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Jul 9, 2013 05:51 AM

Bangkok - ONE non touristy dinner, critique my list!

Panic! Himself has surprised me with a free Bangkok trip first week August. I normally spend, oo, about a YEAR researching trips, so am sweating already. He's on work so I will pootle around during the day eating myself silly on street food and in markets and cafes and stuff (will post that list soon for advice).

I only have 3 dinners with him. We've booked Nahm as a blow out. I think we have to go with his colleagues to Spice Market as we're staying in the 4 Seasons which I'm not that excited about but heck, I'm not paying. So we only have ONE night for me to impress him with something brilliant and orfentick I've 'found'. From here and a quick trawl of blogs my current thoughts are:

Likhit Kai Yaang (the chicken looks and sounds amazing)
But also v tempted by crab curry so:
Krua Apsorn
T Restaurant (is that the same as E/T Pochana? Am getting confused!)
Kuang Seafood

Or should we just stroll around a street food district? He's a very amenable companion, isn't as foodie as me but tolerates all my wilder adventures. He'll probably be shattered from meetings though so nothing that's a million miles away.

Any help warmly appreciated x

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  1. I think "Pochana" roughly translates to "sustenance" or "comestibles".

    T Restaurant is T Pochana ( However, E Pochana is a separate restaurant altogether ( Both restaurants offer the yellow-coloured Thai-style crab curry, which is slightly sweet-ish and oniony.

    Another place you may want to consider is Bussaracum, which serves impossibly delicate Royal Thai morsels like "Rhoom Chor Muang" (steamed rose-shaped dumplings with minced chicken filling) and "Kra Tong Thong" (egg-net parcels with minced pork and toasted peanuts filling), pictured below:

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Out of T and E Pochana, which do you prefer?

      I have just read the entire Bussaracum menu. I have run out of saliva...

      1. re: helen b

        I'd not tried E Pochana myself (T Pochana is my go-to place for Thai seafood in central Bangkok) but I don't think you can go wrong with either - most Bangkok restaurants catering to locals maintain a fairly high standard of cooking.

    2. For street food, hit the streets of Chinatown (Samphaeng) when the sun goes down, especially along Thanon Yaowarat:

      1. Or try Somboon Seafood, an old favourite among visitors to Bangkok:

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        1. re: klyeoh

          Somboon keeps popping up on lists, is in Lonely Planet, and would be handy for us...but there seem to be lots of reports of inconsistency on here. What do you think?

          1. re: helen b

            Precisely the point with regards to Somboon: its inconsistency. I'd been there once and thought the food was okay, not blow-your-mind good. But its garlic-chilli prawn dish was so famous, some seafood restaurants even in Singapore simply called this dish "Somboon prawns":


            1. re: helen b

              Lonely Planet is not Chowhound. We've been misguided more times than not by their recommendations.

              Go to Khrua Rommai.

              Mr Taster

          2. Highly recommend Khrua Rommai (16 Sukhumvit Soi 36, Skytrain Thong Lo)

            The roast chicken was simply phenomenal. We were there in 2006.


            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              Do you think it might have changed over the last 7 years...? Bangkok is pretty dynamic with lots happening.

              1. re: PhilD

                Sure. Anything is possible. But I know when I go back to Bangkok it will be right at the top of my list after or tor kor.

                Mr Taster