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“Amazing food in Old Thailand” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yong Lee

Yong Lee
Sukhumvit 15, Bangkok, Thailand (Wattana)
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Ranked #883 of 8,076 Restaurants in Bangkok
Cuisines: Chinese, Thai
Neighborhood: Wattana
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Neighborhood: Wattana
Valletta, Malta
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“Amazing food in Old Thailand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Do not expect lavish 5 star service or smart waiters pampering you with smile. You just be put to sit down in a seedy corner of Sukhumvit and the orders to the kitchen are given in the old trtadition i.e. shouting .....but wait. The food you will eatr will make up for the lack of detail as the tastes are sent from some corner in paradise. If you are able to keep up with that then this is the best restaurant ever. Bills are rounded up (in favour of the restaurant) but come on it is still dirt cheap in return for what you eat and compared to cold and expensive Europe.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pattaya, Thailand
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81 restaurant reviews
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
“A must to go for lunch or dinner when you are in Bangkok”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This restaurant I have been in many times during the last 35 years or so when I was visiting Bangkok. The amazing thing is that nothing has really changed it this place in those years. The owner of course is getting some older, but he is still there. The prices also have of course changed in those years, but absolutely not the quality of the food and the atmosphere. The interior of this restaurant is also more or less still the same, so are the tables and chairs, electricity switches, entrance doors etc. The duck is the best in Thailand, but also their fried Wan Tan, scallops and soups. If you need a romantic atmosphere with no street noise, this is indeed not your place, but if you like good authentic Chinese food and nostalgia give it a try. Real globetrotters won't regret it. Be aware also, that during lunchtime this place is crowded, and you might have to wait a while (on the street) to get a table. So go early.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Finland
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“Authentic, noisy surrounding for Thai-Chinese meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We - a group of four - were treated and served well. At the time of our meal the corner restaurant was not packed so we got a spacious table for six. The lady of the house handed over the menus (showing the same prices 160/300 THB for each item) and food came quickly. Everything was tasty though not super excellent. Service was good but not especially polite. Top points for the environment: open, noisy, dark, simple - exactly like a street side Chinese restaurant should be. The bill was what we expected it to be. - We just wonder how long this historical relic can stay in the middle of new new shiny buildings. Some pictures here: http://wp.me/p1jVlh-1gu

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Funniest experience, best food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place is an absolute must. It is run by a guy who appears to be 112 and his much younger wife who is probably only 77. They are both ornery! I watched as they refused service to a single person as they didn't want to give up a large table for just one person, and I was reminded of the "No Soup for You" episode of Seinfeld when some poor backpacker fellow wanted to come in just to buy a beer. I also got a hug from the older lady at the end, and she called me beautiful! So it really is all over the place. The food though--totally authentic. The place is full of locals and frankly, that's a good sign. It's cheap, delicious, and it is miles away from the nasty McDonalds and other western places now littering the neihbourhood.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good food but buyer beware”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Food here is great and this is probably the best roast duck in Sukhumvit but I would stick to ordering the one dish meals from the menu where the price is clearly shown. I would also strongly recommend asking for a breakdown. We were not presented with a bill but the proprietor just named the price. We were four pax and got charged 420 Baht per head. For what the place was - a dirty old shop by the street - we were surprised to say the least. We only had a noodle each and small plate of fried vegetables(morning glory). When we asked for a breakdown the owners became rather abrasive, so we paid rather than argue. We were definitely overcharged and I don't think this would happen to non-tourists.

Great food but caveat emptor.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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