Pad Thai Thip Samai
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
While many Bangkokians will argue that Thip Samai is overrated and that there are better places to eat pad thai in the city, one thing is for sure, this place commands a following, and does combine... Read More
While many Bangkokians will argue that Thip Samai is overrated and that there are better places to eat pad thai in the city, one thing is for sure, this place commands a following, and does combine decent food with affordable prices, and a great vibrant atmosphere. You better be prepared to wait in line, as by 6 pm, the lines here are down the street each evening. But nobody seems to mind, it's all part of the experience, and there are visitors from all over the world here every night, even more so now that Michelin has given the eatery a Bib Gourmand award signifying good food at a reasonable price. The restaurant is a wild flurry of non-stop busy-ness, from the flames, woks, and cooks making up huge batches of pad thai, to the brisk take out business that competes with the dine-ins for attention. There are a variety of pad thai dishes to choose from, the best of which is probably the one made with shrimp head oil. Just don't savor it for too long, as the waiters hover nearby, ready to bring in the next group of hungry diners to this legendary establishment.
- Best Value: "Get here by 5 or 530 if you want to beat the crowds. The most convenient way to get here is via the Klong Saen Sab canal boat to its Phan Fa terminus and then walk down Mahachai Road five minutes to the restaurant, which is on your left."
- Recommended as Best Value Because: For Bangkok's most popular and fun pad thai joint, Thip Samai is a longstanding winner.