Bangkok’s Finest Street Indian Food

By Mark Wiens 11 Comments

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Toney Restaurant

Address: 64.1 Soi Rimklongongarg, Bangkok, Thailand
Price: About 100 baht per person (stuffed)

On a rampaging exploration lead by my stomach and an urge to pioneer new territories of International food in Bangkok, I stepped right into the middle of Toney Restaurant (literally).  Bangkok has it’s share of Indian food restaurants, yet most of them are over priced for street eaters with the exception of a few astonishing establishments in Pahurat.

Located in the Little India area of Bangkok known as Pahurat, Toney Restaurant is located on a small motorcycle walking street marked by a luggage store and a few travel agencies.  About 50 meters down the road there is a kitchen to your right straddled by Soi (small street) Rimklongongarg and some semi-permanent tables across the road.

In Pahurat, the smell of jeera and masala fragrances bounce off the sides of the close building’s like a flash flood running through a slot canyon.

Toney Indian Restaurant Pahurat bangkok

At around 30 baht to the dollar, Toney Restaurant serves off a menu that’s probably some of the most affordable Indian grub in Bangkok.

pahurat indian menu

The light tortilla-like roti’s are hand rolled in the middle of the Soi before being flash scorched over a high flame and flipped on a mesh wire hand held grilling device.  The result is a perfectly cooked piping hot unleavened bread, still slightly brushed with flour.

roti in bangkok pahurat

aloo mutter indian food in bangkokThe chicken masala is cooked till bone-falling tenderness in a freshly prepared spiced tomato sauce with heavy accents of jeera and laced with finely chopped cilantro.  A dollop of chicken masala transplanted from the stainless steel plate to the mouth via a soft piece of roti is something supernatural.

chicken masala pahurat bangkok

Though the 35 degree stagnant humid air that characterizes Bangkok penetrates, after a soothing meal there’s still nothing like crossing the legs and milking down a steamy cup of masala chai.

masala tea in pahurat bangkok thailand

Sipping chai from a throne (wooden stool) at Toney Restaurant gives you a chance to catch a glimpse of India merging into Bangkok and to cherish the treasures of Indian street food.  If you need a break from eating Thai food, head to Toney Restaurant!

Check out the Bangkok food map for location of how to get there:


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– Migration Mark

11 comments. I'd love to hear from you!

  • timothy welch

    8 years ago

    toney has gone along withothers

    • Tieno

      7 years ago

      Truthfully, the food has changed since. I was a bit disappointed as my family and I have travelled so far through the rain to get to tony restaurant, and yet we didn’t get as we expected. The food is totally changed, so as the price. The street food as Mark described should be within the price of the street food, bu of course not at Toney’s! As the ingredients taste so poor, we decided to walk out after the 1st plate, chicken with some light non-creamy watery gravy. I don’t even wanna bother call it “chicken masala” as we been eating this dish for more than 20 some years, including at Toney’s (ten yrs ago). And I could tell you that Toney ain’t the same anymore. Highly disappointed, we canceled the rest of the order and walked out. We finally Chose to go to “Royal India Restaurant”. Of course, the price is not far different than Toney’s or any Indian so called “street food” around there. Honestly, I do understand that everything go up since my last visit. But why can’t they maintained the good taste? As if they are no longer interested in serving an Indian Food anymore. Lots of Ingredients were missing, as a result, the taste were not the same. Hope they could read this and improve. I would never come back here ever again!

  • Hofi

    8 years ago

    Great food! ???? Thank you for this recommendation. Has a super friendly & local feeling to it

  • Fran

    8 years ago

    Hmm-I noticed you did NOT make your signature face after trying the indian pizza.Tried this place yesterday and found it unremarkable. Just ok at the most but not great.However i am going to Malaysia soon and hoping your Penang eateries will come through ! haha mostly i was uncomfortable siting outdoors in the heat and also hearing crazy residents on the other side of the canal fighting.lol butter chicken was salty and the roti/aloo paratha the worst i have ever had. then again I lived in DUbai and was spoilt with abundance of indian food..

  • Mark

    9 years ago

    “Toney” is not indian food but Nepalese food owned and run by nepalese.
    The food is clone of indian food which obviously not an Indian authentic cuisine.????
    The place and workers don’t look hygienic overall. Might need kilo of antibiotics. ????

    I guess the old saying still right, “you get what you pay”!!!

  • Karl

    10 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I had a hankering for some authentic Indian food last Saturday so ventured to Tony Restaurant. The prices have gone up (as expected over the years) but it’s still good value. I had the chicken masala, two roti and a hot sweet tea and that came to 120 baht. It took me almost an hour to get there and it was totally worth it. Delicious Indian food! Thanks for this article and your many others. I’m a big fan of fan. You never steer me wrong 🙂

    Many thanks,
    Karl

  • Eugen

    11 years ago

    Was here today. Enjoyed the food. Prices went up, feel free to update them Mark http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/4/j07p.jpg/

  • tanvir

    11 years ago

    been to this restro hundred times and its awesome…love pahurat

  • musaphir

    12 years ago

    i checked out the toney’s restaurant during my last visit to bangkok. unfortunately i was so put off by the environs that i opted out of eating there.not only toney’s but almost all of the outlets in that lane are depressing to say the least.

    the soi is very narrow but i did manage to locate toney’s by asking around.

    i have not written it off yet because the food looks good in the post above and i will definitely make another attempt to sample it.

  • Lynette

    12 years ago

    Had lunch at Toney’s today because of this post and it was the best Indian food we’ve had in a long time – the butter chicken was the best I think I’ve ever had! Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Jim

    13 years ago

    Excellent choice. Thx.

    Found Toney just as described, and will be back.