Dining Out 5 minutes 04 June 2019

Best Restaurants for Steak and Grills in Bangkok and Phuket

As much as we want to impose a strictly vegetarian diet, it’s hard for carnivores to steer clear of the temptation to order a juicy steak from the selection of Bangkok and Phuket’s meat and grills eateries. These are our top picks for the best steaks in the city.

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Good company, bottles of red wine and a perfectly cooked piece of steak. There’s not much more you can ask for in a big city. Steak has long been considered a power player meal, often featured in Hollywood as the ideal setting for brokering deals, off-the-record meetings or a celebration of some kind. A meat and grills restaurant still holds that certain old school magic, and with steak, we feel it’s best to stick to the classics.


New York Steakhouse (Michelin Plate)

This is an arguably a timeless classic in Bangkok. Tucked away at the JW Marriott Hotel, the New York Steakhouse has been hosting family dinners, business lunches and special occasion meals in its dark wood furniture, dimly-lit dining space for years. Dining here transports you to a more aged Manhattan, with leather chairs and a generally smoky atmosphere. The steaks are a staple on the menu, and you typically choose from a variety of US, Australian and Japanese imported beef. The classics are what makes this place work, from a classic martini to its warm complimentary bread appetiser with garlic butter. Start your meal off with an onion soup or Caesar salad, and gradually make your way to the beef selection, from US prime filet mignon to Tomahawk Wagyu, cooked to your liking.

Make sure to push through to dessert! The chocolate lava is always a household favourite.

Address: JW Marriott Hotel, 4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02 656 7700

New York Steakhouse's juicy cut. Photo credit: NY Steakhouse.
New York Steakhouse's juicy cut. Photo credit: NY Steakhouse.

Fireplace Grill and Bar (Michelin Plate)

Another esteemed establishment for steak and grill in Bangkok, guests should book a table in the main dining room here to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the open kitchen view, or get a private room for a confidential steak dinner. This is the place to come for consistency and nostalgia, with the rich lobster bisque soup – a classic - and the beef tartare to start off your meal. There’s a generous beef selection to choose from – try the cut of the month, the rib eye, tenderloin or roast beef for those who crave Sunday roasts in London.

For the more intrepid diners, try the tasting menu with an optional wine pairing selection. Embark on a culinary journey with the lobster for starters, escalate to the foie gras and finish off with a beautiful filet of beef or turbot. Fireplace Grill also offers a reasonable business lunch menu for those days you want to avoid the stacks of paperwork waiting at your desk.

Address: InterContinental Hotel, Ploen Chit Rd, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 656 0444

Chef Sebastian Reischer at work in the kitchen. Photo credit: Fireplace Grill & Bar.
Chef Sebastian Reischer at work in the kitchen. Photo credit: Fireplace Grill & Bar.

Rib Room & Bar (Michelin Plate)

Located in the Landmark Hotel, Rib Room & Bar flies more under the radar but holds its own against the other meat and grill institutions in Bangkok. It’s best to stick to the classics here, from a traditional Steak Diane with brandy and mushroom sauce, to the can-never-go-wrong T-Bone. If your date is hungry and you’re in the mood for a splurge, we recommend the black onyx Australian Tomahawk rib for two. This restaurant has almost too much to choose from, so you’re also in luck if you’re not a fan of beef. Choose from the Lobster Thermidor, the homemade lobster tagliolini or perhaps a feast of the grilled seafood platter.

There’s also a killer city view to go with your meal - that part is complimentary.

Address: The Landmark Hotel, 138 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02 254 0404

Surf & Turf. Photo source: Rib Room & Bar.
Surf & Turf. Photo source: Rib Room & Bar.

Eat Me (Michelin Plate)

Granted, Eat Me is known for a wide array of western dishes, and the truffle risotto here is particularly worth mentioning. However, the restaurant also offers an impressive meat & poultry selection. What’s special about dining here is that you get a western influenced experience with an Asian twist. The menu is creative - not quirky- just classy beyond predictable. For meat lovers, we’d recommend ordering the Japanese Ohmi Wagyu A5 Tataki to share, served with ponzu miso and fresh wasabi. There’s also a beautiful Wagyu short rib, masterfully cooked with pinches of tomato and honeycomb tripe. For those leaning more towards a traditional meat dish, the restaurant also offers an Australian Wagyu beef tenderloin with padron pepper.

For dessert, we would certainly say order the warm sticky date pudding with heated butterscotch sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Address: Soi Pipat 2, Convent Road, Silom,Bangkok 10500
Tel: 02 238 0931

Tomahawk to share or not to share? That is the question. Photo source: Eat Me.
Tomahawk to share or not to share? That is the question. Photo source: Eat Me.

Lenzi (Michelin Plate)

Yes, we know Lenzi is Bangkok’s go-to for pasta and cold cuts, but their beef selection also gives the Spaghetti Lenzi some competition. Lenzi is always a special experience it’s fun to get the tables overlooking the open kitchen to catch all the action inside.

The beef here is typically cooked on a grill or soap stone, and finished in Lenzi’s wooden oven. Choose from the Agnello alla cacciatora-roasted Tasmanian grass-fed lamb racks, sprinkled with rosemary and shallots cooked in red wine sauce. The La Florentina is a grilled Queensland 270-day grain-fed Black Angus beef T-bone steak, perfectly-cooked and ready to be shared as is Lenzi’s Tomahawk. If you have any appetite left from the pasta, a grilled Australian Wagyu which can probably feed the entire table is a must-order.

Address: 69/1-2 Ruamruedee 2, Witthayu Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 001 0116

A feast awaits at Lenzi. Photo source: Lenzi.
A feast awaits at Lenzi. Photo source: Lenzi.

Artur (Michelin Plate)

Artur is owned and run by its namesake, restaurateur Artur Kluczewski who previously headed three hotel restaurant establishments in Bangkok before deciding to run things for himself at Artur, a steak haven for meat enthusiasts.

The restaurant is known for its steaks, seafood and classic martinis- a winning combination if you ask us. For an ideal meal, start with a set of oysters (six or 12), then slowly work up your appetite from a Caesar salad or a steaming bowl of soup, to the highlight; surely from the beef section of the menu. The Côte de Boeuf (prime rib) is perfect, best enjoyed medium-rare, slightly crispy and well burnt on the outside, soft and pinkish on the inside and be prepared to savour the melt-in-your-mouth experience. The New York striploin can be enjoyed solo, with an option between US and Australian beef. The large beef selection here is carved tableside, ensuring an intimate, exclusive dining experience. No meat dish is complete without side dishes, so we’d recommend the gratin and asparagus to even out the heaviness of the beef plates.

Address: Bliston Suwan Park View, 9 Soi Ton Son, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 658 6288

Côte de bœuf for family and friends to share. Photo source: Artur.
Côte de bœuf for family and friends to share. Photo source: Artur.

Il Fumo (Michelin Plate)

Il Fumo is situated in a sleek, modern house on Rama IV, giving off the impression that you’re dining at a beautiful and intimate residence. There is also a large see-through fridge of raw meat on display as you walk through to your table and we always enjoy a sneak peak at what’s on offer.

Choose between the tasting menu or à la carte, but if you’re with a hungry group, we recommend you go for steak. High quality, imported meat is the highlight here, particularly the 40-day aged Prime Rib from Portugal (advisable to pre-order with your reservation). The Portugal import is grass-fed, coming from a dairy cow of ages between 13-20, with its flavourful taste and heavenly natural fat. There’s also the Australian Wagyu, Tomahawk and Striploin and with the cattle having been raised on a natural vegetarian diet, impressive marbling comes with this breed. Enjoy the imported beef with a curated selection of side dishes, ranging from grilled asparagus to sautéed mushrooms.

Address: 1098 Rama IV Rd, Khet Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 02 286 8833

The meat fridge at Il Fumo. Photo credit: Il Fumo.
The meat fridge at Il Fumo. Photo credit: Il Fumo.

Tables Grill (Michelin Plate)

This classic European restaurant is situated at the Grand Hyatt Erawan and has had Chef Hans Zahner at its helm since 2018. Traditional dishes are served here with an adventurous twist. Order from the Dégustation Menu, which offers a selection of 5 (THB 2,900) or 7 (THB 3,900) courses. Carnivores will enjoy the latter course, as it includes a Roasted Australian M6 Wagyu Beef Tenderloin.

There’s also plenty of grill and fish options from the à la carte menu, ranging from the baked Japanese sea bass to Klong Phai Farm Chicken. If it’s a dinner party, share the Australian Wagyu Tomahawk (1.5kg), which should be the highlight for the evening. Another recommended sharing plate is the Prime USA Ribeye, served with vegetable cocotte and truffle mashed potato. We think you may as well go all the way and order up a feast. After all, you only live once.

Address: Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 254 6250

Roasted baby pork tenderloin slider. Photo source: Tables Grill.
Roasted baby pork tenderloin slider. Photo source: Tables Grill.


Bampot (Michelin Plate)

Phuket is not just about seafood by the beach. Bampot is a classic British eatery on the island, with a range of traditional dishes in an urban, industrial setting, from the fish pie to the whole Andaman sea bass. The menu is presented on a clipboard, and diners are also encouraged to peruse the extensive cocktail menu. We heard the bartender serves up seriously impressive creations from the well-stocked bar.

They take their meat here seriously too; the 600g black Angus filet, served with peppercorn sauce, or the Wagyu beef is ideal for a Friday night treat if you’re looking for an alternative to southern Thai cuisine. We’d also try the perfectly glazed honey pork belly too. Actually, we’ll have them all.

Address: 19/1 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Thalang, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110
Tel: 093 586 9828

Black angus fillet. Photo source: Bampot.
Black angus fillet. Photo source: Bampot.

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