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rama 4 / sornthong – best seafood (service not included)

sornthong bangkokcouple of days ago my relatives from korea came to visit us but since it’s not their first time here grand palace, floating market, and other-boring-touristy-places could be left out from our itinerary.

P1000862 copyone evening we went to dine at sornthong pochana, one of the most famous thai seafood restaurants in town.

my family used to come eat here a lot till there was a time when we had a horrible experience with their service in which we totally boycotted them for years. but since our guests were craving for seafood and this was perhaps the best around where i live, i decided to put my ego aside and give them another try.

P1000820 copyP1000819 copyit’s crazy how there are so many koreans that come eat here, even the menu is in korean.

P1000828 copythree condiments that will complete your thai experience – chilli sauce, fish sauce and seafood sauce.

P1000830 copymoo satay with peanut sauce and pickled cucumber in vinegar

P1000834 copyP1000837 copygung chae nam pla (raw prawns in fish sauce)

P1000840 copysteamed shrimps

P1000842 copystir fried shrimp with broccoli and mushroom

P1000845 copytom yum gung

P1000851 copykao pad poo/gung (fried rice with shrimp/crab meat)

P1000853-copypla kra pong pad priao wan (fried fish with sweet sour sauce)

P1000857 copypoo paht pong karee (stir fried crab with curry powder)

P1000858 copyP1000860-copyor suan (fried oyster omelet)

P1000821 copysornthong, a longstanding family owned thai seafood restaurant, despite having the reputation for the rather shabby interior with low ceiling making it hard to have conversations without screaming your lungs out and service no where to be found, it does have a good reason why it’s always jam packed. the seafood is fresh, quick and affordable and these people obviously know what they’re doing.

but… that surely doesn’t override the fact that their service was as horrible as i remember.

P1000832 copyP1000861 copyi recommend this place for the food and food only.

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  • Reply gabe1990

    this is really helpful annie !! everything looks delicious hehehe keep updating its fun reading ur blog :)

    December 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      that means so much to me :) <3 thank you!

      December 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply bblake10

    Annie, absolutely awesome pics and locales.

    December 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      you’re always so sweet betty! <3

      December 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply tomboyprincesscharm

    Annie, your food posts always make me drool and yearn to replicate SEA dishes here in Van :)

    December 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hat’s a compliment, right? hahaha :P thanks sweetie!

      December 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Camille

    Looks amazing! I love your bog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    December 8, 2014 at 11:37 pm
    • Reply Camille

      *blog* :)

      December 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm
      • Reply annie lee

        i will for sure camille! thanks for the support xx

        December 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply thatumamilife

    I. Can’t. Even. That suan looks AMAZING. This kind of feast is totally out of my reach in California! And that curried crab!

    I have to wonder, what kind of food do you make at home? You’ve clearly traveled the world and have a taste for food from all over, so I’m curious as to your go-to, like, Monday night dinner! Bet it’s delish.

    Hope you’re well, and see you around the blogosphere!

    December 9, 2014 at 1:10 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hey liz! i agree.. SEA has some amazing AND affordable seafood! one reason i can never leave this country lol. ohh at home i normally have korean food if i’m not eating out or ordering in. we have lots of kimchis, one kind soup for sure and lots of raw vegetables! i like to keep it healthy at least at home! hope you’re having an amazing week liz! <3

      December 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Julie Feng

    Looks so amazing! Cravings always trump bad service, hahaha. :)

    December 9, 2014 at 1:24 am
    • Reply annie lee

      ahhh exactly. i tried my best not to like this place but the food is so damn good!!!

      December 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Feline Creatures

    Ohhh~ i need to go back pronto!! The tom yum soup, the satay, oh my tummy is growling at the sight of them! And hole in the wall places typically have the best food in BKK~ my favorite is the family-owned restaurant by Sukhumvit 71 which as the best geese in town!! Have a great one love!! xo~ Lena

    December 9, 2014 at 1:31 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i agree on the hole in the wall places here in thailand!! hahaha like the noodle places rung-reung and saew. both look like it’s gonna collapse sooner or later but boy do they have the best guay tiews in the world!! i don’t think i’ve ever been to that one in sukhumvit 71 though but i’ll surely recommend it to my friends! too bad i turned pescetarian before i could try :) but thanks lena! have a lovely lovely week! xx

      December 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm
  • Reply Tara

    I am salivating, I don’t even know where to begin! I would lick each and every plate till it was dry! So happy to have discovered your blog, this blog is definitely stimulating all my senses!

    December 9, 2014 at 1:34 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha that’s a great thing, right? ;) thanks a ton tara! you’re too sweet!!

      December 10, 2014 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply Keri

    Looks so delicious! I am drooooling

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    December 9, 2014 at 1:37 am
  • Reply The Fashion Huntress

    Wow! Looks amazing~!!! So fun!

    December 9, 2014 at 3:34 am
  • Reply Carolyn

    looks so amazing! I want it all!

    December 9, 2014 at 9:27 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hii carolyn!! i so wish you could try em all! xx

      December 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm
  • Reply bonjourjennifer

    OMG the steamed shrimps! Everything looks delicious! It’s too bad that the service wasn’t there to make the visit a little more enjoyable.

    December 9, 2014 at 10:21 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i know right? :( but i mean it’s to be expected of a place so popular like this. but as much as i tried not to like it, the food was SO GOOD! hahaha

      December 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Tanya

    Oh my looking so good to me now and I am going to bed. Miss those yummy foods.

    December 9, 2014 at 11:42 am
    • Reply annie lee

      haha worst time to be checking out food photos isn’t it tanya? :P

      December 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Melisa

    Annie, thins look so yummy and amazing. Perfect photos as always. Have a great day dear. Mel

    December 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      it was really yummy :) thank you so much mel, have a great week! xx

      December 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Tina Phan

    I am seriously drooling now and your photography is amazing!


    December 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      awww tina, thank you so much! hope you didn’t break your laptop :P

      December 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Anshul Bhargava

    Omg Annie. I need to go back to BKK right now, just to feast on all these goodies. Those satays indeed look scrumptious, and I’m so so glad you loved the food in this restaurant. Will definitely pay this place a visit the next time I’m there :)

    December 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hiii anshul! have you been to bkk before? they do have some really amazing selection of seafood in this restaurant! definitely worth a visit ;) have a fabulous week love!

      December 10, 2014 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Julia Hasch

    Oh my! So much food! ^^

    December 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      but at the end of the meal there was nothing left on the plate. not sure where it all went…

      December 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply MilanoTime

    Yummy yummy! Great pics <3
    Wish you a Happy Tuesday!
    New post on my blog:

    December 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aww thank you sweetie! yummy yummy indeed ;) have a great week!! xx

      December 10, 2014 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply lena

    looking so delicious!

    December 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      thanks lena! it waaaas delicious ;)

      December 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    Are you kidding?? I’ve heard so much about this place and AC and I had actually scheduled a visit, when we were in Bangkok, but then we decided to try out Salt instead (which was btw. very good too):)
    I’ve heard the crab is supposed to be exquisite, and judging from your pictures, everything seems to be extremely tasty! How bad was the service experience of yours?

    December 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahah yeah this place is pretty famous among tourists and locals alike!! the service is chaotic and the staffs can be super rude at times if they aren’t in the mood.. like they literally half screamed in annoyance when i asked for our orders to be taken. for the fifth time. urgh. really pissed me off and i vowed to never return but here i was again. loving the food as much as i did before. haha! but i’d say give it a go just for the food!

      December 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply April Nunez

    haha! I really how unbiased you are on this review. :)
    Indeed, based on the photos, the foods are extremely tasty. :)

    April of:
    IG: @beybiapril

    December 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      thanks april! it’s a shame about the service really.. :( but you’re right, the food was extremely tasty!

      December 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Shireen L. Platt

    This post makes me miss Asian food so much! *sob!* All the food pictures look amazingly delicious!

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    December 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aww hehe thanks shireen!! it was really good!

      December 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply carascliche

    Oh my this looks delicious! Sometimes the food is definitely worth putting up with a less than stellar atmosphere:)

    xx Cara

    December 10, 2014 at 12:52 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i agree :) these places tend to have the most ‘authentic’ food!

      December 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply fashiontipp

    Looks great❤️ Amazing post!

    December 10, 2014 at 1:01 am
    • Reply annie lee

      thanks :) food was great!

      December 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply gail

    Ahhh I love Moo Sate! If you come by Aree (Bts aree station) There’s one street stall selling Moo Sate and it’s absolutely yummy!

    December 10, 2014 at 5:00 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hey gail! oh yeah? i’ll make sure to recommend it to my friends cos i’m a pescetarian :) i hope this post didn’t give you too bad of a home-food-sick! :P

      December 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Helen

    Lovely post, looks delicious! <3

    I have a new post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts;


    December 10, 2014 at 5:20 am
    • Reply annie lee

      oh sure i’d definitely check it out helen. thanks for dropping by! xx

      December 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply funkyfashion007

    The food here looks amazing and I don’t even like seafood haha! You always have the best pictures! :)

    December 10, 2014 at 5:52 am
    • Reply annie lee

      oh nooo really? seafood is my all time favourite! hahaha :) but glad it at least was visually appealing for you! xx

      December 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply libys11

    girl!!!!! i love seafood!! seeing that chili crab?!! AAAAHHH!!!!! i want to eat one now soooo bad!!! :D

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    December 10, 2014 at 9:47 am
    • Reply annie lee

      yeahhh, something along that line with curry powder!! it was the bomb dot com! oh-so-good :P

      December 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Naeun

    That food looks so delicious but what a shame about the service! I hope you enjoyed it anyway because the moo satay looks so good! Btw can you speak fluent thai? :)

    December 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hey naeun!! yes i do speak fluently. sort of.. hahaha not 100% though! oh how i wish you could try these food. it’s the best. but no, i wouldn’t wish on anyone to experience their service :| haha. hope you’re having a great week!! xx

      December 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply sharonbeautyprime

    Annie, why oh why do you always tempted me with such delicious food? Your food blog is amazing and is making me drooling right now as I speak … I need a bib, please :x

    December 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      oh no! put that bib on RIGHT NOW! hahaha, aw you’re the sweetest. thank you so much sharon! xx

      December 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Erica

    Everything looks sooooo delicious! x


    December 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      omg erica!! hi!! thank you so much for dropping by. it was indeed very delicious :D

      December 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Andreia Leote

    OMG everything looks so delishhhhhhh YUMMM

    December 11, 2014 at 5:01 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha it was!! thanks for dropping by andreia! xx

      December 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Hann

    I understand you complaining about their service – because honestly, one of my consideration in choosing a restaurant is its SERVICE.

    Hope you still have a good time. Btw, more of posts like this Annie :)

    December 11, 2014 at 6:54 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i know right? i think service matters A LOT more than what most restaurants think. but at least the food was great :P thanks hann!!

      December 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Esther

    the food looks amazing in your photos!

    December 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      they are rather photogenic now that i see :P hehe thanks esther! xx

      December 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Bonnie

    hey i love your pictures! what kind of camera do you use?

    December 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      thanks! i used lumix gm1 for this post :)

      December 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply stylentonic

    …I’m hungry!!! ;-)

    December 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply patriciablaj

    Your pictures are gorgeous as always and the food looks AMAZING <3 Too bad the service is poor


    December 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      awww thanks patricia!! so kind of you as always :) and yesss.. it’s such a miss about the service! but oh wells!

      December 13, 2014 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Whitney V

    I looove your sandals! All your pics look amazing so yummy, will take your tips into account when I visit Bangkok thank you hun!!


    December 12, 2014 at 1:23 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aww that means a ton whitney! there are so many more things to do here in bkk :) make sure to let me help you when you do come!

      December 13, 2014 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Martina

    I love Thai food!!!
    My first time in Thailand was when I was three years old!!
    Great pictures!!

    December 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aww martina, do you rmr anything from that trip?? hahaha :) i’m sure no spicy food for you back then. come back again!!

      December 13, 2014 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Freddie Spaghetti

    Hi Annie,
    I passed by this restaurant last week for a late lunch and they were closed. At least I know where it is for next visit to BKK. I ended up at one of the street-side, makeshift restaurants in Soi 11. The photos would not have compared to yours. Nice review.
    Freddie S

    December 13, 2014 at 2:30 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hi freddie!! how was your trip? :) did you get to indulge in lots of delicious thai food? haha. thanks for the comment!! have a great weekend! xx

      December 13, 2014 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Bibi

    That looks so delicious!! x

    December 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply cliffsofdover123

    I love your food photos. Keep up the good work.

    December 15, 2014 at 12:54 am
  • Reply anggi150191

    They look so pretty delicious, you took the pictures so perfectly! i’ll definitely take this place to my list when i visit bangkok next time. Well, not to mention for the service, just as you said, hahah :D
    Thanks for sharing, annie! Have a good day :)

    December 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply crystalshauntae

    That would be such a toss up for me! I have boycotted many places because there was bad customer service…however…that food looks ah mazing.

    December 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
  • Reply bojan131

    How about we give the waiters a Some Good Ass Kicking for the bad service? No one messes with Annie.

    December 24, 2014 at 11:59 am
  • Reply mommycookforme

    They looks delicious and wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing. :)

    December 30, 2014 at 5:13 am
    • Reply annie lee

      it’s my pleasure :) thank you for checking it out!

      January 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Poonpo

    I also want to taste its :) its looking yummy !! hehehe

    January 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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