After living abroad for more than 10 years, there is one thing that I have noticed in Thai restaurants in Thailand: After entering, a waiter or a waitress would present you with a menu (usually quite thick, some even resemble high school textbooks – joking). Then they would just stand around the table, waiting for you to order. Most of the time I would politely tell them to go away and I would call them once I am ready to order – it is perfectly ok to do that!
Khŏr doo “menu” kòrn ná khá
Can I look at the menu (before ordering), please?
Páeb neung ná khráb
Just a moment.
Or you can be very direct:
Mâi tôrng raw ná khá, laéw (chăn) jà rîak khâ
(You) don’t have to wait, I’ll call you later.
The key here is “ná khá” as well as your tone of voice. After all, they say you shouldn’t offend the people who bring you food.
After you are done with you meal, here is how to call for a bill:
Kèb ngern nòi khâ
Khíd ngern nòi khâ
“check” bin nòi khráb
In addition, here are some other Thai food for you to try, if opportunity arises. Thai food does not only consist of tôm yam (ต้มยำ), sôm tam (ส้มตำ), phàd thai (ผัดไทย). Be adventurous!
แกงส้มผักรวม // kaeng sôm phàk ruam
ยำวุ้นเส้นทะเล // yam wún sên tháleh
Enjoy your meal! 🙂