Baan Nual

Restaurants, Thai Rattanakosin
4 out of 5 stars

An unmarked old house in Soi Sam Sen 2 serves simple yet magical Thai fare

Hidden, unmarked establishments are mostly applied to speakeasy-themed bars in Bangkok, but, recently, a run-down house in Soi Sam Sen 2 has taken on the concept. Food-loving graphic designer, Sittisak Sakornsin, has converted a traditional Thai wooden house into Baan Nual, a clandestine eatery—one of city’s very first—that serves home-cooked fare in a setting reminiscent of your grandmother’s Old Town residence. 

Vintage memorabilia, such as an antique kitchen cabinets, a classic ice-shaving machine and a bird cage, surround a foyer dressed in dark wood, evoking a space with the hybrid feel of an old house and a museum. Guests are seated on two large wooden tables in a shared, family-style set-up. Thai folk tunes serenade guests, mingling with vibrant sounds from the kitchen. Listen closely and you’ll hear the chef (who’s actually the owner’s sister) energetically grinding ingredients with a pestle and stone mortar. 

The setting is simple, as is the cuisine. Expect no-frills, family-style fare, the magic of which lies in a symphony of flavors. The rotating menu features the likes of giant river prawns cooked to perfection and paired nicely with a subtly sweet tamarind sauce (B250). Crunchy cowslips are turned into a creamy yum salad, topped with grounded pork and fried shallots (B100). The Thai green curry is an example of a beautifully simple yet delicious dish, featuring tender pieces of pork swimming in a spicy and flavorful curry soup (B150). 

Though no beverages are served, the owner is generous enough to buy drinks for you from a local convenient store nearby, plus you are welcome to bring your own bottle. Despite the lack of privacy, as you may have to share a table with others, the simple-yet magical food and homey feel of the place promise a memorable and fun dining experience. 

By: Phavitch Theeraphong


Venue name: Baan Nual
Address: 372
Soi Samsen 2, Samsen Road

Opening hours: Open Tue-Fri 12:00-21:00, Sat-Sun 16:00-22:00
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