Price: THB400 per person without alcohol (what I paid for)
Visited: 1 January 2011
Value for money: 7/10
This original Taling Pling at Silom is a house-converted restaurant which is decorated in a stylish setting with oldie photos enlightening the walls. Taling Pling at Silom is located pretty close to Surasak BTS station which would be convenient for both local and tourists. Car parks are also available. It does not only offer varieties of Thai food, Western-style food and desserts can also be ordered. This restaurant has been famous among foreigners in Thailand and reservation is highly recommended for evening meals.
Taling Pling also gives variety of choices for drinks for its customers as well as a choice of white or brown rice. This time I picked brown rice and Lemongrass Juice for my choice. The lemongrass juice gave the refreshing feeling (8/10).
The first two dishes to arrive were Salted Crab Dip with Crudités (7/10) and Crab Roe Paste Dip with Vegetables (6/10). Salted crab dip with crudités was rather sweet and creamy which was irresistible when eating with vegetables especially winged bean and young ginger. Crab roe paste dip was also not worse than the salted crab dip. When having with crisp fried catfish, it was just amazing. This dip was a little salty but not spicy which could be suitable for those who cannot take hot stuff.
|Salted Crab Dip with Crudites|
|Crab Roe Paste Dip with Vegetables|
The next dish to arrive was Fried Fish Strips in Batter with Tamarind Sauce (6/10). The fish was crisp, the sauce was sweet and sour and scent of tamarind, fried shallot enhanced the taste more than a touch; a delightful dish indeed.
|Fried Fish Strips in Batter with Tamarind Sauce|
This was then followed by Stir Fried Sataw (Bitter Bean) with Prawns & Chili (6/10). This Southern style dish, which was spicy, comprised of sweet and tender prawns and bitter beans as main ingredients. This dish can be downturn for those who cannot bear bitter beans, otherwise a must try one.
|Stir Fried Sataw (Bitter Bean) with Prawns & Chili|
The last dish for main course was Lotus Stem and Thai Mackerel in Coconut Soup (7/10). Another incredible dish at Taling Pling, lotus stem was just crisp and soft at the same time. While the coconut soup was sweet, salty taste from mackerel also combined well (7/10).
|Lotus Stem and Thai Mackerel in Coconut Soup|
I ended up the meal with Ruby Water Chestnut & Coconut in Coconut Milk (7/10). The coconut milk was sweet, fragrant, and authentic. While ruby water chestnut was crisp, coconut was thick and soft. What an enjoyable dessert.
Homemade Custard Apple Ice-cream (7/10), a Western-style dessert in Thai flavour, was creamy and little chewy with strong scent of custard apple.
|Ruby Water Chestnut & Coconut in Coconut Milk|
|Homemade Custard Apple Ice-cream|
Taling Pling is indeed another restaurant for all purpose visit ranging from family and friends gathering to business meal. It has been keeping consistency in quality of food and pricing. Additionally, from time to time, new dishes will also be introduced. I am overall confident that 6/10 is the right determination for this Thai restaurant at Silom.
Taling Pling @ Silom, Bangkok
60 Pun Road
ตะลิงปลิง @ สีลม
ตะลิงปลิง @ สีลม
Tel: +66 (0) 2234 4872