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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.
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.
Fat Bird opened in 2013, its dishes are artistically presented, with caesar salads and drinks that are surprisingly aesthetically pleasing. Fat Bird is open for dinner on Tuesday-Sunday. The classic cocktails are also buy one get one free during happy hour.
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.
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.