving up more seafood than you’ll know what to do with. Razor clams (฿70), Japanese scallops (฿60), and tiger prawns (฿100) are just a few of the items found on Summer Street’s seemingly never-ending menu. This food truck is only a three-minute walk from the BTS Skytrain.
1/6 ซอย อารีย์ 2 Khwaeng Samsen Nai Khet Phaya Thai 10400
Classy is the first word that comes to mind when dining at Salt. With a floor to ceiling glass exterior and posh seating arrangements throughout its large courtyard, you won’t want to leave without a couple of photos and glasses of wine. Our favorite dish was Salt’s pizza, which was a huge portion considering it’s one of the cheaper things on the menu. Besides Italian, Salt serves up both French and Japanese cuisine, as well.
36/2 Phahonyothin Soi 7, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
Kuh Grill & Bar
Kuh Grill & Bar was recently opened in 2016. This steakhouse specializes in everything meat, including steaks, burgers, and salmon if you prefer fish. With chic, white, gray, and black decor, this grill is certainly worth visiting if you’re in the Ari area. It’s a bit further from the BTS Skytrain than some of the other restaurants on our list, but you can easily take a motorbike taxi here.
32/20 Ari 2 Phahonyothin Road – Soi Phahon Yothin 7, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Sis & Me and Witty Ville bakeries
If you’re hankering for something sweet, these two bakeries will certainly stifle your cravings. Sis & Me serves up cookies, cakes, and cupcakes that’re almost too pretty to eat. All of the baked goods at Sis & Me are meticulously designed with colorful, delicious frosting. Chow down on one of its works of art, decorated to look like everything from flowers to Pokemon balls. Right next door to Sis & Me is Witty Ville. With a similar menu to that of Sis & Me, it’ll be difficult choosing which bakery you to get dessert from. Feel free to indulge between the two.
Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
Lay Lao Thai-Esan Food
You don’t have to travel all the way to Chiang Mai to enjoy some original Isan food. Instead, head to BTS Skytrain stop Ari and visit Lay Lao. If you love Thailand’s classic green papaya salad, or som tum, Lay Lao is the place to be.
2/1 Phahon Yothin 7 Alley, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
JOHA Korean Restaurant
As swanky as this restaurant is, JOHA Korean Restaurant does some delicious meals for even more enticing prices. Tempura fried calamari is only ฿110 (about $3). JOHA Korean Restaurant also has a good assortment of famous Korean dishes, soups, and salads. There’s a lengthy liquor menu too, as well as ice cream for dessert.
Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Spoon & Straw
Visit Spoon & Straw for lunch, dinner, or drinks. Its recommended menu includes northeastern style pork curry (฿200) and one of the more interesting options, the charcoal toast served with a homemade chicken liver plate (฿120). It also has a wide array of unique appetizers, two entire pages of main courses, smoothies, alcoholic beverages, and desserts. All of the employees here are friendly and attentive, making your dining experience here that much more memorable.
Ari Soi 2, Bangkok
Tacos Factory is one of the cheapest restaurants serving up Mexican cuisine. This might be due to the fact that it’s a food truck and not a restaurant. There are, however, plenty of stools in the food truck as well as an adorable seating area in the courtyard where it’s located. You can get a nacho set for as little as ฿99 (less than $3) and melted cheese quesadillas and pizza tacos are a very reasonable price.
5/10 ซอย พหลโยธิน Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
By Kelly Iverson