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May 15, 2020

So Asean Café & Restaurant, Bangkok…master of none

My reaction to the Jack of all trade menu is that there was no way this casual cafe could excel at preparing each different ethnic dish well. They were obviously casting a wide net, trying to appeal to the largest number of diners.

The familiar dishes – Puffy shrimp omelette, Grilled pork neck with spicy jaew dip, stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk sauce are all there but you also get slow-cooked chicken and pork adobo from the Philippines, Indonesian-style chicken satay or Singapore chicken rice.

This is just another one of those typical, charmless cafes in Bangkok. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 9, 2020

Magnolia Spa, Koh Samui…I wouldn’t even go back for free

Filed under: Activities, Massage, spa, Thailand, worst — Tags: , , — PEr @ 2:10 pm

I read some good reviews online and decided to give this place a chance.  Big mistake.

The massage was just terrible, I couldn’t even wait for it to finish and stopped the masseur mid-way just to get out of there.  I’ve had a lot of massages, some not good, but I’ve never quit, even despite it being subpar. My masseuse clearly had no idea what she was doing and had no strength nor technique. Not cool

I wouldn’t even go back for free. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 25, 2020

Siamese Boat Noodle, Bangkok…just go

There’s no beating around the bush. This Siam Paragon noodle joint serves, you guessed it, boat noodles.

The highlight was the Australian wagyu ribeye, beef ball, braised shank and tendon where the soup comes with a gorgeous beef flavour with a hint of spiciness and the beef itself is seriously tender and tasty to boot. While the much loved Australian wagyu ribeye is perfectly cooked and a firm bestseller here, another favourite is the suitably spice steamed wontons with Sichuan chilli. And I never tire of the grilled pork ball (3 skewers) with pleasingly flavoured sweet chilli dip. The crispy pork fat is also a crowd pleaser.

The place is regularly packed and it deserves to be busy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 10, 2020

Ruen Urai, Bangkok…nearly 650 tripadvisor reviews don’t lie

First things first: the food. It’s good!

When evaluating local Thai spots in Bangkok, I like to run restaurants through my Thai Restaurant Test, which features just one question – “Would you eat anything other than pad thai here?” Ruen Urai gets an A on that test. There’s a whole menu of dishes worth ordering which helps separate it from your run of the mill joints. The other thing that separates it from the slew of Thai restaurants in the area? The space actually feel comfortable and almost borderline romantic

Thai isn’t a place worth traveling out of the way for. But it’s definitely worth having in your back pocket when you’re in the area and you need to fill your veins with some Thai food.This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 22, 2020

Restaurant and Bistro The Kitchen, Koh Samui…‘I would rather choke on my food and die than go here again.’

The moment I entered Restaurant and Bistro The Kitchen, I suspected, from looking at the expressions of the other diners, that I was in for a slightly stiff ride. One can tell a great deal about the meal ahead simply by gauging the atmosphere at other tables, well, alarm bells ring.

From the characterless tom yam khung, to the actively repellent wanton shrimp soup, I like to think the staff made these up as a prank, and were watching to see if I would be an obedient foodie and play ball. Let us never speak again of the khao ob sapparot – fried rice with pineapple and vegetables. Service, it must be said, is chaotic, so if one wants terrible food delivered quickly, accompanied by several other unappetising dishes you hadn’t ordered but other diners are currently waiting for, The Kitchen is for you. I walked out in revolt and was still in dire need of some lunch.

I’m a great believer in the best reviews being the shortest ones, so the succinct version is: ‘I would rather choke on my food and die than go here again.’ This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 16, 2020

Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant, Koh Samui…don’t skip the shrimps with tamarind sauce. Or the curry.

If my grandma decided to open a Thai restaurant in Koh Samui, she’d end up with something that looks like Khaw Glong Thai Restaurant. An unassuming authentic Thai cuisine eatery using fresh high quality ingredients without MSG and additives set the stage for dishes like thai curries.

Those un-averse to the funkiest flavors of the sea will be delighted by dishes like the jumbo shrimps with tamarind sauce, tom yum seafood and red curry crab meat. By the time you decide on a non-seafood dish, the choice is especially easy: there’s just one staple option, chicken in pandan leaves – gai hor bai. The only question is whether you want it. Based on its vibrant aroma and mesmerizingly delicious juicy and moist chicken inside – the answer is yes.

One of the best bang-for-your-buck restaurants in Koh Samui. Go early. Or be prepared to wait. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 27, 2020

Karma Sutra Bar & Kitchen, Koh Samui…isn’t a place worth traveling out of the way for

When dining out in Koh Samui, the spectre of crippling indecision lurks around every corner.

When evaluating local Thai spots, I like to run restaurants through my Thai Restaurant Test, which features just one question – “Would you eat anything other than pad thai here?” Karma Sutra gets a C+ on that test. King prawn Thai style and Deep fried garlic and pepper squid are worth ordering.

Having said that, Karma Sutra isn’t a place worth traveling out of the way for. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 31, 2019

Eranda Herbal Spa, Koh Samui…guaranteed rejuvenation

Filed under: Activities, Massage, spa, Thailand, Travel — Tags: , , — PEr @ 7:16 pm

Phone off, fluffy robe on.

If you’re looking to escape the city and relax surrounded by nature, you can’t go far wrong with Eranda Herbal Spa – a cocoon of sheer relaxation. It’s the ideal place to shut the door on reality. What this really means is you get a huge treatment room filled with dappled light and delicious scents. You fight as hard as you can to not snore as you receive a full body massage – your weary, city-worn muscles will thank you for it.

A visit to Eranda Herbal Spa will revive any weary soul. You’ll be so damn relaxed you’ll be floating all the way back to your hotel. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 1, 2019

Supattra Thai Dining, Koh Samui…it’s worth the hassle

As one of the most popular and talked about restaurants in Koh Samui, it’s no surprise that Supattra Thai Dining is in TripAdvisor’s top 10 list in Koh Samui. And the ranking is well deserved.

They’ve got everything just right from the seemingly effortless romantic ambience to their phenomenal Thai menu. Cooked by Supattra herself, the dishes are simple, satisfying authentic dishes with wonderful spicing and flavours. The blue crab in Southern style curry & wild betel leaf had us lapping gracelessly from the bowl once we’d finished cracking and prising. Equally unforgettable was the sea king prawn in green curry-fresh bamboo shoot.

The restaurant has limited seating (only about eight tables or so), so be sure to get there early. Believe me when I say it’s worth the hassle. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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September 21, 2019

After You Dessert Café, Bangkok…arrive hungry…

Should we really leave room for desserts? Bangkok dessert scene is anything but boring. Moreover, I crave my sweets. More and more I revere my sweets.

It’s hard to avoid the After You revolution, with Instagram going wild. If you’re feeling extra naughty, order one of their indulgent baby shibuya honey toast to go with it. While I wouldn’t advise regular consumption, an occasional choc banana pancake can’t do too much harm, right?! The baby mango sticky rice kakigori is selling like hot cakes but I don’t share the same sentiments.

Other than mango sticky rice places, After You is easily one of the best dessert places in Bangkok. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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