I am not sure how long Anna has been open but it certainly does resemble the old Anna’s Café that used to be in Soi Saladaeng. It resembles it in appearance, menu and service.
Anna is located on a tricky bit of Soi Pipat, best accessed from Sathorn (same corner as the Evergreen Laurel Hotel). Once there, you can’t miss it. It is a large renovated Thai House. The restaurant is very bright with lots of windows providing a smart atmosphere. My only issue is that with so many windows and tiled floors, it makes Ana a pretty noisy place. But I guess if you went in a large group, you really wouldn’t notice.
The menu is Thai and ranges from classic dishes to some more modern versions. I am told they also have a western menu, but as we were in the mood for Thai, we looked no further than the Thai dishes. The food is very good, although everything tends to be a tad sweet – I guess this is pretty typical of a lot of Bangkok Thai food. Despite this, we a had a great meal. We started with a somtam and some deep fried chicken wings. The chicken wings were a favourite – in fact, if memory serves, they tasted exactly the same as those served at the old Anna’s. We then followed this with Pork Ribs in a Panang Curry Sauce. Again, it was a little sweet, but the pork was tender and the curry had a great depth of flavour with a bit hit of kaffir lime. Another good dish was the Prawns in Choo Chee Sauce. The prawns were fresh and the sauce was well spiced. Out final dish was the grilled pork neck with lemongrass. This was my favourite: the pork was tender, and the lemongrass marinade was a great way to cut through the fat.
Like its predecessor, Anna’s specializes in cake –style desserts. We ordered an apple crumble pie and a lemon tart. The pastry was a little thick, but the taste was excellent.
Service was excellent. The waiters are friendly and professional. At one stage, the food was a little slow and so were given an extra complimentary dessert – a tiramusu cake. Really, our wait was minimal, so this was very appreciated.
It was my first time at Ana, but it won’t be my last. Highly recommended.
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