P’Aor is the kind of restaurant you should visit if you want your expectations met – correction: exceeded. This multi-awarded no-frills restaurant is where your 100 baht ($2.89) will get you a steaming large bowl of rich, creamy Tom yum noodles that are perfectly punctuated with pieces of big, fat shrimp. And, oh, 100 baht ($2.89) is already one of the more expensive dishes at P’Aor.
Prepare to eat like a local because at P’Aor, there’s no watering down of soups, no dumbing down of Thai classics. Add to that, there are no English translations on the menu – so be prepared. Practice the pronunciation of these dishes: Kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon, Ba mee yok gai ob, and Khao goong rad sauce man boo – these are all must-tries.
Despite all the awards and accolades on display, P’Aor doesn’t aim to impress its customers, only to keep dishing out plates and bowls of well-loved P’Aor recipes which launched them onto the culinary map. Do not miss the tom yum noodles!
What to order: Lobster tom yum, Crab sauce rice, Shrimp popia, Kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon
Price range: 50 to 699 baht ($1.44 to $20.19)
When: 10:00 – 22:00 (Daily except Monday)
Where: 68/51 Soi Phetchaburi 5, Phetchaburi Road, Bangkok
How to get there: Take the BTS Sukhumvit Line to Ratchathewi station. From there, walk towards Phetchaburi Soi 5, make a right at Phetchaburi Alley and walk for about 250 meters. Turn left to a small, narrow alley and walk for another 80 meters; you will then find P’Aor to your right.