A humble restaurant that churns out exactly what we crave for. Find excellent Thai food along with an elegant vibe, here at Tr.EAT by Saneh Jaan.

Nestled above the lobby of the Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok, Tr.EAT (a play on the word “treat”), is a casual and contemporary Thai restaurant created in collaboration with the Michelin-starred restaurant Saneh Jaan.

[All images courtesy of Tr.EAT by Saneh Jaan]

 

In comparison to its fine-dining cousin, Tr.EAT is the more relaxed, approachable, and affordable haunt — yet with no less quality and scrumptiousness. It fits perfectly as an anytime-of-day-and-week option for those who share a passion for Thai fare.

With the interior design a charming marriage of mid-century and Thai-style decor, the venue oozes out a warm appeal and comforting feel. The menu is themed around traditional Thai cuisine, so expect to see some of the classic dishes you may not come across in many other Thai restaurants dotted around the city.

Recently, we had a chance to check out the space and tried some of the best dishes Tr.EAT by Saneh Jaan has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to order when you visit.

Yum Som Oh Goong Sod (THB 280)

We do love a good cobb and cheese-specked caesar salad, but when it comes to a brighter, bolder, meatier take on a salad dish, the Thai-style version of Yum Som Oh Goong Sod always wins our hearts. The pungency from the chilis and lemongrass play so well with the acidic cut from the pomelo and the slight sweetness from the shrimp. 

Dok Kajohn Pad Woonsen with Naem (THB 140)

Not only are the cowslip flowers (or dok kajohn) pleasing to look at, but they are also delicious in a stir-fry and soup. For this dish, they are the main character with succulent side players like glass noodle and fermented pork sausage (naem). The latter lends its bright, umami-packed grease to help season the dish, taking it to another level. 

Gaeng Ranjuan Moo (THB 220)

Despite its humble look, Gaeng Ranjuan is actually part of the age-old Royal Thai Cuisine which dates back to the reign of King Rama V. It’s a semi-clear pork soup seasoned with a piquant fermented shrimp paste relish, which gives satisfying kicks to the soup — perfect for spooning over warm rice.

Moo Sam Chan Tod Naam Pla (THB 280)

Who doesn’t like something hot and fried? We know we do. There was no question why we would love this deep-fried, fish sauce-marinated pork belly that boasts all three textures in one single short strip. Meaty, crispy, and chewy.

Khao Pad Nam Prik Rong Rua (THB 140)

For those who are not so fond of plain rice, we are not judging you. Crank your meal up a notch with this mouth-walloping Khao Pad Nam Prik Rong Rue or chilli relish-mixed fried rice served with sides like salted egg, sweet pork, and a shrimp skewer.

Som Choon Hi Ma (THB 80)

A Thai version of granita, this Som Choon version at Tr.EAt comes with a dollop of citrus-flavoured ice flakes in a pool of pandan-scented syrup. It also gets topped with mixed fruit like lychee and orange. To top it all off, you can’t forget the crispy fried shallots for a hint of savoury flavour to taste. Delicious.

Tr.EAT by Saneh Jaan, Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok, 68 Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok; Open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-2 pm for lunch and 5-9 pm for dinner.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.