Chilli Culture is a Thai restaurant that serves not only delicious Thai food, but also covers practically every region of the Thailand’s rich culinary heritage. This makes Chilli Culture Restaurant a great location for large groups, some of whom might be looking for rarer, authentic Thai options and others who want to get the most famous visitor-friendly dishes such as pad Thai or green curry.
Located on Sukhumvit Soi 11, the often called ‘Party Street of Sukhumvit’, Chilli Culture is 500 metres up the street at the head of the ‘T’ junction – you can’t miss it. If travelling by public transport, get off at Nana BTS Skytrain Station and use exit 3.
When deciding what to order the first thing you will notice is the amount of choice: it is a big menu! Page after page of typical favourites from every region in Thailand, including two full pages of vegetarian dishes.
The crispy spring rolls (150 baht) may not be an authentic Thai dish but the homemade dips that accompany the dish – chilli and basil, ginger and coriander, and lemongrass – are exquisite. The flavours are bold, distinct and come highly recommended. The tom yum kung soup (280 baht) is rich with the bold spice and sour combination for which it is famous, yet here there is a soothing tomato taste which keeps the dish more balanced, and the large river shrimp inside are also bursting with flavour.
Other dishes of note include the famous northern Thai dish, kao soi, which is made with a mix of crispy and boiled noodles and served with either chicken or pork, and a massive portion of pad Thai (220 baht) that comes served inside an omlette packet which retains the heat. If you like your Thai food with a real kick of chilli, make sure you tell the waitress that you want it spicy.
Soi 11 is somewhat boisterous in the evening but thankfully this restaurant creates a relaxed ambiance with an interior that evokes many exotic images of Thailand: a large Ganesh elephant statue atop genuine antique furniture greets guests and scattered throughout the restaurant are Buddha images with fresh garlands of flowers, with earthy red and orange tones complimenting the overall gold hue.
Chilli Culture successfully straddles the line between an authentically Thai and tourist-friendly restaurant, and with English-speaking staff and many partitions it is also family-friendly. The prices are surprisingly good value too.
Chilli Culture Restaurant
- BTS: Nana (exit 3)
- Address: Soi 11, 500 metres up the street at the ‘T’ junction
- Tel: +66 (0) 2254 2882