The acclaimed fine-dining restaurant at the Ed Tuttle–designed Sukhothai serves up a stylish ambience (the restaurant is surrounded by lotus ponds) and consistently terrific Thai cuisine prepared with top ingredients. Guests can choose between the elegant (and air-conditioned) dining room and the romantic outdoor terrace.
This multilevel, cool but welcoming restaurant, bar and art gallery, on an unassuming street, is a real find. Darren and Cherie Hausler are an Australian brother-and-sister duo, whose inspired and well-executed menu includes such dishes as pumpkin, coconut and blood-orange soup; fig-and-blue-cheese ravioli; and pan-fried duck foie gras. Cocktails, too, are delectable. This is an intimate, delicious spot located away from the bustling city. Request a table on the terrace, which is shaded by leafy trees, for a romantic, peaceful dinner. Afterward, take a ten-minute stroll to the Suan Lum Night Bazaar for some late shopping, or head to the Met Bar at the Metropolitan hotel, also within walking distance.
Awarded the prestigious ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ by Restaurant Magazine, Nahm at the Metropolitan hotel stands as one of Bangkok’s hot spot dining experiences. Australian born chef David Thompson crafts every dish with bold flavor and sophistication. With tables in the sleek dining room and out on the terrace overlooking the pool, Nahm offers top-notch traditional Thai cuisine in an elegant setting.
This riverfront boutique hideaway hotel, located directly across the water from Wat Ahrun, embraces a stylish, more contemporary English décor. A short walk from some of Bangkok’s most notable sites like Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, Sala Rattanakosin offers a stylish dining room and outdoor overwater dining deck with dead-on views of Wat Ahrun. Stop in for lunch while sightseeing or come for drinks to enjoy a spectacular view of the glowing temple at dusk from the scenic restaurant deck or chic open-air rooftop bar and lounge.
Occupying the 24th and 25th floors of the Hotel Muse, The Speakeasy is no ordinary bar. This two-story hideaway houses several different dining and drinking spaces, from the terrace bar to private salons to the Blind Pig, a reservation-only cigar lounge. They all deliver a sexy, clandestine vibe meant to evoke a secret Prohibition-era hot spot. Bartenders prepare classic libations with an Asian twist while the kitchen (with a menu by Michelin-star Chef Jean Baptiste) churns out an international selection of elegant tapas (like mini croque monsieur, white prawn carpaccio and potato beignets). The stylish rooftop bar is an exceptional destination for a sunset tipple.
The serene Thai restaurant of the Peninsula hotel is lit by torches and candles and has a wonderful location right by the Chao Phraya River. Tables are set along the river and throughout five teakwood pavilions (imported from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya). It’s a beautiful setting in which to try traditional Thai dishes, like spicy papaya salad served with chunks of fried bass; yellow curry with duck, lychees and Kaffir limes; and the delicious minced chicken with spicy basil. Dessert may include homemade coconut ice cream served with honey and fried banana. Thanks to the different intimate sitting areas (along the river, in the garden, or in one of the salas), the restaurant feels warm and romantic. If you’re not staying at the hotel, you can take the shuttle boat there from the Sky Train station at Saphan Taksin, which runs from 6 a.m. until midnight.
Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar
Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar teeter on the 61st-floor rooftop of the Banyan Tree, situated between the Sukhothai and Metropolitan hotels. The open-air restaurant and rooftop bar supplement the sweeping views from Sirocco Restaurant and Sky Bar atop the State Tower by offering a more refined, mature experience. While less of a ‘hot spot’ than a bar and restaurant at the State Tower, Vertigo Grill offers sophisticated seafood and fine quality steaks with the city’s only uninterrupted, 360 degree views over the skyline. If you don’t have the opportunity to enjoy dinner here, drinks at the rooftop Moon Bar provide a fantastic setting and a relaxed atmosphere to sip on cocktails with friends and family. Not for those who suffer from vertigo.