If New York is the city that never sleeps, Bangkok is the city that never stops eating. From your humble street-food stalls to your bougie fine-diners, the scene in the Thai capital is always on and always changing — it’s hard to keep up. With restaurants able to fully operate again after years of lockdown, fresh Michelin stars have been awarded and new players have entered the game. Here are some of the hottest restaurants in Bangkok 2022.
Ruay Mitr Sathorn
Sathorn continues to draw a cool collection of restaurant operators, and now Supanigga group’s new branch of Ruay Mitr has been added to the mix. Like the original in Thonglor, it offers khao tom kui (rice congee with savory sides), along with a selection of classic soups, salads, and stir-fries. Restaurant interiors serve up a refreshing hit of color, leaning into nostalgia with shabby-chic antiques, Chinese-style custom plates, and eclectic artworks. Expect a full and noisy house and book ahead on weekends. Mains: THB 150-THB 220
This glitzy 76th-floor restaurant is a must-visit for its sky-high views alone — the fact that it’s the first of five new outlets belonging to The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon only intensifies its hotspot status. Formerly Mahanakhon Sky Bar, Ojo features a sexy, retro-futuristic refurb in beige, gold, and pink. The menu — a lighter take on Mexican cuisine — is no afterthought either, put together by executive chef Paco Ruano, who was named in Latin America’s 50 Best list. After dinner, head upstairs to Sky Beach, the funky rooftop bar and observation deck for drinks and panoramas. Mains: THB 1,300–THB 4,500
That the group behind three-Michelin-star Franzén in Stockholm and similarly starred Zén in Singapore have opened a restaurant in Bangkok is worthy of much buzz. Inhabiting a beautiful garden mansion in Yennakart, Villa Franzén, under head chef Martin Enström, delivers on its promise of fresh, haute-but-casual dining with a five-course menu of modern Nordic cuisine. Artistic plating, cozy interiors, and friendly service have helped win this newcomer early rave reviews. Five-course menu: THB 3,500 per person; Wine pairing: THB 2,200 per person