Seafood in Bangkok
If you’re looking for more than just grilled food and more finished dishes there are a few ubiquitous dishes you can get everywhere on the street. They are already prepared and served with rice. Lots of places have trays of food that are usually prepared down the street and periodically refreshed with new dishes.
China town is a fun place to go at night. There are a lot of good street food stalls and one exceptional seafood spot. Lek & Rut is right on the street with tables that leave your back inches from cars as they move at a snails pace behind you. A lengthy menu, but everything is just a simple preparation of fresh seafood. They have non-seafood dishes, but stick to the seafood and you won’t be disappointed.
Another great seafood spot is not terribly far away if you’re taking a taxi. Recommended by a friend and it was all that I hoped for, Sornthong Seafood. They’ve been around for 17 years at the current location. The menu is quite extensive and even has a Chinese section. There are aquariums of shrimp, fish and various shellfish which the cooks run out to and net some fresh ones periodically. It’s more expensive, by Thai standards, and you’ll probably wait a little bit for a table here, but it’s worth the wait and the price. The night that I was there sadly they did not have any mantis shrimp so I went for some other staples.