Eating Out in Bangkok
The choice for anyone looking to eat out in Bangkok has arguably never been better. From great buffets to various fares from all corners of the world, Bangkok has something to offer every palette.
The Baiyoke tower, which for a long time held the record as being the tallest building in Asia, has some sumptuous buffet offerings at its restaurants that are based on some of the highest floors.
The Stellar Palace buffet is on the 79th floor in the Stella Palace Chinese restaurant. This used to be a traditional Chinese restaurant and was quite a quiet place before the owners decided to open up a Chinese and international buffet. Now it is a bustling affair owing to the great deal that is available. On offer are Chinese delicacies such as Peking duck in pancakes with Hoisin source, Chinese fried rice, chicken and cashew nuts etc. However this buffet goes one step better and offers an international and seafood section that includes a sashimi and sushi area, fresh steamed crab cooked to order, a hot pot station, and meats all available on an unlimited basis. Drinks are not included in the modest 580 baht price tag but do not add an unreasonable amount to the final bill, with a range of soft drinks, beers and wines available.
On the floor above is the Baiyoke Crystal Grill international buffet, a slightly less refined setting but still including a hefty spread of international cuisine for a similar price.
For both feasts, patrons can buy tickets on the lobby floor of the Baiyoke tower and proceed to the high-speed lifts. Tickets also give access to a rotating roof walkway, which offers superb views of the city skyline.
Not far away in Nana district, the relatively newly built Sofitel hotel near to Sukhumvit soi 13 has a seafood buffet featuring lobster and king prawns for 1,600 baht.
Often the restaurant features special offers such as a “two-for-the-price-of-one” promotion making this a grand buffet at a tempting price. Also on offer are cheeses from a specially chilled completely standalone cheese room, a BBQ station where both seafood and other meats can be grilled to order and an extensive dessert station with a whole range of tasty sweets that will satisfy anyone’s taste.
The Majestic Grand hotel offers a buffet set in a peaceful setting at its dine @7 restaurant on the -you guessed it- seventh floor. The buffet is located both inside and outside near the pool area and offers good city views. This is a good-sized buffet with BBQ station outside and costs just 690 baht all in, including a glass of beer or house wine. The buffet features an extensive salad bar, sashimi and sushi selection, several mains such as duck in green curry sauce and wide selection of deserts.
For a traditional pub meal there are plenty of options in Bangkok. Check out the Robin Hood pub that is located near to Phrom Phong BTS station in soi 33/1. Here you can find traditional English fare such as a proper beef and ale pie with french fries and peas for around 340 baht. Daily specials of late include roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes for 425 baht and traditional fish and chips for 360 baht. The place has well appointed seating and is not too noisy even when relatively full.
Nearby in Soi Ekkamai the Durty Nellie's pub serves Saturday and Sunday 2-course and 3-course specials including a traditional Sunday roast. You can choose either a starter and main course or a main course and dessert for the 2-course set meal price of 300 baht, or you can have all three courses for 350 baht. Portions are of a good size and so many may well find the 2-course offerings provide for an ample meal.
For fish lovers, in the Emporium shopping complex on the 5th floor is Café Fish, a place where you can get a thick slice of battered cod in traditional English style with French fries for around 350 baht. Also on offer are a range of salads, and a selection of other fish dishes including pan-fried salmon at a similar price.
In Rama 4 road at the intersection with soi 24, lies the K Mall shopping and dining center and within this is the Wine Connection restaurant. Serving some fantastic international dishes such as Australian steak, pizza, and fish and chips, prices are lean and the place has a great feel to it owing to the modern interior design and excellent service.
For steak lovers there is a recent treat added to Bangkok’s steak house choice and this is the Hippopotamus steak house with two new branches, one located in the Mega Bang Na shopping mall just out of town and one located in the Central Rama 9 shopping mall just opposite the Fortune Town center. Succulent imported French steaks are on the menu for less than 500 baht and come with a choice of two sides and two sauces. The awesome taste is the same as you would get in their signature branches in the Champs Elysees in Paris.
In soi 16, close to the Foodland supermarket, is the Cool Chili restaurant on the ground floor of the Somerset serviced apartment complex. This restaurant features an extensive menu of Thai and international food with low prices. For example a chicken and mushroom pie with French fries and green peas can be enjoyed for around 170 baht. The ambience is peaceful and staff friendly.
Still in Asok, in the not-too-distant Terminal 21, Tony Roma's can be found on the 4th floor and is famous for its succulent ribs. This is a new branch with another branch also continuing in business at Sukhumvit Soi 4 at the Nana junction. A medium rack of ribs with coleslaw and fries or mashed potato can be devoured for as little as 590 baht. Tony Roma's also serves oversized salads, onion rings and other mains including steaks and seafood. Look to get a booth table in their Terminal 21 branch for ultimate privacy.
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