Prai Raya isn’t really fine dining, but certainly a pleasant spot with well presented food in a cosy terrace environment in Sukhumvit Soi 8. They have an extensive menu, but make sure you test their gaeng pu bai cha plu which is lump crab meat in a yellow curry.
The yellow curry comes with sen mee noodles and a bowl of rice. Personally I go for the rice here, as I’m not a big fan of the thin hair-like vermicelli noodles unless their fried. It’s a well made dish, and they don’t go in the mistake of serving the curry too hot as that would easily overcook the crab meat before it gets to your palate. Also the noodles are served on the side to avoid being overcooked. And they use the coconut milk and not the cream. Those small things really makes a big difference when serving this dish. The use of coconut cream will easily overpower some of the spices used and the delicate crab meat itself.
The other dish I ordered, morning glory with crispy pork skin, wasn’t the same class as the curry. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but the garlic and chili wasn’t really intermixed with the fish sauce and the greens and it became a slightly too salty for my liking. The crispy pork skin was above average with a good crunchy texture.
The dishes at Prai Raya are quite filling, so it is a good priced restaurant. The issue here is of course that it is difficult to taste more than one or maximum two dishes unless you are at least two or more people. Three dishes will be enough for two people.
Name: Prai Raya
Food: A focus on dishes from Phuket, but a lot of other dishes as well.
Open: Daily 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
Price: The lump crab meat in yellow curry was 400 bath. Most dishes starts around 200 bath, with seafood being more expensive.
Address: 59 Sukhumvit Soi 8
How to get there: Take the BTS to Nana station and do the 4-5 minutes walk from there into Soi 8. You easily see the rather big house with a small garden in front on you left side.