BANGKOK RESTAURANT

Supanniga Eating Room (Sathorn)

Thonglor's best Thai food moves to Sathorn.

One of Bangkok's favorite Thai restaurants has built its reputation on delicate traditional plates bursting with strong, authentic flavors. The casual decor plays with the vivid yellow of Supanniga flowers, while other references to Eastern Thai culture abound. Don't miss the pu jah (blended crabmeat and pork, seasoned with pepper and steamed inside crab shell), panang nuea lai (beef chunk in red curry) and moo cha muang (stewed pork with herbs and cha muang leaves).

The buzz: The buzzing Sathorn Soi 10-12 neighborhood just got the quality, contemporary Thai restaurant it’s been longing for. Three years after first opening on Thonglor, Supanniga has not only kept up its solid reputation for delicate Thai food, but also held strong on its mission to expand nostalgic Thai flavors to more palates.

The decor: The new space goes for a more modern look than the original branch while still playing on the vivid yellow if supanniga flowers. The design team from Onion studio takes inspiration from Isaan silkweaving culture with a decorative wall installation built up using colorful spools of thread, while tabletops are patterned like loom beaters. On the second floor sits an open balcony that also serves as an exhibition space to show the fabric work of Ease Embroidery design studio. The third floor feels more like an attic, with extra seating, high ceilings and large windows for plenty of natural light.

The food and drinks: Expect the same favorites as the Thonglor branch, drawn from the recipes of owner Thanaruek “Eh” Laoraowirodge’s grandmother, whose cooking spans recipes from Trat and Khon Kaen. Since Trat is located on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, expect plenty of high-quality seafood, from the crabmeat in the pu jah (blended crabmeat and pork, seasoned with pepper and steamed inside crab shell, B250) to the plakem (salted fish) in the Chinese kale stir fry (B160). Even the kalum plee tod nam pla (stir-fried cabbage with fish sauce, B120) has a distinctly umami flavor thanks to the quality of the fish sauce.
Don’t miss the moo cha muang (B190), another Eastern specialty of stewed pork with herbs and cha muang leaves. You’ll also find more familiar Thai staples like panang and masaman curries (B190) and single-dish items including fried rice (B160) and pad kee mao (B130). To drink, don’t miss the Supanniga Martini (B260), a mix of dark rum, gin, vodka, lime juice, brown sugar and mint leaves. Wine starts at B220 by the glass.
 
Why you should care: After all the cafes, French restaurants and Japanese bars that have opened in the area, Supanniga offers exactly the kind of sophisticated native tastes Soi 10 needs.
Venue Details
Address: Supanniga Eating Room (Sathorn), 28 Sathorn Soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: 02-635-0349
Website: www.supannigaeatingroom.com
Area: Sathorn
Cuisine: Thai
Open since: December, 2015
Opening hours: daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11:30pm
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