Thanks to the people who posted reviews I decided to try out Budatip as it is not too far from where I am staying.
I was sold on going there when I saw the photo someone posted of a plate of tempura. (one of my favorites)
To find it, just across the street is MOOK that has a big sign on its roof and on street side > good landmark.
When I arrived, no staff were around to greet me. All of them were in the back. So I went and stood by the hall to the back waiting for someone to notice me. When someone did come out they just went right on past me. I had to call out to ask for a menu.
Turns out they only have one menu for the whole restaurant so I had to wait until another table was finished with it.
When I got the menu I found that only some of the listings had a sparse English description that in most cases did not really describe much. It did have some photos but only for a fraction of the items. Sadly I saw no tempura photos on the menu, the main reason for my coming. So I just did a point and pray at a couple of photos that were there.
One dish came back that looked like the photo. The other was completely different than the photo (I guess I did not pray hard enough:-))
The prices are small 50 Baht ($1.60 USA) per dish but so are the servings small.
What I was given came with rice (no rice in the photo). It was white rice with a bit of whole grain red rice added in. I saw no options for brown rice but perhaps I would have if I knew Thai.
Fortunately the spice level not quite over the very peak of my tolerance so I could manage it.
Seating is on wooden benches with zero padding.
Once I did order, the food was not long in coming. No one checked in to see if the food was all right or not. Fortunately it was quite tasty!
Can't say that I really know how many Happy Cows to rate this place. I guess it depends on what an individual is looking for.
If your main goal is tasty food and you are a gambler that does not care what dish ends up in front of you, come on down to Budatip - Health Station. You will enjoy it. If not, bring along a Thai friend to help you get what you are looking for.Pros: Good food, Reasonable price
Cons: Unclear menu unless Thai speaking, Staff not attentive