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Top Restaurants In Bangkok

Sirocco-Restaurant-in-Thailand-BangkokThe restaurant scene in Bangkok is one of the most varied and interesting in Asia, with cuisines of almost every nation to be found alongside spicy Thai classics and exquisite seafood.  Many people will be familiar with the red and green Thai curries that have gained popularity around the world, and the cuisine in Bangkok offers some of the best Thai dishes.  As well as Thai cuisine the cosmopolitan city also has a number of restaurants run by internationally renowned chefs deliver excellent food from around the world.


Probably the most famous restaurant to be found in Bangkok is the Sirocco, which serves a combination of international and local Thai dishes.  However, the main attraction to visitors to this restaurant is often not the food, but the view and the experience, as it is an open air restaurant at the top of the second highest building in the country.  There is also an open air bar on the rooftop, which makes for a stunning place to spend an evening, enjoying the Bangkok skyline as night falls.

The food in Sirocco is not too bad at all, but the sensational open air views do come at a price when you see the final bill.  The seafood dishes make great use of the amazing fishing around the coast of the city, and the oysters and caviar take pride of place on the menu.

Royal Dragon Restaurant

Another of the Bangkok restaurants that can boast a gimmick is the Royal Dragon Restaurant, which is the former Guinness Book of Records record holder for the largest restaurant with over 5,000 covers.  The restaurant itself combines food with theatre, and there are regular Thai culture shows that can be enjoyed along with the meal.

The food itself is a combination of cuisines from across Asia, and the option to order seafood by weight and to request the manner of cooking is an interesting option.  It is generally best to stick with local cuisine to get the best dishes in the restaurant, but the additional gimmick of waiters on roller skates is a little much for our tastes.

Oasis Lounge

Another restaurant that is quickly developing an excellent reputation for top Thai food is the Oasis Lounge, which is located just a short walk away from the famous Patpong Night Market.  The emphasis at this restaurant is good Thai food at competitive prices, and while it may not have the refinement of the top restaurants charging the top prices, the Thai food on offer here is second to none.  This city centre restaurant is well worth a visit for any visitor to Bangkok.

Vegetarian And Vegan Restaurants

One of the interesting aspects of the dining culture in Bangkok is the sheer number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city, which may have developed because of the popularity of Thailand as an ‘alternative’ holiday destination.  The great produce that is available in the country is certainly reflected in the dishes that appear on the table, but the small places such as the Rasayana Raw Food Café and Bonita are among the must visit places for vegetarians and vegans.

International Cuisine

The sheer number of different cuisines that are vying for a place on your taste buds in Bangkok makes it difficult to summarize all the places, but Italian, German and French cuisines all take their place alongside Asian favorites.  Up market restaurants such as The Reflexions and Napa on 26 both cater for those looking for a tasty and sophisticated flavor of European cuisine.

As with any major city there are also a number of restaurants to be found inside the major hotels, with Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental delivering an authentic taste of French cuisine, while Le Square at the Novotel is another top French restaurant in the city.

The Top Restaurants In Kathmandu

Nepali ChuloA vital part of any trip to Nepal is to try the local cuisine, and this charming city has a wide range of restaurants and coffee houses that cater to all tastes and budgets.  However, the Nepalese cuisine isn’t the only one on offer in the city, with some of the best chefs delivering food from across that Asian continent and beyond.  Dal Bhat is a simple spicy lentil soup that is the staple of many Nepalese diets, and some of Kathmandu’s best restaurants will offer an interesting twist on this very traditional dish.

Nepali Chulo

This is probably one of the most popular Nepalese restaurants for visitors, and the traditional surroundings and carvings around the building make the dining experience as interesting as it is tasty.  The building itself is very large and has been well restored, with the surroundings feeling very grand and dramatic.  The range of Nepalese cuisine to be enjoyed includes the very traditional rice based dishes and there are also meat dishes available, and these can be washed down with a local beer or a traditional rice wine.

The food is fine at the restaurant, but it is the surroundings and the entertainment that make it a real experience, with Nepalese music and dancers to entertain the guests.

Bhojan Griha

Another of the best Nepalese restaurants to be enjoyed in Kathmandu is Bhojan Griha, which again offers a great combination of Nepalese cuisine and culture, with the food being accompanied by local entertainment and dancing.  The experience of dining is enjoyed from the traditional low tables and cushions, and although the menu doesn’t offer a huge variety the quality of the food is very good indeed.  Whether you go for the vegetarian curries or the meat options, the flavor of the traditional dishes are very good, and they are served in a beautiful setting too.


One of the most popular restaurants in Kathmandu, Kilroy’s bears the name of the founder and offers a wonderful combination of Nepalese and western dishes on the menu with something that will suit every taste.  This is the perfect restaurant for a celebration or for an end of trek treat, and with a good cocktail menu to go with the mouth watering food, Kilroy’s is a great place to eat.

One of the highlights to be enjoyed is the Grand Thali which offers a taste of a number of dishes on the menu including the Prawn Lababdor and the Mutter Paneer.  The dessert menu is also great, with a sampler dish offering a small portion of five of the desserts available there.

Fire And Ice

For those who are looking for something completely different after a few weeks of Nepalese cuisine, the Fire and Ice Pizzeria is one of the most popular restaurants among visitors.  The Italian cuisine on offer in Fire and Ice is very tasty, with the full range of pizza toppings available.  The restaurant also brews traditional coffee for those who are looking for the real deal.

Dwarika’s Hotel

This hotel has three restaurants on site, with Krishnarpan offering a tasty traditional Nepalese feast which can last up to 22 courses!  Mako’s Japanese restaurants is certainly one which makes very good use of the fresh produce grown on the hotel’s own farm.  The décor is also distinctly Japanese, making Mako’s stand out from the rest of the hotel which is authentically Nepali.

Hyatt Regency & Everest Hotel Restaurants

One of the major concerns that many western visitors will have when coming to visit Asia is to avoid food poisoning, and many of the hotel restaurants will be acutely aware of the needs of visitors in this respect.  The top hotels such as the Hyatt Regency and the Everest Hotel will boast a number of different restaurants, although much of the cuisine will be European and international in flavor.