Eating and drinking my way through Bangkok (Thonglor Edition)

It goes without saying that there’s an abundance of mouth-watering, glorious Thai food in Bangkok. From the ubiquitous food stalls to glitzy eateries, it’d be hard to disappoint. Occasionally, however, you need a change of flavors. Bangkok’s international cuisine scene is steadily growing, rising to match the increasing amount of foreigners who call this magical place home. I’ll be highlighting four of my favorite spots in the hip expat haven of Bangkok, Thong Lo. Book a hotel in Bangkok with Trailfinders to be situated right in the middle of the eating frenzy. You’re going to need a nap after this gastronomic itinerary.

Note: Soi Thonglor is the same as Sukhumvit Soi 55.

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Roast
If you want premium coffee and tea in Bangkok, look no further. My friend, a self proclaimed coffee connoisseur, went wild for the single-origin Brazilian coffee hand-dripped lovingly by the owner himself. Being a tea drinker, I fell madly in love with the Strawberry Honey Tea. With muddled mint leaves, fresh sliced strawberries, lime juice, and tea ice cubes, it could be considered the elixir of life. Their food is top notch also—I really love their salmon steaks and chips with mushy peas. The salmon falls apart just eyeing it and the flaky breading complements the full flavor of the fish.

Address: 2/F, Seenspace, Thonglor Soi 13

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Beirut
When friends and family come visit, no matter how much Thai food we gorge ourselves with this Lebanese eatery always ends up being their favorite. I dig the shich taouk wrap, which is filled with juicy chicken marinated in yogurt and spices. Combined with the oven-baked naan dipped into either their powerful garlic mousse or tahini and you’ve got the perfect dinner on your hands. Their Arabic dessert, kunafa bil-jibn, which is cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup is incredible. Feasting on the outdoor patio with the strong scent of shisha filling the air brings it all together.

Address: 2/F, 8 Building, Thonglor Soi 8

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Masala Art
Right next door to Beirut is the best Indian food in Bangkok, hands down. Ranked in the top 20 restaurants in Bangkok on TripAdvisor (there are 7000 restaurants listed), I had high expectations on my first visit. It smashed them. The service is extremely attentive and the food exceptional. The chicken korma is decadent, with succulent chicken soaking in a cashew and yogurt based curry. Order some basmati rice and freshly baked onion kulcha (flatbread) to sop up the creamy sauce. I often daydream about the food at this place. Seriously.

Address: 2/F, 8 Building, Thonglor Soi 8

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Shades of Retro
This funky hole-in-the-wall is my favorite drinking spot. It’s located down a small side street in a house filled with eclectic trinkets and antiques. No buckets or beer towers here, it’s all about their specialty cocktails they masterfully whip up. Their trademark cocktail OLD BITCH!! (all caps and exclamations included) is light, frothy, and citrusy while their Smoke on the Water is robust and complex. If you catch me in there, I’ll probably be sucking down their sweet Watermelon Mojito. Oh, and did I mention free endless popcorn? I’m such a sucker for that.

Address: 522/3 Soi Thonglor