Author : Lee Ah-Rin (May 1, 2017)
Around October of every year, many Thais observe a Taoist-Chinese vegetarian festival where they go vegetarian for about 10 days. The variety of meat-less dishes available is far from plain old salads many think of when hearing “vegetarian”. The creativity behind these dishes are endless; making even meat-lovers almost forget all cravings for meat. For lifelong vegetarian, thankfully, many of Bangkok’s quality restaurants offer year-long vegetarian menus. Regardless if you’re a vegetarian or are simply wanting to try some dishes for a change, these restaurants will guaranteed to not disappoint!
Ano-Thai is a full-on vegetarian restaurant focusing on modern Chinese-fusion cuisines. The owner of Ano-Thai also owns a well-known organic farm called “Plook-Ruk Farm” where the restaurant gets all their ingredients from. As a result, diners can rest assured that they will always get quality organic dishes. Recommended dishes include Tofu Laarb, Thai-style Drunken Spaghetti served with Organic Salad, and Fried rice with Anchovies and Chinese Broccoli. Furthermore, be sure to finish you meal with freshly squeezed juice or dessert!
Address: Asoke-Din Daeng (Close to Rama 9 Hospital) | Tel: 02-641-5366 | Hours: Mon-Sun: 10 am – 9.30 pm (Closed Wednesdays).
A popular place easily accessible by BTS, May Veggie Home offers vegan fusion dishes. Their specialty includes Imitated Meat and Black Pepper Stir-fried, where the meat is made from high-quality soybeans marinated in rice milk. The substitution will undoubtedly provide all the proteins you need. The “meat” is stir-fried in sesame oil, then served with seafood sauce. In fact, all of their imitated meat dishes are healthy and tastes just as good!
Address: BTS Asoke across from Exchange Building | Tel: 02-118-2967 | Hours: Daily 11 am – 10 pm.
A vegetarian joint that’s been in Siam for the past 15 years, KOKO is perfect for those looking for a break from traditional vegetarian dishes. All the dishes at KOKO is far from bland, with perfect execution of Thai cuisine. Recommended dishes include Thai-style Apple Salad (Think papaya salad, but apple), Stir-fried “Pork” over rice, and Spicy Mushroom Spaghetti. This is definitely one of the places you can visit all year-round!
Address: Siam Square Soi 3 | Tel: 02-658-4094 | Hours: Daily 11 am – 9.30 pm.
YEJ is arguably the most renown vegetarian restaurant in Hua-Lumphong and neighboring districts. Firstly, YEJ offers a variety of menus that all food critics agree will make you forget you are eating veggies. Signature dish includes Smoked Pork Shank in Red Sauce, where the pork shank is made from soybean protein. The shank is then marinated and cooked until perfect. Another must-try dish is their Stir-fired chicken and cashew nuts. Definitely try to make a reservation beforehand if you’re planning on visiting as there is always a long wait!
Address: MRT Hua Lumphong Soi Phraya Singhani | Tel: 02-219-1721 | Hours: Daily 10 am – 9 pm.
Chijuya provides an alternative for those looking for meat-less Japanese cuisine. Their unique menus offer a spin on traditional Japanese dishes such as Nigiri, Sashimi, Udon, and many more. Their peaceful atmosphere and serene ambience is perfect for people looking for a private and quiet meal.
Address: Songward Road | Tel: 02-226-2275 | Hours: Daily 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 9.30 pm.
A vegetarian option for those tired of city traffic. Health Me is in the Bangkok suburb, right across from KBank headquarter. The restaurant is an old townhouse with greenery, creating a refreshing ambience for diners. Furthermore, they also offer takeouts and deliveries for those days when you just want to stay in as well!
Address: Ratchaburana 30 | Tel: 02-428-3408 | Hours: Mon – Fri 8.30 am – 4 pm