Gedhawa is small, eclectically decorated restaurant is perched on a corner of Sukhumvit 35, if you didn’t know it was there you would miss it. We were treated to a feast of Northern Thai food by Thai friends who live in the area (they know all the best places)! The owner has had northern Thai restaurants for years, and it certainly has a loyal fan base – we went a couple of times and all 8 tables in this tiny places were full!
Everything we ate was delicious, however as it’s known for Northern Thai, here are some of the most popular dishes: Khao soy – a mild curry noodle dish with chicken or beef from Chiang Mai. Hung-lay curry – belly pork and ginger slow cooked, very mild curry (Burmese influenced and also famous in the North Thailand). Pandan chicken – chicken marinated and wrapped in fragrant leaves then fried. Vietnamese-style pork wraps where you use a lettuce leaf and rice paper as a wrapper then load it with a pork meatball, chopped banana, garlic, ginger, chilli and a piquent sauce, careful not to over load! Nam phrik, a dip made from fresh chillis and served with cold vegetables which have been lightly steamed. Of course you can have sticky rice to go with your meal, served in banana leaf cones.
If you’re not full yet, there are traditional Thai desserts on offer. I ordered tubtim Krob, or rubies in coconut milk – these are water chestnuts dipped in red jelly served with coconut milk and crushed ice. Much to my surprise Mr ordered melon and sago pudding –the surprise due to the fact that he’s not really a sweets kinda guy (with the constant exception of sticky toffee pudding that is) let alone a Thai sweet kinda guy. His pudding looked like a little mountain of pale peach snow, studded with cubes of cantaloupe melon. Both were delicious although Mr gave him brain freeze – perhaps from eating it too quickly, but if it’s a dessert he eats quickly then it must be good.
Gedhawa is open for lunch and dinner (5pm -10pm), closed on Sundays. To get here, you can drive and try to find a space, which is just a massive pain since Em quartier (the latest mega-mall in Bangkok) opened just around the corner, or just take a taxi! To walk you can take the BTS Sukhumvit line to Phrom Phong station, and exit to the north side of Sukhumvit Road. Turn left and walk against the traffic to Soi 35.