I've lived in Sukhumvit for two years now, very close to this restaurant. I went to there for the first time, after reading about it in Lonely Planet. We found it to be just like a standard Thai place for locals even the first time we went. There are many small Thai eateries all over, to which I have been with my Thai friends, so compared to those, this was no exception- only much more expensive. One things that struck me the first time was that the owners of this place are very indifferent- sometimes to the point of being rude. But I tried to ignore that and went there a few more times, because it is at a walking distance to my apartment. But every time, they were quite rude......
After the order is placed, the food takes quite a while to come to your table, and if you are taking out food, then the wait is like eternity. It takes forever. And if by chance you happen to inquire as to what happened, you'd be glared at so blatantly, that you will just shut up.
Over the year the food prices have shot up like crazy here. One crab curry (small portion) is about 350 baht! One plate pad thai is about 150 baht. One particular day, it was a bit crowded at dinner time and after paying for a take out order, I sat there for about 25 min with no sign of my order....and the waitresses would not even look in my direction. So I started walking towards the kitchen to inquire, when one of the waitresses stopped me in the path and screamed at me. I felt shocked and humiliated. I turned around immediately and walked out of there without the food and without taking my money back.
Food is fed with love not with arrogance. It feels like every one working at this restaurant is FORCED to work. It seems like a family run place and the youngsters, it seems, are forced to do help out in this, when they'd rather do something. Anyhow, I'm not going there again. The food is just like any other Thai food joint and one has to sit by the road in the open. But the prices are high and so are the egos!!
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