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Old World Style at Thanying

Bangkok is filled with amazing options for eating, drinking and partying, so it’s not surprising that many great establishments are overlooked or simply fall through the cracks. If we aren’t here to save them then who will? The Thai eatery Thanying with its convenient location and delicious food is one such place that has become a victim of being a small fish in a big pond. This needs to change.

Walking up to the old traditional Thai house, you expect to pay for such a well-appointed building with waiters wearing traditional Thai uniforms and an ambience that says “15 kilos? I PISS 15 kilos”. But the food is moderately priced, and maybe that is the problem. For some Thais, if you want them to love what you’re selling, you have to make them pay for it.

The décor is similar to the classical style of the Jim Thompson House, with a minimal amount of fuss. Conical shapes are in play here, and both your rice and your napkin holder are pyramids. Chop Mak!

Thanying is a conversational address to the third female of a royal generation, such as a granddaughter of a king, and the restaurant is named in honor of H.S.H. Princess Sulabh–Valleng Visuddhi, once the head cook in the Sukhothai Palace kitchen for her half-sister, Queen Rambhai Barni of Rama VII.  These facts will prove crucial when attempting to impress your date while dining at Thanying.

The krathong thong (130 baht) were little golden boats of minced shrimp and curried chicken in crispy dough cups. The grilledeggplant nam phrik with basil and black pepper (160 baht) kicked up the flavor a notch and got the nose running a tad. Next was pomelo salad with pork, shrimp and toasted coconut (140 baht)—the perfect citrus tang after a spicy dish.

The highlight was the steamed crab with curry, egg, milk, celery and roasted chili oil (260 baht). Sweet, ample crab chunks had the same soft, loose texture as the egg and it was only the celery that required you to chew this addictive dish.

If KohSpot has one complaint, it’s the constant references on the menu and the website about how these dishes represent “royal” Thai cuisine, one of the few places in Bangkok where it is available. None of these dishes are rare. They can be found everywhere, and the royal gimmick is just to draw attention to itself given the restaurant’s namesake.

Verdict: 4 stars for a great Thai dining experience with quality dishes served up without a high price tag.  Worth a Visit.

Location: 10 Thanon Pramuan, close to Sathorn Road. The soi is in between Silom sois 17 and 19, but only a three-minute walk from BTS Surasak.

Mass transit: BTS Surasak
Hours: 11:30 am-11 pm daily
Phone: 02-236-4361
Website: www.thanying.com

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