Must Try Bangkok Food

NOTE : Scams in Bangkok are prevalent, and many tourists ended up paying exorbitant prices for lousy bangkok food & service.

Rule of Thumb :

  • Never accept food recommendation from tuk tuk or taxi drivers. Be very strict where you are heading & dont accept alternative.
  • Do not believe people telling you the restaurant you are heading to is closed today until you reach the restaurant or stall.
  • Check how the restaurant looks like before going, as a friend was brought to Somboondee instead of Somboon and was told is the same but it’s not.
  • Leave the restaurant that doesnt indicate exact price or ask for the price, if you think it is impolite, make sure you have $100 – $300 to burn.

1. T&K Seafood Chinatown

Located in Yaowarat (Chinatown), T&K is one of the most famous seafood restaurant in Bangkok, serving hundreds of patron daily. With patrons filling up their 4 story building and along every inch possible of the alley.

Very reasonably priced, somewhat on the very very affordable side. Must try the raw shrimp, very fresh & sweet. Avoid fresh oyster, not their specialty.

T&K Seafood BangkokT&K Seafood Restaurant

Opening Hours : 4.30pm to 2am

Price : Depending what you order. Better value if you have more people. Approx 250 THB per person onwards for few dishes.

How to Get There : Closest BTS Station – Hua Lamphong (5 mins drive away, walkable distance)

2. Mae Varee Mango Sticky Rice

Mae Varee’s is located in Thong Lor, just look for the Giant Mango. It is basically a fruit shop, hence the only option is takeaway. The variety color of sticky rice is due to the infuse of natural coloring from flowers, fruits & herbs.

Mae Varee Mango Sticky RiceMae Varee

Mae Varee Mango Sticky RiceMae Varee Mango Sticky Rice

Price : THB120 per packet (Takeaway Only)

Opening Hours : 8am to 11pm

How to Get There : BTS – Thong Lo Station. Exit 3, make a U-Turn & 2 mins walk to Sukhumvit Soi 55.

3. Coconut Ice Cream Chatuchak Market

There are 10 to 20 stalls selling Coconut Ice Cream at Chatuchak Market, although 3 to 4 helpings of coconut ice cream is not uncommon every time we go Chatuchak Market, this is the particular stall we enjoyed best.

You get to choose 3 toppings on top of your ice cream, the ones we usually go for are : Peanuts, Sticky Rice, Yam, Bread or Sweet Potato.

Chatuchak Coconut Ice CreamHomemade Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice CreamCoconut Ice Cream

Price : 35 THB

Open : Every Saturday & Sunday – 7am to 6pm

How to Get There : BTS – Mo Chit / Chatuchak Park Station

4. Somboon Seafood

Popularly known for its fried curry crab, fast service & reasonably priced, Somboon has 7 branch throughout Bangkok. Price are indicated on menu, hence no shocking bill at the end of the meal.

Fried Curry Crab is a must order, the price depends on the size of Crab so you can choose Small, Medium or Large. We also ordered Fried Grouper, River Prawns, you can avoid Tom Yum Gong as there are much better ones.

Somboon SurawongSomboon Surawong

Somboon Seafood

Opening Hours : Normal Branch – 4pm to 11pm / Mall – 11am to 10pm

Branch Outlet : Somboon Seafood


1. Intercontinental Bangkok

Intercontinental BangkokIntercontinental Bangkok

Read Our Review : Intercontinental Bangkok Sunday Brunch Buffet

2. Le Meridien Bangkok

Le Meridien Bangkok - Succulent Roast Le Meridien Bangkok

Read Our Review : Le Meridien Bangkok Buffet Lunch

Fine Dining

1. Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant

Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant, Pullman Bangkok G HotelScarlett Wine Bar

Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant is a French fine dining restaurant located on the 37th floor of Pullman Bangkok Hotel G. The restaurant is elegantly designed, spacious yet provides an intimate ambiance.

Read Our Review : Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant

2. Scalini Italian Fine Dine

Scalini, Hilton Sukhumvit BangkokScalini Restaurant

Scalini is an Italian fine dine that serves food with its roots in all parts of Italy, with a modern twist incorporating innovative & creative new dishes that reflects the experience of Italians living overseas.

Read Our Review : Scalini Italian Fine Dine

Theme Cafe

1. Hello Kitty Cafe

For Hello Kitty Fans, the new Hello Kitty cafe has just opened in Bangkok located at Siam Square One.

Hello Kitty Cafe BangkokHello Kitty Cafe Bangkok

Open : Daily 10am to 10pm

How to Get There : Siam BTS Station

Overrated Food in Bangkok

Everyone has their own personal taste on food. Below are some what we think are overrated Bangkok food. Try or not, is still up to you!

1. Sabx2 Wanton Mee

If this is the best wanton mee in Bangkok, then Bangkok do not have wanton mee at all, is what I can say but I doubt so. (on better wanton mee than this in Bangkok). The pork leg rice is a much better option at this shop.

Sabx2 Wanton MeeSabx2 Wanton Mee

2. Mango Tango

Nothing special, not worth queuing up for. When we were there, it was just a 5 minutes wait and still it is overrated.

Mango TangoMango Tango

3. Baiyoke Sky Buffet

If it is 10 to 15 years ago, this might be one of the star buffet attraction in Bangkok, however time flies yet they remain the same.

With more & more hotels offering decent buffet, Baiyoke’s just pale among others. I would rather spend money eating street food than pay for Baiyoke buffet.

Note : This blog on Bangkok Food is far from complete, there are still few stalls i didnt managed to try, will definitely update again for my next trip. Hope it helps!

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  1. As Bangkokian that had tried sabx2 noodle…it is far from being the best…it tastes normal..There are soo many stalls that are better than this overrated stall….just my opinion though 🙂

  2. Tommy, I totally agree with you that Sabx2 Wanton Mee in Bangkok is totally over-rated. Are there no better ones in Bangkok?

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