Somboon Seafood Restaurant, Bangkok

Spent the morning at Chatuchak Weekend Market before returning back to city area for a late lunch at the only Somboon Seafood outlet (Sam Yan) that is opened during lunch hours.

The most convenient way of reaching this outlet is by MRT, the restaurant is located at the first storey of Chamchuri Square. We had deliberately planned for a late lunch (after 2pm) so that we could avoid the lunch crowd, hence when we arrived there were many available tables and most of the diners were leaving.

Somboon Seafood

We ordered a “Large” portion of their signature dish – Fried Curry Crab, Prawns with Glass Noodle and a plate of Stir-Fried Asparagus with Scallops.

The crab was the first dish to be served, so fast that we suspected that they probably just warmed up the gravy and pour over the crab? Exactly how fast if you are wondering, less than the time taken to go washroom in the mall…

We tasted the eggy gravy and was satisfied that it was reasonably warm, but the crab size was much smaller than our expectations despite ordering a “Large” portion. From a scale of 1 to 10, the spiciness level of the curry crab was almost close to 0, compared to the scale-breaking spiciness level of the food at Nahm (we had just the night before). Perhaps we were too pampered by the succulent Sri Lanka crabs used commonly in Singapore restaurants, I was disappointed with the limited crab meat used for the fried curry crab. In addition I didn’t taste any curry flavour in the sweet gravy.

I enjoyed the Prawns with Glass Noodles more than the crab. The glass noodles had absorbed the flavoursome broth used to cook them, yet remained relatively al dente and not too soggy.

Stir-fried asparagus was pretty standard.

Am not sure if the quality of food would be better if we had gone to their other branches? This meal fell short of my expectations.

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