5/5 Saladaeng Rd, Silom /
+66 2 632 4499 /
lunch & dinner Mon-Sat
The Real Deal
Any experienced Thai cuisine aficionado will likely tell you that many dishes foreigners consider to be ‘real’ Thai food (pad thai and the like) are in fact rarely eaten by locals, and generally the more sophisticated an establishment is, the less authentic the fare will inevitably turn out to be. And they’d have a point.
But while new Silom opening Somtum Der certainly reinforces the former statement with nary a prawn cake in sight, it blows the latter rule clear out of the water with its stylish, but not at all pretentious fit-out of scarlet and white walls, pale wood floorboards and black wrought-iron furniture setting the scene for some of the most exciting, legitimately ‘real’ cuisine in the city.
With a menu starring myriad variations of Thai staple som tum (spicy and sour green papaya salad) including salted egg, barbecued chicken and fermented crab, SD also brings the sharp, fiery and hard-to-find flavours of the northeast Isaan region to the Thai capital with gai tohdt (fried chicken with sweet and spicy orange sauce), larb pla duk (catfish with chili, mint and vegetables) and kung chae nam pla (raw white prawns with chili and fish sauce) just a few of the crowd favourites.
Pair your food with monthly wine specials, and be sure to order taro seeped in sweet coconut milk to round off your ‘real deal’ meal.