Baan Somtum

22 varieties of som tam

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What we say: 4 stars

Located around the corner from Surasak BTS station, Baan Somtum gives SomTum+ some competition.

The restaurant is set in a spacious, clean and stylish air-con hall with large windows on either side. Although prices are manageable (45 to 120 baht for most dishes), this is a more upmarket, contemporary style Isaan food joint with snappy uniformed servers and wooden tables and chairs painted black.

The food is outstanding. Try one of several classic variations on som tam or go for something different like tam ponlamai (sour and sweet fresh fruit salad with peanuts) or deep fried laap (spicy salad with mint, red onion, roasted chillies and toasted rice) with pork, chicken or fish. Also don't miss the finger foods like fried banana blossoms with sweet and sour dipping sauce, or the Isaan-style soups at the back of the menu. A handful of classic Thai desserts are also available, as are beer and whiskey, making Baan Somtum suitable for a quick lunch or a long, relaxed dinner. It tends to fill up around noon on weekdays with lunch breakers.

To get here from Surasak BTS, take exit 1 and pull a U-turn at the bottom of the stairs, then take the first right onto Surasak Road. After a short walk take another right on to Soi Si Wiang, and Baan Somtum will sneak up, tucked off the street on the right.

Contact details
9/1 Soi Si Wiang, Sathorn, Bangkok
T: T: (026) 303 486
Open: Daily 11:00-22:00
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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