Streetfood: Soi Samran Rat

A lively street food zone

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What we say: 4 stars

Near Wat Theothidaram, the venerable Jay Fai Restaurant anchors this lively street food zone. Jay Fai has quite a following both in Bangkok and abroad — it was featured in the NY Times a few years ago and still lives up to the glowing review it received. While not technically street food (the restaurant doesn't operate out of a cart), it definitely falls into the "florescent light and pink napkin" category of dining. That said, its prices make it some of the most expensive street food you'll eat in Asia — but it's still cheaper than eating Thai food in most western countries. The owners use only the best produce, meat and seafood. It is a splurge, but every dish we tried set the bar. Is it the best in Bangkok? Debatable, especially at the price, but you'll always walk away satisfied. Jay Fai is found directly across the street from the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Soi Samran Rat and Maha Chai Rd; facing it from the 7-Eleven, Jay Fai is the right-most restaurant in a line of small shophouse restaurants. On Soi Samran Rat proper, there are several small restaurants serving roasted duck on noodles, and then down Maha Chai Rd (cross the street and turn left from the 7-Eleven) are lots of excellent street food options. Best in the evening, sausages smoke, noodles are fried up, and skewers of satay sizzle over charcoal grills. Highly recommended.

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Intersection of Soi Samran Rat and Maha Chai Rd

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