Soei Restaurant tops many Bangkok food lists, including TopTravelFoods very own Top 22 Local Thai Restaurant in Bangkok. Indeed, after visiting Soei multiple times, I can say firmly say it's my favourite restaurant in Bangkok and in this article I will tell you why.

Soei Restaurant Bangkok

Soei Restaurant is a restaurant with not-too-fancy looks, yet the restaurant is perfectly clean. You can expect aluminium tables and red plastic chairs, similar to ordinary restaurants. But Soei Restaurant is far from ordinary. Have a glimpse at the wall that is completely filled with awards and other recognitions, and you immediately know you can expect delicious food. So, what makes the food at 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. You can 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 such an interesting snack, although a bit scary to eat at first. But flavour-wise, it was such a treat and therefore I would highly recommend this unique Thai food experience!

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. 

Fried Mackerel Cheeks

Fried Mackerel Cheeks (100 THB)

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 and makes it one of my favourite dishes at Soei Restaurant. 

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 (500 THB) is very well executed at Soei Restaurant 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. The salad was incredibly tasty and is well-worth the price!

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!

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, I would highly recommend this dish at this hugely popular local Thai restaurant.

Red Curry Mackerel at Soei Restaurant

Mackerel in Dried Red Curry (100 THB)

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 as well as MOCA, the museum of contemporary art. Both of these unique Bangkok experiences are listed in our Top Things To Do in Bangkok article and all the information you need for those activities can be found there. Keep in mind that 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


More recommended dishes and information about this restaurant, including opening times, location, menu and ratings can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Soei Restaurant.

There you have it, our review about Soei Restaurant. You can find this all Soei Restaurant, and many other restaurants in Thailand, in our food app called TopTravelFoods. Instead of recommending good restaurants, we recommend the best food these restaurants have to offer. If you are looking for the absolute best dishes near you, TopTravelFoods is the app you must have. The app is available for both Android and iOS and is completely free.


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