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Bangkok, Thailand: Dinner at Baan Khanitha Thai Cuisine (Sathorn)

It wasn’t really very long ago when I was in Thailand. But when you are busy living your life, time does tend to go so fast, albeit unconciously. My trip together with my parents last November to Thailand seemed so far away now.

The elegant Baan Khanitha Thai Cuisine restaurant on Sathorn (business district).

Pictures of the King and Queen of Thailand are practically everywhere in the country. Every local Thai establishment pays honour by posting a huge poster of the royal couple, just like this picture outside Baan Khanitha restaurant.

Our last evening’s dinner in Bangkok was spent at Baan Khanitha Thai Cuisine. We all didn’t fancy going somewhere so Baan Khanitha restaurant came in handy, located just beside our hotel on Sathorn Avenue.

Read here and see pictures of our hotel in Lumphini Business District: Staying at the Embassy Row of Sathon - Urbana Sathorn Hotel 

Outside of the restaurant you can find a big picture of the king and queen of Thailand. The King of Thailand is strongly revered in the country. It reminds me of my visit to Jordan years ago where all establishments have a picture of the king as well. We don’t have this kind of royalty omniprescence here in the Netherlands. Only government institutions hang a picture of King Willem Alexander.

My parents on the other hand were finding all the royalty parade very interesting because there are no kings and queens in the Philippines.

As we entered the restaurant we were welcomed by a very cordial yet enthusiastic entourage of authentic Thai hospitality, which included the clasping of the palms together and the bowing down of the heads. We were not sure if we should respond similarly, but as a gesture of politeness we all smiled and I even managed to bend down my head a bit as a sign of acknowledgment.

The head waitress asked if I have made a reservation and I replied yes. She checked my name and then ushered us to a table right next to a window, which is exactly what I requested.

We quickly went down to business and started off with some local starters:

Meang Kam – This is so typically Thai and you get this free from the house. You basically wrap the leaves with all these little bits and then eat it. My parents did not like this at all, so the greedy me finished the whole plate =)

A-harn Riak Nam Yoi Ruam mite – Mixed appetizers of deep-fried spring rolls, fried chicken wrapped with pandanus leaves, shrimp cakes and fish cakes.

The sauces that went with the mixed appetizers.

The interior design of the restaurant is quite elegant, using indigenous materials and contemporary local art decors. It right away gives you the idea that this dinner is not going to be cheap, haha.

Unlike in Europe where each person orders his or her own main course, we in Asia, rather, we Asians, tend to order our main courses to share. So when I am with my parents, I adapt to this dining custom. So we proceeded to order each a main dish to share with each other.

Unfortunately, I did not took down notes of the names of the dishes and I also couldn’t find them on the restaurant’s website. What I could remember though was our goal in ordering our main dishes -- they must be healthy to eat aka there must be more vegetables than meat. The senior citizens need to carry on with a strict healthy diet, hence our vegetable rich main courses.

Our vegetable rich main courses to share.

This is the Beef Pad Thai I believe. My Dad ordered this. It did not seem to have a lot of vegetables in it though so my Dad kind of cheated, haha. Nevertheless, I did not hear any angels singing when I tasted this but I can assure you this was quite good.

My mom ordered this one and as you can see she stuck to the rules of the game. A plate of stir-fried mixed vegetable dish. I really enjoyed this one, in particular the bakchoy leaves.

I do sometimes wish that Filipino restaurants offer fresh tauge (bean sprouts) as side dishes. Tauge is a staple vegetable in Eastern Asian cuisine.

And this is my order! I also played according to the rules. A seafood and vegetable mix. I loved this to bits. I remember the green (water Spinach?) leaves were crunchy, they were fried separately and garnished on top of the dish.

 The flower arrangement on our table and some random Thai bronze decor in the restaurant.

As we were quite full, we did not opt for dessert. I ordered however an espresso to finish off dinner and they gave me the real Asian-style brown sugar!

Although in my opinion this dinner was quite good, my parents insisted that for the price we paid, they could have eaten at a much better restaurant in the Philippines. Alas, we were not in Cebu or Manila, but in Bangkok.

The upside with eating at this restaurant was the distance. It was just right next door to our hotel. We did not have to walk that far which is already a huge plus point for my mom who is mobility challenged.

For this Thailand trip, we agreed that we did not really had a superlative foodie experience. Perhaps we expected too much?

The fountain with the 2 devil looking figures outside the restaurant.

The buddha in the garden of the restaurant and moi posing outside our hotel after the dinner.

Travel Period: November 2015
Destination: Lumphini Business District (Bangkok), Thailand

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