Here are the top picks from the city's glamour strips. 

 

Arroz  

(Spanish) In a year that gave us more Spanish restaurants than the past two decades combined, it’s the majestic house-turned-restaurant of chef Victor Burgos that has really set tongues wagging. Put it down to the sensationally well-simmered seafood paella, the overwhelming blue-cheese kick of his croquettas, or the rich broth of the arroz caldoso—as well as an excellent list of affordable Spanish wine. With its terracotta-tiled garden and spacious, Mediterranean-referencing dining room, this is far more than your average tapas bar.
112 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-7696. Open daily 5:30-10pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm.
 
 
 

Baan Ice

(Thai) This standby fave of discerning local gourmands specializes in Southern Thai cuisine, a particular obsession of the Bangkokian foodie with its fiery spices and herbal-inflected flavors. The faux-shophouse interior is nothing to write home about, but the location is in glitzy Thonglor and the kitchen does manage to efficiently churn out crowd-pleasing favorites. The daily crowd comes for traditional Southern ingredients such as sator (stinkbean) and pla sam lee (black-banded trevally).
Somerset Building, 115 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-381-6441. Open daily 11am-10pm. 
 
 

Bo.lan

(Thai) Since 2009, chef couple Duangporn Songvisava and Dylan Jones (“Bo” and “Lan”) have constantly pushed Thai fine dining to uncompromising extremes through untold hours spent researching royal recipes and tracking down rare ingredients. This year, on top of receiving their maiden Michelin star, the long-time proponents of a zero-carbon footprint have thrown their weight behind a series of initiatives dedicated to spreading the good word on sustainability, most notably the {Re} food forum. With no a la carte available, groups sign up for a degustation menu where all the dishes are served simultaneously. The sharing experience is akin to a Thai home-cooked meal, but expect something above and beyond your usual comfort food. Bo.lan’s menu changes quarterly based on the freshest seasonal produce sourced both from local farmers and the veggie patch on-site. These combine with complex, labor-intensive techniques for aromatic curries, multi-dimensional salads and fiery stir-fries that both tantalize and challenge. 
24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-260-2962. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-1am
 

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La Bottega Di Luca

(Italian) Chef Luca Appino’s habitual research trips back to his homeland result in some of the best seasonal Italian produce that Bangkok has to offer. These are put to good use in dishes that are refined yet authentic in flavor. Chef Andrea Ortu heads the kitchen these days, wielding his influene in unbelievably creamy and rich risottos, decadent slow-cooked beef and to-die-for lemon curd-stuffed crepes. To drink, the cellar comes equipped with some of the finest Super Tuscans around.
2/F, Terrace 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-204-1731.  Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm; daily 5:30-11pm. 
 
 

Canvas

(International) There is something to be said for understated elegance. At this Thonglor bistro filled with the neighborhood’s most beautiful people, the subtlety displayed in the warm, earth-toned surrounds is echoed by chef Riley Sanders’ food, served in six-or-nine-course tasting menus. Expect seasonal local ingredients presented in creative ways, eaten with cutlery hidden unobtrusively in a drawer at each seat. Friendly servers only add to the restaurant’s relaxed vibe.
113/9-10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 099-614-1158. Open Sun-Thu 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 6-12:30pm.
 
 

La Dotta

(Italian) Chic and cheerful in eye-popping aquamarine, this Thonglor pasta house’s uncompromising dedication to authenticity is writ large in dishes like the tagliatelle Bolognese. This high-end take on a classic pairs juicy 24-hour-cooked wagyu beef shoulder with ribbons of daily-made pasta that are silky and smooth but firm to the bite. It’s not all for carb-lovers—oh, who are we kidding; end your meal in explosive style with a to-die-for Nutella-stuffed bomboloni (fried Italian donut).
161/6 Thonglor Soi 9, 02-392-8688. Open daily 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm.
 
 

Khao

(Thai) Chef Vichit Mukura, who headed the Mandarin Oriental’s Sala Rim Naam for 28 years, helms this bright and airy venture complete with chef’s table. The traditional Thai dishes use fresh ingredients right out of Vichit’s favorite market, Or Tor Kor, resulting in a pomelo and prawn salad that walks the line between sweet and sour, and a holy basil-laced seafood soup rich with umami flavors. A master class in Thai cooking from one of the cuisine’s best.
15 Ekkamai Soi 10, 098-829-8878, 02-381-2575. Open daily noon-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm. BTS Ekkamai. 
 
 
 

Khua Kling + Pak Sod

(Thai) Sometimes the very best Thai restaurants are characterized by the number of customers willing to put up with indifferent service and packed tables for great food. Here, this family-run Southern Thai specialist proves this to be true: the boisterous dining room can result in the occasional distracted server and long wait. But the persistent crowds show that the food makes it all worth it, thanks to the kitchen’s uncompromisingly volcanic levels of spice and deft cooking of fresh ingredients. 
Other branch: Sukhumvit Soi 23
Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-259-5189. Open daily 11am-10:30pm. 
 

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Meatlicious

(International) Behind this mid-century, rustic-industrial temple to all-wood-grilled meat stands Gaggan Anand, founder of the three-time Asia’s 50 Best-winning Gaggan. The tomahawk puts its now ubiquitous competition to shame thanks to a crisp, pepper-encrusted char and a heart that is deep red. You also get a touch of creative fun in dishes like the “foie gras breakfast”—foie gras mousse served like a creme brulee alongside brioche and cherry compote.
8 Ekkamai Soi 6, 091-698-6688. Open daily 6pm-midnight. 
 

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Roast

(International) Six years and a new home atop The Commons later, Bangkok’s brunch pioneer remains far more than a nice place to waste an afternoon. Amid cool concrete monochromes and subway tiles, Roast turns out dishes that keep the comfort factor while also delivering in flavor, size and produce—crisp, rustic fries, tender steaks, and eggy brunch dishes. 
Other branch: EmQuartier
3/F, The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2865. Open Mon-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10pm.  
 
 

Soul Food Mahanakorn

(Thai) Now a veteran of the Bangkok dining scene, this “Thai-style izakaya” excels in the type of creative spins on traditional street food favorites that set expat and tourist pulses racing. Set in a spare, Scandinavian-style two-story shop-house on still-buzzy Thonglor, the brainchild of former food writer Jarrett Wrisley and wife Candice Lin keeps things fresh with weekly specials, a laid-back vibe and a signature cocktail list that remains one of the best in the city.
56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-714-7708. Open daily 11am-10pm. BTS Thonglor. 
 
 

Surface

(French) A large part of the success of this classic French specialist lies in its style: a newly renovated glass dining room that lets in views of the lush greenery outside, an echo of the fresh produce on the plate. Chef Chalee Kader sends out the kind of comfort food that appeals to local tastes, reinforced by offerings from their own garden. Little wonder, then, that the young high-society crowd fills the sofas and chairs nightly. 
107 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-2858. Open daily 6pm-midnight. 
 
 
 

Teppen

(Japanese) This wood-dominated izakaya has long been a favorite of beer-swilling salarymen, but it wouldn’t have such a devout following without a serious kitchen to fall back on. The menu charts a greatest hits of Japanese pub grub, done right: sashimi, karaage (deep-fried chicken), robatayaki (charcoal barbecue) and, the highlight, warayaki, a method of roasting over highly inflammable straw that results in smoky, delicate flavors. 
Other branch: Sathorn Soi 8
14/2 Sukhumvit Soi 61, 02-714-1412. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight; Sun 5-11pm. BTS Ekkamai. 
 
 

Upstairs at Mikkeller

(American) Above a bro-heavy, chug-tastic craft beer bar, Korean-American chef Dan Bark (past employer: Chicago’s Alinea) serves tasting menus that take on the most experimental end of fine dining. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is how fantastically this dichotomy works. When you see “Longan” on the menu of a restaurant like Upstairs, you can be sure that the dish in question will be anything but that simple. And is so. Longan is turned into ice cream, served with a plum sorbet with mochi and pistachio and coated in toasted rice milk. “Seafood Bisque” sees a local river prawn served with tropical santol fruit, clams, Asian mushrooms, sage and tarragon. Every night, the menu consists of 10 such deceptively simple and fastidiously handled courses.
26 Ekkamai Soi 10, 091-713-9034. Open Wed-Sat 6-10pm.
 

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