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RESTAURANT REVIEWS
Bangkok: Thai / Seafood / Asian

Disclaimer: The restaurants reviewed in this section are simply places where we at Naked Farang have eaten. It is by no means an exhaustive list of the best or worst eateries. No payment is accepted for a good review and the restaurants are never made aware that a review is taking place. The Naked Farang can not be bribed and there is truly no such thing as a free lunch.

Sukhumvit Zone
CABBAGES AND CONDOMS
Cuisine:
Thai / Seafood
Location:
Sukhumvit Soi 12, Bangkok
BTS/MRT:
Asoke BTS / Sukhumvit MRT
Price:
500 to 1,000 baht for 2 people including drinks
Open:
11:00am to 10:30pm every day
Vegetarian:
Yes. A good choice
Highlight:
The ambiance and decor
Low Point:
Food is adequate but nothing special
Reservation:
Recommended but not usually required
Contact: (02) 229-4610
NAKED EYE RATING
Food:
7/10
Standard fare without being exceptional
Service:
8/10
Friendly and attentive staff
Ambiance:
9/10
Relaxed and friendly with live traditional background music
Décor:
10/10
Beautifully decorated courtyard is the highlight

Cabbages and Condoms is one of my favourite Bangkok restaurants and it’s somewhere I take friends and family for special occasions. While the food is standard Thai fare, it is the ambiance and décor that make the dining experience special. After you wander off the quiet soi and along a winding path into the restaurant, it feels like you have been magically transported a million miles from the hustle and bustle of nearby Sukhumvit Road. Sitting in the courtyard garden surrounded by trees and fairy lights, you are soothed by the gentle sound of water features and unobtrusive live music played on the kim, a traditional stringed instrument played like a glockenspiel. In case you are wondering, Cabbages and Condoms got its name because of the owner’s connections with promoting family planning and safe sex. I have no idea about the cabbages, but you usually receive a free condom when you leave. It makes a change from mints! I would recommend Cabbages and Condoms for romantic meals-for-two or group get-togethers.

Silom Zone
THAT’S IT
Cuisine:
Thai
Location:
Sala Daeng Soi 1, Silom
BTS/MRT:
Sala Daeng BTS (long walk)
Price:
500 to 1,000 baht for 2 people with drinks
Open:
Vegetarian:
Good choice available
Highlight:
Food and decor
Low Point:
I once had to dress up as Elvis here for a company party
Reservation:
Not essential but recommended for peak times
Contact:  
NAKED EYE RATING
Food:
8/10
Their Tom Ka Gai is the best I have ever had
Service:
8/10
Steady and friendly
Ambiance:
8/10
Chilled out although with live music on the weekends
Décor:
9/10
Excellently laid out and decorated

That’s It is a great place to have a romantic meal or relax with a few friends. It also makes a great venue for special occasions and parties. I first went there for a company New Year party and later decided to have my son’s 1st birthday party there. The food ranges from average to excellent. Their Tom Ka Gai is the best I have ever tried and definitely recommended. The décor is also aesthetically very pleasing. The restaurant resembles an old Thai house that has been gutted and renovated by some throwback Californian hippy. While it’s definitely oriental, there’s something, somehow occidental that I can never quite put my finger on. It may be the English Premier League football on the large TV, but I’m not sure. The treated wooden interior blends in subtly with the many plants and water features, including a fish pond. There is a range of seating choices on different levels. A Japanese-style raised platform where you take your shoes off and sit cross-legged at a low table is extremely popular with small Thai groups but too challenging for most farang knees. That’s It never seems to get too crowded so it’s fairly intimate, although it’s more busy on weekends when it has live bands playing pop and soft rock tunes. It’s on Sala Daeng Soi 1, about 100 metres from Sala Daeng on the left. It’s quite a walk from the BTS, so I would recommend walking back to Sala Daeng and taking a taxi.

Silom Zone
ANNA KITCHEN
Cuisine:
Thai
Location:
Hua Lamphong Train Station
BTS/MRT:
Hua Lamphong MRT
Price:
250 to 600 Baht for two people with drinks
Open:
11am to 9pm daily
Vegetarian:
Yes. A good choice of veggie dishes
Highlight:
Great food and low prices make exceptional value for money
Low Point:
Erm…..It’s in a train station?
Reservation:
You’re having a laugh
Contact:
02 613 7410 ext 115
NAKED EYE RATING
Food:
9/10
Good Thai and Isaan fare
Service:
8/10
Friendly and attentive
Ambiance:
6/10
It’s in a train station
Décor:
6/10
It’s in a train station

Anna Kitchen – Hua Lamphong Train Station is a surprise choice as one of my favourite eateries in Bangkok. While Anna’s Café on Sala Daeng attracts the high-flying jet-set, it is the railroad-riding backpack-gang that drops in here. Anna Kitchen is not a part of the Anna’s Restaurant chain, and it’s not a place that I would go out of my way to visit or take visiting friends to, but on the regular occasions that I drop my wife and son off at the train station for a family visit to Surin, we always call in for dinner and are never disappointed. All the food is good, but the lemon pork (moo ma nao) is delicious and the best I have ever eaten. It even gets Pim’s thumbs up, and she is the world’s fussiest eater. Ambiance and décor are nothing special, but then this is a train station. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to people watch as you sit on the balcony overlooking the train station’s main concourse. The service is good and the food is what keeps us coming back. It’s easy to find. It’s in Hua Lumphong Train Station in the main hall above the food.

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