I almost hesitate to mention this wonderful local treasure that is all but "in the shadow of" the elegant "Cafe de Amis." At the corner of Thuppraya Rd soi 9 you will see a yellow sign that reads simply "Rin Kitchen" and an arrow pointing down the hill. Were you to proceed to the bottom of the hill and turn right you would be at "Cafe des Amis." This is a restaurant you are ordinarily "taken to" by a local rather than a guidebook. Here Thais and Farangs dine side by side or at the same tables and sample some of the most wonderful Thai cooking opposite wonderful choices in Western cuisine as well. It is an open air restaurant with comfortable seating and a relaxed pace on a quiet residential street, yet it is an easy walk from Thuppraya Rd. It is a wonderful introduction to Thai food when you can have something familiar as "your" course and others willing to share their curries and "pad Thai" with you. Many Thai people actually detest Western foods and this is a wonderful chance to share meals and food culture.
When dining with a knowledgeable Thai "foodie" five different plates show up and are served in the ordinary shared fashion. Level of spiciness is to your taste and service is slow and relaxed. If you are in a hurry, don't eat here. Do not expect anything to arrive in any particular order. This is home style cooking. For the Western palate they offer a large portion of chicken in either orange or cherry sauce, baked ribs that are wonderful, all the way down to the common hamburger. They are open from 10:00 AM for breakfast and lunch through late dinner 11:00 PM for lovely relaxed dining. There are even a few parking spaces nearby. Main courses are 120 to 250 baht with a few things higher and lower. This is one of the very few restaurants that also will sell you "large size" bottles of Thai beers at a price that competes with a 7/11.
This is a family owned business with a family. They live on premises. If you require that no children be present in your restaurant do not eat here. If you expect tablecloths don't eat here. If you think that the owner should speak your language fluently don't eat here. In short, shut up and have a cultural immersion, or go around the corner and pay ten times the price for food not native to this country. Read the menu, point to your selection expect a wait so converse with friends and enjoy. No one is impressed with you, but you will be impressed by the food.
In seven years I have never regretted a meal at The Rin Kitchen.