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Authentic Thai food at Krua Apsorn in Bangkok

When travelling, I have one general rule of thumb when it comes to picking a restaurant for a meal. I always look for places that are off any main strip and if I’m in a country that the primary language isn’t English, menus that haven’t been translated. These simple guidelines usually end in me being at a spot that’s more or less geared for locals rather than tourists and will probably offer a more authentic meal.

When I arrived at Krua Apsorn, my rule basically was thrown out of the window immediately. This popular eatery sits on a major road near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the menu is also translated and has photos of each meal set out for diners. That being said, there wasn’t a tourist in sight and all of the other diners in this packed restaurant were chatting away at large tables while steaming bowls were being slung around and shared family style.

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The atmosphere in the restaurant was only enhanced by the delicious smells swirling around the dining room. Sitting at a long table, our guide took the liberty of ordering a huge array of dishes for us to get through. From the tastiest tofu all the way through to tender prawns and spicy seafood soup, within a few minutes everything was crowding our table while we tucked into probably the freshest and best Thai food I ate while in Bangkok.

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There was way more food than we could handle at the table, but that didn’t stop our waitress from squeezing in plates whenever she saw a gap. All in all though, this was a genuine meal with great ingredients and an enjoyable atmosphere. While Bangkok has fantastic street food, Krua Apsorn is a great spot to get out of the heat and enjoy something authentic although a popular choice with locals and tourists alike.

I was a big fan of how they served beer in glasses with a frozen bottom too, perfect for the hot, humid city that we were happy to get reprieve from in this place.

You can make a booking here, and probably should try despite the language barrier if you’re going in a large group, but the tables turn quite quickly around lunch time and even if there’s a small queue outside, it’s worth the wait!

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