Ploenchit (pleasingly mind) a 1.2 km short but major road. Located between Sukhumvit road and Ratchprasong intersection is one of the more expensive and chic areas of the city where are high-end state-of-the-art shopping malls, luxury hotels, and office towers. This is where the British Embassy established in 1922 and until recently occupied one of the largest compounds in the area but now some of it is The Central Embassy top-of-the-range shopping center. It’s also a road where you can enjoy great Thai food, a lively local market at lunchtime and can relax with a great view at the Siwilai City Club a luxury bar located on the 5th floor. The BTS serves the area, Ploenchit and Chidlom station.
Opened since 1970 by Miss Sanguansri who died in 2008 without an heir. To continue managing the place, the staff has taken over since then, and you will notice that the decoration was not their priority. Favorites for good value in the Michelin Guide, this discreet “old retro” restaurant located on the prestigious Witthayu (wireless road) is frequented by locals and regular “white collar” employees of the many companies, large hotels, high-end shopping malls and embassies located in this business district. Very busy at lunchtime and many employees order by phone to have lunch in their offices. From noon to 13.00, you will have to wait before you can find a seat. I was there at 11:15, and there were only a few customers. They have an interesting menu, daily specials, and à la carte dishes. Difficult to make a choice, everything is appetizing, fried noodles with soy sauce with pork/chicken and kale, rice noodles with fish curry, fried shrimps with basil, Massaman chicken with curry or simply an oyster omelet, I finally chose one of my favorite dishes, fish balls with green curry. Aroy (delicious in Thai) a little spicy but just enough for this dish. Next time I’ll have a dessert but not that day. A restaurant where you come back with pleasure.
The bill was 90 baht. 70 for the curry, 15 for the bowl of rice, 2 for a glass of water and 3…for air conditioning (per person). No service charges.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 15.00
The menu is in English with pictures.
Address. 59/1 Sanguansri Withayu Road
I told the lady that it was difficult to find a place at lunchtime, she told me that if I wanted to come at 13.00, I could have a chance but it was better to order the dish beforehand.
BTS Ploenchit station exit 1, walk towards Central Embassy, take the stairs on the left to go down to the avenue, the restaurant is about 100 meters away.
Market on Ploenchit Road
There is no place and you don’t want to wait in Suangsri, so why not experience a “lunchtime market”. At 5 minutes, cross the street and walk to Ploenchit road and in a few steps on the left there is a small busy alley, do not hesitate to get in. I called these places by this name because it’s only open at lunchtime and is located in business areas in small spaces/soi between large buildings, or parking lots. You can find many things, plastic items, clothes, shoes, beauty products, screens for your mobile phone and other gadgets. A real experience of a lunch break atmosphere, no tourists. Food is good and cheap. I had a Sen lek noodle soup with pork at the Wine Bridge Plus, the restaurant at the back of the market. There are also some stalls in the Soi Son Ton Next to this market, but If you prefer a comfortable place, all you have to do is to go to the high-end market Central Embassy shopping mall across the road.
Eat and Live Like a Thai Street Food Market
On the ground floor of the Central Embassy, a large street food market with a wide choice of dishes from different provinces of Thailand, a little expensive but good food and desserts. A payment card will be given to you at the entrance (1/person) with a credit limited to 1000 baht. Present this card with your order and give it to the cashier at the exit when you leave. A little busy at lunchtime but a nice place to enjoy lunch and relax before shopping.
There are few restaurants including the Michelin star, Paste who was rewarded as one of the 50 best restaurants in Asia in 2018 and the best female chef.
A chain of Isaan cuisine restaurants. Very popular with the locals. More than 50 branches in Bangkok, in supermarkets and shopping malls. The restaurant at the Gaysorn village is small but very nice, I had lunch there and enjoyed the dish, Stir-Fried Noodles Korat Style, 85 baht and a somtam (papaya salad) with corn and khanom Chin “name of Mon origin” (rice noodles) 70 baht. Ask not spicy (May phet ka/kap). Good service.
Korat is the former name of Nakhon Ratchasima province and one of the four major Isaan cities. Thai people still use this name.
Where is it?
To get to Gaysorn, use the skywalk from the BTS Chidlom station. walk towards Ratchaprasong intersection
Gaysorn Village 3rd floor, R-Walk North. Branch to MBK 7th floor
From Central Embassy/Chidlom
The Central Embassy is connected to the Central Chidlom Mall and from there to the BTS station. If you wish to use the skywalk you will have to exit at the ground floor of the Central, cross the street and go up again. Gaysorn is 5 minutes walk away.
Why not pay a visit to the Erawan shrine after lunch located opposite Gaysorn Village.
Return to Ploenchit
At this beginning of a new year, I needed ID photos and went to the All seasons (residential, hotel and mall) in the Ruamrudee area, where there is a photoshop and I enjoyed returning to the Suanguansri restaurant, I arrived there around 1.30pm and had to wait only 10 minutes before settling in. After lunch, I went up Ploenchit road (( towards Sukhumvit, around hundred meters) to go to the soi where after passing in front of Cafe Tartine French restaurant where you can have excellent sandwiches homemade bread, and other good dishes, well known by the expats. Terrace and very good service. I saw the Cafe Chilli, Issan Rustic, right next door.
A bar-restaurant that I had never noticed before, a little bit rock n’ roll atmosphere of the 60s, managed by three girls who love Issan cuisine. Very well catered bar, cocktails from 200 to 240 baht. They are also at the Emquartier and Siam Discovery shopping centers, but this one in Ruamrudee is more cool with “Issan style cabins, named soumepai in Issan jargon” and tables on an outdoor terrace. I will come to spend an evening there.
What I Think
I am not in favor of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and try to avoid it as much as possible. Monosodium glutamate (MSG). Is a natural food in tomatoes, mushrooms and many other, so why to add more. Most of the restaurants and stall vendors use it to enhance the flavor, also, if you think like me, don’t forget to ask, no Pong Choo Rot or Ajinomoto please (Ka, Kap).
A very interesting website to learn more about all the additives found in food.
I hope this will be helpful for planning your next trip to Bangkok. If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to help you out