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 *

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Khun Kung Kitchen (Riverside) (คร้วคุณกุ้ง)

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg Next to the Grand Palace and the Tha Chang Market, inside the Navy Club Building, but accessible to the public, lies this great and cheap Thai restaurant where I met up with some Thai ex-colleagues recently.

The restaurant is located at the riverside, with a good view of the Chao Praya River from many of the tables. There's a big terrace outside, besides the big air-conditioned restaurant inside.

Almost all Thai dishes you can think of are available here; the menu is

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tak Sura @ Soi Thammasaroj (ตักสุรา)

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg This is the Tak Sura branch where I take always take visitors from abroad. It's just a short walk from the sky train and right in the centre of Bangkok, and even draws a lot of eaters, mainly young adults, on a slow Monday night.

Faithful to the Tak Sura formula, the restaurant is set in and around an old Thai house, a very quiet location under the Saphan Hua Chang (elephant bridge). The leafy terrace outside features sets of marble, wrought iron and wooden chairs

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bombay Blues

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg On the fringe of Bangkok's backpacker paradise Khao San lies this beautifully decorated Indian bar annex restaurant, a popular hangout for the students of nearby universities.

Outside the bar cosy groups of seats, inside the bar itself covers 2 floors, with part of the second floor a rooftop in the open air. Invited by a group of students I went there late one night, left my shoes at the door, and found my students on the rooftop, lying around on lots of red pillows grouped around low tables, drinking beer and smoking the shisha pipe. The place looks like a it comes straight from an Indian fairytale, a very intimate and cosy atmosphere.

Bombay Blues serves a mix of different kind of foods, including Indian, Thai, Italian

Heineken Greenspace Beergarden @ UCB [CLOSED]

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg After Zen World was torched earlier this year, the Heineken Greenspace seasonal beer garden has had to move to another high spot in Bangkok.

Located on the 47th floor, the new beer garden as expected has a stunning view of Bangkok. There's the Heineken stage, were famous (Thai) bands perform regularly, and everything of course is Heineken green. Tables and chairs are regular, the decorations are minimal, but with enough people around, like when we were there,

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vanilla Industry @ Siam Square

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg Stylish cafe on 2 floors at Siam Square right behind the Hard Rock Cafe, with other branches at Soi Thonglor, Ekamai Soi 12 and Siam Paragon. The chain is owned by S&P (which is not a recommendation :-)).

Downstairs a few tables and a counter with lots of cakes for takeaway, upstairs the old-style wooden furniture provides for a intimate atmosphere, decorated with simple art and rows of bottles and cans of the drinks they serve.

According to the menu, the food @ Vanilla is a mix of Italian (spaghetti, salads) and Japanese/Chinese (noodles, sushi) and

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Manao Waan Karaoke and Restaurant (มะนาวหวาน ), Bang Duan, Samut Prakan

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg When one of my Thai colleagues retired last month, we treated her to a goodbye lunch at Manao Waan on Sukhumvit Road in Samut Prakan near Bangkok. It's one of the bigger and more luxury restaurants in the area, air-conditioned and with a terrace outside, surrounded by lots of plants. Decorations and furniture are simple but tasteful.

As we were a big group, we had a wide range of dishes, varying from snake head fish, squid, shrimps and meat to vegetable

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Bukhara's Indian Restaurant

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg Besides the Indians themselves, of course the English would know where to find a good curry in town, and it was my friend from the UK who led me to his favourite curry place in the heart of lower Sukhumvit.

Fitted with wooden furniture, white and red tablecloth, real napkins and simple decorations, the place has a pleasant atmosphere.

The menu contains mostly North-Indian food, vegetarian and non-vegetarian,

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jang Won Korean Restaurant

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg Sukhumvit Plaza is Bangkok's Korea-town. Last month when S-Korea was playing in the World Cup my friends and I visited the Plaza and of course it was very crowded. Jang Won is one of the many Korean restaurants there. It has an open floor plan downstairs and partitioned areas upstairs. Tables have holes in the middle to facilitate the famous Korean BBQ, and the furniture is made of simple light wood.

Never having been in Korea myself, I have no idea about the right taste

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Beirut Restaurant

Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg In the heart of Bangkok's business and tourist district Lebanese restaurant "Beirut" has opened its doors. Hidden away in one of the many shopping arcades, the place is simple and quiet, without daylight or view. Decoration is modern with lots of stone and Arab objects. Besides the restaurant, there's also a fast-food counter outside for a quick bite, and there's another branch in Ploenchit.

The food is international, although most of the food is of Arab and Greek