I have heard about this place for years, but had no chance to try it until it was recently featured again in The Nation Channel as a favorite Thai restaurant of the late Princess Kalayaniwattana. The restaurant was the place she dropped by for some simple and tasty Thai dishes….
So we decided to make a trip there last Saturday. I called in advance to find that all tables had been fully booked for lunch..but they told me I could get a table at 1pm. So 1pm was our lunch time that day.
The place covers two nondescript adjacent shophouses on a quiet strip of Samsem Road with pictures of Princess Kalayanee and King Rama V decoration. Two aunties ran the place, taking orders, arranging the queues and boss around a small crew of cleaners to clear and clean the tables for the waiting crowds. It is obvious that the food is the big draw at this place.
We ordered a plate of their marvelous, widely-known crab-meat omelet.
Stir-fried very plump mussels with basil leaves
Stir-fried crab meats with long beans and big yellow chilies
Other dishes included spicy-sour soup of lotus root and river prawns, a set of coconut-sticky rice and Thai-style somtam (that looks so reddish to the point of being scary..), a plate of crispy vermicelli (mee krob), four plates of steamed rice (three people), three black sticky rice in coconut milk desserts and two fresh coconut sorbet, and three bottles of water, and a Coke.
We paid Bt730 for everything… and the meal was so good it was worth all the waiting and hassling.
Krua Apsorn is a rare old-timer home-cooked Thai restaurant. Their menu includes much more than the mentioned items… but those covered their all-time favorites. They also have bagged curries/soups for sales on the counter, in case you want to bring some different dishes for dinner.
This is the picture of the crowd waiting to be seated last Saturday (19 Jan 08) at 2pm….. so you see how maddening the scene was. We only got the table because I called in advance and ordered all the dishes in advance on the telephone.. it was the way to ‘reserve’ the dishes.
Krua Apsorn is on Samsen Road (Samsen Soi 9) next to Ta Wasukree Pier and the National Library. Parking are available for a small fee (Bt20/1st hour and Bt10/1 hr. for the following period) at the opposite Suan Kularb College Alumni.
Krua Apsorn is open Mon – Fri: 10.30am – 7.30pm, Sat: 10.30am – 6pm. The place is closed Sundays. T: 02-668-8788, 02-241-8528
Map to Krua Apsorn. Don’t forget to call and reserve the table.. and also order the food in advance.