The place to go for curries—with lotus shoots or with crabmeat—Krua Apsorn is a favorite restaurant for me and for some members of the royal family. The decor is not very exciting, but the food is.
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Krua Apsorn is neon-lit and full of Thais. The staff speak little English, but there is an English version of the menu. I love their yellow curry with prawns and lotus shoots. It is clear, tart, and spicy— an exemplary lesson in honed balance. —David Thompson
503–505 Samsen Rd., 66/(0) 2-668-8788. This appeared in the May 2013 issue.
Krua Apsorn is an award-winning, royally patronized everyday Thai food restaurant. Expect a clientele made up of fussy families and big-haired, middle-aged ladies, and a cuisine revolving around full-flavoured, largely seafood-and vegetable-heavy central Thai dishes. This is one of the most famous restaurants in Thailand and is a must for every visitor to The Siam. At a minimum you must order: Green Curry With Fish Balls, Stir fried Crab Meat with Yellow Chili and String beans, Crabmeat omelet, fried giant river prawns, mushroom larb. I recommend taking the Siam boat (5 minutes) to the Wat Rachathiwat Pier and making the short walk through the beautiful old Bangkok neighborhood. After lunch head back down to the river and walk back to The Siam stopping at the 199 year old Chinese temple just before you walk under the bridge.
For full-flavored Central Thai dishes visit the original branch of this homey, award-winning, and royally patronized restaurant. Expect a simple space that attracts everyone from big-haired ladies, to fussy families, and international foodies. The cuisine revolves primarily around delicious seafood and vegetables—prepared with fastidious care.