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Friday, December 14, 2012

Nuer Koo

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A pair of .. .

For high-so(ciety) figures who would like to sample a bowl of hearty beef noddles but couldn't stand for the heat by the sidewalk or worry about the hygiene for dining roadside, Nuer Koo at Siam Paragon Shopping Center is the answer for them! This new additive to the Siam Paragon's Food Passage on the 4th floor is a nice beef noodle joint in an unpretentious comfortable ambiance, and its premium beef noodle selections are the best way to help well-off shoppers to solve the problem of where to spend money wisely. As it labeled herself as using premium beef, therefore we can expect to contribute more cash to the owner's bank account.

Nuer Koo Premium Beef Noddle Bar ***
Food Passage, 4/F, the Siam Paragaon
991/1 Rama 1 Road
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.610.9773

Open daily : 11 am - 10 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 400

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Phaka Krong

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On Narathiswas Road 

Phaka-krong is not just another Thai restaurant near Bangkok's C.B.D. for the after-work white collars, but it is also one of the few Thai restaurants on Narathiwas Road where its food doesn't hurt our taste buds.

Phaka-krong Thai Restaurant ***
100 Narathiwas-rajanakarindra Road
Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Tel.: 02.676.1213 

Open daily : lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, dinner 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 300

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Minibar Deli

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The great mini

Bangkok's foodies lover - the Minibar Royale has a mini Minibar at the Emporium (for a few years already), and it is, arguably, the most creditable full service cafe in the entire Bangkok's mall food scene.

Minibar Deli ***3/4
5/F Food Hall
the Emporium Shopping Complex
622 Sukhumvit Road
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.259.8826

Open daily : 10 am - 10 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 400

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Coffeol

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Mr. Bean failed to be reborn

In Bangkok, coffee specialty cafes tend to focus on coffee only (whether good or not, while the taste of food is subjective to diners), but most of them fail to deliver it with an 'ambiance' and good service.  If a cafe doesn't convince me that it is comfy, cozy and commercially homey (where service counts), but just looks like a part of my kitchen and served by my buffalo-like maid at home, than why do I spend my money there instead of just getting my brew at home. For chain coffee specialty cafes in Thailand, by far, I only see that Starbucks passes the mark.

Though ASIATIQUE the Riverfront doesn't count Starbucks in, lucky that I didn't see Tom n Toms and Coffee World there. Coffeol, I am okay with it though not in my routine. (p.s. I miss Mr. Bean, as there it delivered an "ambiance" and service.)

Coffeol Coffee Shop **3/4
Shop E07, Warehouse 10
ASIATIQUE the Riverfront
2194 Charoenkrung Road 
Bangkolaem, Bangkok 10120

Open daily : 5 - 11:30 pm
Pay (drink and pastry only for one): around THB 250

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Seoul

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BBQ of the Gangnam style

One of the first (and also one of the best) Japanese yakiniku cum Korean BBQ specialty restaurants at Thonglo community, Seoul BBQ Restaurant; its glorious reputation has never faded away year after years.

Seoul BBQ Restaurant ***1/2
Sukhumvit Road Soi 55 (Soi Thonglo)
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.392.6046

Open daily : lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, dinner 5 - 10 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 400

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( I am very very busy these days. Food photos for November's posts coming soon. Sorry for the wait! )

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Khrua Mali

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Fragrance of jasmine

Khrua Mali serves Thai food with a traditional twist; for non-Thai diners, this is the place for them to sample real (Thai) food, or to avoid if those are afraid that their tongue might get burnt.

For me, Khrua Mali is no doubt a paradise for my taste buds and a pleasure in the west side of the inner Bangkok.

Khrua Mali Thai Restaurant ****
96 Set Siri Road
Samsen-nai, Bangkok 10400
Tel.: 02.619.5359

Open daily : 11 am - 10 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 400

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Great Shanghai

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The great Hu cuisine

The three-decade old Great Shanghai is a longstanding Chinese Shanghai cuisine (a combination of Chinese Jiangsu and Zhejiang cuisine) specialty restaurant in Bangkok, though its food is far from outstanding, it is the only authentic and banquet-grade Shanghainese restaurant present in Bangkok.

Two decades ago, while her food quality was good, I ate at Great Shanghai quite often; and for now, I eat there only once every five years. A few weeks ago I went there to exercise my 'every-five-year' duty and I found that her wok-fried Chinese eel in garlic and dark gravy and the sour and spicy soup are so good not to be missed.

Great Shanghai Chinese Restaurant ***
648-652 Sukhumvit Road
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.258.7042

Open daily : lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, dinner 6 - 10 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 500

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Tang Dynasty

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Dynasty of Silom

Tang Dynasty, a bistro style restaurant with the specialty of Chinese provincial cuisine, is a recent addition to the restaurant scene at Silom/Surawong area. 

Tang Dynasty ***1/2
128/7 Silom Soi 6
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel.: 02.634.4199

Open daily : 11 am - 1 am
Pay (food only for one): around THB 300

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Annam Viet Cuisine

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Madame Saigon

Annam opened almost a year ago, after Central renovated part of the sixth floor to become an additional restaurant zone other than the existing fifth floor; including Annam, I never had a chance to try those additions on sixth (anyway no need, as most of them are just chain restaurants), until last week, I ran an errand at Central Plaza Rama 3 and my stomach protested while my business was done, so I was brave enough to do my late lunch at Annam (well, at least Annam is not from chain restaurants, I suppose), and it turned out that the food was better than expectations.


Annam is arguably one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in a shopping mall in Bangkok.

Annam Vietnamese Cusine ***1/2
6/F Central Plaza Rama 3
Ratchada Road
Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
Tel.: 02.673.6387

Open daily : 11 am - 9 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 200

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kyo Roll En

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Softly hard

Kyo Roll En is the latest exercise of ambition of the Kacha Brothers after the opening of a few Sfree and Parferrio dessert cafes in recent years. The new J-style dessert cafe is aimed at offering (also) frozen yogurt and cream roll desserts in a much fancier manner than its siblings. 

I have never praised either Sfree or Parferio, but for Kyo Roll En, I couldn't wait longer to give my thumbs up to her.

Kyo Roll En Lifestyle Cafe ****
M/F The Gateway Ekamai
982 Sukhumvit Road
Prakanong, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.108.2660

Open daily : 11 am - 10 pm
Pay (dessert only for one): around THB 200

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Raan Kuaytiew Khun Thai

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Noodle of grandpa

In between Wang Lang Pier and Patravadi Threatre, inside maze-like Trok Wang Lang, I found a (very very very) old fashioned local noodle joint - Raan Kuaytiew Khun Thai, that serves traditional Sukhothai spicy noodles (dry or in broth) in an ambiance of countryside dining. Their hygiene should be scarified for a bowl of yummy, yet hot, speedy and cheap noodles. Though the shop closes at 5 pm, noodles are sold out around 3 pm.

Raan Kuaytiew Khun Thai ***1/2
Trok Wang Lang
Arun Ammarin Soi 22
Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700
Tel.: 087.829.7713

Open daily : 9 am - 5 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 30

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Khan Ar'Sa House

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Dinner only!

Tucked away on a sub-soi off Phaholyothin Road, at the Ari residential area, the Khan Ar'Sa House is a home-style restaurant that serves grandma's recipes to diners who are craving for unique family (Thai) cuisine. The House offers both an air-conditioning dining room and al-fresco garden dining experience to diners. Service is prompt and freiendly. 

Khan Ar'Sa House Thai Restaurant ***1/2
34 Soi 9 Phaholyothin Road
Samsen-nai, Bangkok 10400
Tel.: 02.279.2545

Open daily : dinner 5 - 11 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 300

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

103+ Factory

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1+1+1+1 = 103+

Four closest girl friends opened an eatery that offers their favorite fusion dishes and desserts; it is the 103+ Factory. I am not a fan of fusion food, even though my Soi Ari resident friends told me that their cooked food is wonderful, so I would just stick to their pastries and desserts, of which they are the best that I can find in Ari area. (Oops do I forget the other cake shop on Ari Soi 5? That pretentious one - cheap cakes sold at an expensive price in a haunted house ambiance. I don't pay any attention to it after the first and also the last visit; let them serve those cakes to their ancestors!)

103+ Factory ***1/2
24/4 Ari Soi 4 (North)
Soi 7 Phaholyothin Road
Phayathai, Bangkok 10400
Tel.: 081.495.1555

Open daily : 11 am - 11 pm
Pay (dessert only for one): around THB 150

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waraku

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Eat that display!

Waraku, at the downtown mega mall - Central World, offers Japanese cuisine with a European twist (yes, that means fusion!) and in an casual array. The food display at the shop front is gorgeous, sadly not the food itself! Their ambiance and service, on par with other dine-in fast food joints.

Waraku Japanese Casual Dining **1/2
7/F Zone A - Atrium, Cemntral World Plaza
Rajdamri Road
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.613,1750

Open daily : 10:30 am - 10 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 400

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Hyde & Seek

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Cheerful and playful 

Thailand's first London-meets-New York-meets-Bangkok gastro bar - the Hyde & Seek, was arguably the best gastro bar in Krupthep Mahanakon (the City of Angels), when I reviewed her one year ago! Food wise, not as good today as her booze offered!

Hyde & Seek Gastro Bar ***
65/1 Athenee Residence 
Soi Ruamrudee
Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.168.5152

Open daily : 11 am - 1 am
Pay (food only for one): around THB 500 (there, booze is the hero anyway!) 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chocolate Ville

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A day in New England

I really love this place - the Chocolate Ville, especially the scenic setting, so I would just show the ambiance of this restaurant instead of their food, as, to keep only the good memory be recorded.





Chocolate Ville ***
Thanon Kaset-navamin Km.11
Bueng Kum, Bangkok 10230
Tel.: 083.077.3738

Open daily : 4 pm - 1 am
Pay (food only for one): around THB 400














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Friday, October 12, 2012

Summer Palace

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Another palace to dine at

I am a fan of the Iron Chef Thailand (and also Iron Chef America), a TV program that puts chefs in the cooking contest arena, which was originated in Japan by Fuji Television Network. Earlier this year, when I witnessed two Chinese chefs from one of my favorite hotel chains - IHG, Crowne Plaza's Xin Tian Di and InterContinental's Summer Palace, beat the Iron Chef of Chinese cuisine from the Iron Chef Thailand, I had a mixed feeling. 

I agree that Chef Lam of Xin Tian Di (Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park) deserved the victory in the Iron Chef Thailand contest, as I always enjoy his culinary service at his restaurant, whether it is home-style menu when I dine alone, or a banquet feast that I celebrate with friends. And for Chef Khor of Summer Palace (InterContinental Hotel Bangkok), I have a neutral view on that. I do sometimes enjoy food there!



 















Summer Palace Chinese restaurant  夏宮金殿 ***
InterContinental Hotel Bangkok
973 Ploenchit Road
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.656.0444
Summer Palace

Open daily : lunch 11:30 am -2:30 pm, dinner 6:30 - 10:30 pm
Pay (food only for one): expect THB 2,500 or more 









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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Krua Or

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The Prawn kingdom

Krua Or Pochana served tomyum goong (spicy and sour soup with prawn) noodle and tomyum Sukhothai noodle in decent portions and at a very affordable price.  Normally I don't review a restaurant that allows a cockroach to spy on my eating, but for Krua Or, I can make an exception, for once.







 












Krua Or Pochana ***
68/51 Soi Surao
Petchburi Soi 5
Phayathai, Bangkok
Tel.: 02.612.9013

Open daily : 11 am - 9 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 100










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Sunday, October 07, 2012

im Thai Ramen

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I am full

A sibling of See Fah Restaurant, im Thai Ramen is a Thai-Chinese style noodle bar at Life Center, serving street-stall noodles at a restaurant price, and in the comfort of air-conditioning. It is good for a fix of a quick meal or light meal before going to the gym upstairs.



 















im Thai Ramen ***
G/F Life Center, Q House Lumpini
1 Sathorn Road
Sathorn, Bangkok 10500
Tel.: 02.677.7244

Open daily : 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Pay (food only for one): around THB 100










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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

TWG

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A matter of tea

My favorite coffee shop at the Emporium - Salon de L'Oriental had gone, and is now replaced by the TWG Tea Salon and Boutique, a Singaporean tea vendor since 1837. There they offer food that can be elegantly stuffed into our stomach (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea) with a manner of a tea infused touch and a hint of French., besides their renowned selections of tea.

My friends and I found that their food was generous in sodium and pastries were high in sugar (higher than today's Bangkokian standards, and very high against top patisseries standards). Price is modest, and service is flawless since they kept the original team from the Salon de L'Oriental, except the trainees need an intensive training for their face movement - smile.

TWG Tea Salon and Boutique at the Emporium is definitely 'my cup of tea' to meet friends (or even to tea alone) during an afternoon tea hour at the Sukhumvit area, though it may not be my first choice to dine at. 





 














TWG Tea Salon and Boutique ***1/2
G/F the Emporium Shopping Complex
622 Sukhumvit Road
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02. 259.9510

Open daily : 10 am - 10 pm
Pay (food with tea for one): around THB 800










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