Founded back in 1975, Kalpapruek is one of Bangkok’s earliest “modern” family restaurants which offers Thai-style dishes, complemented by Western-style cakes from its bakery for dessert. Its cakes were legendary and it’s one of the favourite places for Bangkokians to get their birthday or celebratory cakes. I’d been back to the original outlet of the restaurant in Silom for decades.
This time, during my last visit to Bangkok, I hosted a family luncheon for my Bangkokian relatives there. It’s a popular restaurant, and advisable to avoid weekday lunch-time when it gets really, really busy.
What we had:
“Taechiu jui guoi” or Thai-Taechiu Chinese steamed jasmine rice flour cupcakes, topped with fried sweet radish, minced pork and crab meat topping, flavoured with salty-sour-sweet beanpaste (“taucheo”).
“Larb gai” (ลาบไก่) - spicy-sour minced chicken salad.
Grilled pork “sate” (สะเต๊ะ) with spicy peanut sauce dip.
“Khao soi gai” (ข้าวซอย)- Northern-style egg noodles with red chicken curry.
“Gaeng keaw wan gai” (แกงเขียวหวานไก่) green chicken curry, served with roti.
“Ko mu yang” (คอหมูย่าง) - grilled pork neck, served with “nam jim jeaw” (spicy chili dip) and “khao niew” (sticky rice).
Still a solid choice for holding large family luncheons or dinners - the cooking is attuned to Bangkokian tastes - not as sweet or piquant as Southern flavours, not as bitingly spicy which the Northern palate prefers. Bangkokians love variety, which Kalpapruek, like its great rivals, Taling Pling or S&P, provide in its extensive menu, complemented by its very popular daily special lunch set.
27 Pramuan Road, Silom , Bangrak
Tel: +662-236 4335, +662-236 4338
Operating hours: 8am - 6pm daily (close at 3pm on Sunday)