People who have been following my instagram must notice that I visit Bangkok, Thailand, quite often. Some of my friends thought that it must be for shopping, as I’m a severe shopaholic and fashion addict. But, you’ll find whatever it is you desire easily in Jakarta, so it’s not much for the branded shopping. I shopped at some local designers or rare markets for some vintage and unique finds, but mostly, I visit the place for the endless choices of dining places. Whether it’s the cute and hipster cafes providing great coffees and brunch menus, dessert places, bubble tea kiosks or fine dining, I’ll hunt the ones that catches my eyes and drop a visit. I can be a loyal customer, as if I get comfortable with something, I’ll stick around for a while.
Thailand is also well known for its finest fresh food. Most importantly, the spices and seafood, of course ! One of the places that I love to visit again and again is Baan Khanitha & Gallery. Located by the Chao Praya River, the place is gorgeous for sunset view and dining experience. With the twinkling lights of the boats and ferris, endless buildings and skyscrapers view lit with mellow lightings, it’s the ambience that takes the dining experience to a whole new level. With a clean and classic white exterior and interior, the place itself creates a romantic traditional Thai ambience. Not only the place is nice, the food taste amazing. Meant for sharing, it’s best to try out several menus with a friend. I love the Pad Thai, Green Chicken Curry Soup and Chicken Wrapped in Banana Leaves. With white rice on the side, you’ll leave the place happy with a full stomach.
If you walk around the Siam shopping districts, within malls and outdoor bazaar, you’ll spot cheese tarts booth scattered everywhere. Made for orders to go, my favourite goes to BAKE Cheese Tart. The brand has been everywhere all around Asia, and I must say, it’s worth for a bite while you walk around with your shopping bag in one hand, and a cheese tart in another. It’s rather sweet, so one or two is actually enough for a snack time.
Since 1969, Somboon Seafood is one of the pioneers of a big fresh seafood restaurant scattered around Bangkok. I tried the one in Siam Square and has been paying at least one visit per travel to this restaurant. My friend Marco told me about this place and he’s totally right. Everything is delicious on a point where after you finished eating, you won’t feel that numb, oily feelings you get on your tongue and throat after a deep spiced meals. Everything on the menu is good, depending on your preferences. My favourite has got to be the steamed fish in soy sauce, served hot with a mini stove below the big pan. With traditional tangy and spicy Thai chilli sauce and a side of rice, this could be a nice dinner to share.
If you happened to be that person who’s not up for challenging food, just drop by Hard Rock Cafe at Siam. Friendly staff, good music and good food. Well, it’s kind of like it’s the same everywhere with every Hard Rock Cafe. It’s western and there are several Thai menus to try. It’s quite good.
So this post is just a tiny bit of reviews of one of the places in the world where the weather is hot, the people are nice, the food always fresh, and the people are beautiful. Toodles xxx.