Balee Laos Restaurant

Balee Laos Restaurant

Where : Balee Laos, 186/8 Sukhumvit Soi 16 (Sukhumvit) Bangkok, Thailand

Category : Travel / Eat&Drink

Updated by : 2 3 Perspective

add-mykalenda

Open hours : daily 11:30am-noon

What / Why :

One true thing about Thai and Isaan restaurants on Sukhumvit Road is their fare is designed for foreign customers, not for true Thais.

 

 

When we saw Balee Laos, we were impressed with its beautiful Balinese decor and hoped its food might be as good as its appearance. We shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The bistro is divided into two areas—an alfresco dining area surrounded with tropical gardens and an air-conditioned bar. Like most of the customers, we chose to sit alfresco with the plants and tiny fountains because of the peaceful and pleasant ambience. The music was also chilled out. Seats were big and comfortable with soft white cushions, but they were too heavy to move. The concept at Balee Laos is to serve Isaan fare in Balinese decor. The friendly waitresses wear elegant tube skirts. One beautiful waitress suggested the restaurant’s outstanding dishes and we took her advice. Our first order, laap muu tod (deep fried minced pork salad) was the best dish. It was crispy on the outside and simply tasty. Second we had a decent yam phak bung krob (crispy morning glory salad with minced pork and prawn), which had a lot of big morning glory leaves. The minced pork was a bit sour, but that didn’t bother us much. However, after the yam phak bung, every other dish was only so-so. Tom yam kai bai makhaam (spicy and sour chicken soup with tamarind) didn’t have enough spicy or sour flavors though chicken was tender. Pla krapong tod krathium (deep fried fish with garlic) had a lot of garlic on the side, but it was a bit burnt. The fish was also served with three different kinds of sauces—salty, sour and sweet, but they couldn’t alleviate the blandness of the crispy fish. And jaew plaa duk yang (grilled catfish seasoned with garlic, grilled red onion, chili fish sauce and parsley) was our big mistake. The dish lacked flavor, especially spiciness.

 

Though we weren’t satisfied with the food, we noticed there were many farang and Japanese customers. Chefs must be used to cooking bland dishes for foreigners. We felt a lot better after having excellent bua lawy pheuak (sticky rice dumpling with taro in coconut milk) and kao niaw durian (durian with sweetened sticky rice topped with coconut milk). But even the desserts didn’t convince us to come back. Perhaps the best place to get Isaan food is from a street vendor. Drivers beware—Balee Laos’ parking area only fits three cars.

Balee Laos Restaurant-2   Balee Laos Restaurant-3   Balee Laos Restaurant-4   Balee Laos Restaurant-5   Balee Laos Restaurant-6  

Other Information :

checkboxPrivate Room

checkboxKaraoke

checkboxAir Condition

checkboxSmoking Area

checkboxAlcohol

checkboxPark

checkboxCredit Card

Transportation :

Top Attractions in

Bangkok

The Esplanade, Ratchada

The Esplanade, Ratchada

Location : Bangkok

Siam Ocean World Bangkok

Siam Ocean World Bangkok

Location : Bangkok

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon

Location : Bangkok