The craving for Middle Eastern food in Bangkok hits like no other.
Grilled meats with a bit of char, a kick of garlic, the freshness of parsley and lemon juice, the breads (oh the breads!) and the dips (oh the dips!)… Honestly, the craving for Middle Eastern food in Bangkok hits like no other.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to get your hummus, shawarma, tabbouleh, or baklava fix. Whilst many of these restaurants are Lebanese, it’s important to acknowledge that Middle Eastern cuisine covers far more than just Lebanon (though it is inarguably very popular). All available for delivery as we dive into yet another partial lockdown, order your favourite Middle Eastern foods from these places below.
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Beirut is a big Bangkok name for Lebanese food lovers, and one of the city’s most beloved go-to spots. They’ve been around for a long time, with multiple branches across town. Here you’ll find largely a Lebanese menu (and a few more Mediterranean dishes), spanning a vast selection covering appetisers, salads, soups, sandwiches, grilled meats, and sweets. They also have plenty of vegetarian items and combination plates. If you don’t know where to start, start here.
Al Saray was heavily frequented when dine-ins were still allowed, yet now with the ban, they still have plenty to offer for delivery. They serve up both Lebanese and Indian cuisine, not so much as a fusion, but more as two separate entities. It’s great for those days when you can’t really decide which cuisine you prefer, and is ideal for those who love gulab jamun for dessert. Right now they are also offering great combo sets at very friendly prices.
Another extremely popular Lebanese haunt, Nadimos first opened in 2009, and has since become a place dear to many people who would enjoy shisha on the terrace, or family meals inside the restaurant. Taking this friendly neighbourhood vibe to the next level, Nadimos specialises in only Lebanese dishes, many of which are familiar (tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, and more), whilst others are lesser known (Lebanese coffee and riz bil hallib pudding). Worth trying for every Lebanese food lover.
A relatively new addition to the Middle Eastern food scene in Bangkok, Hummus Bangkok opened in the city just at the end of last year, following the great success of its Chiang Mai branch. The restaurant pays big attention to detail, aiming to deliver Middle Eastern cuisine with “a modern touch.” This is evident in their use of fresh produce and health-conscious recipes, as well as their vast selection of vegetarian options. Highlights include the roasted cauliflower, the falafel, the quinoa “iron salad,” and, of course, their namesake hummus.
Have you every had Egyptian food? And that too alongside Indian food? If not, try Arabesque. This restaurant spotlights the two cuisines in delicious harmony, highlighting kebabs especially. For those who are already familiar with Lebanese food, it’s an interesting way for your palate to explore some authentic Egyptian flavours, through fattah mozzah lamb, cabbage mahashi, and okra tagine. Order these alongside your favourite Indian dishes.
Hummus is probably the most popular Middle Eastern dish, and if you’re looking for a spot that really gives all its attention to it, look no further than Hummus Heads. The innovative restaurant specialises in Lebanese cuisine, and offers a large variety of hummus to choose from, often including ingredients you won’t find anywhere else. Very colourful — and very ‘grammable.