Some 50 dining venues dot the 25,000-square-metre airport terminal. While more than 30 of them offer comfortable seating areas, only half a dozen are proper dining restaurants.
Here, the dining business is well-planned and restaurants are carefully selected according to the preferences of the clientele and the destinations they are flying to. For example, the eastern concourses (A, B, C and the east side of D), with gates occupied by Japan Airlines and Thai Airways, house several Asian eateries, while the western concourses (E, F and the west side of D) offer more European-style cuisine because that’s where the gates to Europe and the US are situated. All dining venues operate 24 hours.
With long quests and scarce seating, the fast food joints at the airport might not provide quicker and more convenient service than the proper restaurants.
Departing passengers can have gastronomical pleasure from Kinramen located on the far left side of concourse D. With Japanese noodle dishes – ramen, udon and soba (150-250 baht) – as its highlight items, the restaurant also offers a wide variety of choices including rice with various toppings, several sushi selections as well as a kids’ menu and desserts. Spare some room for refreshments, too – Kinramen features an irresistable list of smoothies. Try ginger, raspberry or kiwi smoothie – they are very delicious.
Run by the same management as Kinramen is Asian Corner which is situated just across the hallway. The place looks like an Asian buffet joint with selections from every cuisine of the region ranging from Thai som tum, Chinese dim sum and Vietnamese spring rolls to Japanese lunch boxes and Korean BBQ. Prices range from 80 to 180 baht. More like a bite-and-go eatery, you may expect less comfort seating here than at Kinramen.
At the other end of the terminal lies Mango Tree, a Thai restaurant managed by Coca restaurant group. This is its sixth branch following Bangkok, London, Tokyo, Korea and Malaysia. Best-selling dishes include pad thai noodle, fried prawn with tamarind sauce and noodle soup with roast duck. While they tasted ordinarily good, their prices are extraordinarily high – expect to pay 170 baht for a duck noodle dish.
Opposite Mango Tree is Volare. Unfortunately, the day that we visited the place it was still under construction. Nearby at concourse F there are The Traveller: Pizza & More and The Traveller: Sports Cafe & Bar. Both restaurants looked appealing but were quiet and empty. We decided to sample a couple of slices of pizza and spaghetti carbonara but found them only so-so.
While several eateries offer palate-pleasers, some serve what you may only consider as a stomach-filler.
Other than international brands like Burger King, Dairy Queen and Siamese pizza chain The Pizza Company, there are several other venues where you can grab a quick meal before your flight.
However, some of the places offer what you may only consider as a stomach-filler rather than a palate-pleaser. Chow and Haru seemed to serve up quick Chinese dishes served by scoop, while Pitcher and Plane is more of a sandwich corner, and the mini food-court-likeBillion Zone is the place where you may find a porkballs noodle stall among a few other stalls.
Wine bars and lounges
Four stylish looking bars dot the middle of the 500-metre-long hallway along concourse D. Managed by the Accor hotel group, Reef Bar, Glass Bar, Light Bar and Seafood Bar are places where business travellers can enjoy good wine and champagne while relishing oysters and other seafood. In the morning the bars offer breakfast but from 11am onward they feature more substantial fare.
Snack and deli corners, coffee shops, juice bars and ice cream parlours
Caffeine-addicted travellers will never feel drowsy thanks to these coffee joints. Proudly representing Thailand are local favourite homegrown brands Caffe Nero by Black Canyon, Doi Tung Coffee and Coffee World, among others.
There’s also the world’s most popular cafe, Starbucks and the British high quality tea and bakery shop Whittard of Chelsea.
For ice cream fans and kids, Iberry and The Cream & Fudge Factory are where you can enjoy wide varieties of fruit sorbet as well as counter-fried ice cream – that’s what Bangkok teenagers currently cherish.
The Miracle by Louis’ Tavern, Bakery Chic and Cafe de Suvarnabhumi are among several other places to be checked out.
Featuring more than a dozen eating venues, the main terminal is an open area where non-passenger are allowed. Among the well known restaurants are Tate Cafe by Le Notre, S&P, Daily Suki, Lee Cafe and China Town. Yet, as long as the new airport remains popular among meddlesome locals, the main terminal is just a hectic ground with packed restaurants.
|@ Bangkok Cafe’ and Bar||4||International Departure|
|Asian Corner||4||International Departure|
|Bakey Chic||3||Main Terminal|
|Bakey Chic||4||International Departure|
|Billion Zone||4||International Departure|
|Burger King, Dairy Queen, Cafe’ Ritazza||4||International Departure|
|Cafe’ de Suvarnnabhumi||4||International Departure|
|Cafe’ Nero by Black Canyon||4||International Departure|
|Cafe’ Nero by Black Canyon||3||Main Terminal|
|China Town||3||Main Terminal|
|Chow & Haru||4||International Departure|
|City Garden||2||Domestic & Transfer Area|
|Daily Suki||3||Main Terminal|
|Doi Tung Coffee||4||International Departure|
|Glass Bar||4||International Departure|
|Juices & More||3||Transit East Intersection|
|Light Bar||4||International Departure|
|Lux Coffee||4||International Departure|
|Mango Tree||4||International Departure|
|Pitcher & Plane||4||International Departure|
|Seafood Bar||4||International Departure|
|Sky Lounge||6||Main Terminal|
|Snack & Bar||4||International Departure|
|Sushi Bar||4||International Departure|
|Starbucks Coffee||3||Main Terminal|
|Tate Cafe’||3||Main Terminal|
|Tea & Coffee Connection||4||International Departure|
|The Cream & Fudge Factory||4||International Departure|
|The Miracle by Louis’ Tavern||2||Main Terminal & Baggage Claim Area|
|The Miracle by Louis’ Tavern||3||Main Terminal|
|The Miracle by Louis’ Tavern||4||International Departure|
|The Traveller: Pizza & More||4||International Departure|
|The Traveller: Sport Cafe’ & Bar||4||International Departure|
|Whittard of Chelsea||4||International Departure|