January 20, 2018

Ko Dang Talay, Bangkok…True to traditional flavors

Many people sweat in response to eating chillies; I make like I’ve just been hosed down by the Singapore fire brigade. For the sake of doubt this is a positive review. Ko Dang Talay serves good Thai food.

The menu is home to the classic favorites. Whether you’re after mellow green curry or fiery fare, it’s all avaibale at this no-nonsense restaurant. Service can be a little matter of fact, but staff are unfailingly friendly.

Ko Dang Talay stays true to traditional flavors. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 26, 2017

Muay Thai Live, Bangkok…1 1/2 hours simply flies by

Thai boxing, also known as Muay Thai, is similar to regular boxing but with the addition of kicks, knee and elbow strikes and various clinching techniques.  It is reputedly one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

In a nutshell, Muay Thai Live at Asiatique Bangkok is a choreographed live performance combining entertaining performances with sounds, lighting and music effects and muay thai fights with storylines. Directed by award-winning Thai film director Ekachai Uekrongtham, the 90 minutes show traces the history of the art of Thai boxing and its place in Thai culture.

I never thought I’d say this of a local production but one and a half hours simply flies by. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 26, 2017

Calypso, Bangkok…burlesque, or rather more appropriately boylesque

Filed under: Activities, attraction, cabaret, restaurant, show, Thailand, theatre — Tags: , , , , , — PEr @ 8:41 pm

Bangkok is, without question, the world capital of gender-bending performing arts.

At Calypso, the ladyboys take the stage for a 75-minute-long splashy show that features dancers, lavish costumes, musical interludes and comedy. Some of the boys-as-babes try their best to impersonate and lip-sync some of the most well-known female musicians.

Yes, everything is opulent and over the top. But the prices are steep and the bar staff can be snooty.

My advice? If you’ve seen this kind of cabaret before, there won’t be a lot of surprises here. But if you never have — or if you’re a fan — it’s probably worth the coin to take in Calypso. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…




September 13, 2015

Baan Khanitha by The River, Bangkok…not worth the hype/reputation/money

The Asiatique branch on Baan Khanitha is located at the riverfront area, directly facing the Chao Praya river coupled with the cool breezes and sumptuous views across the water. Other than that, like most overrated restaurants, it is totally fine except for their breathless praise and endless attention that’s celebrated for its own sake regardless of its actual quality.  This is not to say they are not good… just they are not worth the hype / reputation / money.

I tried the lot and these are clearly for people who do not know good food and/or good value. Ruam mitr appetisers (mixed appetizer deep fried spring roll, fried chicken wrapped w pandanus leaff, shrimp cakes, fish cakes), Yam som o (spicy pomelo salad w shrimps n chicken), Tom yam khung nang (spicy river prawn soup), Gaeng phed ped yang a-ngun (roast duck and grapes in red curry), Gaeng karee gai (chicken in yellow curry), Pla hima samoon prai (grilled snow fish topped w crispy lemon grass, galangai, kaffir lime leaves, n young pepper corn), Hoy shell phad prig Thai dam (stir fried scallop w black pepper sauce)

This riverside restaurant of course delivers on the picturesque views, but that’s about all there is to it. This is not about bad food. For the kind of money you will pay here, why settle for anything less than the absolute best? This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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