Baan Glom ‘Gig is a Thai restaurant located just blocks from the American Embassy on Soi Ruamrudee. The restaurant is a favorite of young professionals and expats alike. The restaurant, opened by TV host Kiat Kitcharoen, has gotten mixed reviews from local Thai food critics. Their chief complaints are the price and service. While you can find many, many less expensive Thai restaurants, I did not find Baan Glom ‘Gig to be expensive at all, in fact, dinner w/one beer ran $12 per person. I spent that much yesterday at Starbucks for a drink and sandwich.
The atmosphere is as warm and welcoming as the staff. The menu is has a variety of options (and is printed in both Thai and English) with great photos of many dishes. Compared to most of the restaurants within walking distance of Baan Glom ‘Gig, I found the food to be above average in terms of taste and presentation. I ordered one of my favorite dishes, Khao Pad, a traditional Thai fried rice served with either chicken or shrimp and topped with a fried egg. The dish is usually served with sliced cucumber and slices of lime. Baan Glom ‘Gig’s version of Khao Pad was delicious. This is a great dish for someone who doesn’t like spicy dishes.
My friend ordered Massaman Curry Salmon, using Salmon was a great twist on the traditional dish. She thoroughly enjoyed the dish and thought the spice level was perfect.
I really enjoyed Baan Glom Gig and will return next time I’m in Bangkok. I highly recommend a visit while you’re in Bangkok.