Na Aroon Restaurant at Ariyasomvilla
Vegetarian Restaurant in Sukhumvit Soi 1
Na Aroon is surprising not only for its hidden location at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 1, but also for the delightful array of organic, Thai and (mostly) vegetarian dishes served here. In a beautiful boutique hotel surrounded by a leafy garden, this fantastic restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a healthy leisurely meal and some decadent desserts.
Located on the ground floor of the charming AriyasomVilla, you enter this beautiful boutique hotel via a wooden door covered in stencilled gold leaves and it feels like you have stepped back in time. The restaurant is on the ground floor, a high ceilinged dining room decorated in a traditional Thai style. The hotel has been around since the 1940s and the owners have kept the vintage feel, with polished wooden floors, colourful silk cushions and display cabinets full of unusual knick-knacks. On dry evenings the tall windows are left open, allowing a cool breeze to flow through the space, giving diners a view onto Ariyasom Villa’s lush gardens. Although the restaurant is rather smart, staff members are welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed.
Food-wise Na Aroon focuses on Thai vegetarian food that responsibly sourced, although there is some seafood on the menu along with a couple of western dishes for a bit of variety. There is plenty to choose from, even if you are normally a meat-eater. They understand the differences in vegetarianism here, so if you are a vegan or Jain vegetarian you will find they can accommodate you easily.
The Ariyasom yellow curry is Yellow curry with bamboo and imitation chicken is made completely from scratch for added depth of flavor. Spice levels are kept low, but it is incredibly tasty, and the tofu has the same consistency as tender chicken breast. Rice comes as neatly plated in three varities: brown, black and blue (which has been dyed by butterfly pea flower). For a healthy seafood offering the nam prik salmon paste is pungent and fresh, served with blanched and raw vegetables and edible flowers. This is a very authentic dish which is rare to find on the menu anywhere. Pomelo salad with cashew nuts is a tasty salad to try, with crispy coconut shavings contrasting the sour pomelo perfectly. For a dish that looks as good as it tastes, go for the steamed rice in a lotus leaf (khao hor dai bua) which is packed with toasted tofu and lotus seeds, with side dishes of nuts, chilli and a sweet sticky sauce.
When it comes to dessert, the menu turns decidedly European, with a great selection of comforting puddings, including a delicious apple crumble served with custard and ice-cream, traditional bread and butter pudding and rhubarb tart. The owner has a sweet tooth and makes all these desserts himself, a rare treat to get such traditional puddings in Bangkok. Na Aroon also serves a selection of Thai sweet treats, including bananas in syrup and coconut and the tasty yet healthy grass jelly served with coconut sauce and muesli. Drinks selection includes a decent variety of wines by the glass and a comprehensive cocktail menu, including a mango daiquiri – the perfect blend of fruit and booze.
Na Aroon Vegeterian Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 22:30
- BTS: Ploen Chit
- Address: 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Bangkok 10110
- Tel: +66 (0)2 253 8800