Ruen Mallika calls its cuisine "Royal Thai". It is definitely worth the trip to find it. A lunch of fried prawn cakes covered by small shrimps, chicken green curry, snail curry cost about 1,000B. Not cheap but they have 5-course tasting menus at lunch (get there before 2pm!) that look most tempting.
It's hard to find so I'm attaching a map.
Sophisticated Thai Cuisine in very nice Thai house in the middle of Bangkok. Good to experience. Serving fresh Thai food, home-grown vegetables. Reasonable price (from 100-200 Baht/dish)
Favorite Dish: Deep fried fish with mixed fruits.
Once this scintilating nobbie Thai restaurant had been located it was full steam (steamed rice more like) into the menu and atmosphere !
Piccie to the left shows that the real Thai House and wooden interior adds to the setting of the traditional Thai menu. Traditional for Thai's in the Sukhumvit 22 area that is. Maybe not for those up in Isaan. Traditional for your man Jim Thompson, was he Thai? Silky smooth guy he was. I digress. Ruen mallika is onf of the SE Asian restaurants that are inside and outside at the same time - means us smoking fellahs can puff in between courses without irritating anyone, so avoiding passive smoking debates, while circumnavigating "the no smoking in aircon envoronment rules". And yeah I know... Smoking knackers the taste buds. Well the menu is tasty enough that there is not much chance of that.
Vibrant, creative, contemporary, uncompromised, and long words that rhyme with -benny come to mind. Rather like the England 1966 World Cup Squad? Gordon Banks. (Have you worked out who is the target patron yet?) But that was afre, that should read 'after', a few alcoholic fruit juices. And a dry white wine or ten.
The menu comes in the photos in an album - which sometimes is a bad sign. Yet this lot came in a wedding sized album. And loads of dishes in there that you don't know about. So you need a piccie to help. (Try it without a photo then, go on, in your best Thai accent.... "Excuse me...what is the English name for curly green plant stuff in goey sauce, slightly spicy, get it at Carrefour, no not a Morning Glory but similar ?" "Alai Na Kah?" - that is Thai waiter speak for "What?")
So in the album you've all the Tom Yoms, deep fried flowers, green & yellow & red curries, the bride's family, the groom and best man. Yup they're all in there too.
Favorite Dish: Well the dishes were all those VTers should be able to buy at Chatuchak market in the weekend buying frenzy. There were individual clay pots with lids on for each person's steam rice. Ethnic.
Loads and loads of banana leaves for the starters. We're talking enough to build shelters that would protect two tribes on Survivor. 39 days in the Banana Leaf Jungle. All that green cracked Thai pottery that I can never remember the name of - Celadon? The beer glasses were really tall and thin. Remember that well. And the dish the ice cream sandwich (serious, ice cream sandwich) came on was a sort of cocounut shell thing. Favorite dish. Yep all the dishes were nice. Glad I wasn't on washing up duty.
Dish? Dish? Oh, the Food? Why didn't you say? ( Old ones are the best ones - editor) Yup. Food was good. Not briliant. Good. It's the sort of place to take your mum and dad, grown up visitors to Bangkok, or clients from Belgium who are just working out whether they like spicy and are a tad nervey about rumours on the Green Curry Kick.
Full tum, and off down the Japanese Karaoke with the client for brandy and a hangover. Bargain. (Got the business ...so the restaurant served its purpose.)