Tam Mua Restaurant is located on Ladprao 101. Getting there is simple. From Ratchadapisek and Ladprao Road, head towards The Mall Bangkapi.When you reach Ladprao 101, turn left and head straight for approximately 300 meters. The restaurant will be on the left side of the street.
Tam Mua specializes in tradition Issan, or Northeastern, Thai food. You'll see a host of traditional dishes from the Issan province. I was tempted to try the red ant omelet but I have eaten this before so I went with the fried chicken and pork omelet.
Roughly translated in to English, Tam Mua means “Just Pounded.” Pounded as in chili peppers and papaya seeds. Pounded as in, the best part of sex is after being pounded. Relating to the restaurant, the most intense flavors comes after the pounding. But in the case of this restaurant, the English translation is more along the line of "Being Promiscuous."
The "promiscuous" restaurant actually has a dish of the same name. Their signature dish is made with rice vermicelli (Sen mee), fish, dried shrimp, pork rinds, and a mish-mash of other items that together manages to come out, "Sap elee," or delicious.
Restaurant Name: Tam Mua
Hours: 11AM - 10:00PM
Address: 281 Ladprao Soi 101, Bangkapi, Bangkok
Restaurant Type: Informal, Thai-style restaurant
Reservations Necessary: No
Rating: 3.45 (Recommend) - I will definitely return as there are a host of dishes I'm looking forward to trying.
Quality / Taste / Flavor: 3.5
The food was good. This is the sort of place I could go every so often when I'm in the mood for Som Tum or Fried Chicken but pretty good isn't fantastic. Honestly, I'll blame this on myself. Instead of dining on larp, Tom Yum made in the Issan way, and a red ant omelet, I played it safe, way too safe.
Serving Time: 3
My order consisted of: Khai Jeeo Moo Sap (Pork Omelet), Gai Tod (Fried Chicken), Som Tum, the famous Spicy Thai Papaya Salad (See photo below), Khao Nieow (Sticky Rice), Nam Plao (Water), and Ice Cream Char Nom Yen (Thai Ice Tea Ice Cream). The total bill was 200 baht ($6.70).
Portion sizes were average - decent. After eating my omelet, fried chicken, sticky rice, and ice cream, I was full. The ice cream was overkill.
Friendliness of Staff: 3.0
The waitresses were teenage girls who spoke no English. As is often the case, they assumed I didn't speak Thai, and thus were apprehensive about speaking with me. Once they heard me speak Thai they relaxed and weren't so reluctant to assist me but service was a touch slow.
Thai-style restaurant: Steel chairs and wooden tables, cafeteria-like
Only five blocks from my house, Tam Mua is anywhere form 30-60 minutes from the Sukhumvit area. While location rates a 5 for me, for tourists and those living outside of the Bangkapi area, As always, travel time depends on traffic and your mode of transport. The restaurant is very easy to find, however.
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