Soei Restaurant tops many Bangkok food lists, including TopTravelFoods very own Top 22 Local Thai Restaurant in Bangkok. Indeed, after visiting Soei, I can say firmly say it's my new favourite restaurant in Bangkok, here's why…


So, what makes Soei Restaurant so great? For a start, the meals are packed with flavour, prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked professionally. The owner checks every dish for quality before it’s served. Soei’s menu also features a lot of unique Thai dishes you won’t find everywhere. Think Fried Mackerel Cheeks, Thai Shrimp Ceviche prepared with wasabi and many more unique seafood and non-seafood delights.


Top Dishes at Soei Restaurant

Soei Restaurant is most famous for its Fried Mackerel Cheeks (100 THB). The fried fish cheeks are crispy and seasoned with salt and fried garlic.  Dip the crunchy, delicate fish heads into the complimentary chilli sauce and devour them like you would a bag of chips. Due to their saltiness, the Fried Mackerel Cheeks go well with an ice-cold beer. This was an interesting snack, which I enjoyed eating. -*4 stars- ?

Fried Mackerel Cheeks

Fried Mackerel Cheeks (100 THB)

Note: apparently the Fried Mackerel Cheeks are often sold-out, so if you really want to try them, phone ahead and reserve a plate of these crunchy fish cheeks.


Next came my favourite dish at Soei, their Thai Shrimp Ceviche with a twist (200 THB). Unlike other restaurants that prepare this dish with fish sauce, lime, chilli and garlic, Soei Restaurant adds wasabi for a welcome kick. This gives the popular Thai meal a unique, flavour-filled punch. -*5 stars- 

Shrimp in Fish Sauce

Thai Shrimp Ceviche with a Twist (200 THB)

One of my favourite Thai foods is Pla Goong, a Thai shrimp salad. The Pla Goong is very well executed at Soei Restaurant (500 THB) and features a huge plate of tender, jumbo freshwater prawns. The Pla Goong is prepared with lime, lemongrass, fish sauce, garlic and chillies among other ingredients, which gives the salad a unique flavour. Scoop the meat out of its shell and top with dressing and your preferred ingredients. This tasty shrimp salad comes a close second place for me. -*5 stars-

Pla Goong

Pla Goong (500 THB)


Did someone say fried soft-shell crab in curry powder? *Dribble. This is another one of my favourite Thai foods, which is extremely well prepared at Soei. The crispy fried soft-shell crabs are covered in a thick layer of curry powder and veggies. These meaty, fried soft-shell crabs slathered in fiery curry powder are a highlight at Soei! -*5 stars-

Soft shell crab curry

Stir-Fried Soft-Shell Crab in Curry Powder (400 THB)

Although I’m not a huge fan of mackerel, I must admit that Soei Restaurant’s mackerel with sweet-spicy creamy red curry made my taste buds twinkle. The fried fish goes very well with this sweet red curry which is flavoured with refreshing kaffir lime leaves. Again, -*5 stars-

Red Curry Mackerel at Soei Restaurant

Mackerel in Dried Red Curry (100 THB)


Where is Soei Restaurant?

Soei Restaurant is located close to Ari, which is outside of Bangkok’s major tourist areas. This is my favourite restaurant in Bangkok (so far) and if you’re a foodie, definitely worth the trip. You can easily combine a visit with a trip to nearby Chatuchak Weekend Market. But beware, Soei is closed on Saturdays, so if you want to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market as well you should visit on Sundays.


Soei Restaurant Front

The front of Soei Restaurant

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Soei Restaurant

Price: 100 - 500 THB
Food: Thai Specialties, Mackerel in Dried Curry


Closest BTS: Ari

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