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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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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October 28, 2017

Thip Samai, Bangkok…decent but not world-beating

The most famous Thai dish anywhere! For all Pad Thai newbies, you’ve missed out on stir-fried noodles with egg, tofu, and loads of toppings

Superb padthai  (small prawns) – padthai with shrimp oil, fresh deep sea prawns and wrapped with egg. There was a clear lack of grease and their texture which was neither too soft nor too firm. The noodles themselves were zesty and a had bold, stocky seafood taste to them. The one wrapped with egg, there’s only goodness inside. Even if you’re feeling extravagant, don’t bother upgrading to a Padthai song-kreung. Although it’s a generous dish – padthai with shrimp oil, fresh deep sea prawns, crabmeat, sliced squid and sliced mango, it stumbles badly though. It’s awfully dry and mellow.

The predominance of Thai customers is a reliably good sign. There’s no reservations so prepare to queue. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 10, 2016

Taling Pling, Bangkok…one of Bangkok’s very best

Taling Pling is the real deal: there’s plenty of substance to back-up the style. No, really: This is some of the most astonishing, delicious food available anywhere.

Dig into reasonably priced specialties like crispy pork lardons omelette – deep fried omelette that’s filled with crispy golden pork belly bits which gives a good, salty depth of flavour to this robust dish . And it is pretty damn great. The spicy Thai fish cake with cucumber salad is delicious and will ensure a palate-obliterating assault of spice, and the  tom yum river prawns with young coconut, lemongrass and lime is a must-order. If you’re after next-level pad Thai, get the one here. No sickly sweet stuff here – just a plate of excellent fried rice noodle with prawns, beansprout and peanuts. Infinitely better than your average pad Thai slingers everywhere else in Bangkok.

This is no hole-in-the-wall joint—go here for a rare mix of downtown cool and credible, funky Thai cooking. And the predominance of local Thai customers is a reliably good sign. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 26, 2014

Hoi-Tod Chaw-Lae Restaurant, Bangkok…..oyster omelette. Mmmm. Double mmmm.

I have found it!!! I have found my new favourite restaurant!

This small, humble Thai eatery does have indoor seating, but it still qualifies as street food.  They proudly display a sign proclaiming them to make the 5th best pad Thai in the world.

Anyway, I really love, LOVE, thai food. That being said, my expectations are high [when are they ever low?] but I was seriously impressed by the food here. The Or-suan (oyster, fried eggs, rice flour) was fresh and well-prepared…one portion at a time. The egg and starch batter in is perfectly crunchy, crispy outside and soft, moist and gummy inside studded with plump, briny taste of the ocean. I love Pad Thai! Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s more famous dishes. A-OK on the pat-thai-sea-food (seafood, and rice noodles wrapped in egg)here, good texture and it is a piping hot amalgamation of crispy and gooey ecstasy.

Never judge a book by its cover nor a restaurant by its outlook either.  Hoi Tod Chaw Lae is no exception. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…



June 10, 2012

Manna, Bangkok…..heaven on a shrimp cake

Manna, with its charming retro-ish decor and neutral colours and funky bent-wire chandeliers, is located within the gourmet food zone at the G floor of the classy Siam Paragon Shopping Center.

Majority of the food available at Manna is Thai food that is slightly reworked with a focus on Sukhothai cooking style. Overall, the food at Manna is delicious to super delicious. And like its setting, Manna’s food is relatively sweet. The stir fried noodles with shrimps, bean curd and vegetables was undeniably good! And the shrimps cakes….man oh man the shrimp cakes!!! IT TASTED AMAZING. Wow! Such a great find. Mouthwatering fried shrimp cakes with sweet and sour plum dips. It’s the real deal!

But the drink, I’d prefered the small thai coconut  instead of the big green one they serve

My verdict is that Manna, with its farang-friendly food is a pleasant spot to unwind and dine. This is the true truth as i say it as it is…..

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