The most famous Pad Thai restaurant in Bangkok
Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s most famous dishes and the most famous place to eat Pad Thai in Bangkok is at a restaurant call Thipsamai (or Thip Samai). This restaurant, located not too far from the Democracy Monument, has been serving Pad Thai for over 60 years. The restaurant is famous for its unique recipe, it’s specially squeezed orange juice and for its crazy busy atmosphere.
I went there on Saturday night and even with a bit of rain falling, there were hundreds of people lined up to either get a seat in the restaurant or get take out. However, the service is lightening fast, as Thipsamai only serves one dish, in multiple variations, and that’s Pad Thai. And you can only get orange juice, coconut juice, soft drinks or water. By the way, Thipsamai’s orange juice is also very famous. It’s freshly squeezed everyday. It’s amazingly fresh. You need a spoon to finish it because there is so much pulp. (Each bottle must be finished on the day of bottling.) Thipsamai’s simple menu makes for an assembly line service that can process an amazing amount of customers in a reasonably short period of time.
I took some pictures of the restaurant, which are shown above. Below is a short video from YouTube that someone else has taken. If you’re interested, you can search the restaurant’s name on YouTube and find many more videos. This is one popular restaurant that almost always has lines of people waiting to get in.
You can get Pad Thai at almost any restaurant in Thailand, but Thipsamai sits at the pinnacle of the Pad Thai world. I have been to this restaurant a few times over the years and I definitely agree that the Pad Thai here is the best I’ve ever tasted. I’m no authority on Pad Thai quality and I suspect there are many experts who will argue whether Thipsamai is the best. But it sure is the most famous. There is no arguing on this point.
For a closer look at what makes Pad Thai so unique, you might want to take a look at this very well made video produced by the Thai government. I think I might have posted this video in the past, but sometimes a rerun is not such a bad thing.