The Five Star Vagabond

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Bangkok,restaurants,food,bars

Bangkok restaurants reviews

Bangkok restaurant reviews

Sirocco at the State Tower

Sirocco State tower

Bangkok restaurant reviews,  I guess I’m allowed to call myself a Bon Vivant  given my obsession with eating out at good restaurants. Lets start with the most spectacular restaurant in the whole city. The view from the Sky bar at Sirocco is amazing, the restaurant is very popular with the trendy Bangkok crowd, the food is good but the price is ridiculously high.

Sirocco on the 64th floor.

Sirocco State tower Bangkok

Sirocco is one of the world’s great Sky bars.

Seafood salad at Sirocco

Seafood salad Sirocco

As you would expect the food at Sirocco is excellent.

Centre-Point hotel from Sirocco.

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A very good hotel near the river and the Sky train.

Magnificent sunset at Sirocco.

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I’m sure Bangkok has more sky bars than any city in the world.

Breeze on the 53rd floor.

Bangkok restaurant reviews Here is a tip if you want to save some money, have a couple of pre dinner drinks at the Sky bar  on the 64th floor then go down to Breeze on the 53rd floor and dine there, much better value.

Spectacular lights at Breeze.

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Far less expensive than Sirocco.

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Shangri-La Buffet

Shangri-La Buffet

The 5 star Shangri-La hotel on the river has several restaurants to choose from. I found the best value was their incredible buffet featuring Sushi, Alaskan crab, shrimp, Dim Sum, soups, B-B-Q & a terrific selection of deserts. Free flow wine & beer was included for 2,250 Baht or $77 AUD.

There was a nice surprise when I paid the bill,  received a 15% discount for using my Platinum Visa card. So the price came down to $65. Considering I had 5 glasses of wine from Chile, it was super deal.

Seafood at the Shangri-La

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If you want a great buffet in Bangkok look no further.

Shangri-La hotel

Shangri-La hotel

There is a large outdoor area where you can watch the boats on the busy Chao Phraya River.

Chao Phraya River.

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A nice atmosphere at night beside this mighty river.

Dinner cruise

Bangkok restaurant reviewsThe Shangri-La has a dinner cruise leaving at 7.30 every night.

Vintage at Silom

Bangkok restaurant reviewsWhat a great find this was, I was strolling around the back streets of Silom and stumbled across this very nice Italian restaurant with super friendly staff.

Vintage in Bangkok restaurant reviews

Vintage Silom

Good food, nice atmosphere, a large selection of wine & friendly staff, what more would you want?  😀

Fettuccine with scallops & rock lobster  at Vintage

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Very good food at Vintage.

 Vintage at Silom

Bangkok restaurant reviewsYou will find the Vintage at 19 Silom Soi 21

Basilico Pizzeria in Soi 33

Basilico Pizzeria Soi 33

At the other side of the city in Sukhumvit Soi 33 is another very good Italian restaurant Basilico Pizzeria. Good atmosphere and excellent pizzas. Have a pre dinner drink at “The Office” a very good sports bar just around the corner at Sukhumvit Soi 33, Wattana.

Basilico Pizzeria

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A great place for pizza and pasta.

Oxtail stew at Bus Stop in Bangkok restaurant reviews

Bangkok restaurants reviewsFor over 10 years I have been going to the Bus Stop in Sukhumvit Soi 4 to have their Oxtail stew. I spent 3 days in Bangkok last week and managed to have it twice for lunch even though the price has almost doubled in 4 years, it is still only 350 Baht or $10 AUD.

I introduced a guy & he is also hooked.

Bangkok restaurant reviewsHere is my ex friend John Martin AKA Pothole at the Bus stop Sukhumvit Soi 4 Nana.

I had an unhappy experience at the Bust Stop in Soi 4 Nana in Bangkok 2 weeks ago. For many years I have been ordering the oxtail stew which is fantastic, lunch on the Thursday was excellent, then I returned for dinner on Friday night and they only served 2 pieces of oxtail instead of the normal 3. I complained as the price of B350 remained the same, well the chef was quite rude and unhelpful and refused to make it right, so I paid for my wine and left. After around 16 years of enjoying this great dish I guess it is time for a break, just saying………

Bus Stop Soi 4 Nana

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Don’t expect too much at the Bus Stop, it’s a good value bar with excellent low priced food, and the Oxtail is to die for.

Hanrahans Irish pub

Hanrahans Irish pubRight next door to the Bus Stop is Hanrahans Irish pub & sports bar. Good pub food and lots of screens showing all the popular sports.

Quintessential English breakfast.

Bangkok restaurant reviewsBreakfast 180 Baht or $6 AUD.

Monsoon restaurant in Soi 8 Nana, great food.

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A couple of streets away from the Bus Stop is a terrific restaurant in Soi 8, Monsoon.

Calzone at Monsoon in Bangkok restaurants reviews

Bangkok restaurant reviewsBill Austin from England likes Monsoon.

Beef & Oyster sauce at Monsoon.

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Prior to the beef I had a very good pumpkin soup, my friend had an Australian steak which was magnificent.

Great prawn dish at Monsoon

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One of my favourite Bangkok restaurants.

Terrific new restaurant.

Pirate Chambre

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Terrific new Bangkok restaurant, the Pirate Chambre at Chidlom. Hard to find but worth the effort. The fabulous lamb shank was only B480.

Enjoying a red wine at Pirate Chambre

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Put this excellent restaurant on your bucket list.

Oysters at Crab and Claw, 7th Floor Emquartier.

Bangkok restaurant reviews  Lobsters, New England Clam Chowder and a good selection of oysters (Kumamoto, Calm Cove, Royal, etc…) and fresh home-made pasta.  Lots of choices at this popular establishment. The lobster roll is Crab & Claw’s signature dish, however it will set you back around B1000.

Gulliver’s

Bangkok restaurant reviewsAlways good value at Gulliver’s in Sukhumvit Soi 5, excellent bar to watch your favorite sports. Food is consistently good & terrific atmosphere for a sports bar as is the one in Beach Rd Pattaya.

Gulliver’s Sports bar

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A very good sports bar that often has some nice Thai girls at the bar.

Finish on a high at Vertigo and Moon Bar

Vertigo Moon BarVertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel located at 21/100 Sathon Tai, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10500. Another breath-taking view of the Bangkok skyline.

Very nice restaurant

Bangkok restaurant reviewsChez Pape is right up my alley, it’s also up the small alley off Soi 11 just past Cheap Charlie’s.

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Bangkok from the Moon bar at Vertigo

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Sit back and enjoy the Bangkok city view.

Terrific food court at Siam Centre

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A great variety of food here.

David Herd at Le Maverick

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It closed for a while, I hope it has re-opened.

Good food at Le Maverick

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Bon Vivant Bangkok

Bangkok restaurants reviewsThanks for dropping by folks, here I am at Sirocco paying a huge amount for an Australian red, however the view is worth it. Bon Vivant Bangkok was a pleasure to present to you. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.    

Seafood salad at Sirocco

Seafood salad Sirocco

Excellent food as you would expect but very expensive.

Centre-Point hotel from Sirocco.

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Magnificent sunset at Sirocco.

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Breeze on the 53rd floor.

Breeze State Tower Here is a tip if you want to save some money, have a couple of pre dinner drinks at the Sky bar  on the 64th floor then go down to Breeze on the 53rd floor and dine there, much better value.

Spectacular lights at Breeze.

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Shangri-La Buffet

Bangkok restaurant reviews

The 5 star Shangri-La hotel on the river has several restaurants to choose from. I found the best value was their incredible buffet featuring Sushi, Alaskan crab, shrimp, Dim Sum, soups, B-B-Q & a terrific selection of deserts. Free flow wine & beer was included for 2,250 Baht or $77 AUD.

There was a nice surprise when I paid the bill,  received a 15% discount for using my Platinum Visa card. So the price came down to $65. Considering I had 5 glasses of wine from Chile, it was super deal.

Seafood at the Shangri-La

Bangkok restaurant reviews

A great Bangkok buffet.

Shangri-La hotel

Shangri-La hotel

There is a large outdoor area where you can watch the boats on the busy Chao Phraya River.

Chao Phraya River.

Bangkok restaurant reviews

A lovely spot by this mighty river

Dinner cruise

 photo Shangri-la dinner cruiseThe Shangri-La has a dinner cruise leaving at 7.30 every night.

Vintage at Silom

Bangkok restaurant reviewsWhat a great find this was, I was strolling around the back streets of Silom and stumbled across this very nice Italian restaurant with super friendly staff.

Vintage

Vintage Silom

Good food, nice atmosphere, a large selection of wine & friendly staff, what more would you want?  😀

Fettuccine with scallops & rock lobster  at Vintage

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 Vintage at Silom

Bangkok restaurant reviewsYou will find the Vintage at 19 Silom Soi 21

Basilico Pizzeria in Soi 33

Basilico Pizzeria Soi 33

At the other side of the city in Sukhumvit Soi 33 is another very good Italian restaurant Basilico Pizzeria. Good atmosphere and excellent pizzas. Have a pre dinner drink at “The Office” a very good sports bar just around the corner at Sukhumvit Soi 33, Wattana.

Basilico Pizzeria

Bangkok restaurant reviews

Good atmosphere and excellent pizzas.

Oxtail stew at Bus Stop

Bangkok restaurant reviewsFor over 10 years I have been going to the Bus Stop in Sukhumvit Soi 4 to have their Oxtail stew. I spent 3 days in Bangkok last week and managed to have it twice for lunch even though the price has almost doubled in 4 years, it is still only 350 Baht or $10 AUD.

I introduced a guy & he is also hooked.

Bangkok restaurants reviewsHere is my friend John Martin AKA Pothole at the Bus stop Sukhumvit Soi 4 Nana.

Buss Stop Soi 4 Nana

Bangkok restaurant reviews

Don’t expect too much at the Bus Stop, it’s a good value bar with excellent low priced food, and the Oxtail is to die for.

Hanrahans Irish pub

Hanrahans Irish pubRight next door to the Bus Stop is Hanrahans Irish pub & sports bar. Good pub food and lots of screens showing all the popular sports.

Quintessential English breakfast.

Bangkok restaurant reviewsBreakfast 180 Baht or $6 AUD.

Monsoon restaurant in Soi 8 Nana, great food.

Bangkok restaurant reviews A couple of streets away from the Bus Stop is a terrific restaurant in Soi 8, Monsoon.

Calzone at Monsoon

Bangkok restaurant reviewsBill Austin from England likes Monsoon.

Beef & Oyster sauce at Monsoon.

Bangkok restaurant reviews

Prior to the beef I had a very good pumpkin soup, my friend had an Australian steak which was magnificent.

Great prawn dish at Monsoon

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The food and the décor are excellent at Monsoon.

Gulliver’s

Bangkok restaurant reviewsAlways good value at Gulliver’s in Sukhumvit Soi 5, excellent bar to watch your favorite sports. Food is consistently good & terrific atmosphere for a sports bar as is the one in Beach Rd Pattaya.

Gulliver’s Sports bar

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Some guys will park anywhere in Bangkok.

Finish on a high at Vertigo and Moon Bar

Vertigo Moon BarVertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel located at 21/100 Sathon Tai, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10500. Another breath-taking view of the Bangkok skyline.

Very nice restaurant

Bangkok restaurant reviewsChez Pape is right up my alley, it’s also up the small alley off Soi 11 just past Cheap Charlie’s.

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Bangkok from the Moon bar at Vertigo

Vertigo Moon Bar Banyan tree

Terrific food court at Siam Centre

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Bangkok shopping malls have many great restaurant choices.

David Herd at Le Maverick

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Le Maverick Restaurant will ceased its operation on Saturday 26 September 2015.

Good food at Le Maverick

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Bon Vivant Bangkok

Bangkok restaurants reviewsThanks for dropping by folks, here I am at Sirocco paying a huge amount for an Australian red, however the view is worth it. Thanks for visiting my Bangkok restaurant reviews photo blog.

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Bangkok Go-Go bars

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Bangkok night life at Soi Cowboy

Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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