Amongst the hustle and bustle of Sukumvit 11, down a small alleyway that leads back to the main street, you will find Suk 11, a higgledy-piggeldy but charming hostel that offers the best value night’s sleep around. If you aren’t lucky enough to be staying here, then we recommend popping into their delightful restaurant on the ground floor, which is spread out in and around the entrance to the hostel. It’s a fantastic place for a tasty, low-key Thai meal with a couple of beers before you head out to make the most of one of Bangkok’s best party streets.
If you haven’t been to Suk 11 before, it’s not too hard to find, just get off at Nana sky train station and head along Sukhumvit 11. On your left you’ll see Cheap Charlie’s, a funky wooden dive bar. Head past this, down the small lane, and Suk 11 is at the end.
The leafy appearance of Suk 11 Restaurant really stands out in this part of Bangkok, and it is the first thing you will notice. Vines curl along the electric wires that run between the buildings and the main restaurant is hidden behind pots of ferns. There is a nice breeze blowing through the restaurant and plenty of chilled out spots to enjoy dinner (have a wander before you pick a pew), either on cushions or mats around low tables, at long wooden benches behind the hostel or even on the tables running along the small lane in front of the restaurant so you can partake in some people watching. The atmosphere is casual but service is swift and professional. There is a long menu of Thai classics, so you’re sure to find your favourite here.
One of the best things about Thai dining is getting to share lots of dishes so you can taste a little of everything. Prices at Suk 11 Restaurant start at 100 baht, and there is a decent selection of vegetarian dishes too. We start with a plate of chicken satay, covered in a spicy peanut sauce and served with a side of toast (so you can make the most of the tasty sauce) and a chilli, onion and cucumber dressing. Our second appetiser was a plate of deep-fried, marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, cooked this way to keep them extra juicy. These come served with a sweet ginger and sesame sauce. Another favourite appetiser of mine that you will find at Suk 11 Restaurant is the Thai herbal pork served with sticky rice, they look like mini-sausages but have a spicy flavour.
Although Sukhumvit 11 is busy during the day, it really comes alive after dark, with VW bars lining the streets and music floating down the small lane that links the restaurant to the main drag. Only open in the evening, it isn’t hidden, but there is a certain distance from all the hustle and bustle if you want to avoid the madness.
Our main courses were duck red curry and Thai green curry. Both were perfectly spiced for my tastes, but if you like things very hot then you may want to ask a little more kick because Sukhumvit 11 and the hostel cater for a large number of visitors and the restaurant’s kitchen refrain from adding too many chillies. We finished off with mango and sticky rice – a sweet end to a very enjoyable meal.
If you are looking for decently priced, casual Thai dinner of Sukhumvit 11, Suk 11 restaurant is a delightful option.
Suk 11 Restaurant
- Location: 1/13 Sukhumvit 11, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 253 5927