The Best Biryani In Bangkok? – Review of Muslim Restaurant Bang Rak
As the straight to the point name suggests, Muslim Restaurant is a place serving Islamic food in Bangkok. This no-frills restaurant in Bang Rak, right around the corner from Bangkok’s Lebua State Tower serves up some of the best Indian/Thai food in the city.
Situated on Charoen Krung, Bangkok’s first paved road, Muslim Restaurant has been feeding locals and tourists for over 70 years! I’ve found myself here at least once a week to get my fix of one of my favourite dishes anywhere; biryani!
In Thailand, biryani, or khao mok gai as it’s known here usually consists of a piece of chicken and rice flavoured with turmeric. Now I’m not knocking the Thai version at all, but at Muslim Restaurant they take things to a whole different level. Delicately spiced rice and a melt in your mouth hunk of slow-cooked chicken served with mint sauce and a lovely creamy aubergine curry on the side.
As much as I love the khao mok gai, the undoubted star of the show at Muslim Restaurant is the mutton biryani (khao mok phae). The same perfectly spiced rice but with the most tender, juicy piece of mutton imaginable!
It’s not just the biryani I go for, though, they also do a cracking murtabak. Murtabak is a fried bread or pancake that’s often stuffed with banana and covered in condensed milk in Thailand. The murtabak in Muslim Restaurant is a savoury Indian style version. You can choose between beef or chicken, and they are some of the best in town.
They have a decent selection of curries to try as well. The masamman and Thai green curry beef are great Thai classics done well, and the mutton masala and dhal are delicious. They even serve a beef brain curry if that’s your thing!!
Prices range from 20 baht for a crispy roti to 160 baht for the most expensive curry, so there is amazingly good value here.
My advice would be to get to the restaurant as early as possible as most of the food is cooked in the morning and served throughout the day.
To get to Muslim restaurant, take the BTS or the Chao Phraya Express boat to Saphan Taksin, and it’s about a five-minute walk up Charoen Krung road. As you get to the Intersection with Silom road, the Lebua will be on your right. Keep walking straight, and the restaurant is a few doors up on the left.
Open every day 06.00 – 17.00