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The buzz: When the owners of bag brand Mongrest, Nattaphong Saehu and Nuthakorn Jivarungsinee, decided to open a shop to offer repairs and pick-up of orders, they thought they should maximize the space by serving some food. This homey Isaan restaurant has quickly become an Ari favorite, requiring bookings for peak lunch and dinner hours. 

The decor: This 24-seater is not your usual Isaan shop-house restaurant. The cool blue-toned decor, marble table tops and plant life contrast with the hot and spicy food served here, while a few handmade cushions and products stylishly show off the venue's designer pedigree.

The food and drinks: Nattaphong draws on his Nakhon Phanom roots, offering made-from-scratch dishes featuring house-made curry pastes and fermented delights: crabs, plara (fish), naem (pork) and Isaan sausages. The menu packs more than 20 varieties of somtam—from classic tam Thai (B60) to Isaan-style tam dong dang (with short rice noodles instead of papaya, B85) and gao lao pu (crab somtam without papaya, B100)—on top of other Isaan staples like larb (herbal, minced meat salad, from B90) and tom saep (spicy clear soup, B95). Aside from authentic Isaan dishes, they also serve home-style twists like grilled pork neck salad with spicy dressing (B110) and stir-fried mushrooms with cashew nuts, garlic and dried chili (B95). Single diners can go for the Mama tom saep moo yer (B100), where instant noodles, Vietnamese-style pork sausage, pork balls and soft-boiled egg are added to a bowl of tom saep. Do note, they use an eight-chili-pepper heat level as the baseline here—so better order up some drinks like water (B15), juices (B35), mixed berries soda (B55), or Thai Craft Beer (ask the counter).  

Why you should care: Phahon Yothin Soi 8 is a secret Thai food haven, headlined by a branch of Southern favorite Khua Kling + Paksod and the low-key-yet-so-good Yang Gao Gorn (a traditional Thai place). Now this new Isaan place only adds to the area’s credentials. The prices here are very reasonable, too. Natcha Sanguankiattichai

 

 

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Phone: 097-918-1175
Phed Phed, Phahon Yothin Soi 8, Bangkok, Thailand

Area:

Ari

Nearest Train:

BTS Ari

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

Cuisine:

Isaan

Open Since:

January, 2017
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