I've eaten with friends and colleagues in all these restaurants in (greater) Bangkok. I'm no food expert, but I do know what I like! Many of my older reviews were also published in Japanese on newsclip.be タイ発ニュース速報. Whether you're after Thai food, or craving a Mexican taco, Japanese buffet or fish & chips, you can find it all here.

* A friendly WARNING: restaurants close, change and move regularly, so before you go make sure to check *

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Uokatsu @ Tokyu Paradise ***

Uokatsu is a small food court in the Tokyu Mall in Paradise Park. We had a tasty buta-shogayaka (ginger-pork) set that came with soup, rice and a good salad, and the katsu jyu (pork / chicken) set was good too.  The food was freshly prepared on location so it took a while to arrive. There was quite a choice of non-alcoholic drinks based on tea, fruit and herbs. They also sell frozen seafood from Japan.

Service was friendly. The food court looks charmingly Japanese, but the (food) smell was strong, and it was quite empty at 8 pm. 

Tokyu Department Store
Paradise Park
61 Srinakarin Road
093 129 9306

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Maria Garden Restaurant, Nonthaburi ****

"Classy place, excellent but pricey Thai food in garden setting"
Popular for Thai families, a bit too classy and pricey for us. My Thai friends and I really enjoyed our yam som-oh (pomelo salad), grilled salmon and fried lotus stems with shrimp. The menu is very extensive and covers Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and western food.

The place looks like a big orangery with a lots of plants, "cute" little decorations and a carp pond in front. If you like the upscale garden theme, this is the place for you. Service was friendly but a bit slow, prices were quite high.

52/9 Moo 3 Ratchapruck Rd.
099 065 0005

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Steak @ Toscana Biz *

Actually this is just a food stall set up between the luxury housing. We were attracted by the simple terrace and the promise of a good steak.
Unfortunately, our beef steaks were terrible, not only stringy and chewy, but also full of inedible pieces. The handful of fries and the sweet, sauce-drenched salad couldn't charm us either. We won't be back.

Soi Sukhumwit 101/1, between soi 3 and 5

Rua Thong Noodle | ร้านก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือทองอนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ ****

"Tasty noodles"
This old restaurant has a lot of atmosphere. The noodles are very tasty but most of the bowls are so small you'll need at least a few to satisfy your appetite. I usually eat 2-3 excellent tom yam pork noodles, my friend loves the fresh beef with egg noodles and has a few more. This time I had some space left and ordered a delicious khao soy, Northern-style noodles, which surprised me by being regular-sized. 

Service was fast, prices very reasonable. The total for our 8 small and 1 big bowls came around THB 150, $4-5. Around lunch hour they're usually full.

1/7 Ratchawithi Road
+66 89 510 1648

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Vie Ha Long ****

I can't judge whether the food was authentic Vietnamese (it's been a long time since I was in Vietnam), but fresh and delicious it was. We had to wait quite a long time for our food, even though there weren't that many customers. The authentic Vietnamese drip coffee was so expensive (around THB 150, $5) that we skipped it.

Looking forward to trying the Vietnamese sandwich next time.

Piyarom Place, 2. floor
Sukhumvit Road (between soi 101 and 101/1)
081 844 3328

Uma Japanese Restaurant, Sukhumvit 71 **

Uma is a small Japanese restaurant on 2 floors inside Sukhumvit 71. I found 2 more Uma restaurants on the main road nearby, so it's part of a chain.

The restaurant isn't very atmospheric. Brightly lit, sparsely decorated, and most seats are at a counter, except a limited area with floor-seating upstairs.

Our sashimi saba (raw mackerel) and butter-fried mushrooms were delicious, but our bacon wrapped mushrooms, gyoza, fried liver with vegetables and edamame were just okay. We had draft beer with the food. Service was quite slow. Not a place to sit down for the evening, and too slow for a quick meal.

28 Sukhumvit soi 27
099 098 8310

Monday, June 4, 2018

Osaka Izakaya ***

Thai-run Japanese restaurant for the young Bangkok hi-so. It's a cosy restaurant with lots of Japanese-style decorations, but it doesn't look like any restaurant I've ever seen in Japan. 2 musicians sing Thai and English songs. 

The drinks are relatively cheap (buy 2 draft beer get 1 free the night we were there), but unlike a regular izakaya ("tavern") the food is expensive. We also had to wait half an hour for our edamame (young green soybeans) and then they were still served cold. It was not crowded at that time. Staff was friendly.

Behind Paradise Park
131 Soi Muban Seri Villa Yaek 4

Yayoi Srinakarin ***

Branches of the Japanese Yayoi restaurant are everywhere in Thailand, and last night we finally made it inside.

Our set meals were tasty and not very expensive. Our roasted pork on hot plate and fried pork cutlet and egg were accompanied by rice, kimchi, soup and salad; our drinks were coke and a pot of hot tea. Service was friendly and we didn't have to wait very long.

Seacon Square L4
Srinakarin Road

Friday, June 1, 2018

ทาน ตอง | Than Tong (Mr. Tong) ****

In the mood for steak, I found this old-style corner in the Paradise Park food court. The place is run by an elderly couple and focuses on steak and spaghetti. The menu is in Thai, but the man explained the menu to me in English.

I had an enjoyable dori ("dolly") fish with mustard sauce and extra big salad, because I didn't want the spaghetti that normally comes with the dish. The price was cheap and the couple was very helpful.

On my next visit, the fresh salmon steak was excellent. The price depends on the weight, but it's relatively inexpensive.

Basement Paradise Park / Seri Market
61 Srinakarin Road

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Chokdee Dim Sum Bantadthong ***

Cheap dim sum lunch 
One of the many branches of Chokdee Dim Sum with the same menu as the others. There's a lot of choice, the food is not expensive and the taste is okay. 

6-8 Chula soi 12 
02 215 5263

Hoi-Tod Chaw-Lae Restaurant *

Overpriced and cheating 
At double prices from regular street food we expected something more, but our fried mussels in batter (hoi tod) were small and nothing special. 

Every dish has 2 prices, but if you eat in you can only get the expensive one. They didn't tell us that when we ordered 1 regular and 1 big size (phiset), even though we spoke in Thai. The lower price is only for take away. Cheats. 

25 Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor)
085 128 3996

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Narai Pizzeria Srinakarin **

It looked like a good deal, but it wasn't. The choice of foods and drinks was very limited and the quality wasn't good. The only dish that was tasty was the steamed fish with soy sauce. The chicken nuggets and fries were cold, the new Orleans chicken was just okay, and the salad bar very limited with little choice of sauces. The pizza was finished every time we went to have a look.

For this money (186++) you can get better food somewhere else, but as the place was packed, maybe the locals have a different idea.
We won't be back.

Seacon Square Floor G
Srinakarin Road
02 270 2055 / 081 701 2952

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Big Burger ****

Passed it many times, and today we finally went inside this American (Canadian?) old-style diner.

The menu is loaded with a variety of western dishes, including lots of hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, pies, pizzas and meatballs. The mushroom cheeseburger served with pickles and potato salad was excellent, except for the mean orange colour of the cheese, the meatballs were soft and juicy and the tuna salad was fresh. Beer's cheap, starting from 45 for a small Leo.

Service was friendly and quite fast, and prices are reasonable. Next time skip the McD's and get your western food here.

968 Sukhumvit 101/1, corner soi 32
087 029 2000

Monday, April 16, 2018

Raan Naay Dam ร้านนายดำ ****

Raan Naay Dam offers a wide choice of delicious Thai food 24/7 in a restaurant with 4-5 outside booths. You can sit inside on the old wooden furniture, or outside on stainless steel, which most people do.

We had a good khao man kay (chicken on rice), kho moo yaang (pork neck), somtam, a soup and some soda. The total came to around 200 baht for 2, a steal. A good place for a satisfying late night meal. Service is friendly, quite fast, but not always well-coordinated.

Opposite Paradise Park
178 Srinagarindra Rd
Corner soi 44
081 255 3362

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Izakaya 555 go go go ***

A few days ago we had dinner at this new Japanese restaurant. Looking at the overwhelming decorations, my guess is that it has a Thai owner, but my Thai friend was adamant it was real Japanese. There were some Japanese guests, but the majority was Thai.

We ordered quite a few dishes, including a sushi set with each piece made of a different kind of fish, an avocado salad, some bbq pork and a few more that I can't remember. The food was excellent. For drinks we had Asahi.

The Thai staff was friendly but overly loud, exaggerating the traditional way of welcoming and saying goodbye to the customers. The bill was quite high, but the food was worth it.

1102/7 Sukhumvit Rd
02 392 3525

Al Andalus ***

"Good food without atmosphere"
This open late restaurant is located next to Foodland supermarket in Bangkok's Arab neighbourhood and recognisable by a shawarma stand outside. The ground floor interior is very basic, as is the small terrace in the front. Customers were mainly Arabs.

On the menu mainly Arabic, Indian and Thai food. We shared an eggplant salad, a Yemeni chicken dish and a hummus with beef dish that tasted well and looked exactly like the photos on the menu (when does that ever happen!).  

Service was fast nor friendly, and the prices weren't cheap.

Sukhumvit soi 5
02 655 5575

Monday, March 26, 2018

Krua Apsorn, Ratchaphruek ****

A branch of the famous Krua Apsorn with affordable and delicious food, including traditional dishes that are hard to find anywhere else. The branch is huge, and it was filled with Thai families enjoying their Sunday lunch together.
We had an excellent spicy curry, a seafood salad, omelet and fried fish. The service was quite fast, and very helpful as always. Recommended.
Krua Absorn
309/1 Ratchaphruek Rd.
094 017 5725

Oishi Eaterium, Seacon Square **

Oishi may mean "delicious", but the food never really is. We spent quite a fortune on the stylish and beautiful Oishi buffet, but it wasn't worth it.
We tried a wide variety of Japanese food choices, some prepared, some to order, but only the salmon salad (actually a Thai-style yam) and the cheese cake were excellent. Many of the hot dishes were finished (and refilled much later), our special order took forever and was cold by the time it arrived, and there was fish bone in the fish fillet that was cold as well.;

There was an interesting show featuring a chef cutting a huge fish in manageable pieces.
Seacon Square
4th Floor Room No.4071, 904 Seacon Srinakarin
02 721 9966

Saturday, November 25, 2017

S&P Restaurants ***

There are dozens or maybe even hundreds of branches (bakeries and/or restaurants) all over Thailand. The Thai, Japanese and Chinese food in the S&P restaurants is always kind of okay, but never good. The place is always clean and spacy, but never cosy. The prices are not low, but still affordable.
Suitable for those without inspiration, without other options (like us in Rama IX Park earlier this month) and/or urgently in need of airconditiong.


KRAM Cafe & Thai Kitchen | คราม KRAM Cafe & Thai Kitchen ****

Tasty but pricy Thai food in a vintage-style restaurant full of foreigners
The restaurant was difficult to find, and unfortunately the whole garden was already fully booked when we tried to reserve a seat. The atmosphere inside the old-style house was cosy, but except for the staff there was hardly a Thai person in sight.
The food is a wide variety of Thai food from all over the country (try the satoh, southern stinky beans) and some rare dishes like yam som-oh, spicy pomelo salad. The food tasted well (also according to my Thai friends, who should know), but the price was very high. I don't think we'll be back. 

Soi Phop Mit Sukhumvit 39 
02 258 8170 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Huntsman Pub @ Landmark Hotel ***

Nice atmosphere, okay food, high prices 
We picked the place for a special dinner because it's one of the oldest bar/restaurants in Bangkok. Bonus points for the decoration! With the 3 of us we had an okay shepherd's pie, tasty ribs and an unfortunately very bland chicken dish. Only because it was happy hour our beers were still affordable. There was also a weekend buffet roast on offer. Staff were friendly but slow. 

138 Sukhumvit Road 
02 254 0404 ext. 4045  

Yuzuki Izakaya & Sushi Bar, Punnawithi **

Our second visit wasn’t half as good as our first, although most of the food is still 50% discounted. 
The service was slow, one of our favourite dishes wasn’t available, another one didn’t come. When we asked about it, the waitress denied we’d ordered it (even though her colleague had repeated it back to us when we ordered), then said the dish wasn’t available, but when we asked our original waitress later, it was produced after all.
The bill was murky and even after a few tries we still couldn’t figure out whether it was correct, so we left. We won't be back.

24-10-2018 ****
This new Japanese restaurant still looks a bit empty, but the food was tasty, and the (temporary) discount was good.
We had quite a variety of dishes, including raw squid salad, takoyaki (squid balls), raw salmon, sushi, tempura, etc. Our drink was hot tea. The quality of the food was good and we really enjoyed the meal. The restaurant claims to buy its seafood fresh from the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.
Service was friendly but a bit slow; I assume this will get better once the restaurant gets up to speed

3077/2 Sukhumvit Road
between sois 101 and 101/1
064 118 3879

Fall in Love Cafe ***

Romantic coffee shop with not so cheap food
Popped in to hide from the rain, found a romantic, spacy coffee shop. There's quite a selection of hot and cold drinks, and some cakes. The food menu covers breakfasts, salads, rice dishes, pasta, soups and curry, etc., and my yamtuaplu (Thai winged bean salad) was excellent. The prices are quite high though, and if you're not a romantic, the interior is too sweet. Wifi is free, staff was friendly but slow.

194 Sukumvit 101/1
02 747 9287

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Khob Fah La Tawan, Samut Prakan | ขอบฟ้าลาตะวัน *****

Cheap seafood, seagulls, seaview, love it 
This army-owned restaurant at the end of a pier has lots of delicious seafood like squid, tom yam, mussels, oisters and other shells at cheap prices. There's plenty of other food too, and ice cream, fruit and local desserts. Yes, there's beer too. 

You can sit inside or outside on the terrace of this huge place, and walk around for a sea-, mangrove or mud-view or see the sunset. At the right season the pier is filled with seagulls waiting for you to throw them some of the birdfeed that's for sale everywhere. The restaurant is in the Bangpu Recreation Center. 

Sasaya @ Sukhumvit 39 ****

Liked the food, loved the traditional environment 
Liked the food, loved the traditional environment with its mud walls and private booths. My Japanese friend and us sampled a variety of small dishes including pate, sashimi, various salads, tofu and eggplant, accompanied by some tasty beer. The Japanese menu was more extensive than the Thai/English, and covered some specials of the day. Service was friendly, sometimes a bit slow. 

28/1 Sukhumvit 39 Rd, Sukhumvit 39 Complex, 1F,
02 662 6511 

Baan Rabiang Nam | River Tree House ****

Great atmosphere and good food 
A nice traditional-looking place at the riverside, a good spot for a sunset meal. The food and beer were good, the service a bit slow, and the prices higher than expected. 

The singer and his guitar were a nice touch, but to create a more authentic atmosphere I'd prefer it if he'd sing more Thai songs. 

It was not as close to the underground as I'd hoped and it was a bit difficult to find. The entrance road is very narrow, but there's a free shuttle tuk-tuk.

Nonthaburi road, soi 23
Soi Wat Khae Nok
02 968 1481

Monday, September 4, 2017

Yen Ta Four Lam Fah Pha | เย็นตาโฟแหลมฟ้าผ่า ***

“Chinese food until late at night” 
This 1976 restaurant is popular with families and for late night meals (it's open until 4 am). We didn't have its signature dish yen tah fo, but the steamed duck was tasty and the fresh springrolls were good and soft. I wasn't too enthusiastic about the fried springrolls though, which were hard and probably double-fried. Our kao lao soup and fried small fish were fine too.

There isn't much atmosphere, think bright lights, white tiles and plastic chairs. Service was quite fast and the bill wasn't very high. Good for a quick meal.

Soi 1, Phatthanakan Road
02 318 3518

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Yoshinoya, Central Bangna ***

Another one of those mediocre Japanese fast food chain restaurants that are everywhere in Bangkok. The minimalist interior is always pleasant and the food is kind of okay. 

The quality of the beef in the beef bowl wasn’t very good and the miso-soup was too thick, but the salad that came with the sets was fine. My teriyaki salmon was tasty too, but small, and our fried chicken side dish was okay. The kuzumochi green jelly dessert (2 for 1) was too soft and wet. 

Whenever food was ready a bell rang twice and far too loud, which disturbed our conversation. Service was friendly and quite fast.

5th floor Central Bangna 
Bangna-Trad Road

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Steak Lao Udomsuk by K.Dang ****

“Good Thai food in classy restaurant”
The food may not taste better than on the street, but the environment is a lot more classy. Going there with a friend around lunch time we saw lots of families, but also office workers coming in for lunch.

Our Thai food (yam tua plu, pork cakes, some vegetable dishes and curry) and drinks tasted well; and there's even a Korean Bingsu desert menu at the end. We didn't order steak. Service was professional. A good place for a nice Thai meal on a hot day.

Baan Udomsuk
Sukhumvit 103
086 323 1161

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Indian Food 17 Charoennakhon | ถนนเจริญนคร ****

“Tasty and affordable Indian food”
My friend took me for lunch at this simple Indian restaurant. The mutton curry, chicken tikka and the bread were fresh and tasty and prepared the way we get them in India, but our Indian salad was a bit too spicy. The cook was Indian. Our 2 types of lassi proved a good choice.
Service was not very communicative and can be improved.

1287 Charoen Nakhon Rd 
085 050 7204

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Naruto Ramen Restaurant ****

Bonus points for the Japanese atmosphere, with wooden furniture, some private booths to sit on the floor, tables with partitions and nice wall decorations. We went in for beer, but of course tried some snacks as well. We had a surprisingly tasty bowl of small fish with radish, excellent tako wasabi (raw squid) and the inevitable edamame green beans.
Prices were affordable and service was friendly.

690 Sukhumvit Road
02 661 4837 

Tomato Noodle, Paseo Park **

The decorations looked nice, but we weren't satisfied about the food. We ordered a salmon set, a Japanese curry and a miso soup. The portion of the salmon and salad were child-size and the taste was okay but nothing special. The curry and the miso soup were a bit better, but everything was far more expensive than in similar restaurants. Our dishes arrived at big intervals, so that one of us was eating while the other was not. Hot tea was on the menu but not available.  Bad value for money.

The Paseo Park
869 Kanchanapisek Road
02 111 3947

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sendai Kama-Jinya Ramen ****

“Simple Japanese restaurant, open until late”
We went to this simple, atmospheric restaurant for a few more drinks at the end of the evening.

The Kirin beer was tasty, the staff friendly, and our snacks (edamame and spicy cucumber) tasted as they should. We'll be back.

18/8 Sukhumvit soi 23
02 258 4238

Kenshin Izakaya, Asok ***

“Very decorative but not very Japanese” 
If you've never been to Japan, this is what you imagine a Japanese restaurant looks like, beautifully decorated with new old posters, fake cherry-blossom trees and sitting on Japanese beer crates. The place was packed with young people, but no Japanese. 

The food is a limited selection of Japanese food and drinks. We just had a few snacks (edamame, grilled chicken with leek and chicken bottom), which all tasted as they should.

155 Asok Montri Road
02 661 6202

Old German Beerhouse ***

“Big meals” 
If you're into German food this is the place to go. There's a lot of choice on the menu, including a range of Thai dishes, and the drinks card is varied. 

We ordered the sausage salad, which came with too much (local?) sausage and processed cheese with not enough vegetables, and German sausages served with okay sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. The second happy hour started at 10 pm, which made the drinks more affordable. 

Service was quite fast and friendly. 

11 Sukhumvit soi 11
02 651 3838

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Took Lae Dee -Srinakarin Branch, Samrongnua, Samut Prakan ***

“24/7 food”
Not the cosiest place to sit, but convenient for a late meal; even at 1:30 a.m. there were still a lot of customers from all walks of life.

There's quite a menu of snacks, Asian and western dishes, desserts, drinks, and they also serve American breakfast. My friend always goes back for the tasty Indian chicken curry with rice and sausage; I myself just had a not so exciting coconut dessert.

Staff works hard and moves quickly. 

Foodland Supermarket
Soi Sridan 4, Srinakarin Road
02 383 3313

Monday, May 15, 2017

Krua Mae Sri Ruen | ครัวแม่ศรีเรือน **

"Food so so, and those flies and cats didn't help"
Went here for dinner with a Thai friend. Nice, wooden seating outside with some green along busy Rama 9 Road. A pity about the flies, and around 5 cats were begging for food while we were eating.

The food was far too mild. Our crab noodles in gravy (rad na) were tasteless; the fried fish itself delicious, but served with an unbalanced mix of salty, sweet and sour without the mandatory spicy; the taste of the pomelo with chicken salad (yam som-o) was overwhelming chicken and the curry too sweet. If Thai food is usually too spicy for you, this may be a place for you. We won't be back.

346 Pradit Manutham Road 
02 933 6361

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fuji Restaurant, Seacon Square **

"Not recommended"
My experiences at other Fuji branches were good, but here the food was not so great; our takoyaki was not hot enough and my salmon set had big pieces of fat and fish bones on it. My friends thin-sliced beef and sushi set was okay. The only tasty dishes we had were the delicious avocado salad and the steamed egg.

Staff was friendly but sloppy. They roughyl distributed the various bowls of our sets randomly over the table and forgot the steamed egg that was part of my friend's set. The tables at the window have a nice view over the shopping mall, but that didn't make up for it.

Seacon Square, 5th floor
904 M.6, Srinakarin Road
02 721 9525, 02 721 9526 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mitsumori of Tokyo ****

“A pleasure to eat” 
Yes, nice minimalist atmosphere, lots of Japanese customers even on a Tuesday night, excellent food. The cold fresh tofu was a dream, the various grilled chicken sticks and pate delicious and my friends loved the soba in sour sauce and the pickled vegetables. The big bottles of Kirin beer went well with the food. Friendly and fast service.

47/1 Sukhumvit soi 23
02 640 8283

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sri Trat Restaurant | ศรีตราด ****

“Nice but pricey food”

The big restaurant looks nice in browns and greens with vintage Thai details. The lighting was a bit weird with, some guests at each table sitting right under spotlights and the others in the dark.

The food was tasty, but I can't judge the authenticity. My local friends called the food "wild", of stronger taste and less sophisticated than regular Thai food. We tried 4 dishes, of which the pork in flower leaves was my favourite. The minced pork with salty fish was fine, tumeric fried fish a bit boring and the cumin chicken very spicy. All served with unlimited hom malee rice for 40 baht each. 

Both food and drinks were quite pricey. Service was friendly but very servile, and not always up to speed yet.

Reservations are a must; this was our second try to eat here. When we left, we saw that most empty tables were reserved.

Sukhumvit 33 
02 088 0968 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Marugame Seimen, Seacon Square **

We don't often run into a Japanes self-service restaurant, but here's one we found in Seacon Square shopping mall. The simple furniture and decoration looked okay, but the uncleared tables looked a mess.

The main choices are Udon or Tempura. We both chose the Sauce Kastudon (Pork) set, which I regretted at once as the pork was either double or over fried and the crust was enormous and hard, and there was just a little bit of sauce. The accompanying salad and seaweed soup were fine, and 1 glass of (Est) cola was also part of the deal.

The staff was overworked and under pressure. They didn't have time to clear the tables and ran around desperately, trying to keep up with the orders (and failing) while it wasn't even crowded. I won't be back.

Seacon Square, 4th floor
904 M.6, Srinakarin Road
02 720 2997 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Yoshinoya, Central World ****

Japanese fastfood restaurant Yoshinoya pleasantly surprised me with the taste of the food.  I visited the branch at Central World, but there are many branches in Bangkok and a few outside.

I enjoyed my spicy yakiniko rice bowl with beef set, which came with a fresh salad and miso soup. Besides the usual condiments, there was also unlimited free pickled ginger on the table. I had my meal with hot tea.

Service was friendly, bilingual and fast, prices reasonable.

6th floor, Central World
999/9 Rama 1 Road
02 663 3888

Monday, March 27, 2017

Khua Kling Pak Sod Restaurant ***

“Good food, but pretentious and overpriced”

I've been here a few times with friends who love the place. The food is good (with some very spicy dishes), but it isn't better than you can get on the street in e.g. the Ramkhamhaeng area, the portions are small, and both food and drinks are expensive.

It's so popular with hi-so people that reservations are recommended. They don't accept credit cards, so bring lots of cash. Service is friendly and fast enough.

98/1 Soi Thonglor 5 
Sukhumvit 55 
02 185 3977, 086 053 7779, in English 081 811 5458 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ootoya, Central Bangna ****

Ootaya is a minimalist-style Japanese restaurant with many branches all over Thailand. After exploring the newly renovated Central Bangna shopping mall, we sat down in one of the comfortable booths of Ootaya.

My friend had the fried pork loin & egg soup, I myself an amazing pan friend grilled chicken salad. We shared the pumpkin croquette that came with radish and a delicious ginger sauce. We chose a set, which means the main dish came with rice, soup, pickles and a steamed egg. There's a free refill of rice. Hot and cold green tea are also free, in unlimited quantities, other drinks including beers available. Some of the desserts looked great, but we were too full to try some.

Service was friendly and attentive, but staff was loitering a bit too much in our area; prices were reasonable.

Central Bangna 5th floor room 505
585 Bangna-Trad Road

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Jae Oh Khao Tom Pet | เจ๊โอว ข้าวต้มเป็ด ****

Long wait, excellent food” 

Unless you reserve, you're in for a long wait at this Chinese-Thai restaurant. It's a simple, air conditioned place with a small terrace outside. 

We had a variety of dishes, of which the spicy salmon salad (yam pla salmon) was the very best. Another winner was fresh crab fried with chili, but that didn't come cheap. Our other dishes like abalone with Chinese radish, kale with crispy pork, cabbage shrimp and a few others were all excellent. Our beers tasted well. 

Service was friendly enough but not very fast. Most dishes were reasonably priced. 

Charat Meuang Road 
064 118 5888

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hungry Nerd Siam ***

“Affordable steaks and fish 'n chips”

The restaurant is located in a brightly-lit air conditioned space in a small entertainment area.

The menu offers a range of beef, pork, chicken and few fish steak, salads, french fries, pasta etc. Our fish 'n chips and dolly steak, served with fries, some salad and not enough sauce, tasted well enough, and they also served beer.

Staff was friendly, but there weren't enough of them even though the place only half full.

Coco walk, BTS Rajthevee
02 656 5550

Mega Bangna 2nd-floor Food Court, Bang Phli, Samut Prakan ***

Classy food court on the second floor of Mega Bangna, an enormous shopping mall a bit out of town. Small tiles on the floor, plants and wooden furniture make it a pleasant place to sit.

There's a wide choice of Thai and foreign food, including Japanese and Indian. My tasty Japanese bento box wasn't very expensive (around $4), and my friend's egg and noodles was excellent. Both came with free miso soup of course. Soft drinks and herbal drinks available.

As usual in food courts you buy a cash card in advance, pay your food, and receive the leftover balance back. 

Mega Bangna 2nd floor
38 Moo 6 Bangna-Trad km. 8 
Bang Phli, Samut Prakan

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Yi Yuan, Prachachoen | ญีญวณ ***

Yi Yuan is a very popular place for family dinner in the north of Bangkok. Decoration is simple and there are booths as well as tables. Parts of the walls have been unfinished for years at some places, and I think it doesn't look too nice.

The food is what you'd expect of Vietnamese food. We wrapped our naem niang with vegetables and its condiments with the free vegetables in the thin pancakes, always a treat. We also had the traditional noodle soup with pork (fer moo yoh), which was okay, and a crispy pancake wrap with vegetables and peanuts (banh xeo), which was better. 

Service was attentive, but the food took quite a while to arrive. I wouldn't get out of my way for this one. 

Opposite Prachachoen Police Station 
226 Thetsaban Rangrak Tai Road 
02 920 4090 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Nguan Lang Wang, Fortune Town | ง้วนหลังวัง ***

After picking up my computer from the repair shop, I had a quick meal at Thai fast food restaurant Nugan Lang Wang in the basement of Fortune Town. The place looks simple with wooden furniture and tiles on the floor.

The menu offers a variety of mostly noodle dishes. I had the shrimp wonton noodle with duck, which was served with a small bowl of soup. The taste was okay, although it was all a bit too oily for my taste and the portion was small. For drinks there are smoothies and a few types of soft drink.

Service was friendly and quite fast.

Basement Fortune Town
1 Ratchadaphisek Rd
02 642 1193
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Boon Restaurant | บุญโภชนา | 食得福 ****

“Excellent Chinese food, not impressed with service and cleanliness” 

We tried 5-6 dishes including a whole boiled chicken (a huge portion, delicious), an excellent spicy fried tofu and fried kidney; the only dish that wasn't worth it was the vegetable soup, which was too salty. They have a whole range of frog dishes, but we didn't try any. 

Don't go if you appreciate service and hygiene. We were ignored when we came in, service was slow and not very friendly, they forgot one of our dishes, didn't bring the extra cutlery we asked for, the table was sticky and there were food leftovers under our table.

152/18-19 Silom Road
02 237 2764, 081 721 1368