Bangkok dining tip: Where to eat when craving


Famished? It’s never a wise idea to head to your favorite popular restaurant to grab a bite at peak hours.

In short, forget about your craving of anything popular because chances are these joints will have a long cue of hungry patrons snaking from its doors on peak hours.

Restaurants are out there to earn thus positioning is of utmost important. Primary choices are malls and prime areas where high foot traffic is present.

As the Thais love to eat, dining places along the city streets to the cooler interiors of the mall have no shortage of patrons.


Central Embassy Bangkok's restaurants are on the top floors of the mall
The restaurants on the upper levels of Central Embassy are less crowded than its counterparts in the busier malls


Now let’s say you’re in Bangkok. You’ve been scouring for the best deals around town from minute one the shops opened and finally you admit to yourself that you’re in need of sustenance.

You had your fill of Thai food on the streets and the fancy joints and the palate is yearning for something Oriental – like the xiao long bao at Din Tai Fung or the ramen at Ippudo.


Ippudo at the Central Embassy Bangkok
Look, no queue. You can get that bowl of ramen with a snap of a finger at Central Embassy’s branch of Ippudo


No queueing at Din Tai Fung Central Embassy Mall on lunch hour
Din Tai Fung at the Central Embassy is where you can enjoy your xia long bao without waiting too long


If you’re at the Central Embassy then you’re at the right place to satisfy your craving for these dishes. Why? Because the “ultra-luxury” mall doesn’t have as much foot traffic as the other malls in the city, which makes waiting for your turn at the dining room short, if not absent.

That tip came from a local. And to prove her point, on the weekend of my visit, she uprooted me from Terminal 21 (where Tim Ho Wan had a long cue lunch hour on a Thursday) and planted me at the posh mall of Central Embassy. That’s a quick ride on the BTS a stop away.


Davao photographer based in Bangkok
Bangkok insider now. Dabawenya photographer Ayie M. snapping photos of locals in the Big Mango now


True enough, just before the clock struck noon, the peak hour, we were ushered to our tables and were enjoying the vegetarian versions of the xiao long bao and buns at Din Tai Fung.


Din Tai Fung steamed vegetarian buns
Our steamed vegetarian buns


Lemongrass juice of Din Tai Fung is refershing
The perfect refreshing drink on a hot & humid Bangkok day, the lemongrass juice


Yes, all the tables were eventually taken, but the turn over was comfortably quick for the incoming diners.


Din Tai Fung in Central Embassy is not crowded
Past noon & the place isn’t full yet


At Ippudo, the scene was the same. I went there by myself on an earlier date for dinner and I was seated right away even with an event happening in its premises. Well, there is always a seat for one diner at the common dining table—most often.


Pick a ramen from Ippudo menu at Central Embassy Bangkok
Love in its many Japanese ramen forms


The visit though wasn’t a pleasant one for me. I wouldn’t want to give “too much information,” but it’s not a good idea of a non-meat eater to feast on a creamy bowl of Hakata-style tonkotsu pork-based ramen.


Tonkatsu ramen at Ippudo in Central Embassy Bangkok
An Ippudo specilaty. Really good bowl of Ramen. The effects for a non-meat eater can be devastating though. Wink.


Din Tai Fung fried gyoza at Ippudo
Another Ippudo specialty, the pan-fried gyoza


Central Embassy has several more oriental food outlets and other cuisines within its premises, and you have to count the adorable desserts places on the list.

So when you find yourself in Bangkok and craving for the food of the popular restaurants, head to Central Embassy.

And please bring your credit card. You might be tempted to satisfy the craving for something else—another Hermes Birkin bag perhaps?

How to get there: Central Embassy Bangkok can be directly accessed from either Ploenchit or Chid Lom BTS Skytrain stations.

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