Finger Dining & Royal Thai Cuisine in Bangkok – Ruen Mallika

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In this video I visit a friend’s restaurant, and a very unique dining experience in Bangkok! Ruen Mallika, located in Sukhumvit Soi 22, is a Thai restaurant that serves “royal Thai cuisine” with elaborately decorated food fit for royals! What’s more is you can even rent a Thai outfit and order from the “finger dining menu” to get the full experience. The building is actually an old traditional Thai wooden house that is over 200 years old!

This isn’t some gimmicky, touristy stuff though. The food is legitimately delicious and well executed. This restaurant is recommended by the Michelin Guide, and its sister restaurant (the regular, non-royal version of this place) has been my family’s regular place for years. The price is reasonable, it’s not cheap but definitely not super expensive, about standard for this “class” of restaurant in Bangkok. The portion sizes are generous (which is not the case for many BBK restaurants) so I think it’s a good deal.

Ruen Mallika Restaurant เรือนมัลลิการ์
189 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Sukhumvit Rd.
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel : +662 663 3211,084-088-3755

Note: The cost to rent the Thai outfits is 500baht each at the time of this filming.






About Pai:

Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, co-host of a Canadian TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen.

Pai was born and raised in southern Thailand where she spent much of her “playtime” in the kitchen. She traveled to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.

After working in both Western and Thai professional kitchens, she decided that her passion really lies in educating and empowering others to cook at home via YouTube videos, her cookbook, and cooking classes. She currently lives in Vancouver, and goes to Thailand every year to visit her family. Visit her at


Dennis So says:

this is boom !!!!! gotta be traditional !!!

Raj Rajesh says:

why you don't show figure your pussa…..go from this stuff….get a job or sit home…

Knuckledragger says:

Yes! I have been there and I concur it’s absolutely fantastic. However I must admit I have only tried the guay tiew noodle soup and it’s simply the best I have found anywhere on the planet – so I return exclusively for that. Thanks for sharing the alternate dishes on offer as I will try something different next time lol

Ace Wongsawad says:

Looks cool! I want to go! Expensive?

Panda paw says:

Food fit for the royals, I must try this restaurant next time in Bangkok. Thanks for the video.

Tomay Xiong says:

Looks fabulously delicious!!!

Beng Thao says:

Wow! The outfits beautiful…. foods look good

Maikia Moua says:

Omg I got visit this

Wayne O. Lawler says:

Sa wat dii krup, Pai! I love your channel. Pai I eat a ketogenic diet, can you recommend some Thai dishes that are ketogenic in nature; maybe that are "Ke-Thai-genic"? (lol, I crack myself up!)

Federico Sagun says:

Oh my God. I am filipino and when i go t thai restaurant here in sydney australia i go crazy. I love thai. Very tasty. Im thinking of having one now.

Nic .C says:

these are some of the reasons why Thailand is beautiful. sincerely hope that the tradition would be well kept for a long time to come. thank u Pailin for this bringing us this. i was there on Soi22 looking for a meal last month but i missed out on this gem of a place. definitely gonna be back to trace your footsteps hehe

大可王 says:

Please recommend more places to eat in Thailand 😘

Ignatia Jessica says:

How much is the price for one full set of those royal menu for 2 persons?

Okemos Tech says:

What a complete treat! A fabulous experience, even if we are only watching. Thank you!

Ardemis Aguirre says:

Delicious 😋 and you are beautiful in this traditional dress

MegaDreamer1991 says:

I want to go to Thailand

Alvin Lee says:

That place would be perfect for a wedding!

Terry Holden says: is a place I'd like to go to, have you tried it? It's not far from Surasak BTS

Broccoli Fan says:

I would really like to try the curry sauce for roasted pork leg.
I think that Gaeny tai pla with unique fermented flavor would go alone well with the sweetness in pork meat and roasted crispy skin. Yummy.

Broccoli Fan says:

I'm not joking.
Some foreign tourists tried finger dining restaurants. They first thought that bowl of hand cleaning water was lemon ice tea. They put straws to drink it and then add sugar. Later on waiters wondering why straws being in the bowls told them they could clean their hands in the bowls before eating. Those tourists were kinda embarrassed.

e803ak says:

Wow looks so tasty! And I couldn't blink with the two pretty ladies…Great food Pai!


do dep qua c

Aldrin Maniaquiz says:

Oh I love Thai food 😍

Lee Mar says:

Watching this 3am in the morning and u r making me hungry… 😭

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