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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Banana House


Banana any size

Established since 1982, Banana House is well known among Silom and Sathorn white collars and clubbers (yes, eat first dance later). In a dentists-occupied office building, Duangthip Building, the minimal decorated restaurant hides somewhere between Silom Soi 4 and Soi Thaniya on the main road of Silom, draws a stable number of Japanese expats and tourist clientele as well.

Although Banana House sits on the tourist stripe of Patong with a decent number of foreign clientele, yet the fare is home style Thai Thai and quite spicy; however, heat can be adjusted to customer's request. I told my waiter not to deduce any heat in my dish, but brought me some icy towels instead. A glass of icy beer may be of helf too!

Western inspired dishes modified to local taste are also on the menu. Such as the cute Khanom krob ob hoy lai (baked baby clam in covered clay pan); it is Thai version of French escargot, simply refreshing as a starter. Followed we sampled the Yum makua yaao (spicy eggplant salad), Phad pak mara (stir-fried bitter gourd), Gaeng som pla chon cha-om-tord (snake-head fish fillet with deep-fried cha-om leaf omelet in tamarind sour and hot soup), Plameuk phad kai kem (stir-fried squid with salty egg yolk), and Pla kapong neung ma-naao (steamed sea bass with chili and lime broth). Taste is authentic but on the salty side.

Service would be on satisfaction gear if the waiter who ushered us to the table wasn't rude, though service was prompt and other wait-staffs were okay. The lady head-of-staff (/owner) is definitely helpful indeed.

Banana House Thai Restaurant ***
2nd Floor, Duangthip Building
68/1 Silom Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel.: 02.234.9967

Open daily : 10 am - 10 pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 1,000

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