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.

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. 🙂

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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.

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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Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

October 20, 2018 by David Herd

A shop with the lot.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya is open 24 hours a day, & this branch is head & shoulders above all the others I have visited both here & Bangkok.

Smoked salmon, bring it on.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 PattayaSlap it on a bagel with cream cheese and sprinkle over some chopped chives.

You gotta love the deli. 🙂

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya I will definitely be buying lots of leg ham here.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya A huge selection of goods as you can clearly see.

A very good selection at a reasonable price.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Best supermarket across the road is going to feel the effect of Foodland.

The bakery

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Cakes, donuts, bread, croissants you name it.

Lets not forget our friendly butcher.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya As I said previously this branch is head & shoulders above all the others I have visited both here & Bangkok.

Not too sure what his job is.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Just entertaining the kids I guess. 🙂

Here is some bad news

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Very bad news, the cost of wine in Thailand is shocking, these 2 litre offerings are $30 AUD. Now in Australia you can buy an equivalent 4 litre cask for $12. That’s $3 a litre as opposed to $15 in Thailand. 

Perhaps I should buy some grapes & make my own wine.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Wait a minute I don’t have a bath tub where I can crush them.

This is a fair question. 🙂

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

I guess I’ll have to grin & bear it at $15 a litre.

Here is the Foodland restaurant.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya I’m a regular customer for breakfast at the branch at Royal Gardens, it’s a steel at 65 Baht or $2.80 AUD.

Open 24 hours a day

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya A huge advantage for me is the adjacent Starbucks, I have tea with my breakfast then move to Starbucks for my coffee. 🙂

Excellent quality & value.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya B65 is so cheap & the eggs are perfect. 🙂

OK, I have got to ly, my plane is waiting.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Thanks for visiting my Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya  photo blog, follow THIS LINK for an overview of the whole magnificent center. To see how this fabulous mall was created from the start just follow THIS LINK.

 Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

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          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

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

Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
 
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That’s all folks

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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.

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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Good Indian Food Pattaya 2nd Rd

August 23, 2018 by David Herd

Highly rated Indian restaurant

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya located in 2nd Rd just opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. I don’t often patronize Indian restaurants however the food at Zaika was very good so in future I will make an effort to visit other similar places.

Fairly mundane decor

Good Indian Food Pattaya In fact the upholstery on the booths looks like it needs a good shampoo. Otherwise it’s comfortable & compact.

Lets check out the food.

Good Indian Food Pattaya

I ordered a chicken curry not too spicy. 

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya Lets take a closer look at the Good Indian Food Pattaya. The curry was excellent and the long grain rice exceptional.

 Chicken Biryani

Good Indian Food Pattaya These  two photos I borrowed from TripAdvisor to let you see a couple more food samples.

Fish Tikka with Jasmine rice

Good Indian Food Pattaya

TripAdvisor rating is #27 of 1,091 Places to Eat in Pattaya  which seems a rather high rating, hard for me to judge after only one visit.

Located on 2nd Rd

Good Indian Food Pattaya Right opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. Their phone number is 038  488 958.

These prices are very low indeed.

Good Indian Food Pattaya They have a very busy home delivery service.

A huge selection

Good Indian Food Pattaya I certainly will be using the home delivery service.

Thanks for visiting my Good Indian Food Pattaya photo blog.

     Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

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

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

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Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
 
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That’s all folks

1g Duck

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.

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.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

 

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Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

July 18, 2018 by David Herd

Renovated May 2018

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya is certainly one of my favourite restaurants. TripAdvisor rating is #22 of 1,025 Restaurants in Pattaya, however in my opinion it is in the top 10.

Perhaps a salad to start with.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lots of choices at Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya.

The photo does not do it justice.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

The Oxtail soup is fantastic, I often drop in and have it for lunch, followed by a waffle of course. 🙂

Of course I sometime have the pancake instead of the waffle. 🙂

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya They are both delicious.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Dining with my friend Hamish & my brother Warren in May 2018 just after the renovation was completed.

The Tuesday night special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Without a doubt they serve the best lamb shank in Pattaya, perhaps even the northern hemisphere.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The new decor is attractive & modern. This was at 6.30 pm & I was the only customer. 🙂

In case you were wondering, here’s Patrick.

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He used to be a parachuter, now he is a biker. 🙂

Early May 2018 they gutted the restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The finished product is excellent.

Here we are at the old restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya I’m with Greg Clee & Hamish Elton celebrating Hamish’s birthday in 2015. Notice the old fashioned decor?

Can you believe the size of this Tomahawk? 🙂

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya A whopping 1.5 kilo, I think Hamish could handle it. 🙂

A terrific dinner with friends.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya August 31st 2018, 3 Aussies, a Belgium & a Yankee.

Good food & nice people.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya From the left we have Dan Escamilla, Hamish Elton, David Herd, Sally Schmidt & Wayne Schmidt.

Another Tuesday night dinner

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Half the table ordered the lamb shank. 🙂 From the right we have David Rose, Brendan Tate, Jessica, Hamish Elton, David Herd, Dan Escamilla & last but not least Possum. 🙂

One final look at the Tuesday special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lamb shank (French style) & potato au gratin. I only have one criticism of this fine restaurant, the house wine is far too expensive. Everything else is excellent, many thanks for visiting my Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya photo blog.

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Sensational Sydney Fish Market

July 12, 2018 by David Herd

Too much seafood is never enough.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont Bridge Road is always a hive of activity. We were there on a Monday in July 2018 and it was as crowded as a Sunday.

A very famous name….

Sensational Sydney Fish Market The Doyles family first opened their doors in Watsons Bay in 1885. Since then and for over 5 generations, the Doyle family have been serving Australian Seafood in a number of outlets around Sydney.

Doyles at Watsons Bay in 1982

Sydney World's Best Harbour I’m with my girlfriend Helen Burke in 1982 at one of our many lunches at Doyles.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Australian seafood is as good as you will find anywhere in the world.

An endless variety of seafood.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market As they say in the classics, “shop till you drop” at the Sensational Sydney Fish Market. 🙂

A perfect lunch

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Sydney rock oysters & fresh prawns.

Did I mention oysters?

Sensational Sydney Fish Market I just spent 4 days on the Gold Coast & 3 times I visited Chevron Island seafood to swallow a dozen Coffin Bay oysters from South Australia. My good friend Frank is the owner & discounted them to $20 a dozen.

Famous Murray Cod.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market For some strange reason I don’t think I have ever eaten this iconic Australian fish.

Anyone for a swordfish steak?

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Looks very interesting indeed at the Sensational Sydney Fish Market.

Still busy after 2 pm.

Sensational Sydney Fish Market Half the lunch crowd had left but there were still lots of people eating.

Giant crabs

Sensational Sydney Fish Market These monsters would be perfect for a long lunch.

My lunch companions

Sensational Sydney Fish Market My brother Bryan Herd on the right & Viv Kennelly. Thanks for visiting my Sensational Sydney Fish Market photo blog.

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For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

 

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Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan

June 17, 2018 by David Herd

Was hardly worth a visit.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan left me a little disappointed. After Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo & Kanazawa Omicho fish market I expected more.

Rows of shops opposite each other.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan This is obviously the retail section, the wholesale warehouses are 5 or 6 blocks away. Several restaurants are among the shops, including a collection of small bars and restaurants.

Lots of varieties here.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo JapanLive, fresh & frozen are all available here at Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan.

Here is a big guy swimming around.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan Reminds me of my home on Australia’s Gold Coast during the 90s, I used to catch large mud crabs from my jetty.

Looks like octopus to me.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan Nice & chewy for sure.

Flashback to the Gold Coast in Australia 1998.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo JapanMy secret was to steam them in sake. 🙂

Typical seafood shop 

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo JapanI’m starting to get very hungry. 🙂

You gotta love fresh crab

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo JapanMakes my mouth water just looking at it. 🙂

Time for lunch.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo JapanNothing fancy just a small hole in the wall.

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo JapanI settled for the house special which was excellent value at 2500 Yen or $30 AUD.

Farewell to Nijo market

Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan Not everywhere you visit lives up to your expectations, having said that I ticked the box & will move on to bigger & better things. Thanks for visiting my Nijo Seafood Market Sapporo Japan photo blog. 

APA Hotel Sapporo-Susukino-Ekimae was in a very good location next to the metro station. For a terrific room rate just book through THIS LINK & pay later, free cancellation if your plans change.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

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For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

 

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Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

May 8, 2018 by David Herd

So much seafood & such little time.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 was a noisy affair as usual. There is a bandstand on the beach which blasts very ordinary music until the early hours of the morning. My condo is on the 20th floor 400 meters away & the sound hits me full blast even with the door closed. 🙂

Beach Road Pattaya

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 One of the bigger kitchens along Beach Road.

Prawns, crab & shell fish

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A good variety & freshly cooked.

 Big variety of meat including crocodile. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I’m surprised there is no snake or buffalo. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

One of the many stalls lined along Beach Road.

Here is my favourite shot

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A typical spontaneous Thai smile, no wonder we love living here.

Time for a mango shake

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018Another huge benefit of living in Thailand, the mangoes are wonderful.

OK, I’m confused…..

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I have no idea what these bamboo tubes are for.

Busy ladies here on Beach Road

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The festival runs for 5 nights and really draws the crowds.

I dined at the same place last year.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018In 2017 the food here was great so I decided to give it another whirl.

 Small but tasty

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 I chose 2 dishes from their signature menu, the one above was fine at B159 or $5 USD.

 This one not so good.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The calamari was as tough as an old boot & the filling was very average indeed. I would have been better off at one of the smaller stalls.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 photo blog.

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Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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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

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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

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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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Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

March 18, 2018 by David Herd

Improvements to Nana in Bangkok

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 are taking place right now in March 2018. A huge roof is being built over the Plaza & the bars in the centre are being built again.

Lucky Lukes is still the same

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4First bar on the right as you enter.

 VW bar at the back

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 Quite a nice addition to the plaza, apparently it has been here 3 years yet I rarely venture to the back of Nana.

Playschool is an old favourite revamped

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4You gotta love the pink. 🙂

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Lollipop makes a comeback. It was Suckers & before that Lollipop again.

Here it is in 2017.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

This to me is the quintessential Nana Plaza photo, sums up many of the customers. 🙂

 Re-building the bars, again.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4This is at least the 3rd time the bars in the centre courtyard have been re-built, I have a feeling the current owners will do it right this time.

Last re-build was 2013, check this link.

Turn the clock back to 1997

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My first visit was 1997 which was the start of a long and happy connection, not necessarily because of the Thai girls who are there basically to relieve you of your hard earned cash, more because of the great times I have enjoyed with friends from all over the world. Check out this photo blog which showcases them and many of the gorgeous babes we got tangled up with over these decades of decadence. 🙂

Another longtime Nana Plaza bar.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Rainbow 1 has been at Nana Plaza for as long as I can remember.

Let’s wander down Soi 4

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4This is one of about 4 Hillary bars.

New kid on the block

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Just a short stroll down Soi 4 on the opposite side of the road.

Located in front of  the old Rajah hotel.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4The bars offer a nice alternative to the rowdy Nana Plaza.

Semi open beer garden

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4At the front of Broadway in Soi 4.

Opposite Broadway is the Red Zone

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Apart from the new bars there are a couple of high rise buildings under construction, hotels or condos, not sure which.

Used to be Bangkok & before that Spellbound

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 The more things change the more they stay the same. I first came to Nana Plaza in 1996, & here I am again in October 2018 drinking ice cold Tiger beer & listening to the Eagles sing Hotel California, the perfect song for this incredible venue. “You can check out anytime you want but you can never leave.”

Big Dogs has also changed a little.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 Still a great spot to watch the arrivals.

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