A popular hot pot destination among university students because of its reasonable prices, large buffet and impressive range of soups and sauces. First timers shouldn’t leave without ordering the signature meat spread—a one-meter slab of wood with 12 slices of pork or beef layered on top. That will get you whipping out your phone, but the milk soup is the dark horse on the menu that will keep you coming back.
4/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02- 129-4576. Open daily 10am-10pm. Four other branches in Bangkok
Known for its original prawn paste, this spot adds a Thai twist to their Japanese hot pots. Affordability and quality are both excellent, but the restaurant’s rep really lies with its fresh prawn broth—savory and thick. Decorated in artsy, vintage Americana, customers also get an atmosphere unlike anywhere else. The theme even extends to the menu, with its dishes named after characters which every Thai kid grew up with.
Gateway Ekkamai, . Open daily 10am-10pm. Seven other branches in Bangkok.
Chef-owners Randy Noprapa and Chalee Kader add to their burgeoning portfolios (together they’re responsible for Fillets, Surface and 100 Mahaseth) with this vibrant melting-pot of Chinese-US hotpot culture. Your broth comes separated into three flavors: a hearty pork bone stock bursting with peppercorn; a rich Japanese nabe–with red wine; and a herbaceous chicken turmeric soup. Add some thinly sliced pork or beef and you’re in business.
3/F, The Portico Building, 31 Lang Suan Rd., 02- 052-2214. Open daily 11am-11pm.
This two-decade-old Taiwanese-style shabu shabu spot is a firm Thonglor favorite for its soup and chili-garlic dipping sauce. OK also stands out for the individual pots that each diner can season to their tastes, as seating is at two u-shaped bar counters. Befitting its Thonglor location, the decor is modern and minimal, and the quadrilingual picture menu makes for a friendly guide even for the uninitiated.
9/3 Thonglor Soi 13, 02-712-6397-8. Open daily 11am-9pm.
At its branches across Bangkok, flavorful Thai ingredients meet with the popular Japanese hot pot approach. Inside, blond wood tables and pareddown decor create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Meanwhile, the menu offers a wide range of meat, seafood, fresh vegetables and cheeses, alongside snacks and appetizers. With great deals on combos and a reasonably priced buffet, they stay true to their mission of keeping things affordable.
Rama 9 Soi 41, 02-318-7441. Open Wed-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm; Mon 11:30am-9:30pm. Over 20 branches in Bangkok.
Put on your stretchy pants, forget about the macros and tuck in to BK Best Eats 2018. This is the Bangkok dining that ignores fancy restaurants and 10-course tasting menus and goes straight for the comfort food—steaming bowls of fat-rich ramen, triple-decker burgers, all-you-can-eat dim sum buffets with an extra helping of pork buns. In other words, the stuff most of us eat out, most of the time.
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