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Some Western Restaurants in Bangkok
Craving Western Food?
If you're an expat living in Bangkok, Thailand, you're going to crave western food at some point and you won't want to make it at home.Travelers and tourists will also crave some familiar comfort food, especially if they've been on the road for awhile. Fortunately for everyone, Bangkok is a city where there is a huge demand for western restaurants, from expats to adventurous Thais.
As in any city, you will find your usual fast food restaurants in abundance, such as McDonald's, KFC, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Mr. Donut and even a couple branches of Subway Sandwiches. But many times you'll want something better. This is a brief guide of some of the western cuisine restaurants you will find in Bangkok.
American, Australian and British
Just a few pubs and restaurants in Bangkok
Bourbon Street Tel: 02-259-0328/9
29/4-6 Sukhumvit Soi 22 at Washington Square
20 years in the same location, this is a classic expat hangout. Bourbon Street specializes in Cajun and Creole cuisine, a Mexican buffet, meatloaf, ribs, buffalo wings and burgers.
Garage Burger Tel: 02-685-3626 and 02-613-1356
All Seasons Place Retail Center, 87 Witthayu (Wireless) Road, 2nd Floor
Voted numerous times as the best place for a burger in Bangkok, Garage Burger offers 13 different kinds of burgers along with chicken, seafood, salads, pasta, soups and a special kids menu. I've eaten here and their burgers are delicious and huge. They have tasty home style fries cut from real potatoes with the skins still on. You get a nice view from the CentralWorld branch as well.
Hard Rock Cafe Tel: 02-658-4090/3
424/3-6 Siam Square, Soi 11 Pathumwan
Serving up burgers, fajitas, steaks, ribs, and sides like macaroni and cheese, smashed potatoes and salad, Hard Rock CafÃ© has been in Bangkok since 1991.
Tasman Pub Tel: 02-392-2522
159/9 Soi Thonglor, opposite of Bangkok Bank
Tasman Pub is the only place in Thailand to serve Boag's Beer from Tasmania.
Tenderloins Bar & Grill Tel: 02-258-4529
9 Sukhumvit Soi 33
Tenderloins is a newer and beautifully designed Australian bar and grill serving delicious imported steaks and has an Australian wine bar. Tenderloins is consistently rated as having some of the best imported steaks and BBQ choices in Bangkok. There's also a kid's selection of chicken nuggets, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, sausage and fries.
My personal experience with pubs is that unless you're with a group of friends, it feels a bit intimidating to go in by yourself and have a meal. There's certainly a good ole boy's club feel about some of them, unless you go to one of the pubs in the more touristy areas.
That being said, some of these pubs are fantastic for Christmas dinner, so if you can get a group of friends together for the holiday, you can't have a better night out in celebration!
Oh My Cod! British Cafe Tel: 02-282-6553 & 08-948-82300
95d, Rambuttri Village Inn, Soi Rambuttri (near Khao San Road)
Reviews about Oh my Cod! have been spectacular. They serve up a wide range of both British and Thai food including traditional fish & chips, full English breakfast, oven baked potatoes and home baked pies. The mince and onion pie and steak & kidney pie especially have gotten two thumbs up!
The Barbican Bar & Brasserie Tel: 02-234-3590, 02-233-4141/2
9/4-5 Soi Thaniya, Silom Road (Sala Daeng Skytrain station)
The Barbican Bar & Brasserie boasts that it is the only place in Bangkok with a Tapas Bar. Many Thais and expats gather after work for a brew and some conversation. Food includes appetizers, salads, steaks, hot and cold sandwiches, mushroom stroganoff, chicken ricotta and boef bourguignon. Traditional "pub grub" includes chicken pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips, steak and Guinness pie and shepherd's pie.
Bully's Pub Tel: 02-656-4609
Sukhumvit Road, between Sois 2 & 4 Next to the J.W. Marriott
Bully's Pub features five brews on tap, including Guinness and Kilkenny's. Food includes burgers and sandwiches and pub fare such as sausage and mash, steak and kidney pie, shepherd's pie, fish n' chips and shrimp scampi. Grilled lamb, salmon, chicken and pork chops are also offered.
The Bull's Head Pub Tel: 02-259-4444
595/10-11 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 33/1
Near the Villa Supermarket and Emporium, the Bull's Head is a popular pub for expat Brits. The Punchline Comedy Club is regularly held here and you can reserve your tickets via the website.
O'Reilly's Irish Pub Tel: 02-632-7515
62/1-4 Silom Road
O'Reillys Irish pub is located where the Sala Daeng Skytrain meets Soi Thaniya on Silom Road, at the heart of the Patpong night market. Menus must have consolidated with Robin Hood and Hanrahans because it is the same on each website. Live sports broadcasts and bands perform weekly.
The Black Swan Tel: 02-229-4542
326/8-9 Sukhumvit Road, under the Asoke BTS station
Even though it looks a bit dingy on the outside, this authentic British pub is small and cozy on the inside with great food reviews. Of course on offer is plenty of traditional British comfort food - lots of the favorites, like fish and chips, bangers and mash, chops and apparently they have pretty decent burgers.
The Londoner Tel: 02-261-0238
Corner of Sukhumvit 33 in the basement of the UBC1 Building.
Traditional British fare menu and the usual local beers are available plus their own 'in house' brewed beer. Also features satellite TV and big screen for the important sporting events.
French, German & Italian Restaurants
Where to enjoy a few European restaurants in Krung Thep
FRENCH: (Just a couple of the many French fine dining establishments in BKK)
2 locations: 18/1 Sukhumvit Soi 12 Tel: 02-653-3990 or 02-653-3991
88 Thonglor Soi 8, Ground Floor Tel: 02-726-9398
Crepes & Company is the only creperie in Bangkok offering both sweet and savory crepe combinations. Highlights in their menu include Mediterranean food influenced by Greece, Spain and Morocco. It is quite a unique and beautiful restaurant that has received high recommendations from both food critics and patrons alike. They just opened a new branch in the trendy Thong Lor neighborhood.
The Reflexions Tel: 02-650-8800 Extension 4338
Plaza Athene Bangkok, Wireless Road (BTS Ploenchit Station)
Contemporary and dynamic describe both the food and style of The Reflexions. Live bands play during the dinner hours. Some of the menu items include Grilled Double Rack of Lamb and Oven Roasted Royal Bresse Pigeon.
Le Cafe Siam Tel: 02-671-0030
4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Rd. (Lumpini or Klongtoey MRT Station)
Part of the thrill of dining at Le Cafe Siam is the fact that it is a beautifully restored hundred year old colonial house surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Some menu favorites include the Roasted Veal Chop, Snowfish with Planchetta Ham, Pan Seared Duck Foie Gras Escalope and Warm Buche Goat Cheese Salad.
Bei Otto Tel: 02-262-0892
1 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Opposite Windsor Hotel (Phrom Phong BTS Station)
Comprised of a restaurant, deli and bakery, Bei Otto has been established in Bangkok offering fine German cuisine since 1984. Some popular menu items include veal Wiener Schnitzel and pork fillet escalopes Swabian Style on imported Sauerkraut. Some sausages offered are ThÃ¼ringer frying sausage, Neurnberger pork grilled sausages, Vienna and white sausages.
Bier Kutsche Tel: 02-233-2063
7 Sukhumvit Soi 3
Serving home brewed beer, Bier Kutsche is a comfortable restaurant. Big plates of German and Austrian fare satisfy like nothing else.
Ratsstube Tel: 02-287-2822
Goethe Institutes 18-1 South Sathon Soi 1 (Soi Goethe)
Next door to the Goethe Institute off Soi Atakanprasit, Ratsstube offers set lunches featuring their hearty homemade sausages.
ITALIAN: (Like French cuisine here in Bangkok, there are many, many Italian restaurants in a wide range of price and amenities.)
Mabeba Tel: 02-254-9595, 02-253-9426
93 Soi Lang Suan 5, Ploenchit Road
The name 'Ma-Be-Ba' comes from beginning of three Italian words; Mangaire (food), Bere (drink) and Ballare (dance). Of the eateries on Soi Lang Suan, this one is said to be the best. The menu changes frequently and features an extensive wine list.
Rossini's Tel: 02-649-8363 or 02-649-8888
Inside the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Rd
Rossini's has had plenty of positive reviews for the culinary skills of the chefs. The baked snow fish has been raved about as well as the classic Italian sauces using Shitake mushrooms to imbibe them with an Eastern flavor. Main dishes include steaks, pasta, seafood and pizza. Decadent desserts top off your meal.
Dulio's Tel: 02-258-7930 (Sukhumvit) or 02-238-0070 (Surawong)
2 Locations: House 17, Sukhumvit, Soi 49 (Thong Lor BTS Station)
Tawana Bangkok Hotel, 80, Suriwong Road (Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain Station or Silom MRT Subway Station)
You can dine at Dulio's indoors in the comfort of air conditioning, or outside on the terrace. The Sukhumvit restaurant boasts a wood fire oven imported from Italy to prepare the pizza. There's a huge choice of a la carte selections separated into different categories, the first, offering 22 different authentic types of pizza. There are numerous soups, appetizers and 12 salads.
Scoozi Pizzeria Tel: 02-391-5113
Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thong Lor
Scoozi is known for its high-quality ingredients, with homemade pastas and sausages, salmon from Norway and Parma Ham and mozzarella from Italy. It serves pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, desserts and drinks as on site and takeaway items. The traditional Margherita pizza is offered as well as house specialty pizzas such as the Salsiccia made with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and homemade Italian sausage.
Mexican & Spanish Restaurants in Bangkok
Enjoy Latin-inspired cuisine with these restaurant recommendations
Senor Pico Bar & Restaurant Tel: 02-261-7100 Ext: 7550
1st Floor, Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok,
19 Sukhumvit Soi 18
Senor Pico offers traditional Mexican dishes such as Enchiladas, Burritos, Fajitas, Carnitas and a range of Mexican snacks such as Bocados and Antojitos. The menu is divided into sections for soups, appetizers, seafood, meats and Pico's Latin grilled specialties. SeÃ±or Pico consistently tops the list for good Mexican food in Bangkok.
Sunrise Tacos Tel: 02- 229-4852
236/3-4 Sukhumvit Road (Between Soi 12 and Soi 14 in the Leader Price Complex)
Emporium, 5th Floor, Park Food Hall
Siam Paragon, Ground Floor Food Court
This is Bangkok's first authentic style Mexican taqueria and Sunrise Tacos has been so popular it has expanded quickly into three locations. It's open 24/7 with delivery available. The most popular item on their menu is the burritos, followed by crispy tacos. You get many choices for all items: black, red or refried beans, sour cream or cheese, four kinds of salsa and the meat options are grilled chicken, seasoned ground beef, carnitas (pork), Barbacoa (shredded beef) or carne asada (grilled steak). Overall a big thumbs up from expats!
Coyote Tel: 02-631-2325 and 02-662-3838
2 Locations: Sivadon Building, 1/2 Convent Road
575-579 Sukhumvit Road (Phrom Phong BTS Station)
The food inspired by Coyote originates in the Southwestern USA and also features Tex-Mex favorites such as chimichangas, enchiladas and quesadillas. Other items include burritos, firehouse chili and sopa de ajo - roasted garlic soup. The nachos have the best reviews and this is the place for drinks; serving 75 kinds of margaritas, 50 different tequilas.
Rioja Tel: 02-251-5761
1025 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini (Chitlom BTS Station)
Rioja is an authentic Spanish Restaurant with both an a la carte menu and set lunch sets. Rich wine list and good selection of Spanish cheese.
Tapas Cafe (website works intermittently)Tel: 02-651-2947
1/25 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11 (Nana BTS Station)
Tapas CafÃ© has a wide variety of tapas, great selections of ham and Spanish sausages and many wines to choose from. Paella made to order.
Steakhouses & Swiss Restaurants
For your meat and fondue fix.
New York Steakhouse (Review only) Tel: 02-656-7700
JW MarriottÂ® Hotel Bangkok, 4 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 2
Touted by many guidebooks to be the best place in town for steaks, New York Steakhouse prides itself on its beef entrees. Cuts of fresh chilled meat are cooked to order and arrive on your plate with little adornment so you can choose to put sauces on it - or not. Five cuts of steak are served at the restaurant: Fillet Mignon, Rib Eye, Striploin, T-bone and Porterhouse.
Madison Tel: 02-250-1000
Four Seasons Bangkok, 155 Rajdamri Road
This is a very classy restaurant with formal ambiance and cool dÃ©cor. Madison serves favorites such as steak from the United States and Australia as well as Norwegian salmon, Andaman lobster, crispy duck and ruby fish; all healthy servings on gigantic white porcelain plates.
Neil's Tavern Tel: 02-256-6874 and 02-260-4391
2 locations: 58/4 Soi Ruam Rudee, Wireless Road
Ground Floor, Prime Bldg., 24 Sukhumvit 21 Rd. (Next to the SINO-THAI Tower) Asoke
Neil's Tavern has been around for nearly 40 years and although it says it's a tavern, this is a classy restaurant. Serving imported beef from Japan, the USA and Australia, cuts include T-Bones, Kobe, Rib Eye, Prime Rib, Lamb, and New York Steak. Pork, chicken and seafood dishes are also available.
Chesa Tel: 02-261-6650
5 Sukhumvit Soi 20, Opposite the Windsor Hotel
Each description on the menu at Chesa looks divine. This is probably the most reputable Swiss restaurant in Bangkok. One of the signature dishes on the appetizer list is capuns, which are Swiss chard dumplings made of bacon, onion and cheese and served in a light cream and herb sauce. The menu changes weekly and the highlight for many is the chocolate fondue dessert with fresh fruit for dipping.
Swiss Corner Restaurant Tel: 02-373-0301
Soi 3 Summakorn Village, Sukhaphiban 3 (Ramkamhaeng Soi 112), Bangkapi
Swiss Corner is a little out of the city on Ramkamhaeng Road in the Bangkapi area. The restaurant offers a variety of soups, salads, cheese fondues, meat dishes and desserts plus Swiss Weiss beer, Swiss wines and liquors.
Favorite Bangkok Restaurant Blogs & Articles
The last couple of years has seen an explosion of great food blogs and articles to help find your way to a positive restaurant experience in Bangkok. Here are a few good ones that have been created by expats who LIVE in Bangkok and can give you the best advice.
- Bangkok Burger Blog
On the Bangkok Burger Blog, you will find the best and worst burgers in Bangkok, plus and extensive list of local restaurants selling this burger.
KohSpot scours Bangkok to bring you the best, the funkiest and the down right cool so you can spend your time doing more important things like pursuing the opposite sex and watching TV. Gives reviews and info on the hippest new restaurants in town.