Poisien Restaurant a.k.a. The Pumpkin Lady
If you’re in the mood for a foodie adventure in Bangkok, eating a meal at Poisien (referred to as “Pumpkin Lady” by farangs like us) should be right up your alley. What makes this a foodie adventure, you ask?
A D V E N T U R E # 1 : F I N D I N G T H E S T R E E T
First and foremost, this place was nearly impossible for us to find. There is no location or address listed anywhere on Google or Google Maps. While searching for some authentic Thai food places, we came across a blog that referenced the Pumpkin Lady, and how amazing her food was. Thankfully the blog gave some pretty good instructions on how to find the street, given the lack of an address. By following these instructions, getting lost a couple times, and backtracking, we finally made it to the right street. We thought the hardest part was over, but boy were we wrong.
A D V E N T U R E # 2 : L O C A T I N G T H E R E S T A U R A N T
There is absolutely zero signage indicating which place is Poisien restaurant – nothing in English and nothing in Thai. We walked up and down the street trying to find a sign or clue or hint or anything, but came up with nothing. There were a few places selling food and we were totally unsure which was the Pumpkin Lady. We ended up doing a Google Image search of “Pumpkin Lady Bangkok” to see if any photos of the restaurant were available. As you can imagine, we got a some very questionable results from this search, but there were also a few pictures of food. We noticed that the colorful tables in all of the food pictures were an exact match to the tables at one of the restaurants we had passed – VICTORY! We had finally found the place, and so the real adventure began.
A D V E N T U R E # 3 : O R D E R I N G
After about 40 minutes spent trying to locate the restaurant, it was time to order our food. We had heard there was no English menu, so we came prepared with some pictures of what we wanted and were prepared to order by pointing to those photos. But we lucked out and she had an English menu for us! We got green curry, spicy thai curry, creamy tom yum, clear tom yum, and two bowls of rice. The portions were HUGE and everything was absolutely delicious, with the most authentic Thai flavors we’ve had in Bangkok. All in all we paid about 300 baht (less than $10) for the meal.
How To Find The Pumpkin Lady
To spare you the trouble of trying to blindly hunt this place down, we made sure to leave a trail of breadcrumbs (or rice grains since we’re in Thailand) for you. Here’s the easiest way to find Poisien:
- Start at the Victory Monument – a major intersection in Bangkok with a famous monument in the center. This is also a main stop on the BTS (Bangkok’s public transit skytrain) so it’s very easy to get here
- From Victory Monument, head East on Ratchawithi Road until you hit the intersection of Ratchawithi Road and Soi Ratchawithi 3
- Turn left onto Soi Ratchawithi 3 and walk straight underneath the overpass of Sirat Expressway
- On the other side of the Sirat Expressway overpass, Soi Ratchawithi 3 turns into Ratchawithi 6 Alley
- Poisien is on the left-hand side of Ratchawithi 6 Alley, a little more than halfway down the street
Below is a map we created to guide you to the approximate location of Poisien:
The Universal Language Of Food
While the experience of locating the restaurant, ordering the food, and eating a delicious meal was so much fun, this adventure taught us something even deeper: Food is truly a universal language. This language spans all cultures, nationalities, and generations. It is a way for two people from completely different corners of the world to instantly connect, without understanding a single word the other person is saying. The ladies at Poisien were so incredibly friendly and were so happy to see how much we enjoyed the food they cooked for us. When leaving the restaurant there was a mutual understanding of friendship, even though not a single word was spoken between us.