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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Kwan Chitr Contemporary Thai Restaurant @ Phaholyotin 34 (English)

Kwan Chitr Contemporary Thai Cuisine (Steak, Pasta and Thai), Bangkok





Overall Score  9.5/10
Taste   4.5/5
Ambiance  5/5
Service  5/5
Value   4/5

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The Kwan Chitr Ruamsamai (Contemporary), a well known Thai restaurant has been on our list to go to review for quite sometime.  Finally the time and the opportunity had come together.  Throughout the day at work, I was looking forward to dine at this aged restaurant that had been around for almost a century.  This place must have something special to remain in business continuously for such a long time.  After a long working day, I was about to head to the Kwanchitr to meet my two friends.  I had about fifteen minutes to travel from the Jatuchak area to the Kasetsart University Intersection.  Around six o’clock in the evening, I knew that a taxi would not have gotten through the heavy traffic in fifteen minutes having to get through the Major Ratchayothin.    So I decide to hop on the scooter taxi, surprisingly for 80 Baht I got there in just less than fifteen minutes.  




Dodging all the cars in the traffic and being so stressed out from hectic life during the rush hours, I had found my refuge.  I wasn’t so aware of the Kwanchitr’s dining environment.  I was so amazed to find so many mature trees in their property.  In the front, there was a small one story structure that looked very much like a bakery or a café.   Then as I got closer into the place I found that there were more; an old two story house resided within a lush garden and next to the house was a modern structure with the glass and steel beams composition.  The contrast of these two structures spelled out the word contemporary aloud.  Furthermore, a couple of hostesses greeted me the welcoming attitude.  As I told them that my friend already got the table, she said, “Oh, I believe he is seated near the swamp” and I was like, “A swamp? Are you serious?”  She guided me around the house to the most secluded backyard area where terrace dining area was jutting into a small swamp.  I felt so blissful to be in this sanctuary.  It was quite an escape.  I could not believe that there would be a restaurant in the city with this kind of atmosphere.  Kwan Chitr Contemporary Thai restaurant @ Phaholyothin 34, Bangkok had it all. 













I was so intrigued by the pleasant garden restaurant setting and for got about how hungry I was until I found the Kwanchitr Sausage on the table.  What a timing, lucky I came early otherwise I would have missed the specialized dish.  Kwanchitr first started selling homemade sausage about 80 years ago then the restaurant part followed 40 years later and then this particular terrace over swamp area was just finished about 4 years ago.  As their signature dish, the sausages platter was exceptionally yummy, served the German way with the mash potatoes and sauerkraut.  With a mug of draft beer in our hands, it couldn’t get any better, “Life is good!”  I didn’t check their draft beer selection since my friend had a jug of Singha beer already.  A German Lager would go well with the sausages, I thought.   








Then we had ordered a few dishes among the three of us.  First was the Penne Arabiata; a Penna Pastat with the spicy roasted tomatoes sauce.  This one was tasty, pretty good compared to some Italian restaurants.  Second one was the “Kaamoo Samros” or the triple flavored crispy chopped pork shank, which was a great pick.  It was a good side dish, sweet and spicy leading the crispy pork and refreshing with the fresh green mix.  Third was the Grilled Salmon with Panang curry.  Panang is a Thai red curry with the peanut flavor.  The grilled salmon had the right texture for the curry sauce; a bit tarred on the outside.  Aside the salmon was a quality fresh green salad (romaine lettuce, bellpepper, and cheddar) with sweet and tangy Thai dressing.  We all liked it. 




After four dishes, we were pretty happy with all of them.  We were still hungry, so we had ordered a couple more; the Spaghetti Pla Salit (Salted Thai fish), the baked spinach with cheese, and the Vienna Sausages.   These were alright, not as outstanding as the earlier dishes.  The spaghetti was an interesting fusion of Italian and Thai.  The crispy salted fish was good.  The baked spinach had some chopped cabbage mixed in and there was enough cheese.  We usually like the thick cheese layer and the stretchy strings on the scooping but this one didn’t have it.  Vienna Sausages were chopped and starred, deep-fried.  I thought they looked yummy and tasted as so but my friends said that they have had Vienna sausages better from the packages at Foodland. 





Kwan Chitr near Kasetsart University also featured a small bakery upfront for take out.  We couldn’t miss their desserts.  We had three items; Warm Apple crumbles, Chocolate fudge, and Cold Custard.  Choco fudge and Custard came in the tin foil with plastic cover; delivery straight from the fridge in their bakery in the front (We assumed).  They could have popped them out on the plate and touch up with decoration some to raise a value.  I liked the custard, they other two were ordinary.  So, the desserts were nothing special.    






Oh well, personally I enjoyed all of the dishes at Kwan Chitr Contemporary Thai restaurant @ Phaholyothin 34, Bangkok.  It had to be the caring customer service and the gorgeous atmosphere that made the food better and the whole dining experience even more exclusive.  And the food wasn’t expensive at all for this kind of fine dining.  For three big eaters, the bill came to about 2,500 Baht with the beers.  Reasonable price, don’t you think? Any day after crazy hours from work or traffic, this place would calm you down as well as curing your hunger to happiness.  With their various selection of traditional Thai dishes, Steaks, and European dishes; you can easily pick your favorites to enjoy with friends or family.  By the way, Kwanchitr opens for business from 8am to 10pm.  I am sure that their homemade sausages would make a perfect breakfast.  I’d recommend this natural retreat to everyone.



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