There are 3 Thai restaurants making big headlines in Bangkok at the moment; Bolan, Nahm and Soul Food. I have visited all 3 restaurants recently and while I don’t have pictures from all 3, I thought I’d quickly share my thoughts on them.
Bolan – I really enjoyed the food at Bolan. The curries were thick and intense (as seen above), some of the best I’ve had in Thailand. Good quality ingredients and all the dishes were really well executed. What was unusual was most of the other dinners were tourists, and the staff were showing the tourists how they should eat the food, which for me (I’m not sure why) was a little off putting. The prices are on the high side for Thai food in the city, yet warranted for the quality.
Verdict; Excellent food. Nice surroundings. Felt a little touristy. On the expensive side.
Nahm – David Thompsons Nahm restaurant in Bangkok was recently voted one of the best 50 restaurants in the World. The restaurant is located in a hotel and is formal, too formal for a Thai restaurant I think. The food was good, but the portions small. Rice was charged by the spoon out of the rice bowl – This is the first time I’ve seen this and thought it was a little cheeky. Nahm receives very high reviews from Bangkok foodies, yet I personally think it’s overrated and think the acclaim comes from the popularity of the chef. In general I got the feeling I was paying for the name, rather than the food.
Verdict; Good food. Stuffy surroundings. Small portions. Expensive.
Soul Food – Soul Food is my favourite out of the bunch, as they seem to fix the issues the other 2 restaurants have. The portions and prices are fair, the restaurant vibe is relaxed and the food is hearty, warm and vibrant. The Burmese curry in particular, with tender pork belly, comes highly recommended. I’ve visited a few times now, and there’s always locals munching on the food, which to me is always a good sign!
Verdict; Great food. Good surroundings. Good value.
Have you visited Bolan, Nahm or Soul food? What did you think?