5 Notable Restaurants of our Thailand Trip

I just got back from Thailand, and I must say that all the research I did in looking for the best restaurants during our trip was well worth it. It’s my 2nd time to Thailand, but my wife and son’s first. So when I chose restaurants, I wanted a balance of authentic Thai, places with culture, and something that they can be familiar with at the same time. Here are 5 notable restaurants I chose for our stay:

1. Near Equal (22/2 Sukhumvit 47, Vadhana, Bangkok, Thailand)

Near Equal was a great first meal for us after arriving from the airport. The restaurant is on the second floor of a quaint building (the first floor is a gift shop not to be missed). The furniture and ambience was wonderfully chosen; the food was delicious and tasty. The staff was very nice and accommodating (and food came out fast!). Our toddler loved the garden that wrapped around the restaurant.

2nd floor restaurant:

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The gift shop on the first floor:

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The Isaan-Grilled beef:

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Fried Chicken:

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Green Papaya Salad (recommended by the waiter):

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Iced Matcha Drink:

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2. Supatra River House (266 Soi Wat Rakhang, Arunamarin Rd, Bangkok, Thailand (Bang Rak))

This restaurant was referred to us by our Hotel. The Supatra River House is located across the Chao Phraya River and they have a free boat shuttle to take you there from the Maharaj Pier. The short ride across the river was an experience in itself! They have nightly cultural performances starting at 7:30pm which was a plus for us.

The Maharaj Pier:

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The restaurant sat right by the river offering a beautiful view:


Curried Scallops baked in a pineapple:

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Supatra River House at night:

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The cultural dance during dinner:

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3. Coffee Old City (Chikul Road, Ayutthaya 13000 , Thailand)

My wife and I were glad we didn’t take the cruise to Ayutthaya or take up a guided tour with a group because that meant that we could eat wherever we wanted. I wanted to know for myself why this was #1 on Tripadvisor and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s right across the street of the ruins of Wat Mahathat. The service was friendly and fast (you want that Thai Iced Coffee right away after walking through the sun!).

The food was delicious. The decor of the restaurant was real rustic.

The front of the restaurant. Memorize it and look for it:

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We sure love Coffee Old City:

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The interior of the restaurant was warm:

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We sat in this corner:

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Pad Thai, Fried rice with shrimp, and chicken:

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4. Agalico (Sukhumvit Soi 51, Bangkok, Thailand (Bang Rak))

Agalico was the busiest place we ate at during our trip (we were pretty lucky with the other restaurants). The all white interiors and colonial decor were very relaxing. The garden outside was a nice little playground for our little guy. We had afternoon tea/coffee with a slice of carrot cake. It felt like an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit area.

The wonderful interiors of Agalico:

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This fountain greets you in the garden:

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There’s even an air-conditioned gazebo in the garden to enjoy your tea:

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We got the carrot cake and orange cake:

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5. Issaya Siamese Club (4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chue Ploeng | Thung Mahamek, Bangkok 10120, Thailand)

Issaya Siamese Club was one of the restaurants I really didn’t want to miss while in Bangkok. It’s been getting a lot of rave reviews, and it was named as one of the top 10 restaurants by Top Tables Bangkok. Chef Ian Kittichai of Issaya grows an organic garden in the back which he uses for ingredients for his plates (making this a wonderful farm to table experience). The place is a colonial house with colorful interiors. They played chill music all throughout and served refreshing drinks with local ingredients like pandan and tamarind.

Though it was our most expensive meal in Bangkok, we enjoyed it. The desserts were whimsical (check out the cotton candy perched on branches).

The Colonial house:

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Here’s the organic garden in the back:

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The Pandan cooler helped in this 40 degree celsius weather:

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Huang Lay Moo: Pork Kurobuta with Chiang Mai spices:

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Tamarind glazed duck leg with foie gras. This was excellent:

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Beef short ribs sat on a mini-grill (2 pieces of charcoal were inside the banana leaf box to keep the food warm):

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This Kurobuta pork loin salad with preserved Meyer lemon and asian brocoli was too salty for me. Inedibly salty:

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I drowned it with this refreshing rice flour mochi filled with black coconut ice cream:

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Compliments of the chef some cotton candy perched on branches:

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My next post will be about the two (very) different hotels we stayed at and the apps I used to help me with this whole trip. Stay tuned!

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