On my last visit to Bangkok I managed to get out and try a few restaurants that I had never been to before. I did not visit them totally on the off-chance, but had asked my Thai friends and expat friends for their recommended and favourite eating establishments. The criteria was that it had to be places without all the posh airs and graces, but that also served absolutely sensational Thai food at reasonable prices.
One of my Thai friends took me to a restaurant in Silom called ” Banana House ” ( Baan Gluay – บ้านกล้วย) where the food was exceptional. This restaurant is also a big favourite with Japanese customers and can get quite busy during lunch times.
Silom Area, Bangkok
The menu was full of mouth-watering dishes, but we finally decided on the delicious dishes listed here which turned out to be excellent choices.
Hoy Lai Kanom Krok – (หอยลายขนมครก) – Oysters in Khanom Khrok style with garlic and butter. (simply delicious)
Gang Som Cha Om Gung – (แกงส้มชะอมกุ้ง) – Hot and sour prawn Curry with cha omelette (once again excellent)
Pla Grapong Kua Glua – (ปลากระพงคั่วเกลือ) – Fried snapper (fish) with roasted peepers and salt
Ice Cream Gluay Khai – (ไอศกรีมกล้วยไข่) – Ice cream and bananas
This was our entire menu and excellent it was as well.
The restaurant was exactly as I had required. Without airs and graces, but totally authentic with a superb atmosphere. It is nicely decorated with very pleasant photographs lining the walls and the staff are very pleasant and attentive. It get’s the thumbs up from me on all accounts. The Banana House restaurant setting is very nice, the food is exceptional, the prices are very reasonable, the service is excellent and I would certainly return again and will do without hesitation. Two of us had more than ample food at a spend of approximately 800 – 900 Thai baht (£18.00 – £20.00 GBP).
The best directions advice is that Banana House is directly opposite Convent road. So if you are stood outside the Banana House restaurant then you are almost in line with Convent road. The restaurant is on the second floor so you must go up the steps. There is a sign board on the street with an arrow pointing the way.
Banana House: Near BTS: Sala Daeng. 68/1 floor 2, Duangthip Building, Soi 4 Silom Road, Bangkok.
Things To Do In The Area
Silom is very much an area for business with plenty of office buildings. Further more it is very much the leading finance district with many of the major bank headquarters located here. For shoppers there are lots of options for some serious retail therapy and of course there is the nightlife area of Patpong. However it’s also very much an area for fine restaurants whatever your taste and budget.
For me though I find that a visit to Lumpini Park just a stone’s throw away from Silom subway station and Sala Daeng Sky Train, accompanies the Banana House or other Silom restaurant nicely. The Park is very impressive and has a large artificial lake where you can rent out pedal boats and has some has some nice shaded and woodland areas to move out of the sun when required.Plenty to do regarding exercising or you can just relax in the beautiful surroundings and chill out with your significant other (s).