Best restaurants and cafés in Bangkok - Romance Edition

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Ken W. Lv. 11 Jan 20, 2019 9337/4

Intro


Many people I know fell in love with Thailand after watching Thai movies or TV series. Their romantic plots, relaxed lifestyle, and beautiful scenery made Thailand a premier destination for vacation or even starting a new life.

After living in Bangkok for a long time, I find the beautiful scenes in movies really exist in every corner cafe, each cozy roadside market as well as all the fancy restaurants. I’m single, but I often picture myself with my loved one enjoy a warm afternoon in one such place. In this guide, I've covered a few good spots that are perfect for a date in Bangkok, hope you have good memories here regardless if you just started dating someone or you are already in a relationship.

1. CHAPTER ONE - Afternoon Tea


Afternoon tea is one of those must-dos for a memorable date. While enjoying tasty coffee and desserts, you can share interesting stories with each other, capture the best moments with photos, and of course if you are a good photographer, even better, brownie points for you!

Here are some cool afternoon tea places of different styles for you, check them out.

Instagrammable cafes in Bangkok- perfect for photos


Pool Time Cafe


Pool Time Cafe, Bangkok


This first one will for sure get you brownie points on your date.
The minute you step into Pool Time Cafe, you can't help but wanting to change into a swimsuit for a pool party. It is decorated like a small shop alongside a beach; a breeze of coolness in the hot sun.

Pool Time Cafe (Raccoon Cafe), Bangkok

Pool Time Cafe (Raccoon Cafe), Bangkok

Inside the Pool Time Cafe you can also find many decorations related to swimming pools, all are great for taking photos with. I suggest wearing light colors if you visit this cafe, such as light navy and candy colors, they work perfectly with the overall theme of the shop. There are also some interesting souvenirs for sale in the shop.

Pool Time Cafe (Raccoon Cafe), Bangkok

Pool Time Cafe (Raccoon Cafe), Bangkok

This seat next to the window is perfect for a good photo, regardless the shooting angle or lighting condition.

Pool Time Cafe (Raccoon Cafe), Bangkok

This corner near the window is also a great spot for taking photos, using its macaron-color wall and cute staircase. In front of such a pretty background, any subject would look amazing, regardless if it’s a portrait photo or photo about food. Bring your date here to the Pool Time Cafe, I think you both will have a memorable time.

Pink staircase

About the food at Pool Time Cafe.

There is a house-special drink here, to me it actually tastes a bit like fruit bubble gum, topped with cereal rings and milkshake, the taste is superb! Almost everyone buys one in the shop. By the way, if you like desserts, you should definitely try the caramel-banana pancake with coconut ice-cream, it's amazing!

House special drink, Pool Time Cafe (Raccoon Cafe)

Wait, do you think that was everything? There’s a surprise on the second floor. Actually, Pool Time Cafe is also nicknamed Raccoon Cafe because you can play with cute raccoons upstairs. There are three raccoons, they would beg for food, they might even search in your pockets. It is said that one of the raccoons is named Japan, he can be pretty moody, sometimes he doesn’t even want to be caressed by the store owner.

Raccoon Cafe, Bangkok

Raccoon Cafe, Bangkok

Staff in this raccoon coffee shop will teach you how to take photos with these cute raccoons, even a “family photo” with you and your date.

Raccoon Cafe, Bangkok

Raccoon Cafe, Bangkok

Average spending per person: 150 THB
Address: 582 SoiSukhumvit 63, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Suggest to take BTS and get off at Ekkamai station, then take a taxi or walk for about 15 min.

Business hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 8pm, closed on Mondays

Organika House


Organika House, Bangkok

You can always find romantic and artsy places in Bangkok like Organika House, this coffee shop even has a spa. Organika House is said to be owned by Siririta Jenson, a Thai actress. Siririta Jenson is a perfume and spa lover, so she opened this shop to help people relieve stress and be closer to nature.

Organika House occupies two floors in a building, the fifth floor is the spa and the sixth floor is the cafe. The entire shop uses a lot of plants, making it an indoor garden. The bar counter is built like a birdcage with all kinds of fruits and perfume products on it. Sitting in it feels quite relaxed and comfortable.

Organkia House, Bangkok

Organkia House, Bangkok

Organkia House, Bangkok

There’s no bad photography angle here. Good photos, good mood, good date.

Organika House, Bangkok

Organika House, Bangkok

Organika House, Bangkok

Besides coffee, there are also some cool little perfume products.

Organika House combines essential oil and food together, the end result is quite a pleasant surprise.

Smoked Forest Dark Chocolate
After being toasted, the citrus slices get a pleasant fragrance of wood. It's wonderful to make tea with them.

Smoked Forest Dark Chocolate, Organika House, Bangkok

Lost In Library

Citrus peels soaked into Bourbon Whiskey, with a few drops of citrus essential oil, the refreshing taste dances on your tongue. In the cup with dry ice and passion fruit, there’s rose and rosemary essential oil too, with a bit of water the misty fragrance comes out, what a spa-like food experience!

Organika House, Bangkok

Organika House, Bangkok

After enjoying your drinks, you can relax yourself in the spa downstairs. How is this date for a couple, pretty cool isn’t it? You can also buy skin care products and essential oils in the shop, they all seem quite good.

Organika House, Bangkok

Organika House, Bangkok

Average per person: 250 THB
Address: Piman 49, 6F, Sukhumvit 49 | Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110, Thailand


Boyy & Son Cafe


Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

Boyy & Son Cafe is a chic coffee shop located inside Gaysorn Tower. With its unique decoration and high-quality drinks, it has become a popular destination among coffee lovers.

Boyy is a luxury handbag brand founded by Canadian designer Jesse Dorsey and Thai designer Wannasiri Kongman. Boyy & Son Cafe is right beside the handbag store.

Bags of Boyy are simple and elegant but without any logo on them. The same style also goes for their coffee shop.

The walls painted in Tiffany blue give people a refreshing feeling. The granite tables and seats may give a cold and rigid impression but the small plants and soft curtains make everything feel elegant and harmonious again.

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

The flowerpots are in the same color as the walls, and the plants are short green-leaf plants or succulent plants, leaving people with an impression of tidiness.

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

There is a wall-mounted fish tank, looks like a small aquarium.

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

Sit next to the window, have a chat with friends over coffee.

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

Not only does Boyy & Son Cafe have delicate decoration, it also has delicious food.
I highly recommend their orange mocha!
I’m obsessed with citrus flavored coffees, such as this cup of mocha, it gives layered flavors. You can taste fresh citrus besides the strong coffee aroma. Moreover, the rosemary topping also boost the taste to another level.

Orange mocha, Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

The fresh-baked sweet cookies are also soft and aromatic. And its plate is really a perfect match with the coffee cup, they look like the sun and the moon.

Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

If you are a chocolate lover, then you can’t miss Boyy & Son’s mint flavored hot chocolate. I can’t believe I almost drank half a cup without a taking a breath, it was sweet but not too sweet. Mint is such a great match with chocolate. By the way, don’t you think its color goes really well with the granite color theme of the shop?

Mint hot chocolate, Boyy & Son Cafe, Bangkok

Average per person: 200 THB
Address: G Floor, Gaysorn Village, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 (BTS Chidlom)
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 8AM to 8PM


Pressed Cafe


Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

This Japanese style coffee shop is perhaps an excellent place to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. Decorated in a plain and minimalist style, Pressed Cafe is simple and elegant. The gray walls and floor reflect a silver light under the sunshine.

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Its tidy display gives a pleasant feel. Wearing a white shirt or t-shirt would turn out really well in photos.

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

All of Pressed Cafe’s decor presents a feeling of delicacy and coziness. What's more, the staff here are very welcoming!

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

The drinks here at Pressed Cafe are well presented, their packaging is quite interesting too. Besides coffee, they also have juices made from organic vegetables and fruits, give them a try.

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Sunlight is cut into strips by the blinds. Time seems to stop. It makes me want to just sit by the window and think about nothing.

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Pressed Cafe’s specialty drinks are quite unique.
Taking “Summer Garden” as an example, it is specifically prepared for the summer. It is made by orange soda water, together with soft-seeded pomegranate and rosemary topping. More interestingly, there is a bottle of “essence” beside it.

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Interestingly, it’s actually a bottle of syrup. You can add it to your drink according to your personal preference. The sweet and sour taste cools you down in the hot summer.

Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

This one is called “DIY Chocolate”, you are given a glass of milk and a tube of “hand lotion”.
Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

The “hand lotion” is actually chocolate cream. You add it to the milk according to your own taste. It's really a great concept to mix milk with chocolate.
Great ambiance, interesting DIY concepts, you gotta give Pressed Cafe a try.

DIY chocolate milk, Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

DIY chocolate milk, Pressed Cafe, Bangkok

Average per person: 100 THB
Address: 61/120 Rama IX Soi 7, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310


Western-style vintage coffee shops


Eden's Cafe


Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden’s Cafe is like an artistic gallery with plaster sculptures and candles displayed beside the cafe window. It looks like a mansion but the owner had gone for an adventure.

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Oil paintings on the walls, flowers and cakes on the long dining table, all look golden under the warm light.

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Although Eden’s Cafe is not very big, it has quite a character. Every corner is Instagrammable. We can tell that the owner spent a lot of time on the details.

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

The collections here are also very interesting, they look like old antiques. If you are good at drawing, draw a sketch of your date, it’d be so romantic and artsy.

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Even the menu at Eden’s Cafe is very cute with special hand drawings. Of course, their cakes are also very delicious!

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Going further in, there’s a staircase leading up to the second floor. The staircase, by the window, in front of the mirror, everywhere on the second floor is a good spot for photographs. This small but cozy coffee shop will certainly earn you some praise from your date.

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Eden's Cafe, Bangkok

Average per person: 150 THB
Address: 7/1 Lan Luang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Sommanat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Business hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9AM to 5PM, closed on Mondays


B-Story Cafe


B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

After getting off at the Ratchathewi light rail station, you will see this vintage looking two-storey building, that is B-Story Cafe.

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

The house has lots of windows and it is decorated with many flowers. With all the natural light and plants around you, you'll feel so relaxed it makes you want to stay here for an entire afternoon.

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

The cakes at B-Story Cafe look very tempting and appetizing.

cakes at B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

cakes at B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

There is a small balcony on the way to the second floor where there are many interesting items of vintage style on display, such as dried flowers, green plants as well as small jars and porcelains. By the way, they are all for sale.

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

With glass roof and floor-to-ceiling windows, the patio is very chic. Besides, there are lovely tables, chairs, pillows, as well as carefully crafted decorations.

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

This leads to the second floor of B-Story Cafe, upstairs feels like an attic in a castle.

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

Couples are everywhere around you even these dolls seem like they are in love.
B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

You would be wrong if you assume that the owner of B-Story Cafe spent so much time on the decoration, then their food probably wouldn’t taste special. Their Thai food, western bakery, every item tastes high quality. Their latte art is quite pretty too, their cakes are yummy and not too sweet.

Cherry tart, B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

Tea at B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

Baked toast at B-Story Cafe, Bangkok

Average per person: 200 THB
Address: Cocowalk, Bts Ratchatewi Station, Bangkok, Thailand
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 10AM to 11PM


(Un)Fashion Cafe


(Un) Fashion Cafe

In an old train cabin, there hides a store selling vintage accessories and a coffee shop.

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Un Fashion Cafe has all kinds of stuff: key chains, leather shoes, vintage clothes and purses and so on. They have different color options too, make matching to different style of outfit easy. More importantly, the prices are very decent.

Un Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Un Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Next to the store is the coffee shop. The shop’s ambiance seen through the window alone would make passersby turn their head.

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Inside the Un Fashion Cafe, the interior decor feels very cozy and welcoming. The cafe isn’t too big, ideal for a more quiet chat, the whole setting feels like an art film.

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Delicious desserts are displayed beside the floor-to-ceiling windows. Freshly baked cakes and fruit tarts give out a pleasant aroma.

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Cakes at (Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Cakes at (Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Uu Fashion Cafe is designed like a train cabin. Both windows and seats are designed like those in a classic train. Customers would feel like they are onboard a train; and for me it made me recall the excitement I had during my first train experience.

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

The comfortable window seats seem to have the ability to make time slow down, I want to just sit here with a cup of coffee and relax. It’s a great spot for a couple photo.

window seat at (Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

window seat at (Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Un Fashion Cafe’s second floor is also wonderful, they even installed baggage racks to look even more like a train cabin.

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Delicately crafted desserts and coffee give the cafe an even better image. The richness of their cheese cake, combined with a cup of rose latte, not only pleases visually, it also fulfills anyone’s desire for a good taste.

dessert at (Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

dessert at (Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

When rays of sunlight shine through the windows, time seems to condense at that moment. Un Fashion Cafe will definitely leave an unforgettable memory for you and your date.

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

(Un) Fashion Cafe, Bangkok

Average per person: 150 THB
Address: 1 94/1 Soi Sukhumvit 63, Phra Khanong Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 10:30AM to 8:30PM


2. CHAPTER TWO - Street Food


It is quite common in Thai movies and TV shows that the main characters, typically young couples, enjoy nice food in roadside restaurants, at night markets or on busy streets. If your date is a foodie, why not bring her to have some delicious local food?

Taikong Seafood


Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

There are so many choices of food in Bangkok, if you ask for something tasty and fun, you have to try this all-you-can-eat shrimps place. Taikong Seafood, a seafood buffet, has become very popular lately. Now the restaurant has another location in Talad Neo night market, not far from Central World. There is this famous Hainan Chicken Rice across the street from it too.

Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Taikong Seafood is located next to many handcraft shops and snack stands. There are live shows as well. Take a look at the fresh seafood they got: sea snails, crabs, clams, mussels, razor clams, all unlimited supply and they are super fresh too! Vegetables and other snacks are all very fresh too.

Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

But the most well-known specialty in Taikong Seafood is their live prawns! Catch a few prawns from the fishing tank of bubbly water, grill them at your dinner table, it cannot get more fresh than this!

live prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

live prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Look! The prawns are all live and kicking, you might get spattered by with water though, as you lift the prawns from the water tank. The process is so much fun, it’s a great activity on a date.

live prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

live prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

live prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Whether it’s a date or a family gathering, it will be memorable experience!

live prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

live prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

As the fresh seafood gets cooked over the grill, shells start to turn orange, you can smell the aroma coming out of them.

Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Crabs smell awesome. sea snails taste delicious, but my favorite at Taikong Seafood is still grilled prawns. They taste so fresh, with a bit of natural sweetness, no sauce is needed.
Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

sea snails, Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

grilled prawns at Taikong Seafood, Bangkok

Cost: 799 THB + 59 THB for soft drinks
Address: Talad Neon Night Market
1087/167 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10400
Business hours: 5PM to around midnight


Pe Aor


Pe Aor, Bangkok

Pe Aor, located in an alley near the light rail station Rathathewi, is well known in Bangkok for its tom yum soup noodles. Not only has Pe Aor been featured on TV, it is frequented by many celebrities as well.

Pe Aor, Bangkok

Pe Aor is not a big restaurant but it feels very cozy. It reminds me of the old-style restaurants in my childhood with the wood tables and posters on the wall. Besides, the restaurant owner is an avid collector who has collected many anime toys and models.

Pe Aor, Bangkok

Pe Aor, Bangkok

Pe Aor, Bangkok


The most famous dish in Pe Aor is their lobster seafood tom yum soup noodles. The restaurant owner reminded me gently that I might be unable to finish it by myself since the table next me shared it with four people. But I looked at him and answered firmly, “I will finish it”.

When the noodle came, I was surprised how big the bowl was. The bowl looked like a huge pot. It might look small in photos, but you know what, one single mussel was the size of an iPhone. Look it for yourself.

lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok


lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

I think by now, your date should be pleasantly surprised, and praise you for your choice of restaurant. A couple sharing a large bowl of soup noodles, just like a scene in a Thai movie. How romantic!
lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

There are 6 different types of “noodles” to choose from, it can be rice noodles or vermicelli or else. The seafood includes a big lobster, mussels, crabs, squid, salmon and my favorite soft-boiled egg. All of the seafood are very fresh, the soup base is rich and aromatic too. This only costs 999 THB. But the price would be a bit higher if the lobster was bigger. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended! Regular tom yum soup noodles here at Pe Aor only cost 60 to 150 THB, and they also taste very good.

lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

lobster tom yum soup, Pe Aor, Bangkok

Cost: around 80 THB for regular tom yum soups, 999 THB for lobster tom yum soup
Address: 68 51 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Business hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10AM to 9PM, closed on Mondays


Torisoba Nanase ramen


Torisoba Nanase, Bangkok

Some of the best food every city offers is often found at street food stands. If you work late into the night or you and your loved one feels hungry after a long walk, there’s always that one shop still open to serve customers.

On the busy Thaniya Road, there is a vendor of Japanese soba noodles. Since many Japanese travellers like to visit this neighborhood, it’s not hard to find Japanese restaurants here.

Located at the end of the street, Torisoba Nanase seems to be quite an ordinary shop.

Torisoba Nanase, Bangkok

Nanase only has 8 seats. Four seats at the bar table, and four seats by the shop in the open space.

Torisoba Nanase, Bangkok

Torisoba Nanase, Bangkok

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

Looking from this angle, it feels like a framed painting, telling its version of all the stories happened here. You know, many love stories started from an encounter at a food stall.

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

Nanase offers a dozen different kinds of soba noodles, such as Japanese style and There are over ten kinds of soba noodles here with traditional Japanese and Thai fusion style. You can also request extra ingredients, such as eggs and fish balls.

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

After ordering your soba noodles, you can sit and watch the chef cook in front of you. The staff are pretty quick, and they are very nice.

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

They use homemade chicken soup as the soup base. I remember when I was a kid, whenever I had a fever, my mom cooked chicken in a clay pot, then use the soup to cook noodle for me. It was such a good memory.

Nanase’s soba noodles are cooked just right, not too soft and not too hard. With a bit of diced green onions, it tastes so good!

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

For me, I'd like to add wasabi to soba noodles. Wasabi’s unique smell mixed with soba noddles, it makes the soup taste even better!
Such a bowl of delicious saba noodles would wash away any bad mood, it’d all be replaced with happiness.

Torisoba Nanase ramen, Bangkok

Average per person: 150 THB
Address: Thaniya Rd, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 11AM to 2AM


Mr. Joe roast pork


Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Have you ever eaten something so delicious that you just couldn’t forget, you even dream of it when you sleep? The crispy pork at Guay Jub Mr. Joe is one of those restaurants, at least for me.
Hope after you bring your date to Guay Jub Mr. Joe, he/she would also dream about coming to this restaurant again with you.

staff at Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

The place is already busy even before lunch time. Neighbors and office workers nearby like to dine at Guay Jub Mr. Joe. Why? Because it is inexpensive and tasty! Although it is a restaurant recommended on the world famous Michelin Guide, their prices are surprisingly affordable.

staff at Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Bowls filled with spices and sauces are laid out on the table, as boiling soup is poured into each bowl, aromatic steam fills the room, I couldn’t help but take a few more breaths.

Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Outside the restaurant, lots of office workers are lining up for take-outs; inside the restaurant, some senior citizens casually read newspapers, some brought their kids over to enjoy the food. It’s such a lively scene, I just love it.

Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Here comes the main dish, the aromatic smell really makes me drool. The three layers of pork in each piece are clearly seen; the outer layer is the golden fried pork skin, the middle is a thin layer of fat, then the last layer is the lean pork meat. The skin is crispy, the fat is not greasy, the lean meat is tender and juicy, everything already tastes so good even without any sauce. Just one bite can make me feel like heaven on earth.

Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Another specialty here at Guay Jub Mr. Joe is their pork entrails noodles. The soup base is boiled with pork bones and peppers, the ingredients for the noodle soup include tripe, skin, etc. It’s one of the best noodle soups I’ve had, the entrals don’t taste gamey at all. The rice noodles are also cooked just right. Give it a try!

guay jub at Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

guay jub at Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

guay jub at Mr. Joe roast pork, Bangkok

Average per person: 380 THB
Address: 313/7 Thanon Chan, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Business hours: Monday to Sunday, 8AM to 4:30PM


Train Night Market Ratchada


Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

It seems that among the popular places to have a date, night markets are often one of them. Colorful lights, bustling crowd, laughters from shoppers, shouts from street vendors, delicious smell blended into the air, night markets always have this special charm. Among all the night markets here in Bangkok, I like Train Night Market Ratchada the best.

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

At Train Market, you can find all kinds of local specialties or snacks popular on Instagram, like five-color mango rice, rainbow toast, the list goes on. This is a great opportunity to take photos with your date, and share some nice food together.

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

You can find specialties like creamy pickled crabs, sizzling seafood BBQ, freshly cut coconuts. They will sure satisfy your foodie craving.

marinated crabs at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

marinated crabs at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

various kinds of skewers at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

fresh prawns at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

fresh coconut water at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

There’s also this popular vendor that sells fried vegetables at Train Market. This beautiful server is probably one of the reason why the shop is so popular. They sell many different kinds of fried vegetables, like mushrooms and green leaf vegetables, not only they look lovely they taste so good too!

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

fried enoki mushrooms at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

fried vegetables at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

BBQ octopus is another must-try at Train Market. One bite and the sense of satisfaction can only be understood once you have tried it. BBQ skewers (or kebabs) are also my favorite, inexpensive and delicious!

BBQ octopus at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

BBQ octopus at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

grilled meat at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

pork ribs at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

meat skewers at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

I ate so much as I toured the night market, by now my stomach already became a warehouse. Banana crepe, fried quail eggs, sushi, seafood rice bucket, I ate so much, the delicious foods were challenging my senses.

banana crepe at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

banana crepe at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

quail eggs at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

quail eggs at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

sushi at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

boiled seafood at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

boiled crab at Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

You can tell how awesome Train Market is just by looking at all the happy faces.

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

After you are done eating, there’s another thing you should check out with your date. Through the staircase in the parking lot beside the night market, you can climb to the top and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire Train Market Ratchada. It’s for sure going to be an unforgettable memory for you and your date.

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

Train Night Market Ratchada, Bangkok

Average per person: about 250 THB
Address: 55/9 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 5PM to 1AM


3. CHAPTER THREE - Fine Dining


Sometimes you need a bit of ceremonial sense in life, and Bangkok is probably one of the best places to experience high end romance. From private kitchens to top ranked restaurants in Asia, you can get high quality services at affordable prices, perfect for a date that needs a bit of “haute gastronomie”.

Flat Marble


Flat Marble, Bangkok

In this alleyway, there is a glass house where only ten people can be accommodated at a time. Its ambiance is so beautiful at sunset when rays of sunlight shine through the glass.

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble is a steakhouse, its design cleverly incorporates the tree that was originally on the same land into the restaurant’s interior. The whole setting makes customers feel closer to nature. There are only ten seats in total, they are aligned side by side by the kitchen, look quite cozy.

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble’s interior decoration and tableware are also very exquisite. Though the space isn’t big, the quiet atmosphere makes you feel like you are dining in a forest.

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Staff will ask you to select a steak, the prices depend on the origin of the beef. Many of their steaks are imported from Japan and Australia, all are of high quality.

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Next, you can watch the whole process of how your steak is cooked. Order some wine, have a chat while waiting for your steak, isn’t this relaxing?

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

When it’s ready, they’ll bring your succulent steak, it will have such a good aroma. I personally prefer well-done steaks, with a bit of Flat Marble’s mushroom sauce, the steak is still very tender and tasty.

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

The fat portion of your steak won't be wasted, the chef at Flat Marble will use it to make you a bowl of fried rice, with some garlic sauce, so yummy!

Flat Marble, Bangkok

Flat Marble, Bangkok

How about having some desserts after your meal? You can try this tofu-like pudding, it has a rich milky taste, sweet but not too sweet. Topped with some popping candy, it brings back so much childhood memory!

The black truffles here are also quite popular. The overall experience at Flat Marble is awesome, I’m sure if you and your date came here for dinner, you’d have a very memorable one.

dessert at Flat Marble, Bangkok

Average per person: about 1900 THB
Address: Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Business hours: Monday to Sunday, 5PM to 12AM


Nahm


Nahm, Bangkok

Nahm, a Michelin one-star restaurant, has won many titles and has a great reputation among Thai restaurants. In 2014, it was awarded the best restaurant in Asia and since then it has been featured in numerous rankings every year. In 2018, it again won 10th place among the top 50 restaurants in Asia. Speaking of Nahm, we have to talk about its founder David Thompson first.

Back in the 1980s, David travelled from Australia to Thailand, and during that trip, he acquainted a Thai friend. When he visited the home of this friend, the grandmother cooked him traditional Thai food, and that opened up his culinary journey in Thai cuisine. Later on, he started to learn cooking in Thailand. Then a few years later, he opened a Thai restaurant in Australia, and soon after, it became a huge success. He was then invited to London to open Nahm in The Halkin hotel, which became the first Michelin-rated Thai restaurant in the world only after 6 months since its opening. In 2010, David opened a new location in Bangkok, and was listed as Asia’s 3rd best restaurant, and this is the restaurant we are talking about here.

Nahm, Bangkok

Nahm is located in the Metropolitan Hotel, and it’s next to the outdoor swimming pool. With the white walls and blue water, it has its own unique charm. The seats next to the swimming pool are the best seats on a date.

Nahm, Bangkok

Nahm’s decoration is inspired by Thai traditions, its dark red columns and wood tables present a formal and classy atmosphere. There’s a requirement on dress code, things like flip flops and sleeveless shirts are not allowed. No need to dress super formal, a “smart casual” outfit is sufficient.

Nahm, Bangkok

Nahm, Bangkok

Nahm’s menu is divided into appetizers, salads, curry, soups, main dishes, and desserts. You can order anything like, but the best deals are probably their set menu. Lunch set menu costs about 1600 THB, dinner set menu costs about 2800 THB, both cost less compared to if you were to order the same items individually.

Nahm, Bangkok

Course 1- Pineapple and nut pastry
This is a complimentary appetizer. Topped with a ball made of nuts, tamarind seeds and palm syrup, together with a fresh pineapple slice, its sweet and sour taste is quite appetizing.

Nahm, Bangkok

Course 2- Bright Sandol
This is also an appetizer. It’s made of rice flour stuffed with dried shrimps, pork, peanuts and spices, then fried into a golden color. It is a traditional Thai snack, you can even find it on the streets, I can eat a whole box of them.

bright sandol at Nahm, Bangkok

Course 3 - Miang of Lobster
A mix of chicken, green mango, salak (snake fruit) and spices on a Thong-land leaf, it has a refreshing taste.

miang of lobster, Nahm, Bangkok

Course 5 - Fiddlehead Ferns from Northern Thailand
This salad, made of fiddlehead ferns, is commonly seen in Northern Thailand. With wild prawns and tawai sauce, it is really authentic northern flavor.

salad, Nahm, Bangkok

Course 6 - Tom Yum Soup of River Prawn
This tom yum soup is a clear soup without coconut milk, it tastes pretty good with its sour and spicy touch. But it may be a bit salty for some people, so consider eating it with some rice.

tom yum soup, Nahm, Bangkok

Course 7 - Sour Turmeric Curry of Young Coconut Palm
This vegetarian turmeric curry tastes relatively light, there’s quite a bit of coconut juice in it, together with squash, eggplant, baby corns, and grape tomatoes, it goes really well with some rice.

curry, Nahm, Bangkok

Course 8 - Steamed Leopard Coral Grouper
This steamed grouper is perhaps my favorite dish of this dinner. The fish is so tender and juicy, you can really taste the freshness of the fish, it just melts in your mouth. The fried garlic and soybeans topping makes the everything tastes even better.

steamed grouper, Nahm, Bangkok

Course 9 - Tropical Fruit in Scented Syrup
This tropical fruit slush together with Thai-style coconut crepe wash away any oily flavor from earlier.

dessert, Nahm, Bangkok

Overall, you get the value for your money at Nahm. Great atmosphere, excellent service, innovative menu items, all make the restaurant stand out. I find Nahm a great choice for a date.

Nahm, Bangkok

Average per person: about 1900 THB
Address: 27 Sathon Tai Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand
Business hours: Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 2PM and 7PM to 11PM


Gaa Restaurant


Gaa, Bangkok

Gaa, Bangkok

Gaggan, ranked the top restaurant in Asia, is really hard to book a table, no one answered my phone call and my email inquiry wasn’t responded to either. So instead, let me introduce you Gaa, a sister restaurant of Gaggan.

Indian chef Garima Arora runs Gaa Restaurant, she used to work at Noma in Copenhagen and later came to Bangkok to join the Gaggan team. This restaurant is located across the street from Gaggan, and is rated a one-star Michelin restaurant.

Gaa, Bangkok

The interior style of Gaa is quite special, it gives an exotic touch to the atmosphere.

Gaa, Bangkok

Gaa, Bangkok

Gaa, Bangkok

Every evening two tasting menus are offered at Gaa.
One is 10 courses for 2,400 THB, and the other is 14 courses for 2,900 THB.
Extra charge for wine or other drinks.

Gaa, Bangkok

Free Snack - Sweet Beans Tart
This complimentary bean snack actually tastes really good; fresh beans topped with a fried quail egg then placed on a thin tart, the appearance alone is such a nice surprise.

sweet beans tart, Gaa, Bangkok

Appetizer drink 1 - apple and basil juice
I was served a glass of apple juice mixed with basil juice before the meal, its sweet and sour taste is quite appetizing. The mix of two juices produces a new flavor that I hadn’t had before, very delicious.

apple and basil juice, Gaa, Bangkok

Course 1 - Chilled Soup of Mango Pumpkin
The base of this chilled soup is made of squash and passion fruit, then added green mango, passion fruit pulps and pickled cucumber cubes, very refreshing.

soup, Gaa, Bangkok

Course 2 - Fresh Cheese Curd Duck Donut
This seemingly small ball actually has a lot of filling in it: tender duck meat plus sweet cheese then mixed with spicy curry sauce, it has a such layered taste to it.

Gaa, Bangkok

Gaa, Bangkok

Course 3 - Chicken Liver
Chicken liver is first made into mousse-like paste, then after being frozen, it is cut into slices and put on thin crepes, it’s designed to be eaten before it’s melt. The creamy taste of chicken liver is really satisfying, together with the scent of rice, what a great taste!

Gaa, Bangkok

chicken liver, Gaa, Bangkok

Course 4 - Logan Corn
Corn is one of my favorite food. Here at Gaa they grill baby corns still wrapped in leafs, then once cooked, you dip a corn into the butter sauce and eat. To be honest, I can eat two dozen of these easily.

corn, Gaa, Bangkok

Appetizer drink 2 - coconut water with jasmine
Fresh coconut juice can really wash away any oily taste in your mouth, together with jasmine, they have such an interesting flavor, I really recommend you try it.

coconut water with jasmine, Gaa, Bangkok

Course 5 - Tofu
Underneath the fried mustard leafs, you find the silky smooth tofu. Tofu is slightly sweet on its own, mixed with the unique smell of mustard, they produce a special taste.

Gaa, Bangkok

Course 6 - Homemade Butter Crayfish
This is another surprise for me, a crayfish tail is covered with curry sauce, placed onto a thin crispy crepe, then topped with grapefruit. Can you imagine the rich flavors? It was so good. One piece was just not enough for me.

crayfish, Gaa, Bangkok

Course 7 - Cauliflower
It’s not just a regular cauliflower. It is grilled and dipped into their special cheese sauce. The sauce is so delicious, I wish I had some bread to go with it.

cauliflower, Gaa, Bangkok

Appetizer drink 3 - mint guava chili juice
Before the main dish, I was served with this spicy drink. The juice first tastes light and fresh, then the after-taste is a bit spicy, I feel like it can help with digestion.

Gaa, Bangkok

Course 8 - Pork Rib & Onion Curry Bread
I was totally won over when this dish was brought to me, it looked so pretty! On the grilled pork rib, there are three toppings of different colors: pomegranate, diced onions, coriander stems.
Marinated with fermented miso salt, the pork rib tastes soft and tender, and together with the three toppings, it was just perfect!

pork rib, Gaa, Bangkok

pork rib, Gaa, Bangkok

A small round bread came with the pork rib, it has a curry onion flavor to it. Its presentation was quite cute.

Gaa, Bangkok

Course 9 - Egg Fruit Ice Cream
This ice cream with mango and nuts topping is made of egg fruit from India. The egg fruit tastes like avocado, slightly sweet and fragrant.

ice cream, Gaa, Bangkok

Course 10 - Bhakarwadi
When I ate the Indian-style Danish roll, I wondered if it was a tribute from the chef as her experience in Denmark paved the way to her success of today. This Danish roll is very soft with a strong aroma of Indian spices. What a perfect ending!

bhakarwadi, Gaa, Bangkok

Average per person: about 2400 THB
Address: 68/7 Thanon Ratchadamri, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Business hours: Monday to Sunday, 6:30PM to 11PM

In Closing


Next time when you visit Bangkok with your loved one, remember to find a good place and have a date. If you are single, don’t worry, actually regardless if you are travelling solo, two people, or with a group of friends, always take care of yourself and eat well!

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