Whether it’s a rainy day or during rush hour in Bangkok, sometimes the best restaurant is the one that’s easiest to get to. Thankfully, the BTS can whisk hungry city dwellers all across town. The stations along the 44.12-kilometre Sukhumvit Line are near over 20 MICHELIN restaurants, meaning you’re never far from a good meal.
So, without further ado, here are all the MICHELIN spots that are only about a five-minute walk from stations along the BTS Sukhumvit Line.
Ekamai:Shirokane Tori-Tama (MICHELIN Plate) — 450 metres
This bustling yakitori spot doubles as a sake haven. Enjoy bites of expertly-grilled beef and succulent chicken over sips of sake imported from centuries-old breweries in Japan.
Phrom Phong:Lukkaithong (The Emquartier) (MICHELIN Plate) — 290 metres
Think home-style Chinese dishes with a distinctively Thai twist. The melt-in-your-mouth pork belly stew over baked rice and Thai tea shaved ice are just two of the uber-comforting signature dishes you’ll want to try.
Guay Tiew Mu Rung Rueang Tung (Bib Gourmand) — 350 metres
To live along Sukhumvit in Bangkok is to know and love Rung Rueang’s noodles. The wildly popular shop churns out reliably delicious Thai-style pork noodles with homemade fish balls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here, there is no shame in ordering a second—or third— bowl of the decidedly satisfying soup.
Jidori Cuisine Ken (MICHELIN Plate) — 400 metres
With an atmosphere reminiscent of Tokyo’s dark and cosy yakitori joints, Jidori will transport you from Bangkok to Japan, one perfectly-marinated skewer at a time. Planning a visit to the restaurant in advance? Pre-order the chicken hotpot and thank us later.
Asoke:Rossini's (MICHELIN Plate) — 38 metres
When Italian food cravings hit, Rossini’s, located inside Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, provides. The set and a la carte menus feature top-notch ingredients flown in from all over Italy—from Sicily to Piedmont. Plus, the dining room is designed to feel like a Tuscan villa.
Nana:Rib Room & Bar (MICHELIN Plate) —120 metres
This top-floor steakhouse has long been a purveyor of hearty and delicious American classics in Bangkok. Perfectly cooked steaks, Caesar salads prepared tableside, and fantastic cityscapes to boot.
New York Steakhouse (MICHELIN Plate) — 300 metres
Is there a better way to enjoy steak than in a buttery leather oversized chair with a bold martini in hand? This Nana restaurant’s steaks, chops, and seafood are that worthy of a Manhattan steakhouse—plus they boast a solid wine list and do a mean baked Alaska.
Ploenchit:Thai Niyom (Bib Gourmand) — 200 metres
With a wide variety of Thai cuisine, from the North to the South, this humble bistro packs a powerful (and flavourful) punch. Go for the robust southern yellow curry, the northern Thai sausage, and the fluffy mile-high omelette.
Gianni (MICHELIN Plate) — 450 metres
A crowd favourite for elevated Italian food, Gianni serves dishes marked by authentic recipes and high-quality ingredients. Take advantage of the extensive wine list and fill your table with classics like risotto with porcini mushrooms and squid ink spaghetti.
Bangkok Bold Kitchen (Central Embassy) (MICHELIN Plate) — 450 metres
Forget everything you know about mall food. The nostalgic dishes by Chef Nhoi at Bangkok Bold feel as heartfelt and delicious as they would be if she were serving them at her home. The uncompromising flavours in her lhon pu (coconut milk dip with crab meat) and massaman curry speak for themselves.
Elements (one MICHELIN Star) — 350 metres
Only a few minutes walk from the BTS then you’ll find a great spot for a date at the French contemporary restaurant on the 25th floor of the Okura Prestige hotel. The dining room is centred around an open kitchen. The cuisine creatively fuses the best of French and Japanese dishes.
Yamazato (MICHELIN Plate) — 350 metres
This swish Japanese restaurant in the Okura Prestige hotel flies in fish from Tokyo’s acclaimed Toyosu Market. Whether you go for the omakase, teppanyaki dinner, or a la carte menu, you’re sure to be transported to Japan with authentic dishes served by kimono-clad staff.
Sanguan Sri (Bib Gourmand) — 400 metres
When a restaurant has been thriving for over 50 years, that’s usually a pretty good indication that they are doing something right. At this old-school eatery, it’s the stir-fried channa with rice, crispy pork, and chilli sauce. Though you really can’t go wrong with any of their delicious, classic Thai dishes.
Chidlom:Ginza Sushi Ichi (one MICHELIN Star) — 150 metres
For authenticity in an omakase sushi restaurant, it doesn't get much purer than Ginza Sushi. That’s greatly due to the fact that no matter what day you dine, the fish will have been at the market less than 24 hours before service.
Theo Mio (MICHELIN Plate) — 190 metres
Airy and lively, this Italian eatery is ideal for day-time Aperol spritzes and ordering your fill of pizzas and pastas. Though, if you prefer, say, suckling pig after your aperitifs, Theo Mio also has you covered.
Paste (one MICHELIN Star) — 350 metres
Helmed by one of Asia’s most celebrated female chefs, Paste is an institution for elevated Thai food. The menus draw inspiration from royal Thai cuisine and use ingredients often sourced directly from local growers.
Nara (Erawan) (MICHELIN Plate) — 42 metres
With a keen eye on tradition and a commitment to quality ingredients, Nara’s nourishing fare has earned a special place in the hearts of many over the years. The female-founded brand specialises in Thai dishes that are both comforting and elegant.
Fireplace Grill & Bar (MICHELIN Plate) — 170 metres
Grilled meats and seafood take centre stage at this long-running restaurant. Order the lobster salad and a steak and watch the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen.
Victory Monument:Chakki (Bib Gourmand) — 480 metres
This street-side shop has been churning out hearty bowls of rad na (rice noodles topped with a thick gravy of meat and vegetables) for more than 30 years. So you should have every confidence in their ability to absolutely nail the dish. Don’t forget to order a side of crispy wontons for the full experience.
Ari:Lay Lao (Ari) (Bib Gourmand) —270 metres
Royal beach town Hua Hin meets flavour hub Isan at this seafood-focused bistro. Menu favourites include som tam with mussels, fried squid, and crab curry khanom chin.
Ongtong Khaosoi (Bib Gourmand) — 180 metres
A go-to for any lover of khao soi, Ong Tong’s rendition of the northern curry noodle dish features ingredients from Chiang Mai and a generations-old recipe. They also serve other Northern favourites like sai oua sausage and lab khua.
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