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Muslim Restaurant

Posted date:  December 10, 2006
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This is the creative name of a very longstanding restaurant in the Silom area. Apparently they’ve been making briyani and other Muslim dishes in this same location for 60 or 70 years, and was among the first restaurant of its kind in Bangkok. The thing I like about it (other than the food, which I’ll get to in a moment) is that it appears that very little has changed about the restaurant throughout this time:

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In particular, the wooden booths are a feature that one sees only amongst the elite few of Bangkok’s crustiest restaurants. However most people come here to eat, not critique the interior design, and most of them come to eat the khao mok, biryani. They do several kinds here, which is a great chance to avoid the ubiquitous chicken. I choose khao mok phae, goat biryani:

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As the orange colour illustrates, it’s really quite unlike any other khao mok you’ll get in Bangkok. I find it similar to biryanis I have eaten in Yangon, Myanmar, and imagine it’s similar to what you would get in India. The goat was in the from of a huge joint that offered little meat, but was tender and tasty. Personally, I could go without the meat and simply eat the delicious rice with the complimentary sides of sour eggplant curry, and ajaat, a sweet/sour cucumber, syrup and chili sauce.

Feeling only 84% full, I ordered two samosas:

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Greasy, but tasty, and will leave the taste of cumin in your mouth for a good half hour. The glass case where these came from also holds various curries and Indian-style sweets:

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I’ve eaten other dishes here, including the shrimp biryani and the oxtail soup, and can vouch for their goodness. Here’s what the Nation has to say about the restaurant. I say it’s definitely worth a visit, both for the fun old-world atmosphere and the good eats.

Muslim Restaurant
1354-56 Charoen Krung
(near corner of Silom Road)
02 234 1876


5 Comments for Muslim Restaurant


Wow what a nice find. Interesting that they have samosas too. If you are ever down in Pattani, there is a place in downtown that excels at Khao Mok Gai. I can’t remember the name but its well known and only open in the mornings. The locals will know it.

mr. t: In many ways the place is more Indian than Thai. I’ll bet they make some phat khao mok down there, although I don’t think I’ll be going any time soon!

Yumm. I remember the place very well. There are many groups of muslim in Bangkok. The people living in Bangrak are mostly of Indian origin. The descendants of the Persian Shi’a are in Thonburi. But the mojority are of Malay origin from the south. If you have a chance to go to Petchaburi Soi (5 or 7) on Friday lunchtime, you will find a good selection of Muslim food. I believe that they are of Cham origin.

Just looking at the pictures wets my appetite !

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