Soi 8 or Soi Prida has one of the best concentrations of good quality restaurants and bars of any of the streets in the Western end of the Sukhimvit Road. Below is a list of what you find on Soi 8 as you walk up the street from the Sukhimvit Road.
Don’t be fooled by the restaurant’s location above a tailor’s shop, this is one of Bangkok’s best Indian restaurants. Modern decor and a fully stocked bar, is complimented by competent cooking of classic Indian curries and breads. It is not cheap but bear in mind they import a lot of the ingredients.
Viva Tapas Bar and Cafe
This establishment is very popular with the local ex-pat community. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and provides good quality European and Thai food. The name is a bit misleading though, as the menu doesn’t feature much in the way of Spanish tapas dishes.
Soi 8 Pub (www.soi8.net)
The Soi 8 Pub describes itself as a ‘Family Pub’. In ‘Bangkok speak’ this means the bar isn’t full of prostitutes. What it does have though is a good menu covering a range of Thai and International dishes. Outside there is a nice terraced seating area and inside pool tables and big screen TVs. They often run special promotions on beer, wine and cocktails.
Via Vai (www.viavaibkk.com)
Monsoon is a large, modern restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. The menu for this mid-priced dining option is along the same lines as a modern sports bar: its extensive menu covers everything from English breakfast to classic Thai dishes. They also do a daily buffet breakfast for 250B a person (6am to 10.30am).
Stable Lodge is Bangkok’s only Scandinavian restaurant. They serve Thai food, pizza, pasta but the real selling point of this restaurant is its Danish food. Below are some examples from the menu, add 10% service charge and 7% VAT to all prices:
- Pork chop, red cabbage and boiled potatoes: 395 Thai Baht
- Meat balls, red cabbage and boiled potatoes: 385 Thai Baht
- Pork tenderloin, fried onions and boiled potatoes: 385 Thai Baht
- Fresh meat rissole with stewed vegetables: 395 Thai Baht
- Meat loaf, boiled potatoes and jelly: 395 Thai Baht
Det 5 (www.det-5.com)
Det 5 is a restaurant, bar and live music venue. This place has some history, starting life in a wooden shack with 5 bar stools some 20 years ago. It has now evolved into a popular nightspot and informal dining option. It has lots of Western and Thai food options priced from 100 Thai Baht to 300 Thai Baht including sandwiches, burgers and Thai dishes. Local beers start at 60 Thai Baht a bottle and every Friday they put on a free buffet. As well as holding regular music nights with professional musicians, every Monday from 8.30pm they hold ‘Open Mic’ nights.
Kinnaree Gourmet Thai Food (www.kinnareegourmet.com)
La Colombe d’Or (www.la-colombedor.com)
Previously known as Le Banyan, this restaurant has been running for 23 years and has a reputation as one of Bangkok’s best French restaurants. La Colombe d’Or is open 7 days a week from 6pm, and from 11am on the weekends. The food isn’t cheap. Starters cost between 290 Thai Baht and 950 Thai Baht a portion. Mains cost from 440 Thai Baht to 1,850 Thai Baht. Their most famous dish is pressed duck rouennaise style.
This restaurant/cafe is located within the excellent Hotel Salil. It is open from 6am to 10pm. They serve breakfast, snack, drinks, Thai food and international food. Café Salil is reasonably priced with efficient service.