Roti Mataba

Best roti in town

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What we say: 4 stars

Roti is an unleavened bread popular throughout southern and Southeast Asia, and since 1943, Roti Mataba have been Bangkok's roti experts.

This unassuming hole-in-the-wall restaurant was founded by a southern Indian Muslim family and gained a loyal following thanks to its distinct blend of Indian, Thai and Malay flavours.

A handful of outside tables and a cosy upstairs air-con dining room fill up with locals throughout the morning and into the afternoon, so expect a wait for a table, especially at mid-day. The signature dish is mataba, or roti stuffed with fillings like fish and herb or beef massaman curry. Mataba makes a great late afternoon snack, but particularly shines as a hearty breakfast. Other savoury selections include chicken tandoori, fried fish cakes, spicy ox tail soup, mutton Indian curry, chicken green curry, and ox tongue’s stew. All of the above (and much more) can be enjoyed with the restaurant’s signature biryani rice or roti, or both.

Sweet roti, often stuffed with bananas and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk, is easy to find on nearby Khao San Road, but for the best around, come to Roti Mataba. It's perfectly crisp on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside -- full of calories but tastes so sublime that you'll probably order a second helping.

Roti Mataba is a no frills kind of place with prices in the 30 to 100 baht range. Open It's located right across the street from Phra Sumen Fort on Phra Arthit Rd, a 5-minute walk from Khao San Rd.

Contact details
136 Phra Athit Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 282 2119
http://www.roti-mataba.net
Open: Tues-Thurs 10:00-21:00, weekends 09:30-21:30. Closed Mon.
About the author
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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Roti Mataba
136 Phra Athit Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 282 2119

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