Baan Ice, Somerset, between Thonglor Sois 5 and 7 Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours:daily 11am-10:30pm
The buzz: The young owner, “Ice,” brings his grandparents’ long-popular Nakorn Sri Tamarat recipes to Thonglor. The original location is tucked away on Thetsabansongkrao Road, but this branch has an expanded menu. Here too, though, the chili paste is brought in from Nakhon Srithammarat while the sator beans and bai liang leaves are brought in from there daily.
The décor: A spacious two-story dining venue. Upstairs is more about private dining while downstairs reminds us of the green décor of the original branch, only modernized with glossy leather chairs. Tall bookshelves run along the walls alongside framed newspaper articles singing Baan Ice’s praises.
The food: Authentic classic Southern dishes that come complete with the generous use of top quality ingredients, like pad liang gung siab (stir-fried young Southern herbs with eggs and dried shrimps, B150), khao yam Khun Puu (herbs with rice topped with dipping sauce, B160) and homemade boo doo (fermented fish with herbs). It’s also worth trying the fiery and flavorful khua kling (herbal, stir-fried grainfed 150-day Australian beef, B300) or gaeng ped poo bai chaploo (curry with crabmeat and chaploo leaves, B350), together with some khao pad poo (stir-fried rice with crabmeat, B120) to help you handle the heat.
The drinks: Prepare to face the spices with herbal drinks in hand. Try the lemongrass or butterfly pea (B60 each). Otherwise, beers are Singha (B100) and Heineken (B100) with Hoegaarden hopefully soon to follow. Bottles of wine start from B2,000.
The crowds: Thonglorite families dropping in to inspect the latest spot in the neighborhood and long-time fans of the original Baan Ice. Pieng-or Mongkolkumnuankhet