A renovated 2-story 1940s shop house. Serving Thai and Western vegetarian meals using rice & olive oil, germinated brown rice, organic tofu, and mushroom direct from farm owner. Has wi-fi internet access. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Thai, Western, International, Beer/Wine
175 Samsen Road, PhraNakorn, Banglamphu (btwn Soi 3 & Soi 5)
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
898101451, 02-2824979

Open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, 5-9pm.

  • Cash only


First Review by kool_kitchen

One of the Best!

5 Posted on 02 / 21 / 2014

Unfortunately i "discovered" Thamna Restaurant too late, right before i headed to the Airport... oh NO!!
Everything was delicious and original, i HAD to order more to go so that i could eat in the flight; if you visit Bangkok i urge you to visit them, try different dishes and go back; they should be supported since they take their time to prepare a nice meal!
They are also located in a main street, i believe it's Thanon Samsen, so it's easy to get to, close to Khao San Road. Their phone # is 02-2824979.

Pros: Excellent food, Nice decor and music, Located in a main street.
Cons: Get directions before you get there., easy to miss in the area

Excellent Meal

5 Posted on 10 / 03 / 2013

Can not comprehend how "eatinggreen" in the last review could come up with the review they did. My experience was the opposite. A great imaginative menu and well put together. Compared to the usual Bankok standard vegetarian fare this menu is streets ahead.

Pros: Imaginative Menu, Nice Atmosphere, Good Value
Cons: Moderate Price

Not so impressed really

2 Posted on 08 / 27 / 2011

We really wanted to like this place, especially because of the health focus, which fits with our philosophy on eating/food. The store looks very modern in a Western way from the outside - glass front with cool minimalist font near the door telling us about the integrity of the ingredients - not a bad start really, except that we could tell we were in for a menu full of eggs and dairy (which apparently are all organic and free range). I was also a little nervous about the reference to olive oil but was willing to go with it in the hope we may find a happy fusion between health and tradition.

The restaurant interior is lovely in a Western European kind of way. Bright and cheerful, artsy, clean and comfortable.

And then the menu. Happycow lists this place as serving "Thai and Western" food, in that order, so we expected to find some decent local fare. Unfortunately though the menu is mostly pasta, salads and sandwiches. We know better than to expect high quality Western food in Asia so prefer to avoid it - nothing here suggested a different approach would be justified.

We ended up ordering 2 curries - a hot and spicy one from Southern Thailand and another called Siamese Cassia Curry, which sounded different enough to feel quite interesting. We then got a tom yum soup, some deep fried angel mushrooms with tamarind sauce and another appetiser that involved veges being wrapped in leaves. In terms of local offerings, that was almost it.

The result... well, not great really. The cassia curry was burnt and tasted like charcoal, to the point where I couldn't bring myself to eat it [edit by staff]. If it wasn't for that it could have been nice, but hard to tell really. The hot & spicy curry tasted like tom yum soup without all the lovely spices, so not particularly enjoyable either. The upside was that it had lots of veges in it, so we ate those up and left most of the soup. The tom yum soup was nice but contained mock meat. Still, probably the best of the bunch. The mushroom appetiser was more like potato croquettes - in fact we think they got the order wrong, since the sauce didn't even remotely taste like tamarind and we were having trouble locating any mushrooms amidst the fried blobs of potato mush. They wouldn't admit any mix-up though, so we ate a few and left the rest. The leaf wraps were ok, but nothing to write home about.

We left puzzled why this place has such a fervent fanbase. Perhaps it's the ambience and the pasta..?

Pros: lovely atmosphere, healthy ingredients, organics - always great to see!
Cons: mock meat, eggs, dairy, the menu and food, very little english

Dont miss

5 Posted on 08 / 29 / 2010

Best meal in bangkok. Considering that the previous contender was a $200US meal, that is saying a lot. I think our meal cost a bit more than $20US including appetizers. Fantastic, healthy food. Thank you to owners.

Pros: Healthy food, Excellent taste, Friendly staff
Cons: Difficult to find, have taxi driver call

the best in the area

4 Posted on 08 / 03 / 2010

ethos is good for your standard international fare. this is good vegan/veg food for people who enjoy thinking. its the best veg place in kosahn/banglampu, the price is totally reasonable and the atmosphere is great.

Pros: quality, price, atmosphere



4 Posted on 07 / 18 / 2010

Really nice food, especially the pomelo and wonton skins, and the papaya salad (spicy). 500 baht (about $17 Aussie dollars) for a large dinner and drinks for two. Nice jazz music and a clean environment. Recommended.

Pros: English menu, Easy to find, Friendly staff
Cons: Vegan items not marked

This is really, really good food

5 Posted on 04 / 26 / 2010

Found this place almost on accident while looking for May Kai Dee's, but was not disappointed. It was a great lunch and it's easy to see that this is just a special place... very friendly owner and family and just a nice, almost San Francisco cafe vibe. Loved it and would recommend it, just a quick walk over the bridge and down a few streets on the left hand side.

Pros: scrumptious, friendly, cheap

gourmet food in a good price,unique dishes

5 Posted on 04 / 21 / 2010

very good relax enviroment,wine bar,oeganic products and very very nice staff and the owner is super friendly and cozy..the menu is small but have unique dishes a mix thai-europian style, you can ask to make anything you like into your own way,vegan friendly wifi for free,quiet, music was jazz,english speaking, gourmet food,nice coffee, fresh juices, and some dishes are excellent for this price! reall gourmet food. only point is that in my opinion must add more green fresh salads^^ 15 minutes walking from khaosan rd

Pros: gourmet food, good enviroment, cozy friendly english speaking owner
Cons: need more green salads in my opinion, close at mondays

Innovative thai cuisine with lots of mushrooms

4 Posted on 12 / 23 / 2009

A charming address, with innovative thai cuisine with an abuntant use of mushrooms. Limited menu, especially outside of the mushroom range. Large portions. No free water.
Review based on: 1 shared meal (2009-10).

Cons: no free water

Mushrooms every which way! Mmmm!

4 Posted on 11 / 14 / 2009

A friend and I visited Tham Na last night for dinner. It wasn't the easiest of restaurants to find as it was someway from the centre and not close to any BTS or MRT, so we took a taxi. The staff at Tham Na were more than happy to direct the taxi driver - it took us about 30 minutes to arrive from the centre of Bangkok. When you enter the restaurant it feels a bit like a French cafe/bistro, with small tables, background music and small groups of customers chatting away and enjoying their food. The tiles on the floor are also beautiful! We sat down close to the counter and the staff were very attentive - she apologised for only having 1 spare menu, but that was OK, we could share. All the menu is vegetarian but we were unsure which things were vegan as it wasn't indicated on the menu. The staff went through the menu with us explaining which items were either vegan or could be made vegan - really helpful! The first of our starters arrived not long after our fresh drinks. Angel fried mushrooms were good (if a little oily) and the tofu topped with 3 mushrooms was delicious! We also ate a fab pasta dish which included apple and chestnuts! Mmmm! Overall a good meal and we left feeling very full! Would have been great if there had been some vegan desserts on the menu ... maybe next time! Total cost for dinner and drinks for two was 450THB which is about $15 USD.

Pros: Extensive vegetarian menu, Friendly staff, Charming atmosphere
Cons: Long way out of centre of Bangkok, No vegan desserts, Vegan dishes not identified on menu

The best veggie in Bangkok

5 Posted on 08 / 18 / 2009

Creative and delicious food! You will find this taste nowhere else and the owners are very nice!

A must-go!

Gourmet quality food

5 Posted on 03 / 03 / 2009

We've been coming to Bangkok regularly for over 9 years and had grown used to the adequate, rather rustic veg fare on offer. It was with great delight that we discovered Thamna, a revelation. The food is imaginative, varied and delightfully presented in comfortable surroundings. We've never had a bad dish here and particualrly enjoyed the Crispy mushroom balls with mustard yoghurt sauce and the Spicy pomelo salad on crispy wonton sheets.

Pros: Free wifi, gourmet style food, Centrally located


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