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Monday, March 10, 2008

Baan Klang Nam


House by the river

Baan Klang Nam is probably not only well known to local seafood connoisseur but also to frequent visitors to Thailand for its famous charcoal grilled giant river prawn. This unpretentious Thai-Chinese seafood joint is so packed during dinner peak hours therefore a visit to Baan Klang Nam without prior reservation means long wait for a table esp. during weekends.

To avoid the crowd, few days ago I visited their easier to reach riverside branch in Bangkok Square on Rama 3 Road during lunch. Breeze from the river cool down the heat of mid-day sunshine although we sat al fresco right next to the Chao Phraya River. (Baan Klang Nam also has air-conditioning dining room.)

Enthusiasm of good service in Baan Klang Nam begins with the helpful pictorial menu, so ordering is never a mystery for tourists anymore. For me menu is not necessary in Baan Klang Nam, without wasting time I ordered the house specialty Giant River Prawn (river lobster in the menu, B450/piece big or B500/piece bigger) had them grilled to perfection, and Mee Krob (fried crispy noodles with shrimps) shouldn’t be missed too. Further I sampled the Grilled Whole White Seabass with sea salt coating, and Tomkhagai (coconut chicken soup). My rice-bowl friend ordered Braised Tofu and Stir-fried Bitter Gourd Leaves to accompany some rice.

Taste was authentic and delicious. Simply delicious.

Price at Baan Klang Nam is not easy neither expensive, personally I think it is a steal from their good quality of seafood. Although it is a bit remote from the city center, but the aroma of Baan Klang Nam’s grilled giant river prawn definitely draws my return to the restaurant.

Our Ratings (1 to 5 the higher the better): Baan Klang Nam has [3.8]
(Ratings are based on Food, Service and Ambience, with Price taken into account in relation to Quality) Food =4, Service=3.5, Ambiance=3.5, Money Worth=4

Price range for two without drinks (incl. local water) in Thai Baht = BBBB
(B=below 200, BB=201-500, BBB=501-1,000, BBBB=1,001-2,000, BBBBB=over 2,000)

Details: open daily 11 am-10pm
Baan Klang Nam, (Branch 1) 288 Rama 3 Soi 14, Bangkhlo, Bangkok 10120; Tel.: 0-2292-0175, 0-2292-2037 (Branch 2) 762/7 Rama 3 Road, Bangkok Square Jatujak Market, Bang Pongpang, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120; Tel.: 02-682-7180, 02-682-7186


Fillet-O said...

This is a must go seafood joint if you are fancy on grilled fresh water river prawn, they were giant in Baan Klang Nam. The coconut chicken soup was the best in Bangkok I ever tried.

Yai said...

The grilled river prawn is very famous.

Stella said...

Hi TC,
I think this is a good choice for your LA visitors since they like seafood. But they may have known this place already. You can include this into the list.

Stella said...

I remember I ate here from your nice photo shows.