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Middle-East community

Middle Eastern community (Soi Arab)

middle eastern restaurants - bangkok_nefertiti_restaurantBucking the trends of central Bangkok, Little Arabia has, so far, remained immune to gentrification, retaining its gritty, inner-urban feel. The Middle Eastern enclave began life in the early 1980s as an alley but has grown into a neighbourhood that teems with energy and caters to the growing number of Arab tourists. The cushioned shishah lounges and humble halal eateries jostle for position among the red lights and go-goers catering to those who yearn for Lebanese and Egyptian; those in search of halal; and those who favour lounging with a shisha, before, during or after their meal. If you’re looking for respite from the sexual intensity of the red-light district, a smattering of more-upmarket Lebanese establishments is dispersed about the city, cooking up the best imported ingredients. Of these, the far-out leader in value for money and superior quality is Nadimos, whose two restaurants reside in Phrom Phong and Silom.

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Nadimos (Lebanese)

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Despite the somewhat kitsch interior, and tacky flowing, illuminated waterfall paintings, the restaurant is more stylish than its nearest competitors. Most certainly though, you come for the food – authentic Lebanese with the freshest ingredients and great variety and quantity. You decide how healthy or unhealthy you want to be. It’s all delicious. Particularly as you over-egg the garlic sauce.

Highlights: Hearty shawarmas and shish kebabs. Hummus (mashed chickpeas with sesame paste), tabouleh (chopped parsley and tomatoes with a fresh, zesty citrus overtones), baba ghanoush (smokey, grilled eggplant dip), falafel and moussaka (cooked salad with onions, tomatoes and eggplants)

  • Website: www.nadimos.com
  • Phone: 02-266-9081
  • Address: (Silom branch), Baan Silom, Silom Soi 19, Bangkok
  • Area: Silom or Phrom Phong
  • Nearest Train: BTS Surasak
  • Email: nadimos@nadimos.com
  • Other branch: (Phrom Phong) Sukhumvit Soi 24, Tel: 02-2619816-7

Beirut (Lebanese)

The preferred hangout for all the Middle Eastern tourists and expats in comfortable surroundings and nicely priced dishes and combination platters. Highlights: Crunchy falafel with soft interiors and coated in sesame seeds, spicy mixed platter shawarmas, delicious mankoushe (moist pita bread topped with dried thyme, with olive oil and sesame seeds – great on its own or dipped in hummus).

  • Phone: 02-632-7448
  • Beirut (Ploenchit), B/F, Ploenchit Center, Sukhumvit Soi 2, Bangkok
  • Area: Phloen Chit
  • Nearest Train: BTS Phloen Chit
  • Other branches: (Silom) 64 Silom Building, Silom Road, Ground Floor, Tel. 02 – 632 7448; (Phrom Phong) Soi 39 Sukhumvit, near 39 Boulevard Executive Residence, Tel. 02-662-5574.

Restaurants in around Nana (Sukhumvit Soi 3)

Arabesque (Middle Eastern)

A new addition to the Arab community on lower Sukhumvit. Decorated in a Middle Eastern style, it serves lunch and dinner offering simple dishes like tajines (chicken or lamb stews), fattah with beef, oxtail or chicken breasts and the chef’s special, fish sayadieh (fish stuffed with garlic, onion and lemon served with sayadieh rice).

Ethiopian Restaurant (Ethiopian, obviously)

Delicious and popular Ethiopian mainstays of injera (flat sour bread), wat (meat stew) and tibs (sauteed meat and vegetables)

Shahrazad (Middle Eastern)

Middle eastern restaurants Shahrazad bangkok

Shahrazad claims to be the oldest Middle Eastern restaurant here. The menu is pan-Arabian, Indian, continental and Thai but there’s also a single page of specifically Iranian dishes.

  • Phone: 02-251-3666
  • Address: 6/8 Sukhumvit Soi 3/1, Bangkok
  • Area: Nana Asoke
  • Nearest Train: BTS

Nefertiti (Egyptian)

That place on the corner with shishas. Plenty of outdoor seating and great for people watching.

  • Phone: 02-655-3043/4 4/8
  • Address: Sukhumvit Soi 3/1, Bangkok
  • Area: Nana-Asok
  • Nearest train: BTS Nana

Alif Laila (Indian and Middle Eastern)

A rundown two-story corner restaurant offering traditional Indian and Middle Eastern. The area is gritty, neon-lit with busy sidewalks, dirty men and working girls.

  • Phone: 08-6835-9537, 08-7413-2933
  • Address: Alif Laila, 2/9 Sukhumvit Soi 3, Bangkok
  • Area: Nana-Asok
  • Nearest train: BTS Nana

Aaida Cuisine (Moroccan)

The only kosher Moroccan restaurant in the heart of Bangkok

  • Websitewww.aaidacuisine.com/
  • Address: G Floor 6/1 Soi Somkid Chidlom Rd, Lumpini Pathumwan 10300 Bangkok
  • Phone:  +66 2 655 1977

Al Majlis

A Moroccan-inspired bar and restaurant. The front yard provides a comfortable beanbag setting. The dining area indoors is colourfully fitted with antiques such as tiki lamps, batik prints, cushions and carpets

  • Website: Facebook.com/almajlis.bkk
  • Phone: 02-664-0212
  • Address: Al Majlis, 68/2 Soi Julin, Sukhumvit Soi 21, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Area: Asok
  • Nearest Train: MRT Phetchaburi

Lebanese food guide

Lebanese food guide

  • Click here for an overview Lebanese food and the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Bangkok here.
  • Shawarma (Lebanese/Egyptian in origin) – Lamb, beef or chicken meat is usually marinated in a variety of seasonings and spices, such as cloves, bay leaves, turmeric, cinnamon, dried lime, vinegar, coriander seed and cardamom. The meat is then placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit in restaurants), and may be grilled for as long as a day. The meat is often wrapped in flat or pita bread with tabbouleh, fattoush, cucumber, fries, hummus or tahini sauce (sesame based sauce).
  • Kebab (Turkish in origin) – the shish taouk is one of the most popular kebabs in Lebanese. Boneless chicken breast chunks are marinated in lemon juice, crushed garlic, plain curd, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, ginger (powder or paste), white pepper, freshly ground thyme, paprika, tomato paste and salt. It takes three to four hours to marinate the dish. The skewered meat is then grilled. We love this one with Lebanese garlic dip.

Mezze

Common throughout the Middle East. It consists of a number of small dishes that are picked at leisure: breads, olive oil, cheeses, melon, nuts, various salads and dip.

Salads

  • Fattoush – parsley, tomatoes (cherry, or normal), romaine, onions, cucumber, radish, green pepper, and cucumber. Seasoned with fresh garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.
  • Tabbouleh – made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.

Dips

  • Hummus – a dip made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
  • Baba ganoush – a dip of cooked eggplant mixed with tahina (made from sesame seeds), olive oil and various seasonings.
  • Khiyar bi laban – a subtle curd-based dip is made with grated, or finely chopped cucumber, which is mixed with watered-down plain curd and flavoured with garlic, finely chopped mint, salt and lemon juice.
  • Toum – often eaten with kebabs, is a simple dip made with garlic, oil, lemon and salt. It’s similar to ‘aioli’ in Spanish cuisine.

Appetisers

  • The kibbeh is a mix of onions, ground meat (beef, lamb, or goat), which is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. The mix, which is also flavoured with pine nuts and sautéed onions, is then coated with bulgur wheat. It can be deep fried, or baked. There are plenty of variations of the kibbeh – some are put in stews, cooked in stock, or even eaten raw.
  • The dolma, of Turkish origin, might be an acquired taste. Grape vine leaves are stuffed with parsley, mint, green onions, rice chickpea, chopped tomatoes, and seasoned with olive oil, salt and lemon juice, rolled up, and then steamed. The carnivore’s option is made with ground meat.
  • The sambusak is of Arabic origin. It’s similar to the Indian samosa, but slightly flatter in shape, and usually stuffed with ground meat and deep-fried.

Food map

Food map

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