Today I am going to review a popular Thai Issan Restaurant in Bangkok named Som Tam Nua. Isan is the northeastern region of Thailand and the food from this area is tasty and famous around the country.
I had heard of Som Tam Nua for a while, but just had a chance to try it. Som Tam Nua has branches in Bangkok and the one that I tried was at Siam Square Soi 5.
It is very easy to find the restaurant. I saw the big sign from the BTS Station. This restaurant was always full with people waiting outside the restaurant.
I told the staff that I wanted a table for two. He then handed me a menu which was available both Thai and English languages. Yes, I ordered the food before seating.
No worries, in case that you do not know Thai food well. The restaurant also provided a menu with photos, so you would know what you were ordering.
This was what my friend and I ordered.
The first dish was Fried chicken (115 baht). It came with 2 dipping sauces. One was spicy and another one was sweet. For me, this dish was good. it was crispy and tasty.
The second one was SomTam with Salted Egg (85 baht). This one was also delicious, but it was a little too sweet for me.
The third one was Cooked Liver in Spicy Condiment (98 baht). I loved this one most.
The fourth one was Spicy Crispy Fish Salad (125 baht). This dish was crispy, spicy, and sour. It was full-flavoured.
and we ordered both Rice Flour Noodles (25 baht) and Sticky Rice (25 baht) to eat with the foods that we ordered.
I have heard that this restaurant was rated as the best Som Tam restaurant in Bangkok. Frankly, for a local like me it was not. Som Tam Nua was good, but it was not the best. Well, it was a nice meal. The food was good and the service was fine.
Update: June, 2016
Location & how to get there: Siam Square Soi 5, opposite Siam Paragon. If you come by BTS, get off at Siam Station and take exit 6. Then, walk back for few meters and walk into the soi.
Price: depends on what you order; for my friend and I, it costed us 567 baht for 2 people. It is not pricey for eating Som Tam in the restaurant, but it is much cheaper if you eat at street food stalls.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 10.45-21.30
Have you ever been to Som Tam Nua? Did you like it? Share your experience with me in the comments!