Owner-chef, Supreecha Junsunjai, has turned this old bungalow along Sukhumvit Soi 39 into a charming restaurant with Mahasamut wooden furniture, serving traditional Thai cuisine. What we had for dinner here:
- "Som Tam": Thai papaya salad - pretty average rendition here.
- Deep-fried pork balls with Thai herbs: very tasty morsels of well-seasoned pork here. Thai chilli sauce is provided on the side, but you don't really need that.
- Gaeng Kua Poo Bai Chaploo: a spicy crab-meat & wild betel leaf curry. This packed more of a chilli punch than I expected, but the full Thai herbal flavours awakened some tastebuds which I didn't know I had!
- Fried eggs with cisp-fried wild betel leaves & dried shrimps: this simple dish was vey well-executed there - the fluffy egg omelette, the crisped greens and the fragrant, crunchy dried shrimps provided a nice combination of different textures and flavours.
- Red rice: this option rather than boring white steamed rice was a great accompaniment to the strong flavours in the dishes above.
- Ivy gourd leaf and "ki lek" (small, green flowering herb) with minced pork-balls soup: very light consomme given a delightful bitterish tang by the "ki lek" greens.
- Butterfly-pea drink: my Thai friend recommended this iced drink. Frankly, it was tasteless and probably got its tang from lime juice - the butterfly-pea flowers in practically tasteless and scentless. In this restaurant, the striking blue hue given out by the flower is rendered redundant as the drink was served in a blue mug. A tall champagne glass would have made a better serving vessel.
Overall, an interesting restaurant serving authentic Thai flavours - don't let the large presence of Japanese and Western diners faze you - it's the Sukhumvit neighbourhood. But there are enough local Thai clientele to provide some reassurance that you're *not* getting touristy Thai food customised to suit "farang" palates.
Kram Cafe & Thai Kitchen
109 Soi Phop Mit, Sukhumvit Soi 39
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: +66 2-2588170