Ban Khun Mae: genuine Thai food and live shows of traditional music

Ban Khun Mae ( บ้านคุณแม่), that literally means Mrs. Mom’s House, was opened in 1998 and it is conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok city, Siam Square area which is effortlessly accessible by the sky train. Siam BTS station ( สถานีสยาม) is just a couple minute’s walk away. The restaurant is widely recognized in numerous countries and likewise discussed in many guide publications, including the well-known Bangkok Lonely Planet (#ad).

Bangkok Best Restaurants Ban Khun Mae
Ban Khun Mae. Entrance to the restaurant at Siam Soi 8. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

Secret recipes passed down from generation to generation were gathered, valued and provided for your satisfaction by Ban Khun Mae, the dining establishment that is equally popular for its authentic flavors and best, famous and popular ambiance and warm Thai hospitality. At Ban Khun Mae, you can delight genuine Thai food with a laid-back atmosphere. They likewise have live performances of traditional Thai musical instruments every day from 7.00 p.m– 9.00 p.m

The heartwarming concept of going to grandma’s house for some traditional house cooking is something that goes beyond limits and is exactly the sort of feeling you get at Ban Khun Mae Restaurant. The restaurant is really a little bit of an exception, situated in the heart of Siam Square, the cool buying location prominent with young city youngsters and college students.

The exposed wood, hand-painted murals and big collection of captivating accessories provide the dining establishment a rustic, old-fashioned appeal that contrasts with the young, hip ambiance in neighboring restaurants and shops.

Ban Khun Mae is a fantastic place to visit if you are trying famous Thai meals for the very first time as the chef flavors meals to suit stereotyped Western tastes and nothing is overpowered with spice. Tom Yum Goong ( ต้มยำกุ้ง), Som Tum ( ส้มตำ), and Deep Fried Spring Rolls ( ปอเปี๊ยะทอด), are all firm favorites here and are popular with travelers but also with a few locals, that is always an encouraging sign.

There are additionally a couple of fairly uncommon, interesting Thai dishes on the food selection that you would certainly have a hard time to find somewhere else, such as steamed seafood curry paste served inside a young coconut shell which has a soft structure and refined taste; a good selection for daring foodies. The marinaded chicken wrapped in pandanus leaves is a terrific alternative to share, served with a sweet, glutinous dipping sauce on the side. The pandanus scent sticks around on the leaf and the combination additionally keeps the chicken succulent.

Baan Khun Mae Restaurant offers a series of set menus at differing rates for groups of five or more, starting at 350 baht per person, until as much as 800 baht for a 16 dish banquet. For those going to for dinner, there is a musician playing a Khim ( ขิม), a traditional Thai instrument, every night from 19:00 to 21:00, so adding some rich background entertainment to your meal.

The old-fashioned decoration and ‘grandma’s cooking’ state of mind is possibly a little contrived, but the personnel speak outstanding English and the menu is a pleasing mix of famous ‘must-try’ Thai dishes with some others you will probably never have actually heard of before, making this a great alternative for either lunch or supper in Siam Square and proposes a pleasant modification from the modish franchises found nearby.