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Gallery Café, Bangkok

86–100 Soi Captain Bush
Charoen Krung
Soi 30
Thailand 10500
Tel: 66 2 639 5580's insider take:

Owned by one of Asia's top antique dealers, this naturally lit, well-located restaurant near the Oriental Hotel is generously decorated with indigenous treasures and hip fashion finds from the boutique at the entrance. Load up on sparkly handbags and silky frocks while waiting for your table. Then settle in for appetizers like crispy shrimp cakes, Thai tuna salad tossed with slivers of powerful chiles, and succulent chicken wrapped in pandanus leaves. Thai curries on this extensive menu range from a mild green chicken curry to the fiery red Malaysian beef variety, all equally delicious and available vegetarian-style as well. Stir-fry chicken with cashew nuts over fragrant rice is a recommended dish for those avoiding Thai spice, though all menu items can be made mild upon request.

Open daily 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.

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