Restaurant Review: Queen of Curry

This restaurant popped up in our radars when it showed up as the top rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.com. So on a rainy, sticky, traffic-logged evening, we all tramped over from our respective corners of the city.

First, we all had a heck of a time finding the place. Most of us were late, wandering or driving around the neighborhood with no clear idea where it is. There’s not webpage for this restaurant. The address provided in TripAdvisor was right but the map link was so very wrong. Or old.

I also discovered the the odd soi numbers increased while the evens decreased on Charoenkrung Road, therefore walking up, up, and up the wrong direction. I went to the Google Map destination and found myself sidestepping puddles in a narrow alleyway that could have meant trouble if I weren’t Asian.

Eventually, after a flurry of phone calls, text messages and asking for directions, we all made it to the restaurant. It was so annoyingly close to the Sky Train Station, the very one I got off 45 minutes ago.

It was a mom&pop shop, run by a family who probably lived in the back. The small restaurant had only six tables, three of which was lined up to accommodate our party of 9. Thank goodness I actually thought to call and make a reservation.

The yellow curry was phenomenal. Different and sweet but absolutely delicious. The penang was good as reviewed, but not the best I’ve ever had.

At the end, would I call this Bangkok’s Number One? No. It is good, but not exceptionally so. Considering that Bangkok has thousands of restaurants, I suspect this one made it to the top of the list because it had so few reviewers, most of it positive. It was worth a try for those of us living here, but not a trip out of the way, across all of town, for visitors.

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