Friday, March 18, 2011

SaNguan Sri Restaurant @ Witthayu Road, Bangkok

Cuisine: Thai
Price: THB220 per person (what I paid for)
Visited: 14 March 2011
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Value for money: 7/10
Services: 3/10
Overall: 5/10

SaNguan Sri has been a long time famous restaurant for those who work around Ploenchit area. It is situated right next to Plaza Athenee Hotel, which is pretty close to Ploenchit Junction. The closest BTS station would be Ploenchit Station, otherwise Lumphini MRT Station could be an alternative with further distance. The restaurant is decorated in an old fashion style, just like granny age, in which I believe it has been like this for more than 20 years. SaNguan Sri serves varieties of traditional Thai dishes with authentic flavour. During lunch time, SaNguan Sri is always packed with those who work around this area. Hence, reservation is highly recommended for those who wish to come during lunch time on weekdays.

Saguan Sri on Wireless Road

Old School Ambient

Menu Cards

During Summer in Thailand Khao Chae (ข้าวแช่) has always been one of the famous dish and would be regarded as prestige and classic. Khao Chae at SaNguan Sri is exquisite and delicious. It consists of rice, which is just right and not hard in the texture like other places but represented chewiness, in iced jasmine-scented water and a variety of side dish. Here, there are 5 side dishes to come with: deep-fried kapi (shrimp paste) ball, green pepper stuffed with minced pork and drizzled with fried egg, shredded sweetened pork, powdered dried fish, and deep-fried red onion. This is a truly lovely dish to have during hot weather of Summer (7/10).

Side Dishes of Khao Chae

Khao Chae (ข้าวแช่)

Moo Phalo (หมูพะโล้) at SaNguan Sri reminded me of those dishes back in school time. It tasted rather sweet than salty. Pork was not so tender and egg was fully boiled (4/10).
Pork Pra Ram Long Song or Blanched Pork with Peanut Sauce and Chinese Water Convolvulus (พระรามลงสรงหมู) was somewhat similar to Pork Satay. Flavour of peanut paste was strong. A little sweet it was but enjoyable (6/10).

Moo Phalo (หมูพะโล้)

Pork Pra Ram Long Song (พระรามลงสรงหมู)

Clear Soup with Look Rok (แกงจืดลูกรอก) is another dish that is difficult to find nowadays. Look Rok may look like macaron but it is made out of egg and pork intestine. This dish was refreshing. Look Rok was really tender and delicious (7/10).

Clear Soup with Look Rok (แกงจืดลูกรอก)

For dessert, we had a chance to try 3 choices: Coconut Ice-cream with Jelly (ไอติมกะทิเยลลี่), Chau Guay (Grass Jelly) & Ginkgo in Syrup (น้ำแข๊งใสใส่เฉาก๊วยและแปะก๊วย), and Boiled Banana in Syrup (กล้วยไข่เชื่อม - Gluay Kai Cheuam). They were all delightful but too sweet for my appetite. One thing to notice was the coconut ice-cream, the texture was not really smooth but it had a strong scent of Rauwenhoffia siamensis Scheff (นมแมว) (4/10).

Coconut Ice-cream with Jelly (ไอติมกะทิเยลลี่)

Chau Guay & Ginkgo in Syrup (น้ำแข็งใสใส่เฉาก๊วยและแปะก๊วย)

Boiled Banana in Syrup (กล้วยไข่เชื่อม)

Our bill came out to be around THB220 per person which was fairly low from my opinion. Those who wish to have an authentic old style Thai food with an affordable price, SaNguan Sri is surely a heavenly choice.

SaNguan Sri Restaurant @ Witthayu Road, Bangkok
59/1 Witthayu Road (Wireless Road)
Lumphini, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330

ร้านสงวนศรี @ ถนนวิทยุ กรุงเทพ
59/1 ถนนวิทยุ
แขวงลุมพินี เขตปทุนวัน
กรุงเทพ 10330

Open Hours: 10:00am - 05:00pm for Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am - 02:00am for Sunday
Tel: +66 (0) 2251 9378, +66 (0) 2252 7637

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