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Jay Fai has long been a street food icon, and for good reason — the begoggled chef’s signature crispy golden-brown crab omelets are simply unparalleled...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was part of a group of 6 that came to this restaurant. We went through the usual waiting procedure, which was not really so terrible because it was expected. And fascinating to watch the famous chef at work. And work she certainly does, almost...without pause. We got to the table and drinks were ordered. The lady who helped us could not have been more pleasant but I did notice a couple of the other waitresses who were rather abrupt with the customers. The food arrived after thandard wait and the crab omelette and crab curry in particular are definitely delicious. I was surprised to see one diner eating completely alone at a table that could accommodate 6 people, and apparently going through the whole menu! At another large table were just 2 people. The rule here is that tables are not shared but this seems bizarre after people have spent hours chatting in the very long queue to get in and then have to stand and stare at empty seats. The food is definitely delicious but I did get the nagging suspicion that customers were viewed as a bit of a nuisance, which is a great shame because the chef clearly puts her all into preparing great dishes.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an experience- it’s more than just the food! And the food is great! A very memorable meal with fellow travelers and foodies I don’t understand people complaining about the process or environment. A little research tells you that this is not your typical...Michelin restaurant. We arrived at 7am. The first people in line said they arrived at 6 am. We queued outside At 8:15, names and party size were written on the entry list. At 9:15, the first 11 parties were seated. We were number 12. The number initially seated may vary depending on party size As people were finishing and preparing to leave, the next few of us in line were handed menus (in Thai and English). When it was our turn, we gave our order and were seated - about 10:15 am. We finished our meal about 11:15 am. We had 2 beers, one water, crab omelet and crab curry. It cost $106 US. CASH ONLY The tables were thoroughly cleaned between parties. The restroom is for customers only and was very clean. Some reviews said that the staff was rude. We didn’t find that at all. They are working hard and trying to serve as many people as possible. They weren’t making small talk but they were far from rude - just working hard. We enjoyed chatting with other travelers while in line. We met people from Brazil, England and The Philippines. Everyone shared travel stories and recommendations. It helped the time pass and added to the experience. I suggest going first thing so you can be in one of the early sittings and don’t have to worry about missing your number being called. If you miss it, you must come back another day. They stopped taking names at 9:15. There is a 7-11 across the street for coffee etc. The ATM across the street was broken. But the nice Brazilian young man we chatted with took my husband to anotherMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Missed our number on the first day so we decided to try again the next. Queues start at 7am but we only go to get a number past 8am. If they called your number but you didn't manage to hear them because you're waiting by...the side, they will not let you in and you will have to repeat the process of getting a new number and waiting for your turn. Therefore, first advice would be to follow the rest and fight your way to stand directly infront of their store. Spent a total of approximately 8 hours waiting (not including the first). When you're seated, you have to wait further because she's the only one cooking. Service was terrible. They take your food orders before they let you in but drink orders only when you're seated. When you try to place your drink order, the lady does not show any forms of acknowledgement leaving you confused as to whether she saw you waving. She would finish up whatever she wanted before walking to you and walking away again. She was however very hospitable when an apparent Thai celebrity dined there and allowed pictures and hugs. Since it was 1 star, we based our judgement on the food. We earnestly questioned whoever gave them that star. Firstly, the highly raved crab omelette. It indeed came packed with crab, but it was not even seasoned or had a wow factor. Crab and omelette can be found all over Bangkok and this was not in the top. Secondly, the Tom Yum. One of the worst we've tasted. Choking on lime juice and fish sauce is what it was. 'Yellow Curry' was just curry powder added to scrambled eggs. Other dishes were also below par. Not sure if some were over or under seasoned because she forgot she added them or not. The stir fried rice noodles was the best amongst all at this place and the only reason was because- it had the char from the wok. If you wait around, you'd see that she seasons some but not every dish. Note that she does not taste the food. Bill for 6 pax came up to SGD$120/person. Overall, there does not seem to be a factor that puts a place like this on the Michelin list. Would not recommend tourists to come here since the time spent can be used to explore other gems. Honestly, there are other street food that are cheaper, do not require that much of a wait and taste phenomenal. This would just be all for the gram and a 1 time thing.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For almost 300 US Dollars, one would expect an amazing meal. Now there were very good dishes: the crab curry was outstanding, the Tom Yum was the third best we had in Thailand, and the famous crab omelets were decent. And the portions of seafood...were good. But by comparison to other street food vendors, Jay Fai is too expensive and not strong enough. Certainly it was not worth the six hour wait we had. Here's what they do not tell you. Although the restaurant opens at 9, if you want a table you need to line up well before nine to get a spot. We got there at 8:15 on the second day, and got one of the last places. But after lunch there is a second wait list of about 50 spaces. One has to hand it to Jay Fai, however. Now over 70, she works a grueling day, and does the majority of the cooking here. That takes stamina! At half off her prices, it might we worth it. I'd spend my time and money elsewhere!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Raan Jay Fai!! After publishing even in the San Pellegrino Worlds 100 best restaurants we thaught it’s worth a visit.The hype is absolutely NOT understandable.We booked extra a Messenger for ca.15 $ per hour to get on the waiting list from 9 o’clock in the...morning to have a table at 14.00 h.We arrived extra at 13.15H and waited in the line until 14.30 h.Then they asked you what you want to order and you wait another 30 min.to get an ugly dirty plastic table.After this you wait at your plastic table another 60 min to get your ordered food but sometimes they got confused and forgot one dish we ve waited for.All the stuff never have a smile and they were unfriendly like robots without any emotions.OK we thaught it’s an different experience and watched out the lady who was cooking alone for all the guests.When the food came there was nothing special even the yellow curry with crab meat what was the most expensive dish (2500,_ Baht) had no aromatic thai herbs and had only more white snapper fish and very less crab meat was boring…The hype is only for backpappers and Instagram junkies but for quality foodies it’s nothing at all,questionable the relationship between Michelin inspectors and Miss Jay Fai.DONT LOSE YOUR TIME THERE!!!It will cost a who.e holiday day to eat this very normal Street food you can find in every corner in Bangkok.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed January 3, 2023

So we did a lot of reading about Jay Fai before going to BKK and I had kind of written it off because they were taking reservations but they aren't any longer. What we found, we had breakfast at the hotel and then headed to...Jay Fai at 7.45am, we were about 16th in line at that stage. They open at 9am and so we waited in line until then. Most people in the line before us were making reservations for 6+ people so we didn't make the cut for the 1st sitting. They really don't mess around though and don't want people dragging out the dining experience. We were seated by 11.35am and eating by 12.05pm. The crab omelette is dreamy and everything people say about it. We also had the jumbo prawn yellow curry and cricken with basil and chilli, all were fantastic. The food is totally worth the wait, I would just say...get there early!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 28, 2022 via mobile

Despite other reviews about the long wait times, we arrived at 8:15 AM, put our name down on the wait list and received a number( 59) We went about our day and at around 4pm we came back and the number was on 46. We...had a drink next door and before we knew it it was up to 58. We waited an additional 30 mins before we were seated. We ordered as we were seated and our meals came out 30ish mins after ordering. I can confirm the crab omelette is definitely worth the hype! The drunken noodles had a lovely Smokey taste and the pad see ew was also delicious! Overall a great experience. Only con is it’s slightly expensive for a ‘street food’ place as one dish- yellow prawn curry- is about $76AUD!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 22, 2022 via mobile

Pros: crab meat omelette was unique, crispy outside and creamy inside with loads of crab meat. Love the seafood tomyam soup also. JayFai the chef’s passion is admirable and impressive. Cons: No consideration for customers *** this restaurant seems to really not value its customers....It seems to want *the longest queued restaurant * title. It seems to be proud of its consumers having to queue for literally six hours (despite getting queue number at 8am) for a 1200baht~35usd omelette. And in this age and with such popularity, a simple queue system/app e.g., with sms alerts or online booking is not so difficult. I believe they intentionally do nothing about long queue and wanted people to wait hungry for their food. To the restaurant: *** Yes, your food is delicious and JayFai is a wonder woman with impressive passion. BUT after queuing for six hours and paying triple amount than the market price, yes had a really bad experience. And I believe you still wont do anything after reading such many bad comments about queue because you simply enjoy it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed December 22, 2022

I don't normally like to review places this low. After all, this place and Jay Fai earned a Michelin Star, right? There must be a reason! I arrived at about 2:00 pm, and the wait time was about 2 hours for a single. Understandable, no...problem. It's a famous place after all. I put my name down and get number 114, they're at 75 so I have time and chill out next door. After about 2 hours they're at 108 so I stick around. there is no room in front of the restaurant so I wait just in the alley with my eye on the board. About 30 minutes later they mark down "116". I approach and say I'm 114 and they told me 'too bad'. I didn't leave though, when they whispered my number I can't have been 5 feet away. I asked if I could sit with another solo diner who agreed to sit with me but they got angry at the suggestion. They were no longer taking numbers but offered me 136. Not wanting to have wasted my day in the alley I took it (sunk cost fallacy and all). Another 2 hours go by and I'm now keenly listening for my number. I get it and now I see that the omelet is 1200 baht! 35 USD! For an omelet. Well again I don't want to have wasted my day so I order it for the story I guess. I suppose I've come this far. After I'm sat, I wait another 75 minutes. At this point, it's been over 6 hours and 35 dollars for an omelet. But here's the thing: The 6-hour wait, the rude staff, the terrible organization, the obscene prices, all of this I was ready to forgive if this omelet blew my mind. I like crab meat, but it is a mild flavour. The only thing I could really taste in this dish was the egg and the breading. So egg, bread, crab. If there were other flavours in there I couldn't find them. All in all, it was filling to be sure, but bland. This is to say with everything that transpired to get this famous omelet my expectations were through the roof and I really did think that this famous chef could meet them. But she didn't. I only had the omelet, perhaps the other dishes are superior and worth the wait, but there is Michelin Star street food in this city I had that is better tasting, MUCH faster, and the staff is only normal rude, which is fine.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 19, 2022

Was not able to make any reservation prior to visit, as they stop taking reservation for Nov and Dec 22 Went on a Wed morning at 9am (14/12) and there are already lots of people hanging around the shop. Wrote on the queue sheet with...number 61 (close to the close-off for reservation line). The queue number at 9.10am was number 11 - means 11 groups are seated waiting to be serve. The serving starts at around 1030 Not wanting to waste time waiting since my number is 61, went to do my stuff nearby and when came back at 1130, the queue number then was 23. Asked the staff the estimated waiting time, and was directed to a piece of paper on the table saying no estimation of waiting will be given. I can understand it is hard to predict, but a rough estimation would be helpful, so that visitor can go other places to do their things before returning. Therefore, looking at the rate it was going, think that it will take at least 6 hours to reach 61. With that in mind, went to visit other places (i.e platinum mall). When I went back at 5pm, was shocked to find out that the queue number is already 110. They do not allow missed queue number, and have to re-take the number. So decided to go off. The following day (15/12) went again before 9am (i.e 8.30am), and was glad the queue number I had is 34. So i hang around the cafe nearby, while waiting for my queue, and got called in at 1100. Had the infamous crab omelet and drunken noodles. First taste on the omelet and can understand the reason for such long queue. The crab inside the egg are really huge and filled to the max. To be honest, I think this omelet is good for 2. If solo like myself, it will start to feel too filling at 3/4 piece. Can feel the taste not as good as the first mouth. For the drunken noodles, can taste the "wok hey" and the noodles are really chewy. Eating the noodles really make my mouth sore from all the chewing. But luckily the portion was not huge for 1 person. Total bill adds up to more than 1500 baht, and is it worth the wait? I think it's good to try in once a lifetime, or unless there's company to the shop. I would suggest that should have a live update of the queue number online, so that patrons would not need to waste 3 - 5 hours waiting.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 15, 2022 via mobile

We arrived at 2pm and had the number 120. 2 hours later she was calling my number and was at number 124 as I was on the phone. Missed my number by 20 seconds. They told me to start again from zero and wait another...2-3 hours. Unbelievable. When I tried to explain air talk she said I can go away and they don’t need my money. Completely arrogant, unrespectful. Don’t give them your money. There are hundreds of nice places in bangkok as good or even better than this place. I tried Jay Fai un the past. Wanted to bring my new GF as she wanted to taste. Food is average. Service is horrible. Don’t give money to people that are unrespectful or they won’t learn anything. This place is a complete shame. Cheers! MathieuMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 5, 2022 via mobile

Full disclosure, we didn’t get to actually eat here. Our Thai friends in New York know Jai Fai and actually had a relative visit the restaurant a month ago to make a special reservation for us (they couldn’t call as the place has no phone)....It was for 10am on a Saturday. That was the only time they would allow the reservation. We got a car service and arrived a little earlier…there were many people waiting for entry. We asked for Kim as told and presented a note written in Thai by our friend. The staff there were exceptionally rude, said “we don’t take reservations”. I tried to show them the letter but they were dismissive and only glanced at it. If one of the staff were even a little apologetic or conciliatory, I would have understood and would not have been motivated to write this review. I don’t care how good your food is, if the service is lousy and the staff are just plain mean, you don’t deserve a good review and certainly not a Michelin star.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed December 3, 2022 via mobile

the first approach is a very bad experience! a badly maintained and half destroyed place between urban dirt and chaos of the adjacent street with noisy and dusty traffic attached to the tables. even the service is rude, arrogant and conspicuously bored (I imagine for...the perennial crowd that waits and asks for information)! you wait 2/3 hours in line to get a table and after a hurriedly placed order you wait another 1 hour at least to be served at the table. the second part of the experience is certainly better as the food, albeit from a very limited Thai menu with prawns or crab, is very good and of excellent quality. I think it's an experience to do in any case even just to see the starred chef at work who works non-stop in the street with a live fire and incandescent pans ... very impressiveMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 2, 2022 via mobile

Fice stars for food but 1 star for staff and wait. It's unfortunate but the staff isn't friendly and the wait is long. Perhaps it's a victim of its own success. The food is good though. But perhaps not worth the rudeness.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 30, 2022 via mobile

Me and some friends have been to Bangkok for a couple of days. Lovely people very friendly and service was always good… except of jay fai. You need to put your name on a waiting list on the front. Funny thing is only European people...need to do it. All Thai people can just enter or wait 10-15 minutes. That is one of the reasons why you have to wait about 3-4 HOURS!!! Besides that the service personal was very impolite! Never ever are we going to go there again. Food is also overratedMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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There’s no reservations you get in line and take your chances. Be prepared to wait hours
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Same problem here. No asnwers though... 😔 I'll ask a local friend.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
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