I ate at Bua Restaurant one lunchtime during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007.
This Thai restaurant is located on Thanon Convent in the Silom region of the city and is sandwiched between a branch of Starbucks and Molly Malone’s Irish pub, on a street that houses a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants.
I would classify Bua as a mid-range restaurant; it was fairly simple, but definitely a step up from the small family-run establishments in the city.
The menu features an extensive selection of Thai dishes:
Starters include prawn toasts, spring rolls, Tom Yum soup and a variety of other soups and appetizers.
Main courses consist largely of stir fries accompanied by either rice or noodles. For example, you can choose from chicken, beef, pork, prawns, crab, vegetables in a variety of sauces (sweet and sour, chilli, coconut, soy…) with a variety of other ingredients such as cashew nuts, lemongrass and pineapple.
Desserts include fresh coconut and fresh tropical fruits.
The service was efficient and the staff spoke a limited amount of English, so ordering my meal consisted of pointing at items on the menu.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Fried bread with prawns - Cost: 100 Bahts (approx. 1.50 GBP)
This was effectively prawn toasts. A plate full of sliced fried bread, filled with a generous amount of mashed prawns and served with a side salad.
Spicy chilli prawns with coconut sprouts - Cost: 120 Bahts (approx. 1.80 GBP)
About 5 large prawns, served in a hot and spicy chilli sauce with red peppers and coconut sprouts. I didn’t know what coconut sprouts were when I ordered the dish, but they tasted similar to water chestnuts (and not like coconut!). I avoided eating the extremely hot red peppers as much as possible, but even their seeds had a big impact on the dish! Very hot and spicy. As this dish wasn’t served with rice or noodles, I also ordered:
Pad Thai - Cost: 100 Bahts (approx. 1.50 GBP)
A plate of fried noodles with 4 large prawns, dozens of tiny prawns, fried egg, bamboo shoots, chicken, pork and carrots. This was effectively a main course in itself so, along with the chilli prawns and the generous serving of prawn toasts, I’d ordered far more than I could possibly eat!
The food was very tasty and spicy – probably the spiciest food I ate during my stay in Bangkok.
7-Up lemonade (2 bottles) - Cost: 20 Bahts (approx. 0.30 GBP) per bottle
Cold lemonade was very much required due to the spicy nature of the food.
Good value spicy Thai food in Silom. Recommended!