If you've never been to Bangkok, I can't really describe it, some people love it, some people hate it. It's a buzzing city of activity, over 20 million people live in Greater Bangkok, with 8 million living in Bangkok city. It stimulates your senses on all levels, the smells, the sights and tastes are all there waiting for you to immerse yourself. Personally, I can't get enough of the place. It's easier to access than London and the food available on almost every street gives any major city a run for it's money. Bangkok is said to be the best in the world for food, and it's easy to see why!
These won't be the most in-depth reviews, just a small guide to places you've got to taste! I'll jump straight into the first restaurant.
This restaurant is in Siam, you'll find it on Square 7. The bright Kobe Steakhouse sign is hard to miss, the decor is nice and the restaurant is very busy. The restaurant was founded in 1978, so they have become very established with locals and travelers, especially Japanese. It may be worth booking a table to avoid disappointment. We went for my Birthday, the food was fantastic, but the service was a little slow. I tried not to let the service impact the quality of food, and I decided to go for the second most expensive steak, well it was my birthday! The steak was sweet and tender, it was very delicious and the marbled fat disintegrated in your mouth, it was a little oily, but I just drained it off before each bite. After I finished the steak, I couldn't stop thinking about how delicious it actually was. The combination of flavours in that Kobe beef was something else, sweet, savory, a little salty and very moreish. I would eat here again, simply because the food is great, but they definitely need to improve the overall experience for the guest.
This place is nothing short of spectacular and some of the best food I've ever tasted. I treated my friend after his wedding, so we went all out to find some gourmet cuisine. Paste did not disappoint, the staff were fantastic and Bart was so knowledgeable and passionate about the menu in the restaurant, giving us the history and origin of each dish. I actually enjoyed the food so much, that it warrants a blog post alone. We all ordered separate dishes so we could share the fantastic selection that was on offer. My favorite was my choice, the braised pork, in master stock, with a green chilli paste. There was just a flavour explosion on every bite! Some of the dishes are based on royal cuisine and the quality of the food really is fit for a king. You can't afford to miss this place and booking is essential! We spent on average 1,500 baht per person, but it was well spent. A unique experience I'll never forget and I'll definitely return sooner rather than later. The best gourmet Thai food I've ever had. Here is a full list of the dishes we thoroughly enjoyed.
Entree: Chilli relish smeared on pork wafers and topped with Gulf of Thailand red spanner crab.
Salads: Northern Chiang Mai salad of fresh water river prawn with roasted banana chilli, smoked shallots, char grilled tomatoes & pink mempat.
Mains: Oven roasted chemical-free chicken, lacquered with pure palm sugar and wild honey. Served with Kanchanaburi red curry & sour leaves. Master stock poached organic pork neck with green chilli puree, ruby red grapefruit, toasted sticky rice & local Thai flowers. Crispy skin free range sou-vide duck (half a duck), rubbed with northern Thai ‘makhwaen’ pepper,drizzled with fresh som jiid & star anise sauce. Steamed wild seabass fillet with white turmeric , fennel & lemongrass ‘lon’ sauce. Fresh green curry of wild mushroom, heart of palm and white turmeric.
Dessert: Lemongrass and white turmeric panna cotta with Chiang Mai strawberry and som saa ice cream, fresh mango, local berries and dragonfruit.
I discovered this place by accident, I dropped Aom off at Huai Khwang and Somboon Seafood was right in front of me. As I was giving the restaurant a google, four Chinese guys pulled up in a taxi and asked me if I was eating here. They said it was very famous and they had numerous recommendations from friends. That was enough for me, so I quickly went to the ATM to get some cash and prepared myself for a feast. The Chinese gents were kind enough to let me sit with them. I ordered the red curry crab and shrimp with glass noodles. Goong Op Woosen is my new favorite food, its a shrimp and glass noodle hot pot cooked in a pork broth. Don't get me wrong, the red curry crab was as equally delicious, but the hot pot shrimp is my kind of food. This restaurant was founded in 1969, it's very busy and it's easy to see why. The selection of fresh sea food is one of the best in Bangkok, a list longer than my arm and every dish looks and sounds as equally delicious as the last. This restaurant is famous for the red crab curry, it's sweet, rich, the meat was tender and the creamy curry sauce was packed full of flavours from Southern Thailand. This is another restaurant I will be returning to, the service was excellent and the waste was continuously cleared from our table. I spent 900 bhat, but again it was well worth it. The portions were generous and the food was fresh. You can access the restaurant easily via the MRT system.
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