Many things come to mind when people think of the food scene in Bangkok and great Cajun food is not usually at the top of the list…but it should be. Bourbon Street restaurant has been bringing pretty authentic “Naw’lins Style” cooking to Bangkok since 1986 and delighting diners with a touch of the Big Easy. Bourbon Street is a boutique hotel and a restaurant and is located at 29/4-6 Sukhumvit Soi 22 in Bangkok behind the Washington Theatre and is within walking distance of the Phrom Pong BTS sky train station. Hours of operation are from 0700-0100 daily and additional information can be found on their website at bourbonstbkk.com. Bourbon Street also has online home delivery services available via Food by Phone at foodbyphone.com and Chef XP at chefsxp.com.
Bourbon Street has been operating in Bangkok long enough to establish itself as an institution, with a well deserved reputation for good Western food. The secret to its success is that the owner, Mr. Douglas B. Harrison, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana in the U.S.A. He takes care to import vital ingredients for Cajun cooking such as gumbo file, andouille sausage and chaurice sausage. Bourbon Street is also well known for throwing down one of the BEST Thanksgiving & Christmas buffets in Bangkok. For many Bangkok expats, eating deep fried turkey, gumbo and pumpkin pie at the all you can eat buffet at Bourbon Street has become an annual family holiday season tradition in Bangkok.
The restaurant itself is a bit dated and dark, but the bar area is fully stocked and inviting.
The Bourbon Street menu is large and consists of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes, as well as Mexican food and pizza. The Cajun food, seafood, American style breakfast and desserts are what make Bourbon Street stand out among the crowd. The Mexican food and pizza do not really fit in with the theme of the restaurant and there are many other restaurants in Bangkok to get better tasting Mexican food and pizza. You can download a free copy of the menu at bourbonstbkk.com/bourbon_st_main_menu.pdf.
Bourbon Street really makes a statement when it comes to the Cajun food, “blackened” anything is top notch at the restaurant. When it comes to delicious seafood, you just can’t beat the Oysters Bienville, the crabmeat Stuffed Fried Shrimp (340baht), the deep fried Soft Shell Crabs (370baht), the Blackened Redfish (320baht), the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (220baht) or the Blackened Shrimp (320baht). The Red Beans and Rice with andouille sausage (200baht) and the Southern Fried Catfish with hushpuppies (350baht)) are amazing. It is authentic down-home Southern cooking at its best and you will find nothing like it anywhere else in Bangkok. Other popular favorites include the Gumbo (150baht-195baht) and the Jambalaya (210baht-240baht).
The lamb and chicken are also really good at Bourbon Street and are well matched with the Cajun spices, but better steak (they have USA imported beef but it is really expensive) and ribs can be found elsewhere in Bangkok. The homemade desserts at Bourbon Street are epic and include apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and carrot cake. They can be ordered by the slice or pre-ordered to get a whole pie. An impressive all day breakfast is another specialty of Bourbon Street, and they have pancakes, waffles, French toast American style omelets, and steak and eggs among other house specialties ranging in price from 190baht-350baht. Full breakfast and dessert menus can be found on the Food by Phone website at. foodbyphone.com Bourbon Street in Bangkok definitely deserves its reputation as one of the best places to eat in Bangkok. If you stick to ordering the Cajun food that made them famous you won’t be disappointed and may even get to experience a little piece of the Big Easy right here in Bangkok.