by Kristie Rodgers
These restaurants have been selected for their excellent food, ambience, and location. They are not 5* Western cuisine, but they are delicious & affordable Asian fayre!.
CHINATOWN Punjab Sweets
436/5 Chak Phet Rd, Phahurat 10200 Tel 08-1869-3815
Vegetarian restaurants are few in Bangkok, but there are some tucked away in the Indian district of Phahurat, on the border of Chinatown. This small and basic restaurant serves authentic Indian cuisine, including dosa, puri, samosa, and Indian sweets. This is one of two Punjab Sweets outlets in the Chak Phet area.
CHINATOWN Roti Mataba
136 Pha Athit Rd, Chansasongkram 10220 Tel 0-2282-2119
A small Thai-Muslim eatery, Roti Mataba is a favorite with travelers. An inexpensive place to enjoy a classic Indian/Malay roti (a delicious fried flatbread) served with a small bowl of dal (lentil curry) or curry sauce as dip. This satisfying dish is traditionally served as a breakfast meal. The restaurant is open all day.
CHINATOWN Chote Chitr
146 Prang Pu Thorn, Tanao Rd 10200 Tel 0-2221-4082
A five-table clean, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Chote Chitr prides itself for serving Thai food cooked as per ancient royal recipes using rare ingredients. The restaurant is a local favorite for its crispy noodle dishes but the gaeng som curry is equally famous. Those preferring something more exotic can ask for the chef’s recommendations.
56 Phra Athit Rd 10200 Tel 0-2282-7507
A stylishly small, air-conditioned place, Hemlock is popular with Thai elite and artists who often host art and photography exhibitions here. The menu is extensive and includes some exotic delicacies. Try the miang kham – fresh piper leaves with pieces of lime, ginger, and shallot.
CHINATOWN Oh My Cod!
Rambuttri Village Inn, Soi Ram Buttri 10200 Tel 0-2282-6553
A great place to try some of the best fish and chips east of London, as well as other British favorites such as sausages, beans, and fried bread. Located just a quick walk from Khao San Road, visitors can enjoy a meal indoors or in a pleasant quiet courtyard.
CHINATOWN Raan Jay Fai
327 Maha Chai Rd 10200 Tel 0-2223-9384
Located near Wat Saket in the Democracy Monument area, this is probably Bangkok’s most famous place for fried noodles, especially phad khii mao (drunkard’s noodles) – spicy rice noodles with chicken and basil. The ambience leaves something to be desired, but locals drive for miles to eat here.
CHINATOWN Deck by the River
Arun Residence, 36–38 Soi Pratu Nok Yoong, Maharaj Rd 10200 Tel 0-2221-9158
A neat little boutique hotel with great views of the famous Wat Arun across the river, this is an ideal place to visit, especially at sunset. The food is mainly traditional Thai, but prepared with great skill and using only the highest quality ingredients. The restaurant also serves a few Western dishes.
CHINATOWN Fisherman’s Seafood Restaurant
1/12 Soi Mahathat, Maharaj Rd 10200 Tel 08-4457-8800
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River with views of the Royal Palace, this well-known restaurant has been given a modern makeover and is one of the most enjoyable places to eat Thai and Western seafood. Try the grilled seafood satay and the steamed blue swimming crab with ginger sauce.
CHINATOWN Hua Seng Hong
371–373 Yaowarat Rd 10200 Tel 0-2222-0635
This is a classic Cantonese-style restaurant offering popular Chinese dishes. The quality of the food distinguishes it from similar places in the neighborhood – the cacophonous epicenter of Chinatown. Duck dishes and dim sum are sure winners. Service is efficient, not gracious.
CHINATOWN Kai Yang Boran
474–476 Tanao Rd, Banglamphu 10200 Tel 0-2622-2349
Albeit a little expensive, this is an excellent place to try delicacies from Thailand’s northeastern Issan region. The place takes its name from the region’s signature dish, kai yang (marinated roast chicken, served with a variety of side dishes). Food is cooked in a hygienic environment.