The BTS system is great and makes travelling around Bangkok a breeze. There are also many restaurants to check out near BTS stations if you happen to be going out for a meal. Such as . . .
If you want to have great Mexican food, such as smoked enchiladas, nachos with guacamole or a delicious taco washed down with a bottle of Corona beer then Casa Azul is the place to go. The place is described as a restaurant, cafe and bar all in one and often has special offers on special nights, such as 50 baht tacos.
Address: Casa Azul, Soi Ari 5, BTS Ari.
Facebook: Casa Azul
At Masizzim you can indulge in Korean food, such as steamed egg, short ribs, Gochujang or rice balls with anchovy or tuna, plus many other choices. There are even some spicy dishes on offer to try ranked from 1 (the mildest) to 4 (the hottest). The prices are reasonable and the interior is inventive whilst still keeping to a simple Korean style, with rock filled wire cages on display.
Location: (BTS Siam) Siam Square, opposite the British Council on the second floor.
Taraoka Gyoza specialises in gyoza, which if you’ve never tried them before are Japanese dumplings packed with knockout flavour. The décor is nothing special but there is an array of gyoza based meals on the menu as well as alternatives, such as fish and noodles.
Location: Basement, M.25
For a nice Indian meal in a friendly relaxing atmosphere Gaggan Bangkok will be an excellent choice. This is high-end Indian food with a diverse menu including street food favourites to regional cuisine. You can order a seven course meal starting at 2000 baht.
Location: 68/1 Soi Langsuan (opposite Soi 3), reachable from BTS Chitlom or Ratchadamri
Facebook: Gaggan Bangkok
BTS Phloen Chit
For Italian food lovers, Italics has authentic hand kneeded, high-thown pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven. On the menu are delicious meals such as Australian Lamb, pannetone pudding and dry aged beef tenderloin. All this, and for a touch of Bangkok randomness, pictures of cows and female models randomly displayed on the walls together.
Location: 63 / 3 Soi Ruamrudee
Facebook: Italics Restaurant
If you are not looking for high-end restaurants, but instead want to go to an old fashioned, down-to-earth, well established Thai restaurant then Sanguan Sri would be a fine choice. The owner opened the restaurant in 1970 but passed away several years ago, just shy of reaching the grand old age of 100. Since then the staff have just continued running it. The décor is from the 1970s but the food is out of this world.
Location: (BTS Phloen Chit), 65/1 Wireless Road, next to the Plaza Athenee Hotel.
For big generous portions of Italian food at very reasonable prices Via Vai is the place to indulge. Granted, the place doesn’t look like much from the outside or the inside, and the Italian food would not be able to compete with some other high-end Italian restaurants when it comes to quality. However, you can order pizza, bruschetta, pasta meals or even full meal sets without breaking the bank and the meals are good value for money.
Location: (BTS Nana) Soi Sukhumvit 8
Facebook: Via Vai
For fantastic slow cooked ribs where the meat just falls off the bone, pulled pork sandwiches and an array of unique and delicious burgers, such as the ‘Bud’s Belly Buster’ or the ‘Thai Thunder Beef’, then Buds will be the place to head out to. This is a food truck that also runs a delivery service.
Location: On Soi Suan Phlu open most nights from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Saturday On Soi 23
Facebook: Bud’s BBQ
BTS Phrom Phong
New York Style Steak & Burger
Steak lovers will enjoy this restaurant’s choice of steaks, including USDA steaks, Angus steaks and ribeye steaks. They also have a nice array of desserts to choose from, such as cheesecake for example. There is one huge burger you can try if you are really hungry called the ‘Manhattan Monster’, which is massive!
Location: Sukhumvit Soi 22, Park 22, Klong Toei.
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When it comes to Indian food at a reasonable price with all the usual favourites featured on the menu such as Chicken Tikka, vegetarian Indian curries, samosas and naan breads, Indian Host will cater for all your Indian food cravings. Draught Chang beer is also on the menu if you are out with friends for a night out where a nice curry and some reasonably priced beer is the top priority.
Location: 30 Sukhumvit 22 (BTS Phrom Phong)
Facebook: Indian Host
When it comes to authentic Lanna foods from Chiang Mai in Bangkok, Koh Soi will come to most expats’ or frequent holidaymakers’ minds. However, what if you could go to a restaurant within reach of the BTS system where you will be presented with a menu that has over 100 meals that most people will never have heard of, all with pictures to give you an idea of what each meal will look like? Well, there is such a place . . . it’s at Gedhawa.
Location: Sukhumvit 35 (BTS Phrom Phong)
Lil’ Fatso’s Sliders and Stuff
If you are an American expat or have been on holiday to America you will be familiar with ‘sliders’, but for those who have never heard of them, sliders are basically mini-burgers that you can eat in one or two bites. Each slider costs around 50 to 70 baht and there are delicious fries with cheese for only 70 baht at the time of writing. There is even a blue cheese slider on the menu.
Location: Art Box, Sukhumvit 22 (BTS Phrom Phong)
Facebook: Lil’ Fatso’s Sliders and Stuff
Tacos & Salsa Mexican Bar and Restaurant In Bangkok
Tacos and Salsa, the colourful, lively restaurant that serves up some of Bangkok’s freshest and tastiest Mexican food has upgraded its location. It has moved to a place with a larger seating capacity and is now closer to Sukhumvit and Asok BTS station on Soi 18. With the move they have made a few improvements. The menu has been bulked up, adding some new items like the healthy chicken burrito and leaving the mouth watering favourites like the sizzling steak fajitas, the six different types of salsa that are made in-house, and of course the best guacamole in the city.
Of course, no Mexican meal would be complete without a margarita or smooth tequila beverage. They have six flavours of frozen (and quite strong) margaritas classic (lime). Honey lime, passion fruit, mango, strawberry, peach and black currant. They also have a great selection of tequilas, mezcal and their Margochela is a must try.
Location: 21/3 Sukhumvit Soi 18 Sukhumvit Road
Facebook: Tacos & Salsa
BTS Thong Lor
If you want to eat genuine Japanese food and not Japanese / Thai hybrid food that you might find in Fuji (although Japanese / Thai hybrid food is still delicious), then Kenji’s Lab is the place to go. You’ll find mainly Japanese expats and holidaymakers in Kenji’s, buy all nationalities are welcome of course. Be sure to make a reservation, as this restaurant gets very busy. You can order oysters, sashami and even wagyu beef and explore a whole host of Japanese cuisine. If you happen to be Japanese, then you won’t be disappointed as this is 100% genuine Japanese food.
Location: Soi Thararom 2, Thonglor.
Facebook: Kenji’s Lab
If you are a vegan, or fancy trying 100% organic vegan food, Broccoli Revolution is waiting for you. You can try a Broccoli Quinoa Burger with warm spiced red wine, or down some green juice. There is Thai food to choose from as well as international food, such as Fried Tofu with Lemongrass & Chillies Vietnamese style.
Location: (BTS Thong Lor), Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana.
Facebook: Broccoli Revolution
Kelly’s Teriyaki Bar
Kelly’s Teriyaki Bar is a friendly Japanese hangout where you can have a few drinks and hangout or sample genuine Japanese food. Some of the staff are Japanese and you’ll hear Japanese as the dominant language here; you will be welcomed with politeness and Japanese style hospitality. The interior is warm and colourful where you can try food such as beef guts or egg on half cooked chicken with a bottle of Asahi.
Location: (BTS Thong Lor), 46 Sukhumvit 51 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Whattana.
Facebook: Kelly’s Teriyaki Bar
The interior decoration may not be the most beautiful within this restaurant, unless you love an interior décor that looks like an industrial building site. However, despite this and the strange seating arrangements, where everyone is placed close together, there is a diverse menu at Shuffle. You can try burgers, steaks, poached chicken and much more. So if you value variety and creativity on a menu more than a plush interior, then this is the place to aim for.
Location: 777 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 47.