Classy yet down-to-earth, this family-run eatery from Chiang Mai is tucked away in the relatively quiet Bangkok Mediplex. We admire the kitchen’s effort to focus on tofu, mushrooms and rare indigenous veggies in dishes like the hed kham waan (spicy and sour deep-fried assorted mushroom salad, B120) and the nam prik ong set (B150), which goes well with mock kaab muu (tofu skin, B65). Don’t leave without a scoop of mango ice cream (B85).
G/F, Bangkok Mediplex Bld., Sukhumvit Soi 42, 02-713-6599. Open daily 10am-8pm
This earthy establishment situated just off Khao San Road boasts a world music soundtrack and both low tables with cushions and normal dining. The menu is massive, but we usually go straight for the Middle Eastern options like the falafel (B150) and hummus (B50), along with some fresh pita (B30). The tempeh burger (B175) is also a winner, while you can quench your thirst with a mango lassi (B70).