A long established restaurant, Baan Kanitha (House of Kanitha) occupies a traditional Thai style house with plenty of parking on Sukhumvit Soi 23. It's a fair few minutes walk from Sukhumvit road and you'll need to pass all the masseuse girls along this soi before you reach the restaurant on your right hand side.
There is seating both indoor and out in the pretty lamplit lush garden. Just be weary of mosquitos lurking around; get your spray on or be prepared to be bitten.
Traditional teak wood furnishing lends to the old style feel of this place and in doing so, creates a warm and pleasant atmosphere.
A waiter took us to a table by the window and handed us some menus. There is a wide variety to choose from: starters, curries, vegetables, stir fries, seafood and so forth.
After Mr. P and I avidly discussed the game plan for our feast, we placed our order and we were pleasantly surprised when the waiter asked if we had any allergies. As this is the first time that I have ever been asked this question in Thailand, BIG kudos to Baan Kanitha for implementing this into their standard order taking procedure.
Our waiter duly went off with our table order and swiftly came back with a complimentary plate of 'meang kum'; a tasty Thai appetizer traditionally served to welcome guests.
For those unfamiliar with this dish, it's betel leaves served with roasted unsalted peanuts, dried shrimp, diced young ginger, lime, chilli, shallots, toasted shredded coconut and a shrimp paste based sauce which includes shredded coconut, garlic, ginger, shallot, fish sauce and palm sugar.
To eat, simply pick up a leaf, spoon a bit of everything into the centre, fold leaf together to make an easy all-in-one parcel, pop into the mouth and enjoy. It is a simple, yet delightful explosion of many different flavours all at once and is a great way to whet the appetite. Mr. P gave this a big thumbs up!
We followed this with a pork red curry (gaeng phed moo). A coconut milk red chilli based curry with sliced pork, Thai pea eggplant and quartered Thai green striped eggplant, kaffir lime and basil leaves. It wasn't overpoweringly spicy (as requested) and was really quite delicious:
Next up, the stir fried mince chicken with Thai basil and chilli (phad krapow gai sarp). A favourite of Mr. P's and a well known Thai dish which when served as a one plate dish comes with a fried egg on top. Again, just lovely:
And to make sure we got our 'five-a-day', stir fried morning glory with garlic and chilli in yellow bean sauce (pak boong fai daeng). We both love this vegetable and Mr. P confesses to liking the Thai style of stir frying it over any other.
Ingredients were fresh and tasty. None of the dishes were bland, they don't use MSG here and they also have brown rice instead of Jasmine should you have a preference.
Mr. P and I thought service and food were good. We were treated well and after a satisfying meal, asked if we needed a taxi.
A really tasty meal with fresh ingredients set in a beautiful old house with good service. They also have a few other branches around central Bangkok which I can't (yet) comment on. Perhaps if you can, you would?
36/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 (0)2 258 4181 / 4128
Nearest BTS: Asoke, exit 6. Take the steps on your left hand side down to Sukhumvit road. Turn left at the bottom of the stairs to walk along Sukhumvit road. Take a left onto Sukhumvit Soi 23 and keep walking for about five or so minutes. Baan Kanitha will be on your right hand side.