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“above average”
Review of Rang Yen

Rang Yen
Ranked #39 of 95 Restaurants in Cha-am
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
London
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248 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“above average”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

As others have written, this restaurant is in a charming garden setting. It's about 250 meters south of the Narathip Rd (AKA Chicken Street), up a small gravel lane just off the Cha am Beach Rd.

This 50-seater filled up quickly and was almost full by 7pm with longish waits for food thereafter.

Customers were mostly Western Europeans and a surprisingly large number of tables occupied by couples were composed of sick old farang men accompanied by much younger Thai female 'carers'.

Service was at first perfunctory and smile-free. Our first cokes were coldish but later ones were lukewarm, without an offer of ice.

As it got busy, service became brusque and - surprisingly for Thais - all staff appeared to have had a humor bypass - until the time came to pay the bill, when we suddenly got smiles and even an attempt at conversation.

All dishes had sauces, dressings and broths that were pleasingly delicate with a clean, clear flavor. Chicken in all the chicken dishes were unusually tender.

This is our first visit. If the food remains consistently above average - even though it did not really leave a memorably pleasant taste in the mouth afterwards - we will continue going back despite the service.

However, we consider it to be a second-tier eatery (both for taste and for ambiance although of course much cheaper), rather than one of those on the top of our shortlist - such as the Dusit and the Sheraton.

Visited January 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Surrey
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77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Lovely little restaurant”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

On holiday in Cha Am with our friend, a London Thai chef,nwe discovered this great little restaurant. Hidden behind the hotels and shops over the road from the beach in Cha am is a magical garden that contains this delightful family restaurant. We chose a selection of lovely local food served by very friendly staff.

  • Visited January 2014
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Cha-am, Thailand
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Jewel”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Recently discovered this place.
Everything I've tried there I have thoroughly enjoyed.
The best way I can describe it is that it's Thai food that is sympathetic to the pallets of the predominantly European people that go there.
You have to get directions because the restaurant is set back off the beach down a small gravel lane, but it's worth it. The garden setting is inviting, quiet and relaxing.
Heartily recommend this place

Visited January 2014
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2 Thank Ian M
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Bangkok, Thailand
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Yum!”
Reviewed 21 December 2013

I stopped by one afternoon about 2 years ago and had a banana smoothie. It was one of the cheapest smoothies I've ever had in Thailand and also the best.

Visited December 2013
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Cha-am, Thailand
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

Great food and friendly service. Really nice surroundings away from the mania on the beach, A little oasis in Cha-am. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Jan S
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