It’s near impossible to predict the end of the world-wide lockdown, and while most businesses have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, one industry is thriving. On March 26, the Thai government banned all sit-in dining, only allowing restaurants to sell takeaway food and provide delivery services. If you find yourself in Bangkok, either as an expat or a tourist waiting for travel bans to lift, we know you still gotta eat.
2020 will see a surge in Thailand’s food delivery business, as people who face lockdown or are required to observe social distancing are relying on the likes of Food Panda and Grab Food for their day-to-day meals. With over 12,000 restaurants in Bangkok to choose from, it was difficult to put together a condensed list. Bangkok’s restaurants come in every shape and style – from Italian and Mexican to Greek and Thai cuisine.
While in-restaurant dining is off the table, we have provided a list of 10 favourite restaurants in Bangkok according to expats, and they are offering takeaways and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that the situation is ever-changing, so make sure to confirm availability with the restaurant’s website and social media channels.
Celebrate Taco Tuesday with Charley Browns in Bangkok. The funky restaurant is offering free delivery and your favourite takeaway food between 4 pm and 8.15 pm. Not only that but for those loyal supporters who are missing the vibrant events hosted at the restaurant, join the #QuarantineMeetup live with DJ Kinky D on Zoom. Check out Charley Brown’s Facebook for more details.
For the breakfast lovers with a sweet tooth, Chu Chocolate Bar is best known for Eggs Benedict, which you can now enjoy in the comfort of your home during the lockdown. From burgers and an assortment of brownies to cold-pressed orange juice and the perfect blend of coffee, Chu has something for everybody. Plus you get 20% off the entire menu! Happy ordering.
This awesome Greek restaurant is not only offering takeaways and delivery service, but they are also giving back to the community’s unsung heroes. The restaurant has partnered with Ramathibodi Hospital to launch Eat it Forward Fridays. For every order received on a Friday, they donate a meal to the nurses and doctors working on the front lines. orderaesops.com is now live with a new menu and a 10% discount.
Tucked away off the corner of Sukhumvit 21, Big Mama offers a fantastic menu – from signature pizzas and delicious pasta dishes to Thai-Italian fusions and mouthwatering steaks. The cosy restaurant boasts a charming ambience and is perfect for a romantic evening beneath twinkling string lights, or a wonderful family dinner. During the coronavirus pandemic, you can order online via numerous delivery service apps.
Smoking Pug is one of Bangkok’s favourites and offers an authentic taste of the American South. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm, Smoking Pug offers takeaway and delivery services. So get your orders in, and sit back with a Netflix show and your favourite smoked dish.
For an authentic Mexican experience, put on your sombrero and order from Tacos & Salsa. The top-rated Mexican restaurant offers a variety of home-style dishes that’ll satisfy any Mexican-cuisine craving. Tacos & Salsa are offering free delivery in the Sukhumvit area, as well as free churros with orders over 1,000 THB.
Calling all bread lovers! While we all face lockdown together, you can still grab your morning bread from Holey Bakery. Open from 7 am to 5 pm, the artisan bakery on Sukhumvit 31 is not just passionate about its sourdough but what’s inside it. British baker, Maurice Chaplais, makes his bread and pastries from scratch, highlighting the use of unbleached flour, making all the difference.
For the vegetarians and friends of vegetarians, chances are you’ve been to May’s Veggie Home. From vegan Thai dishes to gluten-free bread and vegan-friendly baked treats, May’s Veggie Home offers wholesome options to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa during the lockdown. Find them on Food Panda or order via their LINE ID.
Stay at home and order the best from your favourite rotisserie, Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery. The restaurant offers a fine selection of organic farm products right to your table at home and is popular for its cheese and cold cuts. Those of you planning a romantic evening indoors won’t be disappointed with the options here. Get 15% off when you order from the restaurant directly, and enjoy free delivery services.
According to ex-pats in Bangkok, this somtum-focused restaurant offers an amazing menu packed with the spicy flavours of Isaan. During the lockdown, Tha-food lovers can order awesome box sets online, from stir-fried noodles and fresh crab salad to 20 varieties of the famous somtum dish.