Chote Chitr

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No Bangkok restaurant has garnered so much praise from the cognoscenti, yet managed to retain its unique character. It's as close as you'll get to honest home cooking in a restaurant setting. In this open-air, six-table shophouse, three ageing sisters create artfully seasoned dishes like their sublimely smoky grilled aubergine salad, a complex red curry that blankets succulent tiger prawns, and an excellent mee krob, crunchy noodles topped with a sauce that balances sour and sweet like a circus act.

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Chote Chitr details

146 Thanon Praeng Phuthon

Area Phra Nakorn

Telephone 02 221 4082

Open 10.30am-9pm Mon-Sat.

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By Pat London - Jan 20 2010

We visited Chote Chitr for a late lunch on our first full day in Bangkok having read the many excellent reviews on this and other sites, including from distinguished food critics. We were not disappointed. We had already resolved to order a couple of the signature salads - spicy aubergine and banana flower - and to take a recomendation from Khun Tim from her daily specials list, which on this occasion was gigantic river prawns in chu chi sauce. All these dishes were remarkably well-balanced as between hot, sour, sweet and salty and none needed the addition of any further condiments. The welcome from the owner was warm and helpful and she did her best to explain unfamiliar menu items. Although the restaurant was very quiet mid-afternoon, we were mightily impressed with the quality of the food and the personal attention of the proprietor, and we resolved to return if we could find the time. We managed to do exactly that, and on our second visit we tried the mee krob noodles, pad see ew and pork yellow curry. This too was seriously impressive cooking and the best we had throughout our two week holiday, during which we made a point of visiting a number of smaller restaurants and street vendors and avoiding more tourist-orientated places. We like to think that we said goodbye to Tim, at least until the next time, as friends and she was pleased to appear in our holiday snaps. Go there before she retires, because there are no family to take over the business, which will inevitably change hands.