This longstanding and extremely popular open-air restaurant is featured in several Bangkok guidebooks. It stands out due to its large dining area and ... More
This longstanding and extremely popular open-air restaurant is featured in several Bangkok guidebooks. It stands out due to its large dining area and garish orange seating. Suda attracts a good crowd at night, drawn by the low prices, a huge range of dishes, and the very friendly owner. Alcohol is limited to Bangkok beer and Thai whiskey, but at such low prices nobody minds. Mains range from THB50-100. Try the Tuna and Cashew-nuts in Roasted Curry Paste and the Neua Nam Tok (beef waterfall salad).
I have been eating at Suda's for over 10 years, and the main reason is because they always provide consistently great food.
Some people may comment that the food has become more tailored to a Westernized palate....but that's just not true. It's spicy, authentic food that's always served with a smile (OK, the last part can be absent sometimes, although they have improved over the years).
You can't go wrong with Suda's!
I am very surprised at the rave reviews this place has received. I have been living within short walking distance from Suda's on Sukhumvit Soi 14 for numerous years now and I must say that the food has been changing little by little as the years go by and the change has not been for the better. Once almost the exclusive domain of local Thais it has now become the place for foriegners to go to get toned down westerized Thai food in an authentic atmosphere. Lunchtime still sees quite a few locals who work in the neighborhood but by and large they order the commonest of thai dishes such as pad grapow, pad siew, kow pad etc.. Nightime brings pretty much just tourists and newer expats these days. The curries like panang and gang kieow wan and all the soups such as tom ka gai and tom yam are much milder than you will find at any regular Thai restaurant. This is mainly because Suda, the matronly owner of the place, is an astute businesswoman who knows what most foreigners want and is aware that most really can't take the sharp spicy flavors of real Thai food. I'm not just talking about chilies, but the amount of other essential thai ingredients like garlic and shallots and fish sauce has also been reduced in the dishes as well. If you are not a regular in Thailand or are taking out guests from the West, Suda's is a good place to go because most everyone will find it easy on the palate and similar to what they would get in the average Thai restaurant in Europe, Australia or North America.
Suda's is located in a convenient location however, just below the Asoke BTS station and the service is friendly but if you're a true lover of real Thai food, just about every other shophouse style outdoor Thai restaurant will serve you much better food than you'll find at Suda's.
Suda is a brilliant place to eat. Unextravagant, Unpretentious, Formica tables, plastic chairs, this is the place all the ex-pats go to for great, tasty and inexpensive thai food. I would recommend this place to anyone...this is definately not a tourist trap and about as genuine a thai eatery as you can get. Even the toilets are reasonable!. The food is sensational - and lots of it as well.
Suda is my favourite Thai-restaurant!
Sure it's a cheap restaurant, but the food is so good, they have a huge range of dishes, the staff is extremely friendly and smiling :) and most important (especially for a "open air" restaurant) it's clean!
I would recommend this place to anyone!
I lived in Bangkok for 7 years, until recently, and this was a favourite venue for us and also for visitors.
Authentic Thai cooking (as witnessed by the many Thai customers) and relaxed ambience at great value for money.
We found that if we asked the older ladies for personal favourites not on the menu they were happy to cook to order providing they had the ingredients.
They also allowed us to bring our own wine and would provide a basin with ice for it if we wished, all for no corkage.
If we return to Bangkok it will be the Thai restaurant at the top of the visit list!
I was actually very excited to visit Suda after seeing all the great reviews about the food. I've lived in Thailand for 5 years now and have eaten all over the country so I know what authentic Thai food tastes like. The menu is very extensive I must say but the food is no where near authentic. You'll notice that 90% of the clients are tourists and I guess they watered down all the flavors in the food to cater to the tourists. The papaya salad (somtum) was blend, the crab meat with yellow curry was watery and the worst i've ever tasted in Thailand, the seafood dip for the clams was tasteless, the only saving grace was the stir fried vegetable and the pork satay. Any food court in the mall has better tasting food than Suda. If you really want authentic Thai food, skip Suda, there are better options around Thonglor area. When in Rome do what the Romans do...why would you eat where the Thais won't eat.
Whilst my wife has been working in Bangkok for the last 2.5 years, I have been lucky enough to visit on many occasions, and discovered Suda on my first trip. It is always my first port of call on arrival and I cannot think of a restaurant where I feel more at home. Excellent food and amazing value in admittedly modest surroundings. Beer cheaper than any bar I have visited in the city. Unfortunately, my future trips to Bangkok will be much less frequent but I encourage others to try this great place - you could well get as hooked (my wife would say obsessed) as I am!
Went from review on this site, right by mrt/skytrain so handy from other parts of bangkok.
Very cafeteria but open air and popular with locals so thai style but some westerners.
Food awesome, battered shrimps, Tom yam Kung, stir fied vegetables and rice - All fantastic but big portions too much for one.
Throw in 2 big singha's and some real thai ambience for approx. 400 baht.
Excellent, hope to visit again.
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