Bangkokians, it’s time we go the extra mile with our eating game.
Lebanese food is arguably one of the many underrated cuisines available in Bangkok. So for those who have never taken delight in the herbaceous cuisine of Lebanon or those who wish to deepen their relationship with Lebanese food, this list of Bangkok’s best Lebanese restaurants is made just for you.
Whether you want the bright tabbouleh, creamy hummus, or the golden-brown kibbeh, these eateries are up for feeding you their best versions of Lebanese fare to showcase their culinary tradition at its best.
[Featured image credit: Hummus Boutique; hero image credit: Natalia/Unsplash]
Although the menu at Al Saray is an amalgam of Indian and Lebanese dishes, that doesn’t mean this Silom haunt is fusion or any less authentic on both cuisine traditions. And without exaggerating, we found that this place serves up some of the very best hummus in the city, considering its fine texture touched with the right amount of acidity from lemon and nuttiness from tahini. Their Extra Mixed Grill Platter is also a must-try for die-hard meat lovers.
Al Saray, 60 2 Soi Si Lom 2/1, Silom, Bangkok, +662 234 4988; Open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-12 pm.
Ambience-wise, Al Rawche isn’t really about elegance, but the food here is really reaching for five-starred quality and flavours. Be sure to try their Lamb Shawarma and Labneh, which is a tangy yoghurt spread showered with olive oil, as well as the Mankushe, a big pita smeared generously with za’atar and cheese.
Al Rawche, Sukhumvit soi 5, Bangkok, +662 655 0099; Open: 11 am-2 am.
Hummus Boutique is not 100% Lebanese; the hummus-focused haunt weaves together Lebanese, Moroccan, Turkish, Greek, and Italian cuisine altogether within its petite space situated near bustling Thonglor. Be sure to check it out if you’re a gourmand who’s into hummus and other down-to-earth Middle Eastern dishes like tabouli and dolma (stuffed grape leaves). Another thing we’re absolutely into about this place is their freshly baked pita which get baked in the oven located right in front of the restaurant.
Nadimos Lebanese Restaurant
For newbies, start off your Lebanese food journey on the right foot at Nadimos. Tucked away on Sukhumvit Soi 24, Nadimos churns out a wide array of authentic Lebanese dishes like Tabbouleh, a chopped salad of parsley and tomatoes, Baba Ghanoush, a dip made from smokey grilled eggplant, and a selection of kebabs for you to choose from.
Nadimos Lebanese Restaurant, Sukhumvit Soi 24, Holiday Inn Silom, Bangkok, +662 261 9816; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-11:30 pm.
For Lebanese food fanatics, the name “Beirut” is no stranger to the ears. The Lebanese restaurant goes big with flavours and textures. Their crispy-edged, soft-centred Falafels are our go-to, along with their hummus topped with a big pool of sautéed meat and olive oil. What the main allure of Beirut is, though? It’s the three scrumptious condiments served with the meal, which include garlic tahini, cilantro and chili sauce, and a thick, bright yoghurt. Conveniently, Beirut has branches dotted around the city: Ploenchit Center, Silom, Sukhumvit Soi 39 and Chidlom.
Beirut, Sukhumvit Soi 2, Ploenchit Center, Ground Floor, Bangkok, +662 656 7377; Open: 10 am-10 pm.