Chom Suan in Bangkok, Thailand – Celebrity Food and A Lovely Location

fish at chom suan

 

Chom Suan is a lovely independent restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

One of the best kept secrets in Bangkok is the restaurant Chom Suan (which in Thai means, ‘around the garden’). Chom Suan is owned by a famous Thai singer, Anchalee Jongkadeeki, but as it’s tucked towards the end of a long soi (small lane), many people, including most Thais, haven’t heard of it.

Chom Suan itself is lovely. It’s located looking out over a garden, walled off from the soi and the traffic going by, so it’s quiet. The restaurant is upstairs, over a small Christian church apparently started by Khun Jongkadeeki, and when you walk in the first thing you notice is how light and bright it is. The whole front of the restaurant is floor to ceiling windows, which give the restaurant such a pleasant air. Plus, Bangkok is always sunny, giving the restaurant a guarantee of great light.

 

chom suan

 

The first time I ate at Chom Suan, the service was poor and spoiled the experience for me but, on subsequent visits, the service has been excellent which meant I could sit and concentrate on the food – and it’s good. Serving typical Thai food, but using much more high-quality ingredients than a lot of other restaurants, Chom Suan has captured the market on superb Thai food in a pretty environment.

Some of my favorite foods are the fried fish (perfectly cooked, slightly spicy sauce and not oily), kale in oyster sauce and the fried vegetable rolls that come served with a spicy sauce. But, honestly, just about everything I’ve tried has been delicious.

Chom Suan is also great for those not used to typical Thai spicy, as most of their dishes are mild. The only two things I would say to avoid are the curry puffs (which surprisingly they’re famous for yet every Thai I know hates them) and the Thai tacos – dry and just weird tasting.

Expect to pay about double what you’d pay at most other independently-owned Thai restaurants in Bangkok and about five times the price of a food stall. Well worth it, though, (except for the curry puffs).

Chom Suan is on Sukhumvit Soi 16 in Bangkok. Easy to get to from Asok BTS and a quick motorcycle taxi ride.

 

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6 comments for “Chom Suan in Bangkok, Thailand – Celebrity Food and A Lovely Location

  1. Laura [What I Like]
    17 June, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    That fish looks pretty incredible…certainly crispy if nothing else!

  2. Juc
    18 June, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I am glad I found your blog. Iยดve been missing Thailand and its food since we left in March after staying (and cooking) there for almost 5 months. My absolute favourites are Tom Yum Goong, Tom Kha Gai, Som Tam, cucumber salad, spicy beef salad, your amazing grilled chicken wings, mango, pineapple, fresh shrimps in spicy sauces…. oh, I could go on forever and ever. Btw, do you have a good recipe for the sweet roti they make on the streets? I would be so glad!

  3. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry
    18 June, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    If I lived in Bangkok I would certainly give this place a try. I love the Thai flavor palate. Do you have a recipe for grilling or roasting a whole fish? Your website is terrific!

  4. Tasty Thailand
    19 June, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Juc and Lynne, sorry, I'm not the cooking type, LOL, so not the one to give recipes, I have a couple of Thai recipes, but not that many. I LOVE eating but I haven't cooked properly in 10 years – food is cheaper to buy in a restaurant here than to cook it so, for me, there's no point.

    On my blog you'll see basically lots of photos of great Thai food, fabulous restaurants in Thailand (and occasionally Malaysia when I take my quarterly trips to KL) and restaurant revies.

    Check out 'Appon's Thai Food', in the blog links to the right of this comment. She has some great Thai recipe and, she's Thai, so you can guarantee they're authentic ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for finding my blog though. It's brand new so I'm thrilled to have visitors ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella
    19 June, 2010 at 7:21 am

    That looks delicious! I don't think I've ever visited a celebrity owned restaurant before. I wonder what they are like! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Juc
    19 June, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I know what you mean by saying that it is much cheaper and soooo delicious to buy outside. I have to admit I only cooked to try something new in Thailand, mostly we bought from the street or from the small restaurants! ๐Ÿ™‚

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