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Charm Eatery and Bar

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Address:124, Soi Silom 9, Silom Rd., Si Lom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand


Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 12:00-14:00, 17:00-01:00

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Charm Eatery and Bar, located in the heart of Sathorn 10-12, presents authentic Thai food inspired by the chef’s childhood meals, which were all tasteful classics. The homemade condiments and chili pastes, with fine selections of ingredients give the dishes a uniquely vibrant flavor.

The cocktails have also been inspired from the bartender’s younger years. Charm Eatery and bar also offers a variety of whiskey, spirit, draught beer and wine.


Editorial Reviews

Flawless Charm

Fusion at its best at this modern Thai eatery with New Orleans flare

The stir-fried crabmeat with fresh bird's eye chilies.


Sathon 12 may be Bangkok's current hub of culinary happenings. Yet, as I pulled into an empty parking slot right by the footpath in front of a funky, bar-like joint, the instinct of a keen -- and perhaps prejudiced -- restaurant reviewer suddenly kicked in.

"If I had known this was the place, I probably would have backed off."

Boy, was I glad that I didn't.

Charm Eatery and Bar opened in August last year and is so popular that without reservations, to get a table, especially on Fridays, is impossible.

On a Monday evening, the two-storey, 120-seat restaurant was packed. The place, lulled by live acoustic music, was a marriage between a modern eatery and a New Orleans bar. The crowd was a 60/40 mix of local and expats, and an impressive blend of office executives with families.

The restaurant is the second venture by the young and ardent Thai chef-owner of Mazzaro, a nine-year-old contemporary Italian restaurant on Wat Suan Phlu Road.

At Charm the chef presents authentic homestyle Thai cuisine with dishes prepared to his grandmother's recipes using top quality ingredients. The menu is a professionally-illustrated, 150-dish collection of local fare with two dozen options of pizza and pasta.

The two-storey, 120-seat restaurant looks like a modern eatery combined with New Orleans cool. photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

Stir-fried crispy smoked duck breast with chilli and garlic (290 baht) started off our dinner nicely. The dish, which is one of the restaurant's best-selling, featured thin strips of duck meat, deep-fried and generously tossed with brittle morsels of garlic and roasted dry chillies, and was good by itself as a snack or great as a side entrée to enjoy with rice.

The phad sam men (200 baht), literally translated as "stir-fried three stinky ingredients", is a classic home-styled dish known by most Thais to provide gastronomic contentment. It is described in English on Charm's menu as stir-fried glass noodles with acacia, southern wild bean, pickled garlic and shrimp.

The acacia (or cha-om in Thai), southern wild bean (nitta bean or sa-taw) and pickled garlic are famous for their strong savour, but they aren't at all unpleasant especially when the restaurant settles only for the best quality products. Here, the beans were large and bright green, offering maximum nutty flavour, while the garlic was crunchy and sweet. The vegetable centrepieces came well tossed with glass noodles, egg and plump prawns, and resulted in flawless charm.

The two-storey, 120-seat restaurant looks like a modern eatery combined with New Orleans cool. photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

I would return just for Charm's nuea poo phad phrik khee noo or stir-fried crabmeat with fresh bird's eye chillies (450 baht). The dish showcased giant lumps of naturally sweet, cottony white crabmeat seasoned with garlic, shallots and kaffir lime leaves, and went nicely with rice. Connoisseurs of freshwater fish don't want to miss gaeng pa pla khang or hot and spicy herbal soup of red tail catfish (320 baht). Served in a brass pan over a tealight, the fiery soup highlighted thick white fillets of the river fish, which boasted a springy texture and flavoursome taste.

 The stir-fried 'three stinky ingredients' with glass noodles and prawn.

There are quite a few options of East-meets-West fare that Charm is popular for.

One of them is pizza with Thai-style toppings. We passed choices like spicy spinach and green chicken curry and went for the phad kaphrao or minced pork with chilli and basil (390 baht). The thin-crust pizza boasted a scrumptiously perfect proportion between mozzarella cheese and phad kaphrao, the latter of which stuck well to the crispy bread without soaking it. Deep-fried sweet basil leaves lent a crispy finish to the pizza.

Another dish I found difficult to pull my fork out of was the spaghetti with salid fish or pasta with crispy Siam gourami (290 baht). I'm sure you would also find the flavourfully peppery dish very addictive, as well.

I highly recommend nuea yang jim jaew prepared with the special beef cut of the day. Our order featured USDA Prime St Helen's striploin steak (1,890 baht), grilled to perfection to retain the quality of the well-marbled American beef, accompanied by spicy Thai-style dipping sauce, which for me was unnecessary due to the flavoursome quality of the meat. Permanent options, including Australian sirloin (680 baht) and Australian wagyu rib-eye (950 baht) are also available.

A macho, sweet-shunning friend at our table fell in love with Charm's half-baked red velvet cookie with Sugus ice cream (320 baht). Served on a hot metal pan, the soft and buttery gooey, semi-baked cookie was topped with a scoop of the fruity-fragrant, house-made sherbet.

Service blended bar-style swiftness with culinary knowledge and efficiency. Reservations are highly recommended.

Spaghetti with crispy salid fish and Thai herbs.

The phad kaphrao pizza.


124, Soi Silom 9, Silom Rd., Si Lom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand

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