Bangkok is the preferred getaway for many Singaporeans. During a recent trip, I discovered a few new places to eat (and see)! Check out the list below.
I’ve heard of Mango Tree before; their franchise game is strong, with outlets stretching up to China and Hong Kong. I had the pleasure of dining in one of the first Mango Tree restaurants in Bangkok; located in one of the back alleyways of Silom. Dining here is a transformative experience – you feel like you’re in exclusive enclave with authentic Thai food, entertainment and service.
I tried the Thai Green Curry (Shrimp), Chicken and Cashew Nuts Stir-Fry, Thai Kai Lan with mushrooms and garlic. This Green Curry was exceptionally smooth, luscious and creamy. The curry was no doubt cooked with a heady curry paste, then strained to remove all bits and pieces of the paste. What remained was a viscous, jade-green broth filled with juicy deveined prawns. The curry went down like butter, needless to say. And I ended up drinking it like soup. The Chicken and Cashew Nut Stir-Fry presented nuggets of chicken meat coated thickly in a deep, dark-brown sauce.
Mango Tree Surawong. 37 Si Lom 6, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand. Closest BTS station will be Sala Deang.
Much like the brand here in Singapore, Baan Ying Bangkok has a mouth-watering Thai menu that brings traditional Thai food and cooking techniques to a modern audience. To read my review of Baan Ying Singapore, check out this link.
The menu at Baan Ying Bangkok is slightly different, with one of the must-trys being the Yellow Crab Curry. This curry was spicy and had all the warmth of fresh turmeric, with tons of fresh crabmeat swimming in it. While I enjoyed the bold aroma of turmeric and its signature taste, I wouldn’t recommend this curry to someone who does not enjoy spicy food. Also try the prawn omelette, prawns stir-fried with garlic and Thai green vegetable stir-fry. This stir fry cannot be found in Singapore and is a humble yet flavourful companion to the meal.
Baan Ying is on level 5 of Terminal 21 attached to Asoke BTS. However, they have a few outlets all over Bangkok so you can google to find out more. Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Kub Kao Kub Pla
I discovered this place by chance and went in to eat not knowing what it was! This restaurant is located on the same level as Baan Ying in Terminal 21, right in front of the escalator. The staff are very kind and the food is also very kind (to your palate and belly). Try the shrimp paste fried rice, it’s excellent. The sharp saltiness from the shrimp paste meets the fiery chilli with so much passion; the result is a flavour explosion in your mouth. Try this with a side of Tom Yum Koong. The Tom Yum in Bangkok doesn’t usually go wrong (there is a disclaimer to this on my Insta-stories, I must say), but they get it very, very right at this restaurant. The red broth is swimming with the carefully balanced pillars of flavour – sour, sweet, spicy.
Same as above, at Terminal 21 Level 5. Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Ros’niyom – Silom Square
This is where I had dinner on my last night in Bangkok and boy was it a dinner to remember. Interestingly, Rom’niyom is not a prominent restaurant, situated at the basement of the mall that’s next to Sala Daeng BTS station. Silom Square is where you can find another branch of Baan Ying and the popular After You Dessert Cafe. Ros Niyom has a chicken fried rice like few others, with juicy chunks of chicken and rice that’s perfectly hard and chewy. I also had a Thai Basil Minced Chicken with rice, which reminded me of the one I made. And of course, I had the Tom Yum Koong here as well. It was so rich in flavour, colour and fat, juicy prawns that at one point I was just drinking the soup on its own.
Ros’niyom is located in a few places, including Silom Complex where I dined. Attached to Sala Deang BTS. You can find this restaurant on Basement 2, and here is the address for the mall: 191 Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Bangkok Bold Kitchen
This is a restaurant I read about from the local BK magazine. It’s not conveniently located and it only makes sense to eat here if you’re staying by the riverfront in Bangkok. Bangkok Bold Kitchen is located behind Avani+ Riverside hotel, in a mall that’s attached to the hotel. The mall has many modern shops selling local products, and Bangkok Bold can be found on the 3rd floor. The menu here has unique items, such as the deep fried catfish flakes which were crispy and chewy. The Tom Yum is creamy and rich in coconut milk, similar to the ones from Northern Thailand.
Bangkok Bold Kitchen is located at The Riverside Plaza. Address: 257 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Bang Lamphu Lang, Khlong San, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Not Just Another Cup
This is a cafe that I found while on my way to Silom Cooking Class one morning. The prices here are a tad steep for a cafe in Thailand, but the coffee lives up to it not being just another cup. Perfectly brewed with a beautiful body, each cup of coffee is prepared with precision by the barista. They have a wide breakfast menu as well, specialising in western fare such as bacon and pancakes.
Try the big breakfast if you’re in the area. This comes with sunny-side up eggs, bacon, toast, sauteed garlic mushrooms, fresh cherry tomatoes and arugula, and Thai sausages (which are very much like English sausages, I learned).This is very filling, so if you’re looking for something less heavy try the French Toast with fresh fruit and honey. The french toast slices are large, but not unmanageable.
Not Just Another Cup is close to Chong Nongsi BTS station. You’ll need to alight and walk to 75/1 Sathon Soi 10, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand with the help of Google Maps.
Rocket Coffee Bar
The breakfast here was so good, I went down twice and ordered the same thing. Don’t give me that look, I am a creature of habit and very happy about it. Located in the heart of Silom, Rocket Coffee Bar is a short walk from BTS Chong Nongsi. They have a variety of coffees here, from aeropressed to filtered. The coffee was very good, I am happy to report. But I cannot discount the very scrumptious potato waffles with Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche that I couldn’t stop eating.
I never had potato waffles before and now cannot imagine why this was ever the case. These waffles were light, fluffy and very flavourful. Topped with a generous helping of creme fraiche and slices of smoked salmon, this is the perfect breakfast to line your stomach before the Tom Yum and local Bangkok fare during the day.
Just like above, Rocket Coffee Bar is located closest to Chong Nongsi BTS. Here’s the address for Google Maps: 149 Sathon Soi 12 Alley, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand.
Mousses and Meringues
I discovered this little cafe while taking a walk around the Asoke/Phrom Pong Area. My definition of Bangkok goes by train station, similar to how I see my own country. So bear with me. Mousses and Meringues is a tiny little cafe (seats barely 10) tucked away along an obscure lane behind Asok. You need Google Maps to find this place and trust me you will want to find this place.
The coffee is not what people come here for, though I ordered myself a latte all the same. I had a strawberry fresh cream roulade that was made in the lightest cloud in heaven juuuuust for my taste buds. The cream was fresh, the cake was soft with a firm yet airy crumb and the strawberries were fresh AF. I was in a state of bliss while eating and I couldn’t get enough of it. Alas,this tiny cake cost me SGD5, so I decided to be smart and curb my greed.
This place is in Phrom Phong, and can be found with this address: 253/2 ถนน สุขุมวิท Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand. Don’t worry, I’m sure Google knows Thai.
Luka Cafe was where I went right after returning to Bangkok from my 2D1N trip to Khao Yai. It’s along the road of the hindu temple in Silom, all you have to do is just walk in from the temple on the same side. Luka is a big coffee place and can get quite busy with people and their laptops. The coffee here is rich and robust, as is the hipster vibe of the whole place (uncomfortable chairs and slightly-haughty waiters included). Try the Almond and Lemon Cake. So refreshing and also filling (like that could stop me!).
Also in Silom, Luka is located close to Chong Nongsi BTS. Best to use the hindu temple as a landmark, although you don’t have to with Google Maps. Address: 64, 3 Pan Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand.
There you have it! All the new places I checked out while in Bangkok. Of course, there are more but these are the ones that I would recommend. No point in paying for food if it isn’t any good, no matter how lovely the place looks. Is there any place that I should check out? Please, tell me! And in the meantime, when are you heading to Bangkok?