Salathai, 662/63-66 Rama 3 Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours:daily 11am-2pm, 5:30-10pm
No frills or spills, the three-story Salathai is your run-of-the-mill Thai-Chinese joint serving up some decent dishes; the plus is the river breeze and the two famous bridges framing your view. Request a seat at one of the round tables on the deck on the third floor. With simple wooden tables and chairs, the breeze is the only advantage here. Forget dining inside, with fluorescent lighting illuminating sickening green pastel walls, upturned tables and some of the surplus waiters chilling around a fan. If you’re really allergic to the great outdoors, bring a group and head to the decent enough private room. Service is polite and friendly. The matriarch, in particular, makes useful recommendations and waits on tables herself with grace and attention to detail. For starters, she recommends the fried shrimp rolls. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside—a great start to the meal. Another recommendation, the shrimps steamed with pepper and salt, could have been a bit more tender, but it’s still a flavorful favorite. Another popular dish is the crispy deep-fried pork belly. The cuts are super crispy and tightly packed with meat but we do prefer a little more fat. The plaa neung ma-nao (steamed seabass in lime sauce) is spicy and sour but soon the excessive salt comes through and mars an initially positive impression. A good end to the feast is the Chinese sweet sticky rice with taro pudding filling served in coconut sauce, ginko and dates. With its soft, chewy texture and natural sweetness, you can’t go wrong. With honest dishes, polite service and a no frills view, come here to fill up the round table and get your fill of Thai-Chinese cuisine. No corkage charge.