As anyone who has lived in Bangkok for awhile knows, Thais don’t eat much beef compared to many cultures and geographies in the rest of the world. Our unscientific polling of menu choices in such hamburger havens as Burger King and McDonalds confirms the fact that given a choice, most Thais will opt for the chicken or fish items. That said, visitors to Bangkok that are craving a good steak dinner are in luck, as there are many restaurants in Bangkok that are famous for their delicious steak as well as other choice cuts of beef.
Before we take a look at some of the more popular steak houses in Bangkok, a little education and background about beef cuts and the different kinds of steaks might be in order. If you order a steak in Bangkok, chances are it will have come from Australia, The USA, Argentina or Japan. While Thailand does raise beef, the marketing appeal of beef from these countries makes them a preference for international diners. In particular, the Kobe beef that comes from Japan is renowned for the extraordinary lengths that go into creating the succulent marbled meat so highly valued by steak connoisseurs the world over.
In general, when ordering steak, the fundamental rule of thumb is that the more fat in a cut, the more taste as well. The leaner cuts such as tenderloin and fillet mignon are appreciated for their tenderness and presentation while cuts such as a sirloin or New York cut will exhibit more fat as well as succulent beef flavor if cooked correctly. Marbling, where the fat is integrated within the meat, is most commonly found in a rib eye cut while T-bones and Porter House steaks span the best of both worlds with one side more lean and the underside of the cut encased in fat. Whatever your choice may be, the key to a good steak dinner is in the preparation and presentation. Here are a few of the restaurants in Bangkok that are known for their excellent steak menus….
For over 13 years, The New York Steakhouse on the second floor of the JW Marriot at Sukhumvit Soi 2 has been serving up delightful steaks, sea foods, and other specialties with the flair and ambiance of a Manhattan eatery. The dark wood paneling and furnishings lend to an atmosphere of sophistication and privacy that only enhance the dining experience. If you go, we would recommend the Caesar’s salad, clam chowder and the fillet mignon, which cuts like butter. Be sure to save room for the New York Cheesecake as well.
Another hotel based steakhouse is the Prime Millenium Hilton at 123 Charoennakorn Road in Klongsan. Located on the 3rd floor of the hotel, diners are provided with a stunning view of the Chaophyra River in addition to a large wine selection and their famous Australian beef T-bone steaks. In short – great food, excellent service, sizzling steaks and a marvelous ambiance insures a unique and pleasant dining experience.
For the ultimate in Argentinean beef, El Gaucho Steakhouse on Sukhumvit Soi 19, should be your destination. It’s a little bit pricey, but quality never comes cheap. Outdoor seating is available as well as a wine bar for those waiting for a table or looking for some after dinner conversation.
Not to be outdone, Thailand offers up a unique locally based steakhouse with one of its branches in the Prasarnmit Plaza Building off of Sukhumvit Soi 23.
The Chokchai Prime Steak House provides diners with a modern western ambiance that reflects the source of its beef, Chokchai Farms, located Northeast of Bangkok near Korat. Dining is less formal with room for over 200 and special seating for groups up to 30 in size.
Visitors to steakhouses in Bangkok will find the service very responsive, the portion size quite large (Thais love to order too much food) and the selection of meat cuts on par with restaurants in any other major city in the world.