On my most recent visit to Bangkok, I had a chance to stay in the Silom area. I would say it was more of a business district, and naturally not as hip or popular as the neighbouring tourist hotspots of Siam and Sukhumvit. As a result, it was also more difficult to find guides on the area’s good restaurants and eateries.
Thankfully my hotel concierge was very knowledgeable, and he recommended a couple really good dinner places. I also had a chance to chat with a couple of local residents, who recommended a few other places to explore. I managed to visit most of them, so here are the top five places you can check out if you are wondering where to eat in Silom!
Bangkok Guide: Where to eat in Silom?
1. Ban Chiang
This is the number one place that my friendly hotel concierge recommended. Ban Chiang is a traditional restaurant set in a refurbished old house, nestled amongst greeneries. As I stepped in it felt like I was transported back to the ’70s.
The food was super good and the service impeccable. The Basil Rice with Pork was the BEST I had ever eaten anywhere. It was crazy spicy, and I really cannot eat spicy food, but I just ate them because they were SO GOOD. The pork was just so succulent and tender and flavourful. The funny thing is, the menu only had basil rice with chicken, but my dining companion requested for the pork option. The restaurant was very accommodating!
I came on a Tuesday night without any prior reservation and it was quite empty. But if you are planning to visit on a weekend, just be safe and call ahead to reserve.
Ban Chiang Thai Restaurant Address: 14 Soi Sri-vieng, Surasak Road, Silom, Bangkok. (located 200 yards behind Holiday Inn Hotel) Phone: +66-2-236-7045, +66-2-266-6994 Opening Hours: Lunch daily 11.30 am to 2 pm, Dinner daily 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm
2. Mango Tree
Mango Tree is quite an institution in Bangkok and it has several outlets both in Bangkok as well as overseas, but I’d say the one in Silom is as traditional as you can get. Like Ban Chiang, it is also housed in a refurbished home, but with a more modern feel. I went on a Monday night and it was quite packed, and everyone there was a tourist. There was no local in sight, so if you are a strict locals-only traveller, you might want to give this a miss. Nevertheless I had a good dining experience here, and I’d say Mango Tree would be a safe bet if you wanted decent Thai food in the area.
Again if you are planning to visit on a weekend, play safe and call ahead!
Mango Tree Address: 37 Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Rd., Bangkok 10500 Phone: +66-2-236-2820, +66-2-236-1681 Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 11.30 am to midnight
3. Rocket Coffeebar
Allegedly one of the best hipster coffee hangouts in Bangkok, Rocket Coffeebar is housed in a light, airy space along Sathorn Soi 10. It was not the most spacious cafe I’d ever been to, but it was warm and bustling with a nice vibe. You could choose to sit at the open counter and watch the baristas hard at work, or at the one and only communal table. My dining companion testified that her flat white was REALLY good, and Uber recently did a partnership with it to deliver cold brew coffees to its morning commuters, so I guess you can trust the quality of the brew here!
Rocket Coffeebar Address: 147, Soi Sathorn 12, Khwaeng Silom, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Phone: +66-2-635-0404 Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 7 am to 9 pm
4. Kai New Zealand
Kai New Zealand is just down the road from Rocket Coffeebar. The name is self explanatory – it is a New Zealand-inspired restaurant. The interior of the space is somewhat reminiscent of a European winter hunting lodge, and it reminded me of the quirky local restaurants I went to on my last skiing trip to Zakopane, Poland. It was a good place to spend the afternoon working, as I practically had the whole space to myself after the lunch crowd thinned.
Kai New Zealand Address: 142/22-23 Sathorn Soi 12, Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangkok 10500, Thailand. Phone: +66-2-635-3800 Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 9.30 am to midnight Sat to Sun, 8.30 am to midnight
5. Le Cafe des Stagiaires
Located just next to Kai New Zealand, this little gem looked just like something out of a Winnie the Pooh story book. Little did I know it was actually a bar, serving food throughout lunch hours and turning into a watering hole when the sun went down. Apparently it is a very successful chain from Shanghai that just opened its doors in Bangkok in July this year.
I didn’t manage to try any of the food – they had the usual pizzas and sandwiches and cold cuts – but they did serve a mean Daiquiri. It was happy hours too so my drink was only THB 160 (~SGD 7). On top of that, the staff was really nice and very happy to give me recommendations. If you are looking for a good place to hang out after work or chill after dinner in Silom, Le Cafe des Stagiaires is a good option!
Le Cafe des Stagiaires Address: 142/21 Sathorn Soi 12, Bangkok 10500, Thailand Phone: +66-81-207-3077 Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 11.30 am to 2 am