Bangkok Restaurant Review: Baan Khanitha Restaurant & Gallery

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

I’ve been in Bangkok for a week now and have spent most of my time in long meetings, sometimes extending late into the night. But I have made it out a few times to some great restaurants in the city and will review them over the next few days. Some were vegetarian/vegan and some omni that cater well for vegans.

The first evening, I took my colleagues to Vertigo, located on the 62nd floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, to show them the spectactular view of Bangkok’s vast skyline at night. We considered dinner, but after taking a look at the very expensive menu, which was also very unfriendly to vegans, decided to go somewhere else. 

Bangkok's skyline at night!

Bangkok’s skyline at night!

Instead we walked down the block a bit to Baan Khanitha Restaurant and Gallery and were so glad we did.  Baan Khanitha serves Thai food, with an emphasis on fresh, organic vegetables. Happily for me, they have an entire vegetarian and vegan section of their extensive menu. The restaurant has a great feel and interesting Thai art lines the walls.

To start, the wait staff brought us Miang Kham on the house. 

Miang Kham

Miang Kham

Miang Kham is a traditional Thai snack of wild pepper leaves (piper sarmentosum), stuffed with roasted coconut, diced ginger, diced lime (with the peel), shallots, peanuts, and red and green bird’s eye chilies, along with a sweet sauce. 

Miang Kham ready to eat!

Miang Kham ready to eat!

We also ordered a spicy kale salad and Som Tam (green papaya salad). I expected the kale salad to be cold, but it was warm with a coconut and lemongrass dressing and, true to its name, chilies. It was absolutely fantastic and the kale was just perfect.  

Spicy Kale Salad

Spicy Kale Salad

For the main event we ordered a Panang Curry and Pad Krapao Tao Hoo (Chili, Basil and Tofu Stirfry). The Panang curry was delicious, with a sweet and spicy, rich and creamy peanut sauce over tofu. 

Panang Curry with Tofu

Panang Curry with Tofu

The Pad Krapao was very spicy, but so very good. The basil was plentiful, the vegetables were crispy and fresh, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. 

Pad Krapao Tao Hoo

Pad Krapao Tao Hoo

We finished off the meal with some green tea and water chestnuts in coconut milk (sorry – no photo because we devoured them too quickly!). The green tea was served in this super cute elephant pot:

I love elephants!

I love elephants!

The meal was a bit pricy by Bangkok standards, but the food was exceptional and for a night out with friends, totally worth it. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

Restaurant details:

Baan Khanitha Restaurant and Gallery
69 South Sathorn Rd. Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Hours: 11:00 am. – 11:00 pm Daily

 

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