Our Favourite Bangkok Neighbourhoods: Silom
One of our favourite Bangkok neighbourhoods, Silom, is of course our own neighbourhood and is home to Eat Me. Silom has been getting a fair bit of attention in the media over the last year or so for its flourishing drinking and eating scene.
There are so many great bars and restaurants in Silom now that if you’re visiting Bangkok, it makes sense to base yourself in the neighbourhood so you don’t have far to go to eat and drink in the evening.
The area is packed with beautiful hotels. The Dusit and Sofitel So are close by while Sathorn Road is jam-packed with five stars, including the W Hotel, Metropolitan by Como, the Sukhothai, and Banyan Tree.
There are a couple of handy BTS Skytrain stations (Chong Nonsi is just at the end of our street), as well as the underground MRT, so within ten minutes you can be down on the river or shopping in Siam.
Here are a few of our favourite Silom bars and restaurants, in no particular order, all of which are an easy walk from Eat Me.
We were so pleased when Vesper opened just around the corner from us in March last year. They do killer cocktails – as you’d expect from a bar named after the Vesper martini. The drinks were designed by London’s Fluid Movement mixologists and do fantastic infused spirits and barrel aged cocktails.
We love the Mediterranean comfort food by Chef Luca. There’s everything from tapas to pizzas and handmade pastas, such as Orecchiette ‘Bocca di Lupo’, which is made with spicy Nduja sausage from Calabria, which is an ingredient we also love at Eat Me.
10/15 Convent Road, Silom. www.versperbar.co
Nobody is doing food like Chef Ton, pictured above on the right, at Le Du. He and Chef Tae (left), who has now moved on, both studied at the Culinary Institute of American (CIA) and worked at Eleven Madison Park and Jean Georges in New York before deciding to return to Thailand to open their own restaurant.
Le Du means ‘the season’ in Thai and Ton is only using seasonal produce, which he sources from around Thailand, to produce some of the city’s most interesting dishes. It’s very contemporary and yet he’s not using any of those silly gimmicks you find in a lot of restaurants. The tasting menu is fantastic value too. Ton is a trained sommelier so make sure you order the wine pairing.
399/3 Silom Soi 7, Silom. www.ledubkk.com
NAMSAAH BOTTLING TRUST
Just around the corner from Le Du, Namsaah Bottling Trust is a really fun spot and is fantastic for a drink and bar snacks downstairs or a sit-down meal upstairs. It’s owned by Thai chef Ian Kittichai – who is Thailand’s Iron Chef, and has a wonderful restaurant called Issaya Siamese Club over in Sathorn, and another called Smith, off Sukhumvit – and Justin Dunne, who was the manager of the now defunct Bangkok nightspots Bed Supper Club and KuDeTa.
The pink villa has a long and fascinating history – Namsaah means sparkling water and it was once the headquarters of a soda bottling company company – but we just love it because its so atmospheric. The cocktails are fantastic, the music is great, and naturally the food is delicious. Try the pink krapow burger made with Wagyu beef and served on a pink peppercorn bun. They do a very smoky Negroni made with fresh tangerine juice and roasted orange peel.
401 Silom Soi 7, Silom. www.namsaah.com
There are new eating and drinking spots opening in Silom all the time, so if you’re passing through town and need tips just ask when you’re in for dinner. We’re always happy to recommend the bars and restaurants we love to go to.