Best Restaurants in Siam

  • Posted onJuly 4th, 2014

Red SkyHistorians, and those who bothered to read their lonely planet guide on the flight over, will tell you that Siam is the old name for Thailand, derived from the ancient Sanskrit word Syam, meaning Brown Face. However, today Siam is anything but ancient, and in fact a trendy, shiny, modern, shopper’s paradise, with mega mall, standing beside mega mall, beside mega mall.

As we all know a hard day of shopping can make one rather hungry. Fortunately there is no shortage of yummy restaurants and interesting eateries to be found in this part of the city, heck, every one of those huge malls has at least one giant food court and a several bistros and restaurants within.

To help you find the right restaurant to recharge your shopping batteries, here are our favorite restaurants in Siam:

Hard Rock BangkokHard Rock Café Siam Square

Some people may groan when they see my first choice to be a Hard Rock Café, and yes, it is part of the famous global chain and perhaps not the most original place to eat in town. However, finding a good burger in Bangkok is no easy task, and the fact is Hard Rock is one of the best I’ve had in the city, and I do occasionally enjoy as taste of classic America.

The restaurant is also very fun and friendly, and a perfect match for its surroundings, by the youthful Siam Square. It’s also incredibly popular, so I’m clearly not alone in including this restaurant among my favorites of the area.

Jim ThompsonsJim Thompsons

If you were put off by the talk of the Hard Rock as choice of restaurant, perhaps I can win you back with Jim Thompsons. This tranquil teakwood dining room is set by some beautiful ponds and greenery which are home of lots of birds and butterflies, offering a heaven-like escape from the Siam shoppers and traffic jammed streets.

By the entrance of the Jim Thompson House Museum, this eatery has elegant, classical Thai décor that can rival the teakwood buildings inside. It’s the perfect place to grab some authentic Thai (or Western) food before or after exploring the museum beyond. They also do a mean coffee if you’re in need of a perk-up.

Yellow Tail Sushi BarYellow Tail Sushi Bar – VIE Hotel

For something a little more exotic, the Yellow Tail Sushi Bar is one of my personal favorite Japanese restaurants, and a must visit for anyone who likes high quality sushi and sashimi. In fact, the ingredients are all flown direct from Japan. It’s also a pretty classy joint, and if you are willing to pay a bit extra to dine in Siam, this place always delivers.

The restaurant can be found in the trendy VIE hotel, on the third floor. It’s open for dinner during the weekdays, opening up around 6 PM until 10 PM, and additionally open for lunch at the weekends, 11.30 AM to 2.30 PM.

Sra BuaSra Bua @ Siam Kempinski Hotel

For fine dining in the area, the Sra Bua on the ground floor of the Siam Kempinski Hotel offers meals to remember, not just by way of its elegant dining rooms but also through its cool menu of contemporary and fusion Thai dishes. There are a lot of original plates and flavors here you just won’t find elsewhere in the city.

With high ceilings and lots of tasteful, classic furniture, this is the place to spoil yourself (if you haven’t already emptied your pockets in the malls). The chef who created the menu is also known for running one of the finest restaurants in Scandinavia; the Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, so you know it’s going to be good.

Red Sky2Red Sky @ Centara Hotel

For food with a view it has to be the Red Sky rooftop bar and restaurant, found at the Centara Hotel, above CentralWorld mall. Up on the 55th floor of the building, with uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views, you can be assured that this is one impressive backdrop to enjoy an evening meal.

It’s not cheap but you get what you pay for and the menu is mostly made up of rather sophisticated Western dishes. If you’re not hungry it’s still worth coming up here just to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine, and take in the epic vista.

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