Issaya Siamese Club in central Bangkok

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Issaya Siamese Club
when you have free time just step back in time at Issaya Siamese Club, a century-old Thai villa in central Bangkok whose jewel-colored rooms are decked out with stylishly mismatched antiques. Owned by Thai celebrity chef Pongtawat “Ian” Chalermkittichai – whose rags-to-riches tale saw him catapult from street food seller to acclaimed restaurateur – Issaya Siamese Club melds traditional Thai flavors with international culinary techniques.

Outside, the chef’s garden grows the aromatic herbs that flavor dishes and drinks alike, and a large terrace offers al fresco dining on cooler evenings. Be sure to sample the signature Mussulman lamb shank curry, which sits alongside seasonal specialties and a formidable cocktail list.