Thailand is simply bursting with culinary delights, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge, and Thai cuisine has become popular the world over. With every major international city providing their own version of Thailand’s cuisine, the best is still to be found on Thai soil. Within this mix of spicy, sweet and sour you will also find innovative chefs working to bring outside influences into the country’s restaurant scene. Here is our list of the 10 best restaurants in Thailand.
Combining fine dining and culture, Eat Me takes influences from around the Pacific, South-East Asia and the Middle East, Eat Me produces fine cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Open 7 days a week until the early hours, the restaurant has put itself at the top of the list for those looking to satisfy the mind with the latest contemporary arts, before filling their stomachs with standout dishes. Chef Tim Butler has become renowned for creations such as salmon gravadlax with an espresso and mustard emulsion.
Khun Noroor Somany Steppe opened her first Blue Elephant restaurant in Brussels in 1980, and due to an impressive following, she spread her culinary wings across the world resulting in a group of over 10 restaurants, each maintaining the distinct ingredients and flavors of royal Thai cuisine. Boasting three menus, eating at Blue Elephant is a journey through time as each dish can feature historical cooking techniques, bold flavors from the present or inventive fusion creations from the future. Taste sensations such as the fresh lime sea bass promote traditional flavors of lemongrass, which are boosted with citrus and spice.
With a respectable reputation, Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant is celebrated for its flavorsome curries, which are made using homemade pastes derived from potatoes, in order to ensure that all food served is 100% vegetarian, as the majority of curry pastes from local markets will contain shrimp or fish. The menu is full of Thai inspired vegetarian foods and to promote organic living, the restaurant also has a handful of vegan options, which is an unusual find in most parts of Thailand and makes Anchan stand out from the rest. For a sweet end to the meal, the restaurant also sells homemade cakes and chocolates.
Nimmanahaeminda Road, between lane 6 and 10, opposite soi 13, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200 +66 835 811 689
In a quaint setting, Suay serves up traditional Thai food alongside creative dishes specifically from Northeastern Isan cuisine. Thailand-born chef Tammasak Chootong serves a huge menu and dishes such as the crab cakes with mango chutney and sweet chili aioli, and the roasted duck in red curry with lychee and pineapple are representative of the chef using a collaboration of flavors in harmony. The white-washed restaurant is an enjoyable and homely place to enjoy fine Asian cuisine, and the menu is complemented by their selection of cocktails, Thai herb, and fruit drinks.
Located on Koh Samui in southern Thailand, Nuch’s Green Ta’lay Restaurant is somewhat removed in terms of location but is well worth the visit if you are on the island. Dishing up local Thai food, Chef Nuch is full of knowledge and aids those new to the traditional cuisine. Commended for their authentic Thai green curry, which is the restaurant’s signature dish, the rest of the menu is generous and promotes the fresh produce of the area. For the freshest fish, try their special catch of the day and enjoy dining in the unpretentious settings with well-presented home cooked Thai food. 31/4 Moo 5, Thong Krut, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand +66 086 005 3938
Bo.lan is truly exceptional. With its dark, chic interior design and authentic Thai menu, the restaurant was opened in 2009 and has since become one of the most well-known dining establishments in the country. Within the kitchen, you will find power couple, Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones, who create adventurous Thai dishes, reworking the best flavors from traditional Thai cuisine from consistently fresh and varied selection of produce. The restaurant promotes responsible living and eating, and promotes this philosophy across their menu. By eating here, you will gain an understanding of true Thai cuisine and its heritage.
Set in an old family home, Feuang Nara serves authentic Thai food and is a good place for newcomers to traditional Thai food to taste specialities such as tom yam gung soup (hot and sour Thai soup) and pad Thai, in addition to fresh seafood such as spiced and salted shrimps and delicious fried snapper with mango. Surprisingly large inside, the restaurant is light and airy, with white washed wood throughout and subtle decorative features. Set back from the busy roads in Bangkok, the ambiance is one of calm and serenity.
Narathiwat Ratchanakarin soi 3, Chongnonsi BTS Station , Bangkok, Thailand 10500 +66 223 324 10/+66 895 129 393
Gaggan presents Indian street food in a contemporary and thought-provoking way. Chef Gaggan Anand is famous for giving historical dishes a modern twist, whilst maintaining their best flavors. Having traveled across his home country of India, the chef is well accustomed to traditional Indian cuisine and reinvents dishes with precision and knowledge. Gaggan takes not only influences from India but from across the world of gastronomy, and many of the dishes served are inspired by his mother’s home recipes, the flavors with which can only come from decades of wisdom.
Inspired by Place Vendôme in Paris, Le Venôdme epitomizes the glamor and delicate nature of French cuisine, making one forget that they are 8000 miles away in Thailand. The decor is elegant, with glass cabinets housing glassware and cushioned seats to melt into after a rich flavorsome meal. The restaurant is located in a two-storey house with a verandah allowing for alfresco dining, which is made all the better in the tranquil residential setting. Chandeliers shine down on some traditional French dishes such as foie gras and veal sweetbreads, and small touches like the freshly baked baguettes and valet service make Le Vendôme a noteworthy experience.
A signature dish at Le Vendôme | Courtesy Le Vendôme
Fusing European and Thai cuisines, Green Garden serves up dishes that are cleanly presented and bursting with flavor. In the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit, the restaurant supplies a safe haven to relax and enjoy gourmet cuisine. The calm ambiance is an important attribute to find when dining in Bangkok, and although the restaurant has a fairly modest interior, the food speaks for itself as Thai classics such as som tam Thai (green papaya salad) are dished up aside traditional European dishes such as creamy beef stroganoff.