Sukhumvit welcomes a Southern Thai restaurant.
What was once the stately setting of R.E. 234 on Sukhumvit Soi 24 is now Na Chalong, which promises real-deal Southern Thai food made almost entirely from ingredients sourced from that region. Menu highlights include gaeng som pla gudsalard (yellow curry with red-banded grouper and catfish roe, B690), whose tangy curry paste is said to be a mix of Pangnga and Songkhla styles, gai rod kamin (fried marinated chicken thigh with turmeric, B200) and pad sam kler (stir-fried glass vermicelli with garlic, sataw and climbing wattle, B200). The Rama V-inspired house’s high ceilings and grand central bar remain, though the new owners have taken a more European direction with decor.