Where to eat?

On Twitter, @Beijingwithkids asks:
I have to entertain 3 generations, early dinner, Thai food but must have some not so spicy for kids and grandfather. Ideally historic or beautiful or interesting building setting, if that’s not asking too much! Thanks!!

Dear Jacqueline:

Thanks for asking, I am honored to be part of the #bkkfatty collective, and will give you my two cents.

Your parameters narrows it down a little bit, so I took out places that might seem too romantic (you want kids friendly I assume), but still authentic.

Actually, there are too many good restaurants that I could recommend, but I decided to pick the ones that give you a very good selection of Thai dishes that you can enjoy together based on geography. In Bangkok, you don’t want to waste time in traffic if there is something very good nearby, and I am assuming you would prefer not to eat in a hotel.


If you want riverside dining:

The most perfect one I can think of is Supatra River House is on the Thonburi side across from the Oriental Bangkok, right on the Chao Phraya river (266 Soi Wat Rakhang, Arun Amarin Rd, Tel: 02-411-0305)

If you are near the Silom/Sathorn Area:
There are quite a few good places, I recommend (in my order of preference) Blue Elephant is renowned, a little bit fancy but one of the best around (233 South Sathorn Rd, Tel: 02-673-9353), Baan Khanitha (69 South Sathorn Rd, Tel: 0-2675-4200 to 1) gorgeous converted house, mouthwatering curries, Ban Chiang (14 Soi Sriviang, Surasak Road Tel: 02-236-7045, 02-266-6994) another beautiful converted old house, Anna’s (118 Soi Saladaeng, Silom, Tel: 02-632-0619) very popular with westerners both local and visiting. Advanced reservations is a good idea for all of them.

If you are around Siam Square/Maboonkrong (MBK) Center:

The Jim Thomson House has a fine restaurant in their fascinating compound, so you could go take a tour and stay on for dinner at Thompson. (6 Kasemsan Soi 2, Rama I Rd, Tel: 02-612-3601)

If you happen to be stuck in Siam Paragon, go to the ground floor to Cafe Chilli (Tel: 02-610-9877 to 78) for some yummy northeastern Isaan cuisine, with both indoor and outdoor dining.

If you will be between Asok and Emporium:

I love the charm of Ruen Mallika (189 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Tel: 02-663-3211 to 2) while Mahanaga (2 Sukhumvit Soi 29, Tel: 0-2662-3060) is also lovely.

If you are anywhere near Thong Lo, you have to check out Soul Food Mahanakorn (56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Soi Thonglor)
Tel. 085-904 2691, Read more here: http://www.cnngo.com/bangkok/eat/soul-food-mahanakorn-348453#ixzz1J9djUVHI)

If you in the mood for incredible, authentic seafood in a local setting there is Sornthong Restaurant 2875, Rama 4 Rd, 02-258-0118.  Book ahead, because it is always packed.  Somboon Seafood (various locations) has the best stir-fried curry crabmeat ever, supposedly.

In my neighborhood (Langsuan Rd.) our favorite Thai restaurant is Krua Nai Baan tel 02-253-1888. Really good value and perfect for foodies and families. Also a good idea to book ahead.

And finally, if you are looking for something to do on a weekend during the day, head just outside of Bangkok to Suan Sampran, Rose Garden Riverside (http://www.rosegardenriverside.com) to their restaurant Inn Chan, which is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for dinner. It is a beautiful wooden restaurant over a quiet little river, with incredible food at a great price. Perfect for the family.

These are just a few ideas for you, I’m sure some of my friends will be kind enough to corroborate, or offer their own ideas in the comments section below.



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