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.

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.

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Final feast Mantra Pattaya

February 18, 2019 by David Herd

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Sunday brunch with friends, I have so many memories of great moments in the last 12 years at this wonderful restaurant. This photo blog features many of the long lunches dating back to 2007.

We are going to miss the fabulous food.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Alaskan crab & oysters from France have always been my favourite at the Mantra Sunday brunch. Having said that I must admit the quality has been going down slightly in the last 2 or 3 years. I apologize for this criticism just their standards were always so high I guess they were hard to maintain.

The seafood section.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya I would always ask to be seated near the seafood & sushi. 🙂

Final feast Mantra Pattaya, lets not forget the cold Sake. 🙂

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Included in the price of the buffet, so I would always take full advantage of this special. 

My friend from Sydney Roland Bonnici.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Roland loves dining out & the Mantra was his favourite Pattaya restaurant. This visit was a week before it closed on February 10 2019.

From the Chinese kitchen.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Pork Belly, roast pork & duck, delicious.

A favourite dish

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

From the Chinese wok the beef & onion creation just melts in your mouth.

Wonderful decor

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

The Mantra featured 7 different kitchens. 

Lets look at previous years, 2007 Trevor & Nui.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Trevor hails from Western Australia & spends lots of time in Pattaya.

This was 2008.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Nick Partridge from the Gold Coast & his lovely lady Sharron have been Mantra fans since the beginning.

 Big group in 2010

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

At the back is Trevor & his son Cameron + xxx, then myself, my brother Warren, Nok & Phil Avalon, & at the front we have Greg Johnston & Herbie Pastor.

Big birthday with lots of friends.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

No better place to celebrate than the Mantra.

Beautiful Benjamas Sitthi

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Ben now works at the Avani Hotel adjacent to Royal Gardens.

Before Ben there was Amy

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Amy really knew how to make you feel welcome. 

Another birthday in 2009.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

I remember this one very well, my great Phil Thomson from Australia bought his 21 yo son Michael to Pattaya as part of his introduction to life in the fast lane. 🙂

March 2012.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya  Another super Sunday.

February 2010

Final feast Mantra Pattaya On the left is my brother Warren & Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste from Wiltshire in England.

Xmas with Yaowaluck Bumrungthum aka Kartoon

Final feast Mantra Pattaya For Xmas day lunch the Mantra was always our choice.

How could we forget Pothole aka John Martin.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya We call him Pothole Bin Ladin the mouse of Markland. A flashback to Potholes birthday, aka John David Martin, at the Mantra in 2013 when love was sweet.

Allan & Vicki Chiswick from Sydney.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Laem Chabang Their cruise ship spent 24 hours at Laem Chabang so they hightailed to the Mantra. 🙂

Putting on the Ritz

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Finally here are some of the glamorous Mantra girls putting on the Ritz. 

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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

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Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

January 19, 2019 by David Herd

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya at Trattoria Pizzeria Toscana is a delightful experience. TripAdvisor obviously agree with a rating of 45 out of 1,111 Restaurants in Pattaya. Owner & chef Luca Marchetti is originally from Pracchiola, a tiny village in the mountains to the north of Tuscany.

Flashback to 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

The original restaurant was on the block where the Holiday Inn is now situated.

Here’s to old times in 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

The restaurant was much smaller & more intimate, in fact I preferred the atmosphere to the current location which seats over 700 people.

Pizza with parma ham.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Definitely one of my favourites.

Fettuccine is absolutely delicious.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Of course they serve every kind of pasta & pizza imaginable.

Memories of 2012

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Dinner & red wine with Irina from Ukraine.

Take your pick

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya It all looks so good, Toscana’s menu is huge.

There are several sections of the restaurant

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya This is my preferred area to dine.

What a fearsome sight this is.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya The big fellow Luca with a knife in his hand should be avoided at all cost. 🙂

Lots of stock in the cold room.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Luca operates his own organic and sustainable farm not far from Pattaya where he grows his own vegetables,  rears free-range chickens, rabbits, ducks, pigeons, guinea fowl, wild boar, goats, sheep, pigs and cows. No processed food, no growth hormones, no chemicals, no problem. 🙂

Another pizza

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Notice the anchovies on the side, delicious.

The boys from Oz in 2014

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Lenny, yours truly & my brother Warren. Sadly we lost Lenny early 2016 after losing a battle with cancer, RIP.

Seafood anyone?

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Toscana has recently opened a new seafood section in the front garden.

Lots of wine, mainly ITALIAN.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Quite a few wines available y the glass.

A very friendly waitress in 2014.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya As you can see I’m not a person who misses a photo opportunity. 🙂

Dinner with friends January 2019

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya From the left we have May, Alex, Hamish & Gary.

Hamish’s favourite

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Beef carpaccio tasted as good as it looked.

May chose the Baby Clams aka Pippies.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya This is the same dish she had on New Years Eve.

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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

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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.

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Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

January 14, 2019 by David Herd

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok is Thailand’s tallest building featuring a glass floor 314 metres above the busy streets of Bangkok. A two-tiered observation tower is part of the complex that also hosts Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar and a 63-square metre glass tray floor. I visited with Brad Robbins, my friend from Townsville Australia, his girlfriend Por & her daughter Pang.

WOW! What an amazing building.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Quite breathtaking as you can clearly see.

Let’s buy our tickets.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The price is rather high, B850 or $26 USD for adults & B250 or $7.80 USD for children & seniors, & guess what? I’m a senior, YIPPEE!

How about this view?

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The golden dome is the State tower with the famous Sirocco sky bar.

Across the Chao Phraya river is Iconsiam

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Which is a large shopping mall, which opened to the public on 10 November 2018, as well as hotels and residences. 

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The terrible haze covering Bangkok really effects the photo quality. I’ll visit again when the sky is blue.

The view is still spectactular

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Imagine what it will be like on a beautiful fine day.

Elevator or the final 3 floors.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Going up was very fast, 74 floors in 50 seconds. Going down King Power set a trap for you, they force you to walk through 4 or 5 floors of shops, to make matters worse the exit on each floor is not clearly marked, so it is very difficult to get out of the building. 

The famous glass floor.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok You must take off your shoes & wear soft covers.

Not for the faint hearted.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok If you suffer from vertigo the glass floor is not for you. 🙂

The highest point.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Refreshments are available from the shop.

Finally we escape the King Power maze.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok You feel like quoting Martin Luther King “Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

That’s all folks

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New Friends Restaurants Shops 2018

December 5, 2018 by David Herd

The end of another eventful year.

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This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 2nd half of 2018, check THIS LINK for the first 6 months.

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New Friends Restaurants Shops 2018 in Pattaya & Bangkok & no trips out of the country which is rather unusual. One of my greatest pleasures apart from dining at a good restaurant is watching the sunsets & storms from my 20th floor condo on Beach Road Pattaya. The photo above is at Terminal 21 which opened October 19 & is a truly magnificent shopping mall. In fact you can follow the construction process on THIS LINK.

Drinks at the Atlantic Bar as usual.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Stingy & Chocolates otherwise known as Richard Blair & David Robertson are with a bunch of Thai ladies on August 27.

Still obsessed with Skechers.

New Friends Restaurants Shops They opened a new store at Central Marina so naturally I purchased anther 3 pair & a red hot price. 

My current collection.

New Friends Restaurants Shops I’m set for the next 5 years.

The beach restoration continues, check the progress on THIS LINK.

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Surprisingly the Thais have stuck with the job at hand for all of this year & the beach is looking great.

Atlantic Bar 70s party.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Here is Stefan & some of the girls. Here is a long history of my time at this great bar, just follow THIS LINK.

The whole gang are dressed to kill.

New Friends Restaurants Shops There is no doubt the Thais love dressing up for a party.

Fabulous new restaurant.

Thai Marché bon appetit Thai Marché bon appetit, a fabulous new addition to Pattaya’s restaurant scene. 

But wait, there’s more.

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Wine Connection on Beach Rd Pattaya has finally arrived in our city by the bay. Opened November 28 2018 & a friend & I dined there the following day.

After all these years in Thailand I finally got to visit the Sanctuary of Truth.

New Friends Restaurants Shops On most of the forums the cheap Charlies complain about the 500 Baht entry fee, however in my opinion it certainly is worth it. Check it out on THIS LINK.

The ever changing Bangkok skyline.

New Friends Restaurants Shops What a fabulous city, I try to visit at least 3 or 4 times a year.

Fabulous Bangkok restaurant.

New Friends Restaurants Shops El Mercado is an experience not to be missed. Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time, dining in Bangkok can be rather confusing, because there are just so many good places to eat.  More info on THIS LINK.

I always visit the JW Marriott for breakfast.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Apart from having a 20% discount card the breakfast is fantastic.

Some names have changed at Nana Plaza

New Friends Restaurants Shops Plus they have added a roof. More photos on THIS LINK.

Lets go back to the Atlantic Bar.

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Right across the road is one of the soapy massage parlors. 🙂

Drinks at Atlantic with Mark Yagalla.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Mark of course is famous for a $50,000,000 Wall St Ponzi scheme. 🙂 

Some well known characters here.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Denise is not looking happy, next we have Pothole & Yogurt aka John Martin & Joergen Ulitza, & last but not least Allen from Melbourne who is married to Denise.

The Sabai Resort is diagonally opposite.

Popular with many friends of mine due to the great location. For a very good discount on a room just book on the hotel image.

Clinton from Brisbane.

New Friends Restaurants Shops On his way back to Brisbane from Poland he popped down to the Hilton for the Sunday buffet lunch.

You too can have bodies like this if you abuse them. 🙂

New Friends Restaurants Shops Stingy & Chocolates otherwise known as Richard Blair & David Robertson relax at the Sabai Resort.

It’s often hard to find an exciting new restaurant with unique food. One method I use is to send Chocolates, aka David Robertson along to try it, If he says it’s terrible & there is nothing on the menu he liked, you know you are on a winner.
 
That’s what happened recently at Thai Marche. 🙂
This is Ron Rigg from Hawaii

New Friends Restaurants Shops He loves visiting Thailand, a couple of days after this photo he flew to Chiang Mai for a 3 day visit.

Lets talk about home cooking.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Lamb shank imported from Australia. Check out the excellent butcher at Big C extra on THIS LINK.

I also buy Aussie lamb cutlets there.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Delicious when served with Gravox & roast vegetables. Or bubble & squeak as shown above. 🙂

My home made pumpkin soup is to die for. 🙂

New Friends Restaurants Shops Pumpkin is so cheap in Thailand, I make enough to last me 2 or 3 weeks.

Les Mcevoy from Perth dining at Leckerle.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Enjoying the fabulous crepe Suzette at Leckerle which is one of the best value for money restaurants in Pattaya.

The Pattaya sunsets are still the best I have ever seen.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Take a look at THIS LINK for many more.

I also love watching the storms rolling in over the bay.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Same as before, you will see a lot more on THIS LINK.

My message for 2018 is quite simple…..

New Friends Restaurants Shops Surely that’s not asking too much. 🙂

Tye Critchlow

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Caught up with Tye Critchlow from California at the Atlantic bar, he is a fan of my photo blogs. Tye loves life in Pattaya & hopes to move here permanently.

Brad Robbins cooks up a storm.

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Brad just sold his law firm in Townsville & will be spending more time at Pattaya in his apartment on the 22 floor of my condo building. Dinner last night turned into a beer tasting & loud music festival. He is a great chef & a terrific host. After the beer I was forced to drink far too many red wines & am suffering for it today.   

NZ lamb shank with baked vegetables. 

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One of my favourite home cooked meals along with Aussie lamb cutlets.

Darren Loughman comes all the way from Ireland.

New Friends Restaurants Shops Darren promotes tourism through his website askaboutthailand. Here he is enjoying a drink at the Atlantic Bar.

Amazing view

New Friends Restaurants Shops Looking north from the sky bar at the Pattaya Hilton.

The usual suspects

New Friends Restaurants Shops Hamish Elton. Wayne Croker & David Herd on the shortest day December 21.

Potholes moment was photo bombed

New Friends Restaurants ShopsHis sons aka “the Squabblers” were celebrating a great result at the swimming carnival when the sinister face of Joergen aka Yogurt sneaked into the the shot. 

Bryan, Lyn & the grand kids.

New Friends Restaurants Shops My brother Bryan on Xmas day with the tribe.

Another family gathering on Boxing Day.

New Friends Restaurants ShopsTraditionally the Herd clan gather on Boxing day, this year Bryan was the host.

Pizza with a knife & fork. 🙂

New Friends Restaurants ShopsClaire Liccardo from Australia dropped into Pattaya for NYE so we had dinner at Bella Italia.

New Years Eve

New Friends Restaurants Shops My friend Mark Yagalla & I spent a quiet evening on my balcony drinking Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

November 24, 2018 by David Herd

Great value Japanese food

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant at Central Marina shopping mall serves excellent quality food at a very good price.

Small compact restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant I dine regularly at MK right next door to Miyazaki & have walked past dozens of times since the mall was rebuilt in 2017. However the food was such good value I won’t be walking past in the future. 🙂

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant I ordered the special set of NZ beef, vegetables, miso soup & rice at a low price of B280 or $11.70 AUD.

Loved the vegetables & the Miso soup

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant There is no doubt I will be a regular here. Although in Pattaya we do have many very good Japanese restaurants.

NZ beef was fabulous

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Rare, juicy & tender, cooked to perfection. 🙂

My compliments to the chef. 🙂

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant I can’t believe how lucky we are living in Pattaya with so many great places to eat, every possible cuisine & price range, from five star hotels to street food. Since Terminal 21 opened on October 19 2018 Central Marina has lost half it’s customers, I do feel sorry for their loss of business, on the other had it’s much quieter & more peaceful. 

Friday night at 8 pm.

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Only 2 other customers apart from myself. Many thanks for visiting my Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant photo blog.

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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. 🙂

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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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