Miss Siam Restaurant at Hua Chang Heritage Hotel
Traditional Thai Restaurant near National Stadium BTS0
If you are looking for a meal of classic Thai cuisine that delivers on taste and style – and won’t break the bank – Miss Siam is the restaurant for you. It should be no surprise that Miss Siam Restaurant in Bangkok serves traditional and sumptuous Thai food after walking through the period features of Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, located on Phraya Thai Road 50 metres away from MBK Shopping Mall junction.
The restaurant is decked out in classic 19th century Thai splendour, with ornate patterns, bouquets of flowers and ceiling fans whirling. The serving staff also create a feeling of antiquity, wearing period costumes reminiscent of Thailand’s golden age of reforms and modernisation under King Rama V. Full length windows look out onto the freeform swimming pool on one side and a quaint garden on the other.
The menu at Miss Siam Restaurant is an excellent combination of classic Thai dishes and more modern tourist favourites. However, if you are going to eat at Miss Siam we recommend being adventurous and trying the authentic dishes that many other Thai restaurants keep for themselves.
For appetisers, nam prik ka pi gub platu (spicy shrimp paste with fresh vegetables and mackerel for 280 baht) is certainly an exotic looking dish and the complex flavours of fish and herbs might be too much for some, but fans of authentic Thai food should definitely give it a try. The chilli paste has the right kind of kick, and the seasonal vegetables are all raw or blanched that give a lovely texture to the strong flavours. Vegetables change according to the season, but expect cabbage parcels, Thai eggplant, pumpkin and green beans tied into a cute bow. This is the kind of food expat Thais dream about. For something a little crispy order the pra tadd lom (deep fried prawn pancake rolls for 180 baht), flavoured with coriander root and pepper, the giant shrimp and crispy pancake really come alive with a little dip in the sticky plum sauce.
Because Miss Siam follows the time honoured culture of Thai cuisine, all main dishes are served at once and placed in the middle of the table for all diners to enjoy. Among our favourites is the amazingly presented pla kra pong tod sam rod (deep fried sea bass with sweet chilli for 750 baht) that is filleted and deep fried with an artistic bend to the body. Pleasingly, all the bones are removed beforehand so you can simply enjoy fresh, moist sea bass with a drizzle of sauce made from pineapple and chilli. Meat lovers should look out for the pha naeng kae (phaneng lamb curry with longan fruit for 580 baht), which is served with two large lamb chops in a thick, creamy curry sauce. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Thai meal without something sweet to finish and at Miss Siam they have delicious and nutritious desserts in the form of gluay khai chum (sweet dainty banana in coconut cream 150 baht) and tub tib grob (water chestnuts in coconut milk scented with candle smoke for 150 baht).
The food at Miss Siam is both authentic and very well presented and makes an excellent option for lunch or dinner. Step back in time and experience a Thailand as it was 100 years ago. Miss Siam is open for all day dining from 10:30 to 22:30 and if you are visiting for dinner you might want to take advantage of their happy hour deal, which runs from 18:00 to 20:00 and offers two for one on all drinks.
In addition to the a la carte menu, Miss Siam Restaurant also offers a running set menu of Thai cuisine prepared in the royal style set. Until October 2013, the ‘Chaba’ Thai set menu consists of 10 dishes to try all for the discount price of 650++ baht.
Miss Siam Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:30 (happy hour 18:00 to 20:00)
- BTS: National Stadium
- Address: 400 Phraya Thai Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2217 0777