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 *

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Moo Cafe | หมู อาหาร และ เครื่องดื่ม ***

Once in a while when passing by, we go for a drink or some simple food at Moo Cafe. It's a hip place with stylish, wooden furniture and natural stone, air conditioned space as well as a terrace outside with lots of green.

Being a cafe, the menu is quite limited and it's not a place to go and share a good meal with friends, but it's a good place to have a drink with some snacks (grilled dried beef, fried chicken, shrimp balls) or a single dish like macaroni or fried rice to fill you up. A small selection of fruit smoothies, coffees and of course beer awaits you.

Service is friendly, prices are reasonable. The owner's 2 dogs can be an additional attraction for dog lovers, especially now that there are puppies around (Dec 2016).

667 / 2-3 Sukhumvit Soi 101 Punnawithi 23 (Sukhumvit soi 101, corner soi 23)
081 174 4471
BTS Punnawithi

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

El Mercado Bangkok ****

“Excellent import food, reasonable prices”

Originally an importer and distributor of fish, cheese, meat products, etc., now also a restaurant where their fresh food is served. 

The house is old and charming, and there's a terrace outside. It's close to the MRT, now a bit dodgy, but an upcoming area. 

Our fresh European mussels served with a huge bowl of french fries, tuna carpaccio, beet root salad and cheese plate were all excellent. The drinks list was long, the beers and wines cheaper than elsewhere. It was very crowded (reservation recommended), so the service was a bit slow, and the local staff was not very knowledgeable. 

490 Soi Phai Sing To, Sukhumvit Soi 16 
02 258 1385

Mee Ja Kin | มีจะกิน ****

My Thai friend’s favourite restaurant in Seaon Square is Mee Ja Kin, where they have an excellent and not expensive khanom jin (fresh rice noodles with side dishes) buffet. 

The wooden furniture is made to look old, there are old Thai photos on the walls and there’s a video loop with old footage of hunters catching wild elephants for domestication. 

For those that are not a fan of khanom jin like myself, there’s a small menu with a series of other dishes. My own favourite is kao kluk kapi, rice mixed with shrimp paste, wrapped in egg, served with small portions of raw onion, small pieces of meat, sausage, raw mano, green beans, cucumber, chile and fresh lime. Refills of trational Thai herbal juices are available, besides some regular drinks, and there’s ice cream for dessert.

2nd floor Season Square, Srinakarin Road
02 720 2649

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Baan Steak | บ้านสเต็ก, Paknam, Samut Prakan (2) ****

“Good steak in cosy house” 

I was a regular visitor when I still worked in the area, and re-visited with my ex-colleague recently. The small restaurant is located on the grounds of a former school, just off main road, with parking space provided. 

The atmosphere inside is simple but homely, with flower-stickers covering the windows. There are only about 10 tables spread out over 2 rooms. There's one table outside for smokers. 

All customers receive the standard free appetiser, fried basil. On the menu western and Thai dishes with a small variety of steaks, and there's icecream for dessert. I recommended the mackerel fish steak, which is served with salad and some fries. Separate salads and soup are also available. All food tastes well.

The waiters friendly and hardworking. The place is very popular at lunchtime, and you may even be turned down at that time unless you arrive before 12.

2  Si Samut Rd. (opposite Samut Prakan Deputy Governor House)
Pak Nam
02 389 5333

Monday, November 14, 2016

Ban Khun Mae | บ้านคุณแม่ ***

“Focused on tourists” 

Typical tourist place decorated in Thai style, with nice atmosphere, low-key live traditional music and okay Thai food in small portions at high prices. They refused to take our reservation but there was enough space when we arrived. Service was friendly but a bit slow. 

458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road 
02 250 1952-3 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Chan & Yupa Tearoom ***

“Not my cup of tea” 

If you like romantic you're in the right place, and with a beautiful garden too. Rattan furniture with artificial flowers on the well decked-out table. 

Unfortunately everything is quite expensive with most dishes at least 200 THB, and tax and service charge are not even included on the menu. 

Our coffee and cake were good, our scones okay. A free glass of water on the side would have been nice with all that sweetness.

It was very difficult to get the attention of the staff, even though it wasn't crowded at all. 

2 Soi Sukhumvit 10, Sukhumvit Road 
081 846 9898 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bangkok Okinawa Restaurant Kinjo | ร้านอาหารโอกินาวา คินโจ | バンコク沖縄家庭料理&民謡居酒屋金城) ****


“Mostly tasty food, a pity they'd ran out of (squid) ink”

The first time I visited I tried their famous black noodles, Ikasumi Yakisoba, a fun dish that temporarily stains your mouth and teeth black from squid ink. When I went back they'd unfortunately ran out of ink, but luckily they have a very wide selection of other choices. 

We tried an excellent grilled mushroom dish, yakisoba fried noodles, pork nigiri (a heavy dish made of spam, fried egg and rice, not recommended), fermented soybean salad (a bit too slimy for my taste) and a few other dishes. Their fixed sets are very reasonably priced at around 200 THB, We had one of the several types of beer available and some hot tea. 

Service is friendly and active, food arrived quite fast. 

Visited October 2016
24/1 Soi Sukhumvit 69
02 711 0536

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Caturday Cat Cafe ***

“Fun for cat lovers - if you can interest the cats to play” 

I enjoyed playing with the cats, but most of them were not in the mood to play and they tried to evade my stroking. Using pieces of wire, a little ball and other stimulants hardly got any of them interested. Our drinks and cake were pricey, which is fair enough, and there are souvenirs and special cat snacks available for sale. I assume those will get them interested.

Service was friendly but a bit slow. Obviously the cats are their prime interest.

Co-Co Walk Plaza, Phaya Thai Rd.
02 656 5247
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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Artist's House • Bangkok Art and Culture Centre ****

Finding ourselves hungry in the BACC we decided for a quick meal in this cosy, small restaurant annex gallery with artistic decorations and wooden furniture.

They just have a few dishes to choose from (2 types of noodle dishes, 2 types of fresh spring rolls), but the food was excellent, plus there were some healthy drink choices like rosella and guava juice.

Friendly service, cheapish food and drinks.

After the meal we bought quite a few design postcards (just 5 THB ($0.15) each) and admired the pottery and other handmade gifts and objects on sale in the gallery.

4th floor Bangkok Art and Culture Centre 
939 Rama 1 Road

Siam Food Court | สยาม ฟู้ดคอร์ด ***

“Good for a quick meal in between your shopping” This air-conditioned little food court is right in between Siam Square and MBK shopping areas, at the base of the footbridge to MBK. 

There are a few simple shops serving basic Thai food like noodle soup and chicken on rice, one with with suki, salmon steak and some other Japanese-style dishes and there's one shop selling drinks (smoothies, soda with lemonade, water and soft drinks). My salmon steak tasted well and it came with French fries and some salad for just 55 baht (less than $2). 

Like in most food courts in Thailand you have to buy a cash card to pay with. The remaining balance will be refunded when you return the card. The court is self-service and the food was ready fast.

Siam Square
Open until 8 pm

Ploendee Restaurant | ร้านอาหารบ้านเพลินดี *****

A few Thai colleagues and I went for lunch at this nicely located restaurant next to a small canal with view of the wooden houses at the other side. The outside restaurant is big and has lots of tables, mostly wood and stone, but there's still a cosy atmosphere because of some green and the low roof.

The food is excellent and not very expensive. We had for example som tam seafood (the best!), fried fish with garlic, and yam tua plu, a vegetable salad. Staff was friendly and service was quite fast.

113/1 Soi Rim Khlong Mon, Arun Amarin Road (ซอย ริมคลองมอญ ถนน อรุณอัมรินทร์), Bangkok
Phone: 02 891 2967
Open Mon-Sat 11 am-11 pm

Le Dalat Restaurant | เลอ ดาลัด ****

“Excellent food, nice decoration, but a bit crude”

I really enjoyed the food, the Vietnamese decoration was beautiful, staff were dressed in original Vietnamese clothes and the garden was pretty. 

However, my beer in a glass of a naked woman and crude "fun" decorations in both bathrooms were a bit much. Why an exhibitionist doll exposing his p*nis, a signboard with different breast shapes or a model of a butt with a finger pointing to the *sshole in a classy restaurant like this? 

Staff was friendly and fast. 

14 Sukhumvit 23
02 661 7967-8
http://www.bkkmenu.com/restaurant/Le-Dalat

Sunday, August 7, 2016

P Kitchen | พี. คิชเช่น ***

“Tasty Thai food, inattentive service” 

The restaurant has a wide variety of not very expensive Thai dishes on the menu, of which we tried 4-5 dishes. The food was quite good. 

We sat inside in the air-conditioned space, which turned out to be a bad idea with different sets of kids running around and making a lot of noise. Next time we'll sit on the terrace outside. 

It was difficult to attract the staff's attention, and when they finally came they tried to take away dishes while we were still eating from them. 

11/3 Sukhumvit Soi 18
02 663 4950
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

101 Sports Bar ***

“A good place to hang out with foreign friends”

This open bar in higher Sukhumvit is a nice place if you're looking for other foreigners to share a beer or play a game of pool or darts. Customers are mostly foreigners living in the area, some with their Thai wives or girlfriends and their kids (!), and a few local Thai coming to watch a sports game on TV or have a drink. 

The beer's not very expensive and they serve big bottles (120 baht, $3.5). On the menu some nice pub food (pies and curries) and some Thai food. The Thai few dishes I tried were no more than okay.

The service if friendly. The live music (I think only at the weekends) is too loud, but if you like a family atmosphere this is the right place to go.

Sukhumvit 101, opposite soi 21, behind the 711
083 687 3565 
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Pun-ya (Pan Ya) | ร้านอาหารปั้นหยา, Nonthaburi ****

“Excellent Thai food at the riverside just north of Bangkok”

The family-run restaurant is a traditional wooden house with a big terrace next to the Chao Praya river. The wind is fresh, the view is nice.

We had a pla yam kan (a spicy vegetable salad), som cha om (spicy shrimp soup), krapong tod nam (friend fish) and fried vegetables and they were all excellent. There's no English menu but plenty of photos to choose from. They serve soft drinks, beers and whiskey, etc.. Unfortunately they don't do desserts, and not even a coffee was to be had.

Service was friendly, prices reasonable.

43, Soi Sam Luang, Phiboon Songkhram Rd.
Nonthaburi
02 526 1554
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Sathan Tak-akat Bang Pu | ร้านอาหาร สถานตากอากาศบางปู (ศาลาสุขใจ), Samut Prakan ****

“Excellent, affordable food with beautiful view” 

The walk along the pier to the "Sala Sukjay" seaside restaurant was already a pleasure with lots of seagulls to feed (in the right season) and nice views of the mangrove coast and the Gulf of Thailand. The restaurant is huge, with air-conditioned space as well as covered and open terraces with sea view outside. 

We had the wild boar, which was okay, a spicy eggplant salad, fried fish stomach with crab, and razor clams with bell pepper, all of which were excellent. Water, soft drinks and beer are available. We had a Thai dessert and a coffee; there are also ice cream and fruits on the menu. 

As the restaurant is owned by the army, the prices are very reasonable, and the service is friendly, professional and quite fast. NOTE: the place is open from 10 am to 8 pm. There are several small snack shops and a souvenir shop at the entrance of the restaurant, and you can take a walk in the mangrove through the Bang Pu Education Nature Centre at the pier entrance at certain hours. 

164 Moo 2, Bang Pu Seaside Resort, Sukhumvit Road
Bang Pu Mai, Samut Prakan
02 323 1213

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Crown Kitchen ***

“Nice interior, friendly service, average food” 

This almost 40-year old restaurant has a nice 70ties interior on one floor with mezzanine. The atmosphere could be nicer with the TV off. 

Maybe the dishes were intended that way (Thai-Chinese food tends to be quite oily), or we may have been unlucky, but all our 3 dishes were far too oily and quite salty and we didn't finish our food. The bottled beer tasted well. 

Service was friendly and fast, prices reasonable.

326 Krungkasem Road
02 282 3188
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Sizzler - Seacon Square ***

“Excellent salad bar” 

When I feel like a good salad, Sizzler is the place to go. The unlimited salad bar has lots of fresh raw and cooked vegetables, ready to eat salads, soups, quail eggs, some pasta, and some nice desserts (chocolate mousse!) including fruit. 

In the past I've tried several of the meat dishes on the menu but didn't like any of them: the meat is too soft, and there's not much taste. The fish 'n chips are okay. Meat or fish is served with a choice of French fries or baked potato and a tasty slice of buttered thick toast. The salad bar is included too. Refill softdrinks are affordable, and a pot of tea is available. 

Service is friendly, but sometimes we have to wait long for a refill. The main dish is usually slow, but of course you can delve into the salad bar right away so it's not a problem. 

Seacon Scquare
4F, 904 M.6, Srinakarin Road
061 421 1980
http://www.sizzler.co.th/en/

Kuang Heng - Pratunam Chicken & Rice *****

“Best fresh spring rolls in Bangkok” 

I've been coming here for many years for the freshest and softest spring rolls (poh pia sod) and pork sateh served with peanut sauce, sliced cucumber, onions and chili. My friend loves the fish stomach soup (krapoh pla) and the Hainanese chicken on rice (khao man kay). That's the whole menu as far as I know. 

 The place isn't much to look at, with tables outside on the pavement next to a busy street, but the food is well worth it. Service is friendly and fast, prices quite cheap. There's water, soft drink and beer, so a good place to sit if you can find a table. It's open 24/7. 

Viva Tapas Bar and Restaurant **

“Nice place for people-watching, mediocre and expensive food” 

Nice location in the heart of things, a good place for people-watching. A pity the food was no more than mediocre. One friend had a tasteless salad with cream dressing, another one spaghetti that needed a lot more sauce, served with chewy bread, and I had to throw away half of my cooked mussels as inedible. The draft beer tasted well, but everything was expensive. 

Staff was friendly if we could catch them, and service was okay. 

Imoya (2) **** ★

“Atmospheric place with lots of good dishes” 

My favourite Japanse vintage restaurant has a wide range of Japanese and fusion dishes. On arrival all personnel shouts a greeting, and you always get a free cheap appetiser (you can say no) and a hot towel. 

Sushi, sashimi, curries, soups, teriyaki, but also the Japanese version of asparagus in bacon and French fries are available. The food is not expensive, and many dishes are tasty. A wide variety of drinks, including of course hot tea, various sakes and beers. Regulars have their own bottle that is kept for them between visits. 

 The wooden furniture, with public space as well as separate walled-off areas where you take off your shoes and sit on a low bench or the floor, and the vintage Japanese decorations, make you feel like you went back in time. Smoking is allowed in the floor-seating area.

Best Beef ****

“Good food for a nice price” 

The place is a huge open-air barn with good ventilation, at least a 100 tables, a queue with people waiting to be seated and a parking problem. All you can eat in 2 hours for just 230 THB ($7) or around 400 THB ($12) including beer. 

The food is a choice of maybe 40 dishes, including 4 types of beef (the tongue is excellent), some pork, chicken, seafood, mushrooms, salad and vegetables, in short, enough to make a healthy meal on your own little cooking plate. 

Service is everywhere, fast and friendly. 

Tawandang German Brewery ****

“Entertaining night out”

A short taxi ride away from Asok BTS station lies this enormous German beer house that brews its own beers. Our food (pork knuckle, various spicy salads, fresh oysters) was pricey but tasted well, our big towers of lager beer tasty. The dark beer was so-so. 

 Being a Tawan Daeng (red sun), the place is a big, dark barn with wooden furniture and a continuous stage show. The performance varied from veteran Thai singer Chanchana and a series of young male and female singers with lots of dancers to a drinking game and tacky dressed-up performers. Unfortunately they didn't play many songs-for-life (Thai country songs), normally the signature music in Tawan Daengs, although most songs were Thai. The audience distributed their 100-baht bills to the performers generously, and eventually started dancing along creating a great atmosphere.

Doo Dee Siam ****

“Delicious Thai food at central location” 

I've been coming back to his restaurant on and off for over 10 years. They've moved a few times, but now they're back on 2 floors at their original location at Siam soi 4. It's not very atmospheric, but the food is always delicious, and during the day the place is very popular with locals and tourists alike.

My favourites are the tom yam noodles (spicy and sweet) and yam ponlamai, a spicy fruit salad, nowadays served in a cabbage leaf, and I always drink their chrysanthemum drink, a sweet yellow drink made of flowers. With friends I've shared some other dishes like po pia sod (spring rolls) and they were good too. 

Prices are reasonable. Service is friendly and quick. They have an English menu, but don't speak much English. 

Hemingway's Bangkok Garden Bar & Restaurant **** [CLOSED]

“Good food at relaxing location” 

This old teak wood house from the 1920's has various seating areas on 2 floors where you can enjoy its classic interior or the lush garden. 

The menu is international. Some dishes are very generous and can be shared. We had an excellent fish 'n chips (well, the fish was great), a tasty beetroot salad, meat balls and fried calamari that were a bit dry. Drinks are cheap during the extensive happy hours, and still affordable after. 

Minuses are the queues (reserve at the weekend!) and the many special rules for e.g. big groups and Sundays. During my previous visit there was a very loud event going on upstairs. 

10thirtycafe ***

“Trendy cafe with limited menu” 

As the name implies, the place is more of a cafe than a restaurant, although they do serve food as well. The atmosphere is modern with lots of glass, seating inside as well as outdoors with a view of Major Cineplex Ratchayothin. 

The menu covers a limited selection of western and Thai food. We had excellent French fries with garlic sauce, a spicy pork spaghetti and a bacon salad. The food was tasty, but this is not the place to go and share an extensive meal. There's also a counter with a choice of coffees, teas and smoothies and a wide selection of cakes. 

Service was friendly but mostly absent.

Vientiane Kitchen ***

“If you don't have a chance to explore the real North-East” 

It may have been original once (I came a few times more than 10 years ago), but now it's just a place for tourists to get a taste of the food and culture of the North-East. The decorations and the show (dance, song, traditional instruments) provide for a local atmosphere, except when they sing some Japanese (!) songs for the many groups of Japanese, and unfortunately they ask the audience to join them in some games and (fake) ceremonies. 

My Thai friends thought that most of the food was okay, only the som tam and yam (spicy salad) were a bit off: one was far too sweet, another one so spicy it was inedible even for them. I myself enjoyed several types of fish, vegetable dishes and tongue, and for fun you could try some really local dishes like friend egg with ants eggs and fried frog. 

Prices are quite high, service is excellent. 

Mother May I ****

“Excellent food, small portions, unprofessional service” 

This simple and stylish restaurant within walking distance from the skytrain in a quiet soi has excellent Thai food and plenty of choice on the menu. The food is quite affordable, but portions are small. Unfortunately several of the dishes we ordered were not available, and they just brought us 1 of the 2 desserts we asked for without telling us the other one was not available. 

Service was quite slow but friendly. 

Hua Seng Hong Restaurant ****

“Tasty Chinese and Thai-Chinese food” 

The restaurant is conveniently located near BTS Punnawithi, but parking space is scarce. Very popular for weekend family dinners, it's a huge, not very cosy place on different levels. The booths near the windows are the best places to sit if you want some privacy. 

 The food is tasty, although like all Chinese food often a bit oily and salty, and there's lot of choice in Chinese and Thai dishes, often in different sizes. There are some family sets and they serve seafood and shark fin soup as their signature dishes. My personal favourites are the roast duck and the taro fruit basket. 

Staff is everywhere and quick to serve.