Undeniably, the land of smiles has the tastebuds of many Malaysians and spice gourmands hooked onto Thai delicacies. From mouth-watering street eats to fine dining-worthy dishes, consider us lucky to be Thailand's neighbour as it's easy to get authentic Thai food here!
But with so many options to choose from, which ones will really tickle your palate? We've narrowed down the 5 best Thai restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor that will guarantee to make you say, "Aroi maak-maak!"
Thai Tuk Tuk cooks dishes specific to the regions in Thailand from Hatyai to Phuket, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, these regional delights make them unique! Situated in Publika, this cosy restaurant is best known for its Hat Yai Chicken Rice, which is served with a bowl of soup and tea. Our personal favourite is also the yellow Panaeng beef curry which pairs perfectly with a bowl of steaming rice.
Nestled in KL's famous food street, Jalan Alor, is Dino's Thai Food Restoran, one of the few pork-free options available in this bustling area. Dino's most popular dishes amongst their regulars are oysters and steamed siakap.
The best way to get bang for your buck is to order their set meals, as prices aren't shown for their a la carte selections after all, no one likes to be surprised with an outrageous bill at the end of their meal. If you can, come by on a weekday instead, as it tends to get hectic on weekends.
Bangkok On Top (BOT) is not your typical Thai restaurant and bar – it's also the only restaurant in greater KL with a viewing deck shaped like a ship's bow. Perfect for snapping an OOTD shot or recreating that Titanic moment! With an all-encompassing menu developed by a Thai chef, BOT serves up the best Thai-style steamed fish in Cheras, accompanied by an amazing view of the Cheras township.
Tucked amidst the greenery and foliage at Jalan Hulu Langat, Ampang is a farm-to-table concept restaurant named Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant. The restaurant serves up the freshest catch, and popular dishes here are fish, chicken, and vegetable dishes, as it's all organically grown by the restaurant.
Dining atop the floating establishment gives a rustic and back-to-nature feel that many enjoy when the sun sets. If you're headed here with family, a few Ringgit will get you bags of fish feed that the little ones can entertain themselves with while waiting for their grub. Get them to spot the terrapins too!
The elegant decor of Erawan at DC Mall makes it a splendid location for an opulent meal with classic Thai dishes. A must-try is the prawns with Erawan's Signature Sauce – a lobster halved and served in a spicy and tangy sauce with a deliciously unforgettable flavour that will leave you wanting seconds. We seriously recommend dining here at least once! Though we cannot guarantee you wont be back for more.
If you're on the other side of town, then there's also the option to head over to their other outlet in Avenue K.