I know its a little old, but I thought it was interesting enough to post. Its The Bangkok Posts' Best of 2006 Restaurants list. The Post itself mangled the page, attaching some of the reviews to the wrong restaurants. I think its sorted out correctly below, but I hope someone will see it and say so if its not.
Samsen Road (between Wat Rachathiwat and the National Library)
Tel 02-241-8528, Open daily 10:30am-7:30pm
If asked which restaurant has made the biggest impact over the past year, I would have to say Krua Apsorn. After my review of the restaurant was published I was approached by friends, colleagues, and even top dogs in the office, who said that they had been there and thought the food was great.
Though Krua Apsorn was a discovery for me in 2006, the restaurant has been well-cherished among royalty, local foodies and finicky diners for decades. In terms of setting, there's nothing to distinguish Krua Apsorn from the usual streetside, air-conditioned restaurants - the place is neither modern nor traditional, with just ordinary tables and chairs and some framed reviews on its plain white walls.
Perhaps it was the inexpensive prices on the menu, the simplicity of the
place or just the remarkably delicious food, prepared by a veteran chef who has worked in a royal compound, that make people love the place so much.
The menu presents around 30 selections of simple local dishes. Some items require advance ordering, early arrival or reservations, otherwise be prepared for disappointment.
You should not miss the restaurant's best selling gaeng luang lai bua, or sour and spicy yellow curry cooked with lotus stems (90 baht), hoy
malangpoo pad cha or stir-fried mussels with basil leaves and chilli (70
baht) and deep-fried chicken wings (60 baht).
The famous grilled chicken wings (100 baht) - availability of which is
limited, requiring reservations a day in advance - proved to be truly
wonderful. My personal favourite is the stir-fried crab meat with yellow chilli (250 baht), which presents generous portions of meaty white crab prepared with garlic, string beans, basil leaves and yellow chilli oil.
Krua Apsorn is located on Samsen road between Wat Rachathiwat and the
National Library, opposite Suan Sunantha Institute.