On the way to the crocodile farm and elephant camp, we stopped at one of those roadside restaurants where the name is virtually impossible to figure out unless you happen to speak Thai. We were a bit skeptical, but the food ended up being very good and very cheap. In fact, it ended up being one of the best place we ate during our trip! Try not to eat anything raw, or drink tap water, though. Along the same road, you can also find Pra Pathom Chedi, the highest pagoda in the world. We decided to take a taxi, as the traffic is too much for a tuk-tuk.
The Orchid Lounge restaurant is on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok on Silom Street, one of the best areas of Bangkok. It's a good place to get a sandwich or a snack, or grab a cocktail. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, making it perfect if you want a bite to eat and don't want room service, which is often overpriced.
When I travel around mostly vegetarian countries, I end up getting a huge craving for steak and places like Santa Fe Steak come in handy because they serve good steaks at reasonable prices. In Bangkok, there are several Santa Fe Steak outlets, located mainly in shopping centers. I went to the one of the fifth floor food court in MBK for a quick meal. The staff is very friendly and you can get a decent steak is about €5.00 with your choice of baked potato, fries or salad.
The Corner is cafe in Bangkok with a classic menu of fruit juices and traditional soups from all the regions of Thailand. It's a peaceful and relaxing place, ideal for breakfast. I recommend it - the perfect restaurant to sample traditional food at a great price.
The Sky Coffee Shop is located on the 18th floor of the Hotel Baiyoke in Bangkok. It's an unique place to eat for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you can see the chef cooking in the kitchen with clay pots and it's interesting to see what he's doing. The food is very good and cheap, but the dessert menu is a definite highlight. Great views of the city too from the huge windows. No need to stay at the hotel to eat at the restaurant, but if you are staying here you get a 10% discount. Open all day, so a good option if you lose track of the time.
Clean and always almost empty. The decor is modern, the service is friendly and fast, and the food is quick and tasty. A wide selection of western food, mainly based on fish dishes. The special price is an excellent option: classic fish and chips only costs 99 baht (Monday to Friday), and you can have a salad for 35 baht. In Bangkok there are two, one on the fifth floor of Terminal 21, and the other on the seventh floor of Central World.
The Roof Bar & Restaurant is located on Bangkok's famous Khao San Road in the same building as the Center Point Plaza. By day, it's a restaurant where you can enjoy local and international food, but by night it's a meeting place for backpackers from all over the world who come to drink and listen to live music. I must say that the music here is pretty good, and it's interesting to hear Thai versions of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and other Western artists. The good thing about Roof Bar is the chance to meet new people. It's on the second floor, and once you're inside you forget all about the bustle of the street outside. Not a place to dance, but to talk and listen to good music, and meet interesting people.
It's easy for this small restaurant next to the Golden Buddha to go unnoticed because of its unmemorable decor. However, I noticed it was full, and all the clients were Chinese, so we decided to give it a go. Well, we found delicious, authentic food at unbeatable prices. We ordered fried rice noodles with chicken and cashews, washed down with a cold drink with ice - we're not sure what it was, but it was certainly refreshing!
Ratchadamnoen Klang is a street that has a great atmosphere and you can find considerably cheaper prices than on the expensive and parallel Khao San Road. It has all kinds of restaurants, but my favorite is definitely one called the Cool Corner because of the excellent quality and the value for money. Only once did I find that the dish I ordered didn't seem to be what I hoped for. The squid, which you can see in the pictures, was ridiculously small and did not seem worth the 160 bath I paid for it (remember that this is Asia...). Otherwise, the food was very good(especially the noodles with vegetables and prawns that you can also see in the pictures) and I paid good prices. You can buy Chang Beer for 60 bath, simple "rice with ..." dishes for 60 or 70 bath, or more elaborate dishes such as the secret BBQ pork for 90 bath. Also, Red Snapper costs between 250 and 300 bath. Of all of the restaurants that are in the area, and after having kissed a lot of frogs, I recommend it without hesitation. In a week, I went back four times.
After 4 pm, these five small street restaurants seem to appear from nowhere, all with the same menu: grilled chicken, salt fish, seafood and fresh shellfish, spicy papaya salad, and of course rice (boiled or sticky). Very moderate prices, and the food is always fresh. If it rains, no problem - they'll put out canopies.
The view is unlike anything I've ever seen. The city lights go on forever in all directions and you can't really experience the immense size of Bangkok without seeing it from the 64th floor. Great drinks and live music as well.