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Whale’s Belly

Whale’s Belly

 

This restaurant makes an impression as soon as you walk in – its curved ceiling mimics the ribcage of a whale. There’s something for everyone here, from a nine-course fine dining feast to unexpected speciality dish Wagyu Deluxe – a hamburger creation using Portobello mushrooms instead of a bun. The ever-fresh menu can be summed up as delicious modern European cuisine with a fun, experimental twist. 
 
Insider Tip: Enlist the services of the in-house sommelier – a new wine list has just been launched, with more than 150 labels from around the world.
 
39 Boulevard Tower, Floor 2, Soi Sukhumvit 39, Tel: 66 21 600 333

 
 
Bonita – Cafe and Social Club

Bonita – Cafe and Social Club

 

This charming vegan cafe offers heartwarming home-cooked fare. Challenging the misconception that meat-free means flavour-free, the food here is rich and hearty, from the Burger Plate to the Pasta Carbonara. A fantastic place for a healthy, adventure-fuelling lunch.

Insider Tip: Order a cafe latte exactly to your tastes – cafe staff are consummate perfectionists and keep to their promise: “We will make it right”.

56/3 Pan Street, Silom, Tel: 662 637 9541

 
 
Issaya Siamese Club

Issaya Siamese Club

 

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, this is the restaurant to go to. The location is as glamorous as the food – it’s housed in a 1920s colonial mansion with lush tropical gardens. Issaya’s signature dish Yum Hua Plee – inspired by banana flower salad, a traditional Thai dish – was created by chef Ian Kittichai, Thailand’s first celebrity chef. Pair it with an Issaya Mojito, a fresh and fruity mix with a Thai accent, combining rum, kaffir lime leaves, mint and lemongrass.

Insider Tip: Best seats in the house are on the terrace, especially at the corner table next to the chef's garden.

 
 

East Meets West

 

A lovely little restaurant tucked away off busy Silom Road, specialising in Thai seafood. The atmosphere is low-key and relaxed, and prices very reasonable – ideal if you’re after a casual evening meal. The bonus here is if you’re a visitor unused to spicy food, the friendly waiters check what heat levels you’re comfortable with before cooking. 

Insider Tip: Take advantage of the sympathetic chef and order a red Thai curry.

1043/4 Silom 21-23, Bangrak, Tel: 662 234 6299

 
 
Breeze

Breeze

 

Breeze is all about superlatives. Situated at the top of the Lebua Hotel, it is Bangkok’s highest open-air restaurant, and was also voted the city’s best restaurant by Tatler Magazine. So it’s safe to say the intricate Asian cuisine here more than meets the expectations of a connoisseur’s palate.  The Hunan-style wok-fried Maine lobster is a really ravishing treat.

Insider Tip: Opt for the tasting menu to sample a small portion of Chef Sam Pang Ping Lee’s many creations.