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Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

November 2, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

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.

 Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets Europe  Hungarian Parliament Building (2)  The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Ho Chi Minh City South Vietnam  Main Square (3)  Vung Tau statue (6) 

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Holiday Inn

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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 Market Grocery Restaurant

October 31, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

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.

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

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant photo blog, put El Mercado on the very top of your bucket list. 

Delivery is faster than a speeding bullet. 🙂

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

   Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

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Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

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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.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

 

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Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

March 19, 2018 by David Herd

It certainly has the WOW! factor.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant is rated #630 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor. I went there for the Saturday brunch which was good value at B1,150 or $37 USD.

The decor is exceptional

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantLocated at 39 Boulevard Tower, 2 floor, Soi Sukhumvit 39 ( Soi Phrom Chit), BTS phromphong, Bangkok 10110.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

I hope you can read a map. 🙂

 Different room options

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThere are 4 or 5 different room options depending on your mood which is a nice touch.

I chose this room.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantIt was lunch time & very hot outside so sitting away from the windows was a very good option.

Another small section

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

So many choices & such little time. 🙂

What about the food you ask?

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThe range was very good to excellent, starting with an interesting plate of black bread.

An ice cold Asahi beer

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantMost certainly my beer of choice.

Followed by a Lobster bisque

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantRather small but very tasty indeed, I gave it 9 out of 10.

 The Foie Gras was 10 out of 10

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis was a fabulous taste sensation, certainly 10 out of 10.

Main course

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Lamb shoulder was very tasty but a little too stringy for me, I gave it 7.5 out of 10.

Another 10 out of 10 here

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis pancake was to die for, a great finish to an excellent lunch. 

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Thanks for visiting my Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant photo blog.  Follow THIS LINK to see many great restaurants nearby.

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Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

March 19, 2018 by David Herd

So many restaurants & such little time

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok, was where I walked from the Whale’s Belly restaurant to Sukhumvit Road. I was amazed by the number of restaurants along this trail, so I decided to show you some of them & give you the TripAdvisor ratings to help you decide where you want to eat. 

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Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokTripAdvisor rating is #165 of 10,435 Restaurants in BangkokThis is top of my list the next time I visit the city. Located at 26 Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit 31.

Peppina Sukhumvit 33

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokRated #341 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor.

Harvest in Sukhumvit Soi 31.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokTripAdvisor rate it #273 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok. Another high ranking establishment, it’s amazing how many good restaurants you see when you take a walk through the Big Mango. 🙂

Bella Napoli

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

3/1 Sukhumvit soi 31Bangkok, Thailand, rated #490 of 11,298 Restaurants in Bangkok.
T-Pochana Branch SuKhumvit

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAnother very highly rated restaurant according to TripAdvisor #333 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

 Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok, Azuma

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis is the first one in the area with a higher rating of #1,153 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

We are now on Sukhumvit Road

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokBack to the high TripAdvisor rating of #574 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

El Toro House of Meat

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis Brazilian & Argentinian restaurant is located at 519, Sukhumvit Road not far from Asoke BTS.

You are not going to believe this rating for Indulge Fusion & cocktail bar.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAn amazing Tripadvisor rating of #41 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

After reading the reviews I can’t wait to go there.

Last but not least The Penalty Spot.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

A very nice looking sports bar close to Asoke station.

Beautiful decor but some poor reviews.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokNot a bad rating for a sports bar, #1,897 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Some comments here from unhappy customers.

Here is where I walked.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAll the above restaurants were along this route.

Many thanks for visiting my Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok photo blog, I will certainly be visiting some of these hidden gems soon.

The Hass Bistro

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis new restaurant is not on the above route however I am including as avocados are one of my all time favourite things to eat any time anywhere. 

Looking forward to going here on my next Bangkok trip

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

Their Hass avocados are shipped from New Zealand and are served in every imaginable form and flavor. In the crunchy avocado (B240), breaded wedges of avocado are deep-fried for creamy, crispy mouthfuls with a side of sriracha aioli dip. The Avo Burger (prawn B395, chicken B335), meanwhile, really isn’t a burger at all, substituting bread for avocado halves and beef for chicken or prawn, with layers of lettuce, cheese and red onions. On the Thai-fusion end, there’s a tom yam pasta (B395) served with grilled prawns, cherry tomatoes and, somewhat superfluous here, slices of avocado. Avocados are also available for purchase for B89 a piece. 

 

The Hass Bistro, 1/6 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, Thailand, 099-192-9626
   
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Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

March 18, 2018 by David Herd

The Grill at The Grove

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok Wine Connection Central World Bangkok is called the Grill at the Groove, & is ideally located in the best location in Ratchaprasong district, this central business district is easily accessible via three different Skywalk links between BTS Siam station and BTS Chitlom Station.

Each Wine Connection restaurant has a liquor store where you can purchase wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.

 Stunning decor

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Great atmosphere, good service & excellent food.

Busy open kitchen

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThese guys really earn their money.

My brother Warren & Elyssa his daughter

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThey both love the food at Wine Connection.

 Elyssa loved the eggplant

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

The eggplant & the cold cuts with cheese are Elyssa’s favourites.

Spanish prawns

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok My favourite dish at  Wine Connection Central World Bangkok.

Good value Australian red wine

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Priced at only B450 if you take it home or B500 if you drink it there.

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThe bar area is rather spectacular as you can clearly see.

A very good pasta selection

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

The extensive menu has a great variety of pasta & pizzas.

Finally…..

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThe terrific slow cooked lamb shank.

You can probably now understand why Wine Connection is my favourite Bangkok restaurant chain.

Thanks for visiting my Wine Connection Central World Bangkok photo blog. Follow THIS LINK for more Wine Connection outlets.

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Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

July 19, 2017 by David Herd

Typical Bangkok street kitchen

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy over a 4 day period in July 2017. There are so many terrific places to eat in Bangkok, from 5 star hotels to street food & everything in between. The 3 of us guys were wondering if any Thai people actually eat a home. 🙂

Au Bon Pain for breakfast

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We start our day at Au Bon Pain in Silom or one of the many Starbucks in and around Silom Rd near Sala Daeng BTS station. The coffee & croissants are excellent, my favorite is the ham & cheese at Starbucks.

Here it is

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

 A perfect start to the day, add a tall latte for a cost of B230 or $7 usd.

However if you are on a budget

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Foodland (open 24/7) has a breakfast “happy hour”, if you eat before 9.am an American breakfast including coffee & juice will only cost you B62 or $1.80 usd, priceless. 🙂

Le Bouchen in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

TripAdvisor rates Le Bouchen #176 of 9,969 restaurants in Bangkok. I think this is a gross exaggeration, don’t get me wrong, the couple of entrees we had were very good, however it’s an old world French restaurant that doesn’t deserve such a high rating. Dishes were Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry which was quite excellent.

 These were excellent

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Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry.

Uminoya Izakaya

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

I really enjoyed the food & wine at Uminoya.

Two excellent dishes

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

Funny story of the day, the skewers were around B250 & the eel B180, or so I thought until the bill came. It was B2100 or $84 aud including 2 large glasses of red, I had made a small error, the eel was B1189 ++, when I ordered it I thought it seemed too cheap. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 China White 3rd floor Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Really good low cost Chinese food.

I will definitely visit China White again.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy They served the best BBQ pork I have had for a long time.

Roast at The Commons

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

My brother Warren & I both agree the lunch “special” at “Roast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.

The busy kitchen at “Roast”.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

We were both so impressed not just with the food, but the presentation, service & cleanliness of this reasonably hard to find top floor restaurant.

 Fresh vegetables in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Thai people has taken street to an art form. Follow THIS LINK for more Thai street food.

Capri pizzas at Asiatique

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy This is definitely one of my favorite photos.

 Chicken skewers look good here.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy The Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy continues, there is temptation around every corner.

The Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy There are about 6 branches in Bangkok, this one is in Silom. Choose your wine from their well stocked cellar.

My favorite dish at Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

 Garlic prawns cooked exactly like I used to have them in Australia 40 years ago. 🙂

Ice cream shop at Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We used our willpower & resisted the temptation until we got to Swensen’s at Siam Paragon. 🙂 Can you believe TripAdvisor rate Swensen’s  #166 of 10,489 Places to Eat in Bangkok.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

The frenzy continued in Pattaya, here is Ray overwhelmed by the size of the schnitzel at Lekerle.

Well that’s all for now folks, farewell from EmQuartier

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Many thanks for visiting my Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy photo blog.

All the Bangkok photos are here.

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Close to Nana BTS.

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Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct

July 15, 2017 by David Herd

The Commons Soi 55 Thonglor

Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct is off Soi 55 Sukhumvit in Thonglor. A wonderful collection of eateries in an interesting “factory like” building.

Interesting name

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct One of the many terrific food outlets on the ground floor market area.

Fresh bread fro the bakery

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct We enjoyed some of this bread with lunch at “Roast”.

Soul food anyone?

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct There are some fabulous choices of interesting cuisines at this fabulous Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.

Here is the best tip I can pass on to you.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Both my brother Warren & I both agree the lunch “special” at “Roast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.

The set lunch Menu

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

The quality of the food & presentation is exceptional.

Smoked salmon & avocado

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Warren chose this for his main course after his mixed leaf Caesar to begin.

Wonderful pasta.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

After my entree of potato chowder I had what may be one of the best pastas I have ever eaten.

We both had the Millefeuille for desert.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct And yes, it tasted just as goo as it looks. 🙂

The busy kitchen at “Roast”.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct We were both so impressed not just with the food, but the presentation, service & cleanliness of this reasonably hard to find top floor restaurant.

The “Roast” bar

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Do yourself a favor & put the Roast on your Bangkok bucket list. I’m not exaggerating how good this place is, TripAdvisor rates it #107 of 9,975 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Craft beer

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Craft beer bars are a little bit like the “selfie stick”, they are everywhere. I’m not really a fan of paying double the price for a beer & not knowing if I’m going to like it or not.

 The Plant House

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct The Commons is 90% food with a couple of exceptions like the Plant house, there is also a large children’s play room.

The Lobster Lab

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct This was my first choice for lunch before my brother found the “Roast”, however I will return. 🙂

Source is the resident grocer.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Just another one of the fabulous food outlets.

Meat & Bones

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct What a great name, Split logs piled in the open kitchen hint at the way in which food is prepared, although due to sizing constraints all meat is roasted off-site, at a house on Sukhumvit Soi 105.

I love this mural.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct There is a lot to like about Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.

Liquor outlet at The Commons

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct They have covered most of the bases here. 🙂

 Location

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Thonglor is quite an upmarket area of Bangkok. Follow THIS LINK for more on this area.

One One Hotel is 5 minutes walk  from the Commons.

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 You will get an excellent rate if you book through THIS LINK. About B1,800 or $53 usd per night.

                         

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Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

May 22, 2017 by David Herd

Local Trattoria since 1997

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant at Chit Lom, 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.

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Walk down the narrow stairs & through the bar into the beautiful restaurant.

Excellent decor

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

I really like the fact the tables are not too close together which certainly improves the atmosphere.

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 Baked seafood entree

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

This tasty dish is prepared and served in a traditional snail serving tray.

This is a superb dish beautiful served

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

  This superb entree featured morsels of French mussels, clams & prawns, flavoured & baked with herb butter, cheddar, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.

If you lean closer to the screen I’m sure you will be able to smell the garlic. 🙂

An important message 

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 

This really is the best advice I can give you. 🙂

Beef Ribs

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 Another dish cooked perfectly was the bone-in braised beef short rib in red wine sauce (750 baht),  slow-cooked until the meat became soft and fell off the bone, yet still retained a pleasant chewy texture. Notice the packet of baked garlic which was very tasty indeed.

A choice of vegetables

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Choose the vegetables that you prefer with your ribs.

Here is my favourite main course

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

The slow cooked lamb shank is absolutely delicious. 

Anyone for cake?

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

It would not be a proper Italian restaurant without cake. 🙂

In Bangkok you must visit some of the wonderful sky bars.

Farewell from Pirate Chambre

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Many thanks for visiting my Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant photo blog.

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Location

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Hard to find but persevere. 🙂

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Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro chain of restaurants has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in Thailand. Excellent food and a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.

Beside Sala Daeng Sky Train station

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Located in the basement of the Silom Complex right below Starbucks.

Garlic Prawns

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

My favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Very reasonable prices

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Not just the food, the wine prices are also very affordable.

THE GRILL @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Located on the ground floor at CentralWorld, Wine Connection claim The Grill is their most upmarket outlet.

Pasta & Salmon

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

Absolutely delicious Serrano Ham & Truffle Oil Fettuccine only B230 or $6.50 USD. 

Lots of fresh pasta

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

By now you probably understand why Wine Connection is such a favourite of mine. 🙂

South African Red wine 

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

This is my favourite location, just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.

 Large cheese selection

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

A selection of cheese and a nice bottle of red, what more could you want?

Wine cellar

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.

Great value food & wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm there is free flow wine & beer for B499.

Location

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Take the Sky Train or a taxi along Sukhumvit. 

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

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 We only spent 4 nights in Koh Samui and chose to eat here twice.

Low cost wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

They offer a wonderful selection of wine from all over the world at liquor store prices. Our red wine from Chile was a bargain B650.

The chain I’m told is owned by a French group, I only wish they would open a branch in Pattaya.

Lamb shank at the Wine Connection.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro photo blog, there are also branches in Phuket & Chiang Mai.

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Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

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Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

May 23, 2016 by David Herd

A super shopping mall

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok opened about 10 years ago in 2006, I remember how impressed I was with this amazing new shopping mall with it’s wide aisles and fabulous food court and supermarket.

Now of course there are many new super malls in Bangkok to compete with including Central Embassy and EmQuartier.

Shops on the 1st floor

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 

Here is a guide to some of the shops.

Siam Paragon, Hanging fences

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Another photo taken way back in 2006 of the Siam Paragon, Hanging fences, I’m not sure if they are still there or not.

 The Main floor

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Strangely the level that is linked to the skywalk is called the Main Floor, despite it being one above the ground, and the floors above that are then the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, up to the 5th, which is taken up by the Cineplex and its 15 large size theatres. There is direct access to the centre from Siam BTS Skytrain station.

Siam Paragon is opposite MBK

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 

Only 5 minutes walk on an elevated path from the well know MBK centre.

Busy Bangkok corner

BTS Skytrain

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

As I mentioned for Siam Paragon get of at Siam station, MBK is actually one stop further at National Stadium station.

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Met up with an old friend

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 

Could this be my 15 minutes of fame? 🙂

Food food & more food.

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

One thing is for certain the Thai people love their food and there are plenty of options at Siam Paragon to keep them happy.

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Decisions decisions

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

The hard part is trying to decide where to eat, they all look so inviting.

 Siam Center

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Right next door to Siam Paragon is Siam Center another wonderful mall, check it out on THIS LINK.

Shopping for a car perhaps?

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Follow THIS LINK for some amazing super cars at Siam Paragon Shopping Mall.

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok Food court

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

There is really no type of food you can’t buy at the fabulous mall.

Keeping the kids amused

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

What a great idea to keep the kids amused while you are dining at the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall.


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