The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Patrick discovers El Mercado

April 24, 2019 by David Herd

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Patrick discovers El Mercado restaurant in Bangkok and he and his lovely wife Khun Rinny were very impressed with this unique establishment. Patrick should know a little about restaurants being the owner of Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse in Pattaya, one of my favourite places to eat. TripAdvisor rating for Patrick’s is #16 of 1,149 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Dining in the courtyard.

Patrick discovers El Mercado There are 3 separate areas to dine, the courtyard, the wine room or the delicatessen area.

Patrick took all these excellent photos on his Samsung Quad camera.

Patrick & Rinny are very happy here.

Patrick discovers El Mercado They are sitting in the delicatessen area right next to the fresh seafood room.

Did someone mention seafood?

Patrick discovers El Mercado 

Life doesn’t get any better than this. 🙂

Oysters from Cancale in France.

Patrick discovers El Mercado  There are around 10 different varieties on offer, starting from B420 for a dozen which is tremendous value. The range is from B35 to B115 each.

You can order a set for B795.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

This fabulous set is only $25 USD.

Patrick’s platter

Patrick discovers El Mercado This is a great way to eat, there is a huge variety cold meats, terrines and pate’s to choose from.

Rinny had the seafood.

Patrick discovers El Mercado On one of my visits I actually had the seafood set + a dozen oysters. 🙂

Anyone for cheese?

Patrick discovers El MercadoA huge choice, why not sample a few? Also El Mercado have a delivery service if you live in Bangkok, check out THIS LINK for more information.

In fact there are free samples.

Patrick discovers El Mercado All along the counter there are samples of cheese, meats etc for you to try before you buy. 🙂

Pièce de résistance

  Patrick discovers El Mercado        Patrick discovers El Mercado

Say no more, wink wink, nudge nudge. 🙂

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Here is what Patrick had to say about El Mercado; “Didn’t know where to eat tonight in Bangkok so I asked my good friend David Herd who is an expert in Bangkok restaurants. He suggested El Mercado. Wow, what a surprise. Never saw anything like that in Thailand. All those choices of cheeses, cold cuts, seafood and fish. Many wines as well, but a bit on the expensive side. I enjoyed a mixed platter with cheeses and cold cuts, my wife went for the oysters and seafood dish. All in all a success and very enjoyable. Book in advance, packed all the time. Worth a visit when in Bangkok😉😎

Location

Patrick discovers El Mercado Car parking is available behind the restaurant.

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Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok

April 21, 2019 by David Herd

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok

Eleven thousand restaurantsHass avocado Bistro Bangkok is rather unique, their avocados are shipped from New Zealand and are served in every imaginable form and flavor. The hamburger is rather unique, the buns are replaced with avocado, what a great idea. The breakfast of poached eggs & avocado is perfect.

 1/6 Soi Sukhumvit 49 

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok Just 50 metres from Sukhumvit Rd. Opens daily at 8am, since it intends to serve early-birds who come in for breakfast, & closes at 9 pm.

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok Quite a small restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere.

The Juice bar

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok On the left as you walk in the door, lots of varieties other than avocado. 🙂

In fact I ordered a mango smoothie.

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok I was was in heaven, 2 of my favourite things, Mango & avocado.

Breakfast is served.

Food friends Big Mango Poached eggs & avocado, perfect.

The Avo burger

Eleven thousand restaurants This has got to be a totally unique dish, I have never seen one like it before. Plus it was fabulous. 🙂

Thanks for visiting my Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok photo blog, put this excellent restaurant on your bucket list.

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Food friends Big Mango

April 19, 2019 by David Herd

Food friends Big Mango

Food friends Big Mango

Food friends Big Mango, otherwise known as Bangkok. There are 11,562 restaurants in this great city, this photo blog features a few of them.

Three of my favourite things about living in Thailand are, Mango smoothies, Mango & sticky rice & foot massages.

Two more reasons for living here.

Food friends Big Mango Am I asking too much? 🙂

Team Murphy

Food friends Big Mango Here are my Australian friends, the team leader was Nikki Murphy, the gorgeous brunette in the centre. To the right is husband Tony & father Bob. Far left is sister Georgie & her bubbly friend Aileen.

My bedroom at Soi 34 Sukhumvit

Food friends Big Mango Nikki had booked a 6 floor apartment walking distance to Thong Lo station, it was rather exceptional as you can see from the photo. The only problem was there was no elevator, lucky for me I was on the 3rd floor so only had to cope with 30 stairs. 🙂

Food friends Big Mango & only 4 minutes walk to the Hass Bistro

Food friends Big Mango One of my favourite Bangkok restaurants in Klang Alley off Sukhumvit. A terrific breakfast of poached eggs & avocado.

Talking about favourite restaurants

Food friends Big Mango El Mercado is my number one, even though TripAdvisor only rate it #360 of 11,562 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Murphy was blown away.

Food friends Big Mango I think it has quickly Tony’s favourite as well. 🙂

Oysters from Cancale in France.

Food friends Big Mango The full description is Fine De Cancale No. 4.

A selection of Tapas.

Food friends Big Mango Smoked salmon, Prosciutto & pumpkin soup shots.

Pièce de résistance at El Mercado.

Food friends Big Mango Wonderful blueberry tart for Murphy.

Apple tart for me.

Food friends Big Mango WOW! These deserts were perfect. 🙂

Dinner at The Roast at The Commons.

Food friends Big Mango Nikki had the Salmon which looked absolutely perfect.

Murphy had a hamburger, & I stole some of his fries. 🙂

Food friends Big Mango It was interesting they only had Lao beer, terribly overpriced like many things there, but an excellent taste. Tony & I were flying to Laos the following day & enjoyed many more Lao beers in Vientiane.

The price of BeerLao in Laos was very low indeed.

Many thanks for visiting my Food friends Big Mango photo blog.

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Good food Bangkok Nana Soi 8

February 14, 2019 by David Herd

Good food Bangkok

Good food Bangkok

Good food Bangkok Nana Soi 8 offers an excellent choice of restaurants at very reasonable prices. After a satisfying meal you can enjoy a massage at one of the many parlors in this interesting street. Hamish & I are enjoying good low price Italian food at Via Vai.

Via Vai Soi 8 Nana

Good food Bangkok

Fettuccine Carbonara has been a favourite of mine for as long as I can remember. 

Indoor & outdoor seating at Via Vai

Good food Bangkok

Via Vai is located directly opposite Monsoon. The atmosphere is good & the service is friendly.

Monsoon Bangkok Cafe & Restaurant

Good food Bangkok

Always crowded & consistently good food from a wide selection on the menu. Indoor & outdoor seating as you can see.

Good food Bangkok

Good food Bangkok Delicious prawns at Monsoon.

Monsoon

Good food Bangkok The Smoked salmon salad at Monsoon was perfect.

Outdoor seating.

Good food Bangkok Nana Give me the air conditioning inside any day. 🙂

Stable Lodge Soi 8 Nana

Good food Bangkok TripAdvisor Ranked #1,387 of 13,105 Restaurants in Bangkok. I certainly recommend this out of the way Scandinavian restaurant. It’s located 200 meters further down the Soi past Via Vai.

Excellent Scandinavian food

Good food Bangkok Food is very good indeed at a reasonable price. Every time I visit Bangkok I make sure I visit for guaranteed Good food Bangkok.

Two entrees was enough for me.

Good food Bangkok Washed down with a couple of glasses of red of course. 🙂 

Smoked Salmon at the Stable

Good food Bangkok Of course you would never find a Scandinavian restaurant that does not server smoked salmon. 🙂

Flashback to 2012

Good food Bangkok Nana My brother Warren & I at Monsoon after visiting Chiang Mai where I had a close encounter with a huge tiger.

Thanks for visiting my Good food Bangkok photo blog, I hope it helps you find a good restaurant in Nana.

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LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

January 20, 2019 by David Herd

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok seem to be increasing in numbers each year. In Thailand a Kathoey or katoey is a transgender woman or an effeminate gay male. Many Thai people perceive that a kathoey actually belongs to a third gender.

Sit near the entrance at 6 pm.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

They usually start to arrive from 6 pm on, it’s rather entertaining seeing them arrive with an exaggerated walk & almost always stroking their hair.

Would you know the difference?

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

 LadyBoys often look and act more ladylike than the ladies! Everything is exaggerated, particularly walking, where they look like they are on a constant catwalk. There is a more pronounced swaying of the hips, more elegant posture (particularly when seated), excessively flicking and fidgeting with their hair and over-applied make-up.

This was actually in Phuket.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

However he is a well known face around Nana Plaza, let’s just call him “Secrets”. 🙂

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

Most LadyBoys are much taller than the girls & after living in Thailand for many years they are easy to spot. Ladyboys do not just exaggerate their femininity; they exaggerate everything! Every word and action is excessively flamboyant. This makes them stand out from the crowd because Thai culture is such that women (even those working in beer bars and go-gos) are usually quite reserved.

Definitely NOT LadyBoys.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

Gary & Brad are from Townsville & I’m in the middle & have lived in Pattaya for 7 years. However my first visit to Nana Plaza was 23 years ago in 1996.

 What a knockout..

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok By far the best looking LadyBoy I have ever seen was in Pattaya. My two Aussie friends Dennis & Nick were absolutely stunned. 🙂

All the action is here in Nana Plaza.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Without a doubt this is the best adult entertainment precinct in Bangkok.

Hello boys…..

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Wow! what nice group of lads. 🙂

The boys from Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Thanks for visiting my LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok photo blog.

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Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

January 17, 2019 by David Herd

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok, The first store of DEAN & DELUCA was launched in 1977 in New York’s Soho district, USA, serving gourmet food, gourmet coffee, a wide range of beverages, and specialty items, which included premium-imported wines, delicacies, and kitchen utensils.

Lots of delicious pastries

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

This & the previous photo is from EmQuartier. 

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

 Dean & Deluca also offer a  fast food delivery to your home or office. This photo is from the EmQuartier  shopping mall.

Delicious clam chowder

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

TripAdvisor rating is #1,067 of 1,154 Restaurants in Bangkok.

MahaNakhon CUBE

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

This branch of Dean & Deluca is inside the cube & connects to the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain & is adjacent to the Mahanakhon Tower.

TripAdvisor rating is #688 of 11,154 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Attractive decor at the Cube.

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

The coffee here is excellent.

 Central Embassy branch

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Not quite as spectacular than some of the other branches.

The blue look at Siam Discovery

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Rather spectacular wouldn’t you agree?

Totally unique as many of the shops at Discovery are.

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Siam Discovery have tried very hard to be different, check out THIS LINK for more.

Farewell from EmQuartier

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Thanks for visiting my Gourmet food coffee Bangkok photo blog.

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MBK food court Bangkok

January 17, 2019 by David Herd

MBK food court Bangkok

MBK food court Bangkok

MBK food court Bangkok is a popular destination among visitors & locals. The MBK mall is like a giant, air conditioned indoor market. The extensive food court offers street food prices with the luxury of being indoors. Food Island is essentially a large square of vendors, with plenty of seating.

Lobster 30% discount

MBK food court Bangkok

Apart from the busy food court there are many specialty restaurants offering all kinds of cuisines.

Anyone for pepper?

MBK food court Bangkok

The hardest part is deciding where to eat. 🙂

Japanese is always popular.

MBK food court Bangkok

In fact there are 53,000 Japanese people living in Bangkok. 

The Beef Master

MBK food court Bangkok

 Ranked 1,668 from 11,154 restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor.

 Talking about beef

MBK food court Bangkok $76 USD a kilo for the American Tomahawk & $52 USD for the Australian, both are way over my budget. 🙂

Time for a desert?

MBK food court Bangkok It’s always time for a desert. 🙂

Can’t read the language.

MBK food court Bangkok But it sure looks like more sweets to add on the calories.

Here is my choice of desert.

MBK food court Bangkok Mango & sticky rice is an iconic Thailand desert.

Thanks for visiting my MBK food court Bangkok photo blog.

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

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Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

November 2, 2018 by David Herd

Three days dining October 2018

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

Eleven thousand restaurants

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time, dining in Bangkok can be rather confusing, because there are just so many good places to eat. Having said that, I must point out that even after living in Thailand for seven years 90% of my diet is western style food.

The Hass Bistro

Eleven thousand restaurants Avocados are one of my favourite things to eat & drink in a smoothie. This simple little cafe is in Klang Avenue which runs off Sukhumvit midway between Thong lo & Phrom Phong BTS stations.

Lets take a closer look.

Eleven thousand restaurants Chicken, cheese & tomato between 2 halves of avocado.

Yuna Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Eleven thousand restaurants  Located near the Grand Swiss hotel in soi 11/1 Nana. Food & service are good with  a rather authentic Japanese atmosphere.

Eleven thousand restaurants such little time but I’m really trying. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants The food above + a glass of house wine was total of B920 or $38 Aud or $28 USD. I’m still on my avocado push, notice the tasty serve above with creme cheese. 🙂

Oh no! Not more avocado. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants

Of course there is always more when you are addicted to this wonderful fruit. Follow THIS LINK for the many benefits of avocado.

Want a closer look at this great breakfast?

Eleven thousand restaurants Presented by the Bangkok Baking Company at the JW Marriot on Sukhumvit.

Here is a YouTube video on the many benefits of avocado. Just follow THIS LINK.

El Mercado is El Magnifico.

Eleven thousand restaurants Much more than a grocery store & delicatessen. My photo blog for lots more information can be found on THIS LINK.

This is what I chose for lunch.

Eleven thousand restaurants Cultivated in Cancale, in the beautiful Bay of Mont St Michel, Brittany region of France, The Special de Cancale this a slightly acidic oyster loved for its taste of iodine, its firm flesh, light nutty flavor.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, plus you can pay later & cancel free of charge if you wish.

For over 20 years I have been enjoying Oxtail stew at the Busstop in Soi 4 Nana.

Eleven thousand restaurants We used to get double the size for 1/2 the price, oh well I guess that’s just inflation. 🙂

This was the size in 2016.

Soi 4 Bus Stop (3) As you can clearly see the size is shrinking.

Pirate Chambre 

Eleven thousand restaurants It’s a little hard to find the restaurant’s entrance located on the 3rd floor of the Maneeya Centre building, which directly links to BTS Chit Lom at the Siam end.  The slow cooked lamb shank is absolutely delicious, more photos on THIS LINK.

Lets not forget Wine Connection.

Eleven thousand restaurants Spanish style Gambas is my favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Finally farewell from Starbucks at EmQuartier 

Eleven thousand restaurants I’m at one of their outlets nearly every day. Thanks for visiting my Eleven thousand restaurants photo blog.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one

November 1, 2018 by David Herd

Small alley beside Nana station

Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one

Bangkok Hustle Nana Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one may sound a little confusing, however let me explain this title. Soi 7/1 is a small alley off Sukhumvit Road adjacent to Nana station. I sometimes stay at a very good budget hotel called iCheck Inn Nana, which is at the end of the street about 200 meters from Sukhumvit Road.

Walking that 200 meters is where the hustle comes into play, you have to pass quite a few massage parlours where the girls & ladyboys are quite relentless in their efforts to lure you inside with the promise of all sorts of graphic exotic experiences. I’ll leave the description of these promises up to your imagination. 🙂

The corner of Soi 7/1 & Sukhumvit Road

Bangkok Hustle Nana That’s Nana station on the upper left of the photo.

One of the popular Thai restaurants in this Soi.

Bangkok Hustle Nana There are 3 or 4 restaurants plus a few small hotels & 6 0r 7 massage parlours.

They call themselves the Bangkok Beer Cafe. 🙂

Bangkok Hustle Nana Just across the road from my hotel, the iCheck Inn Nana.

The pickled Liver traditional British Pub

Bangkok Hustle Nana Located at the end of the Soi on the right hand side.

iCheck Inn Nana

Bangkok Hustle Nana A very good budget hotel with nice rooms & fast internet. Book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

Looking at Soi 11 from my hotel room, see more on this link.

Bangkok Hustle Nana Looking at the Ambassador Hotel in Soi 11. The block of land in the foreground was where Cheap Charlies & several shops & restaurants were located before being demolished in 2017. Once again book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate with free cancellation & a pay later option. 

Anyone fancy a game of pool?

Bangkok Hustle Nana A nice looking bar next to my hotel. Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one photo blog. There are hundreds of secret little Sois in the Sukhumvit area, this has been the story of one of them. 🙂

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Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

October 31, 2018 by David Herd

El Mercado El Maginifico

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant all rolled into one fabulous venue. El Mercardo as well as being an excellent restaurant pride themselves by including in their charming complex a premium fresh supermarket offering reasonable prices which is most certainly dedicated to food enthusiasts.

This courtyard is usually crowded.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant I decided on a late lunch to miss the crowd, I’m told it is always better to book to avoid disappointment. Just phone 09 9078 3444.

The fabulous delicatessen

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant An amazing range of cold cuts, cheese etc at El Mercado.

I prefer to sit inside & gaze at the wonderful array of exotic products. 🙂

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant From now on every time I visit Bangkok this will be number one on my list of “must do” restaurants.

And on my left was the refrigerated  seafood section….

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant No wonder the TripAdvisor rating is #394 of 11,116 Restaurants in Bangkok. I find it hard to believe there are 393 better restaurants. 🙂

Seafood section

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Being such a busy restaurant always means the food is fresh at this Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant . 🙂

Selection of cold cuts

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant On my list for next time, I was too busy today with the seafood.

Did I mention the seafood?

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

The oysters from France were magnificent. 

This was one of the daily specials, I chose the number 4.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

Cultivated in Cancale, in the beautiful Bay of Mont St Michel, Brittany region of France, The Special de Cancale this a slightly acidic oyster loved for its taste of iodine, its firm flesh, light nutty flavor.

Lets not forget the desert. 🙂

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant I must admit I’m a sucker for Creme Brûlée. 

The wine room

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Ideal for functions etc, however probably my only disappointment lining in Thailand are the wine prices. 

Lots of choices here

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Perfect for a wine & cheese night.

Back to my favourite section.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant A wonderful venue as you can clearly see.

Second visit January 10 2019

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant A dozen French for B480 or $15 USD.

New on the menu April 2019.

Bangkok Market Grocery RestaurantPate en croute
Foie gras in Jar
Lamb and pork Rillette
Salmon Rillette
Figs with foie gras
Homemade sausages
Brillat ginger and pineapple balls
Tart au Maroille
Flavoured bries ( mango, figs and almonds,…) 

Build your own sandwich.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Cold cuts, avocado & bread, including wild boar Mortadella & Pate 3 Foies (MEAT LIVERS).

The front entrance on the right & grocery shop on the left.

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The happy team

unnamedThe restaurant is off the beaten track, just use Google maps. 🙂

Location

Patrick discovers El Mercado Car parking is available behind the restaurant.

Delivery is faster than a speeding bullet. 🙂

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Well maybe not quite that fast. 🙂

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