Monday, January 5, 2015

Bangkok 2014 - Khrua Nai Baan restaurant, 94 Soi Langsuan Rd

Khrua Nai Baan restaurant along Langsuan road was my father's favourite dining spot when he was based in Bangkok and I guess that love rubbed off on his daughters as we could not resist visiting Khrua Nai Baan on our recent Dec 2014 trip.

True to its translated name (Home-cooked) Khrua Nai Baan serves up home-cooked Thai dishes with a Chinese flair, giving most of its dishes a familiar flavour with the added Thai kick. The restaurant is located in a house-turned-restaurant and its many rooms upstairs offers privacy for diners. You can also opt to eat on the balcony overlooking the parking area.  

Service can be a tad bit slow on the upstairs floors (because the lady boss isn't watching) so best to order everything at one go. The menu has English translation, proving that it was indeed a popular spot amongst the international tourists. But on my previous visits, I have always noticed more locals than tourists. 

To combat the humidity, I ordered the Thai ice tea and it proved to be the perfect thirst quenching drink whether for the hot weather or against the steamed fish in hot and spicy sauce and Tom Yam soup.

The fish came all hot and fresh and fat. Immensely meaty, soaked in hot sauce and topped with garlic and chilli, yet it doesn't cost a bomb. 

A personal favourite of mine was their pork omelette. Deep fried yet not at all oil, this dish has juicy bits of minced pork in it. 

And finally the main star of the night (of Thailand), the seafood Tom Yum Goong. It was hands-down the best I've tasted so far in Thailand with a lot of huge meaty prawns (maybe six in there), fish meat and lemongrass for flavour. Its spiciness has just enough kick to leave us wanting more.
I can't remember what was the total bill or how much everything was priced but I recall each person paying about 200baht (RM20) each for dinner. 

Most cabbies or tuk tuk drivers aren't familiar with this restaurant but just tell them it's towards the end of Langsuan street. Remember though Langsuan street is a one way road so if they decide to drop you off at the mouth of the road, make sure it's the right end. My suggestion is to have them drop you off at the end of Langsuan along Sarasin road from where you can just walk to the restaurant. Alternatively, the closest BTS stations are Chidlom or Ratchadamri which are a 1km walk from the restaurant. 
Khrua Nai Baan
94 Langsuan road, Lumpini
Pathumwan, Bangkok
Tel: 0-2253-1888, 0-2254-9888

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