Hip places like Jua, 80/20 and 100 Mahaseth have added a young streak to the established hotel haunts.  

80/20

(Thai) Bangkok’s most vocal champions of all things local, Canada-trained executive chef Napol Jantraget and his pastry chef wife Saki Hoshino whip up Thai-inflected food that’s contemporary in taste and appearance, and yet deeply rooted in age-old techniques. Using only a minimal number of ingredients in each dish, the kitchen employs traditionally Thai and internationally cribbed fermentation techniques to bring a powerful intensity to proceedings. Snakehead caught from the waterways surrounding Bangkok comes prepared in a green curry made from fish stock and sweet and zesty Isaan mustard green, which has a nasal hit like wasabi. Dehydrated acacia also provides a local stand-in for nori. Dishes are small and elegant—often approaching fine dining in their presentation—though 80/20’s total package provides a laidback and also affordable night.
 
1052-1054 Charoenkrung Soi 26, 099-118-2200. Open Wed-Mon 6pm-midnight. 
 
 

100 Mahaseth

(Thai) This partnership between chef Chalee Kader (Surface, Holy Moly) and Randy Noprapa (Fillets) has brought nose-to-tail dining back to Bangkok by serving uncompromised Isaan staples in a space that’s right at home on hipster Charoenkrung. Tuck into rice noodles with pig’s brain, a beautifully rich tom kee lek hang wua (ox tail braised in herb stock and cassia leaves) and some of the best pork crackling we’ve ever tasted. It all comes served alongside a buzzing,high-society crowd.
 
100 Mahaset Rd., 02-235-0023. Open daily 11:30am-11pm.
 

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Ah Yat Abalone Forum

(Chinese) Worshippers at the altar of traditional Cantonese cuisine flock to this riverside Bangkok institution for some of the best Chinese-style seafood offerings in the city. Founded by Hong Kong chef Yeung Koon Yat of the once-Michelin-starred Forum Restaurant—dubbed the “King of Abalone” for his succulently tender treatment of the shellfish—the restaurant is just as prized for its way with dim sum, which draws Bangkok’s oldest Thai families in droves.
 
2/F, Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel, 72/4 Charoenkrung Rd., 02-291-7781-3. Open daily 11am-3pm, 6-11pm.
 

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China House

(Chinese) In a town full of dirt-cheap Chinese wok-driven shop-houses, this beautiful 1930s Shanghai-inspired restaurant stands out with its stylishly romantic vibe. Reminiscent of a scene out of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love, the dining room is all about dark hidden spaces accented by bold splashes of color, but it’s the dim sum, Peking duck and nouveau-Chinois specialties that keep the customers coming back.
Mandarin Oriental, 48 Soi Burapa, 02-659-9000 ext. 7390.Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm.
 
 

Jua

(Japanese) Chef Chet Adkins’ impeccably prepared izakaya-style skewers celebrate quality charcoal and produce. Luscious banana prawns come grilled to that medium sweet spot on aromatic longan wood and smeared with durian butter, while house-cured bacon-wrapped asparagus brims with the smokiness of tamarind wood. Adkins’ business partner, photographer Jason Lang, is an expert on sake and ensures the bar remains well stocked.
 
672/49 Charoenkrung Soi 28, 061-558-7689. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-midnight.
 

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Mei Jiang

(Chinese) If there was ever a perfect setting for a family celebration, this hotel riverside spot long a favorite of Cantonese food aficionados would be it. Floor-to-ceiling bay windows lend views of the riverside garden and, beyond it, the Chao Phraya River. Inside, soothing cream and earth tones play second fiddle to perfectly executed plates of dim sum, lobster dumplings and deep-fried crab claws.
 
G/F, The Peninsula, 333 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-020-2888. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. 
 
 

Le Normandie

(French) The original home of Bangkok French fine dining (open for business since 1958) has soared back into every top-tier foodie conversation under chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier. Adding legitimacy to what Le Normandie diners already knew, his food won two Michelin stars last year. Go for the five or seven-course degustation menu (most diners do) and your lineup for the evening might include sea urchin and potato foam in Champagne sauce (if it doesn’t, request it), a fillet of poached Brittany turbot with smoked tea sabayon, and a perfectly pink Bresse pigeon in a decadently rich jus. Leave room for the wonderfully flakey kouign amann—Brittany’s sinfully sweet answer to the croissant, which finishes every meal on a sublime note. No local restaurant does old-school glamour as well as Le Normandie. The billowing gold fabrics, the gold upholstered chairs, the gold carpet, the chandeliers—we’d call it tacky if it didn’t feel so special. Desserts arrive on an mposing brass trolley and a maitre’d regales you the minutiae of every course in a hushed and precise whisper. You can’t fake this stuff.
 
Mandarin Oriental, 48 Soi Burapa, Charoenkrung Rd., 02-659-0399 or 02-659-9000 ext. 7399. Open Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7-10pm.  
 

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Sala Rim Naam

(Thai) The longtime go-to for Thais with out-of-town guests, the jewel-like pavilion on the river is a showcase for not only some of the city’s best Thai cooks, but the country’s best classical Thai performers. Expect multi-course “royal Thai” set menus meant to echo the pageantry of the surroundings.
 
Mandarin Oriental, 48 Soi Burapa, Charoenkrung Rd., 02-659-9000 ext 73302-659-9000 ext 7330. Open Thu-Tue noon-2:30pm, 7-10:30pm. 
 

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