Visiting Bangkok? Check out Baan Glom ‘Gig

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.

7 Comments on "Visiting Bangkok? Check out Baan Glom ‘Gig"

  1. Baan Khanitha and Lemongrass are still my favorites although it has been a while since my last time there.

  2. We’ll be there 1/2013. It’s been 7 years and we we’re looking for more eating places. We have some we will visit again so thanks for the new place.

  3. @Jim M
    let me know what you think!

  4. @Santastico – I haven’t tried Baan Khanitha so i’ll have to give it a try. I agree, Lemongrass is awesome!

  5. @Stacey @Jim – I used to go to Bangkok every 3 months for business for 3 years in a row. Last time was in 2008. Oh, I miss that place!!! Here is a list of my favorite restaurants when I used to go there:
    Baan Khanitha (Thai) – best Thai restaurant in Bangkok in my opinion
    49 Soi Ruam Rudee 2 Ploenjit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

    Lemongrass (Thai) – second best
    5/1 Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, Thailand

    Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar (Bar) – amazing view of Bangkok. Go there on the sunset
    Banyan Tree Hotel – 21/100 South Sathon Road, Bangkok, Thailand (61st floor)

    Bai Yun (Chinese) – very good Chinese food
    Banyan Tree Hotel – 21/100 South Sathon Road, Bangkok, Thailand (60th floor)

    Le Dalat Indochine (Vietnamese) – great Vietnamese food
    14 Sukhumvit Soi 23

    Chote Chitr
    146 Prang Pu Thorn Tanao Road, Bangkok, Thailand

    Eat Me
    20 metres off CONVENT Rd (in Soi Pipat 2) Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

  6. Thanks for the post! I’ll be in BKK in early January. I’ve got one night in town before my friends arrive and we start a tour. Any one of these places that would be particularly welcoming and easy for a solo diner in BKK for the first time? I’m staying at the Tawana Hotel (yes, bummed its not a SPG, Hilton, or Hyatt but it’s what the tour booked)!

  7. Thanks for the tip! I’ll add this restaurant to my growing list for our upcoming trip. 🙂

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