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Posted date:  September 15, 2009

Falafel, chips and eggplant dip at Shoshana, an Israeli restaurant in Bangkok

Operating since 1983, Shoshana must be the longest-standing Israeli restaurant in the Khao San Road area, if not in all of Bangkok. Nowadays there are several places in the area serving pitas, felafel and even shwarma, but I inevitably go back to Shoshana. This used to be partially for the constant stream of Seinfeld re-runs being played there (I’ve never owned a TV), but was mostly for a delicious break from Thai food.

As is the case with many of my favourite places to eat, I rarely stray from a few dishes that I know to be good. The set above, my usual, combines felafel, French fries, a garlicky eggplant dip and “Israeli salad”.  I seem to recall the set selling for 55 baht until relatively recently, making Shoshana also the cheapest place in Bangkok to obtain Western-style food. The price has gone up 120 baht now, but it still remains a bargain, especially when you consider the quality. Although they’re not breaking any gastronomical barriers, the folks at Shoshana are extremely talented at deep-frying — this despite not using a Western-style deep-fryer (they use cheap aluminum pots) or deep-frying thermometers. Their skills are evident in the non-soggy and super-crispy French fries to the dry-yet-moist-in-the-right-places schnitzel. They also do good liver dishes, decent home-made pickles (shown in the background) and a decent yogurt shake.

88 Th Chakraphong, Banglamphu, Bangkok
02 282 9948

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3 Comments for Shoshana

I haven’t been to your blog for a long time but it’s funny that I remember seeing this place when I was in Thailand in Jan 07. I remember commenting to my friends as we were walking by how odd to see an Israeli type restaurant in the middle of Bangkok.

Did you really think Shoshana was so good? I never really cared for it that much, although the falafel are nice, and they do have a good lemon and mint tea. It was much much cheaper back in 2005; in 2008 the prices had shot up, but prices had shot up everywhere bc of the inflation in Thailand.

patricia: It is something of an anomaly, but there are heaps of Israeli backpackers in the area.

Josh: Yep, I do like it. As mentioned above, it’s not amazing food, but a good break from Thai, and they really are super talented at deep-frying — far better, I’d say, than the majority of Thai restaurants.

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