Soi 14 (Soi Rhraek Samakkhi) is a short residential street with the Tune Hotel at the far end. Nonetheless, this street has two very good restaurants on opposite ends of the price scale.
This cheap and authentic Thai restaurant is something of a Bangkok institution. Local Thais have been eating here for years, and it has caught on in a big way with foreign tourists over the past few years. It’s open 7 days a week from 11am to midnight serving classic Thai dishes for 40 to 150 Thai Baht a plate. Don’t come here if you are expecting the frills of a western restaurant. The chairs are plastic as are the plates. The service is slow, and the drinks range is confined to local beer and Thai whiskey. However, the food is great and the cheapest you will find in this part of Bangkok. At night it has a lively atmosphere with groups of Thais and foreigners in various states of drunkenness.
Built in a converted golden teak house dating back to the 1920s, Hemingway’s is a smart well run restaurant serving a range of modern European dishes. The restaurant looks great and it’s not that expensive. The clientele is a healthy mix of ex-pats, well-healed locals, and tourists. Posh Thai ladies appear to ‘lunch’ here.
The menu is good; not that long, but it has lots of imaginative dishes. The categories on the menu are:
Bar Snacks and Tapas – German and Spanish dishes from 110 to 490 Thai Baht
Appetizers – we recommend confit duck at 300 Thai Baht or scallops at 350 Thai Baht
Sandwiches – all priced at 220 Thai Baht
Entrees – 360 Thai Baht to 900 Thai Baht. We recommend pan seared black cod for 450 Thai Baht
Salads – European salads like nicoise priced at 290 Thai Baht
Pizzas – priced 190 to 300 Thai Baht
Deserts – ice cream at 95 Thai Baht and other deserts, like keylime pie, priced at 200 Thai Baht