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Saturday, February 11, 2012



Full moon under the Garuda

Almost a century ago, Chandrphen, started from a small food vendor in front of a vinegar factory, is now a prominent restaurant with the honor of the Royal Garuda emblem in recognition for its long-time service to the royal banquets and events; it is originally renowned for their char-grilled chicken (it was called seaside chicken, or gai-yang chai-talay at that time), and is now a symbol of high-so(ciety) Thai-Chinese feasts with the offer of both Thai and Thai-Chinese gourmet dishes.

One of my local friends told me that he was disappointed with Chandrphen's expensive dishes, especially her 'over half-century favorites' barbecued chicken, and I was puzzled. So recently we went to Chanrphen to uncover his reason of dislike. We found that Chandrphen's chicken has two choices on the menu, they are the original gai-yang chai-talay 'our half-century famous' barbecued chicken (THB 220) and char-grilled Thai farm (free range) chicken (THB 480). The cheaper (and original) one was what my friend ordered, and he dislikes, while I always order the char-grilled free range chicken, which has a good texture and flavor. And my friend agreed that the latter one was much more tasty. Chandrphen dishes are good but expensive, didn't I mention that it is a high-so(ciety) restaurant!

Chandrphen curried fish cakes, THB 180+
shrimp and crab meat nuggets combo, THB 240+

Thai style dried sukiyaki with seafood and vegetables (suki han), THB 250+

char-grilled free range farm chicken (gai-baan), half, THB 250+

stir-fried bitter gourd leaves & stem with chilies, very spicy, THB 120+
stir-fried spinach with mushroom in oyster sauce, THB 120+

spicy & sour soup w/ prawns and kati (tomyum goong nam khon), THB 280+

deep fried ocean pomfret, medium, seasonal price, this one was THB 1,100+

char-grilled river lobsters, seasonal price, this pair was, THB 1,640+

cooked gingko nuts in syrup, in whole young coconut, THB 125+
home-made young coconut ice cream with jello, THB 95+

Chandrphen Restaurant ***3/4
Rama IV branch
1030/1 Rama IV Road
Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Tel.: 02.287.1535

Open daily : lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, dinner 5 - 10 pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 1,200


in the sea said...

Certainly free range chicken is much better. Same same like seafood.

Paranoid Android said...

Thanks for your comment in my blog, my friend. I have been very busy with work and personal life. I am glad you are still scouring Bangkok for good food and hop you had a good holiday in Phuket.

Wishing you a belated Chinese Lunar Year, a year filled with good food and fortune and a long, happy life filled with health and happiness.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back to this blog.

Stella said...

The word verification part is long and annoying.

Stella said...

The food here looks good to me.

Thailand Club said...

@PA: take good care and wish u a wealthy and healthy year of the dragon, and wait for ur more reviews on KL food scene

Fillet-O Fish said...

It would be nice that if the river lobster was on my dining table tonight.