Al Matum is a quirky little Thai restaurant that is definitely off the beaten track. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood near the Ekamai International School, it is located about 20+ city blocks from the nearest BTS station which is Pra Kanong. It is best to call ahead at 02 381 2842 or 087 048 3456 to get directions. Feel free to visit the website for a map and additional information at www.almatum.com.
Al Matum is literally located in the backyard of a residential house and there is only outside dining available. There are several wooden tables and chairs, with large white umbrellas and a turquoise and coral color scheme. The décor is undoubtedly original, and it looks a bit like the owners let a five year old do all the designing. It’s over the top “cute” and the restaurant predominantly features numerous inflatable animals, a mix- match array of colorful knick-knacks and Christmas lights strung throughout. Upbeat Thai pop music blares over the sound system, and it all coalesces into a fun and light hearted atmosphere that makes you feel like kicking back and staying for a while. The staff doesn’t really speak much English, but they are so friendly and attentive. You really get the feeling that you’ve been invited over to someone’s house for a family party; which is an endearing quality. They also have free wi-fi which is a wonderful added bonus in case you want to check your email while you are there.
The Beverages and Drink Specials
The prices at Al Matum are phenomenal. You would be hard pressed to find anything on the menu over 150Baht and the drink specials are beyond belief. They have an ongoing All- U- Can Drink special of 399Baht for red or white house wine and 299Baht for Leo Draft. They also sell cocktails by the glass and they have excellent prices on Johnny Walker Red Label which is priced at 950Baht per bottle and Black Label which is priced at 1300Baht per bottle. You can also enjoy a variety of cocktails, mock-tails, beer, and juices at reasonable prices.
The menu is rather small and is a celebration of Northern Thai (Issarn) and familiar street food favorites. This is real authentic Thai cuisine, not an interpretation of it. Everything was bought fresh that day at the market and is made to order. It’s Thai comfort food the way the locals love it and is full of bold flavors where nothing is dummied down for the Western palate. Must try dishes include the Som Tum “Your Way” which is priced from 55 – 95Baht. You choose from 11 different variations, and they bring all the ingredients to your table so that you can make it just the way you like it. Another recommended dish is the Tub Wan (90Baht) which is spicy salad of medium rare pork liver and Thai herbs. It’s a warm salad that featured tender sliced liver, crunchy raw onions, Thai chilis, Thai basil, garlic and the perfect amount of citrus from fresh squeezed lime. It is soft, cruncy, spicy perfection and is well matched with a frosty beer. The Deep Fried Sweet Corn (90Baht) is another winner. Sweet, fresh corn is dipped in a batter and deep fried into bite sized fritters…..delicious! Other popular dishes include the Pork Knuckle, the Kai Yang Grilled Chicken (120Baht), Deep Fried Fish Wontons (90Baht), and several tasty fermented sausage dishes.
Al Matum is a great place to go hang out with a group of friends and get a real taste of Thailand in a very unpretentious way. The atmosphere is very casual and laid back, the bathrooms are clean, the drink specials are insanely economical and the food is fantastic and reasonably priced. The restaurant is highly recommended for anyone who wants to get real “taste of Thailand” hospitality and cuisine.
See Al Matum Restaurant Page