Lately I’ve been running around central Bangkok, so I’ve had a chance to eat at some of the more well-known Thai restaurants in Bangkok.
Hai Som Tam Convent (ไฮส้มตำคอนแวนต์) is a long standing Isaan restaurant located on the famous Thanon Convent in the heart of Silom.
Throughout years of walking through Silom, I just had never gotten around to eating there, kind of like Som Tam Nua in Siam.
There’s no way to visit an Isaan restaurant without ordering a dish of som tam, green papaya salad.
The version at Hai Som Tam Convent (ไฮส้มตำคอนแวนต์) was definitely good, not the best I’ve ever had, but the ingredients were fresh and of good quality.
Asking for my som tam (ส้มตำไทย) very spicy, I at first thought it wasn’t going to make the cut, but it was decently spicy, but they used mostly green chilies instead of red.
Price – 40 THB
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The tom saap seekong moo (ต้มแซบซี่โครงหมู), sour Isaan soup with pork ribs, was great.
The soup was sour and hot and the meat was nice and tender. You can see all those chili flakes and the green onions floating on top – that’s what made it so flavorful!
Price – 65 THB
We also ordered the half gai yang (ไก่ย่าง).
Their grilled chicken is excellent, not overcooked, but juicy. The skin could have been a little crispier, but the meat was succulent and meaty.
Price – big plate 120 THB
To wrap up our meal at Hai Som Tam Convent (ไฮส้มตำคอนแวนต์) restaurant we ordered a plate of yam woon sen (ยำวุ้นเส้น).
Unfortunately, it wasn’t great. It was the type that includes rubbery seafood and a pile of glass noodles that were all lumped together. It was soured nicely by lime juice, but overall, I wasn’t impressed at all by the yam woon sen. I’ll stick to the version at Rod Ded Isaan restaurant.
Price – 70 THB
The Bottom Line
Hai Som Tam Convent is all about location, and they have a great central location in the heart of Silom. The food is decent, and if you’re in Silom and looking for a good local Isaan feast, Hai Som Tam Convent will satisfactorily deliver.
Hai Som Tam Convent (ไฮส้มตำคอนแวนต์)
Address: 2/4-5 Soi Convent, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
Open Hours: 10 am – 9 pm on Monday through Saturday
ที่อยู่ : 2/4-5 ซอยคอนแวนต์ อาคาร ติดกับศูนย์ฟิตเนตสีลม ถนนสีลม แขวงสีลม เขตบางรัก กรุงเทพ
เปิดทุกวัน เวลา 10.00 – 21.00 น. หยุดทุกวันอาทิตย์
How to get there:
You can get to Silom either by MRT or by BTS, then navigate your way to Thanon Convent, walk down just a short distance and you’ll see the restaurant on your right hand side.
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