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Old Jun 25, 08, 7:41 am
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Well, I can't figure out how to get it in the correct alphabetical position on the list but I've added one of my favorite Bangkok eateries, Just One Restaurant in Sathorn, to the map.
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Old Jun 25, 08, 3:16 pm
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With all the talks about BKK eating. Is anyone available for a dinner at one of these places? I'll be in town from Jun 28th to Jul 5th if anyone is up for it.

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Old Jun 25, 08, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by ddrewboy
With all the talks about BKK eating. Is anyone available for a dinner at one of these places? I'll be in town from Jun 28th to Jul 5th if anyone is up for it.

rgds,

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I just left BKK but am back July 4 at night. I know one guy exleftseat or such is his handle that is in town or I think is still in town. I have an apartment off Sukhumvit Soi 22 and I'll be eating at a steakhouse on Soi 33 (has thai food also) the night of the 4th I know that, you are welcome to stop in. Can hook up lunch or maybe dinner on the 5th. Just PM me.
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Old Jun 25, 08, 9:44 pm
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I'll be in town from afternoons of July 4-6 and again from July 11 (very late arrival) - 14.
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Old Jun 26, 08, 4:20 am
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I still like Suda (Sukhumvit Soi 14), I think the food is good, fresh ingredients, well-prepared and the ambience is more or less standard for an open-air Thai restaurant. I think the service lacks a bit mainly due to the crowds. It's not unusual to see 30+ tables occupied and, I think, one lone oldish woman waiting on all the tables. I take visitors there because of the location, while I personally go to similar restaurants closer to where I live. Street peddlers are just one aspect of Bangkok al-fresco dining that some find harassing and others find quaint. A simple wave off and a “mai kob” is enough, unless you want to buy a lottery ticket. I doubt you’ll find an open-air restaurant anywhere devoid of peddlers?

I recently became interested in the local variants on fish-head soup (hwah baah) so scouted out two establishments that offer this. (One stall-like outlet in Din Daeng remains.) Anyway both of these are recommended, especially so the one in Chong Nonsi. I’ve added these to the map.


Hwah Baah Chong Nonsi – in Chnong Nonsi (not to be confused with the BTS stop of the same name) right on Rama 3. This is a massive seafood restaurant with hundreds of fresh seafood and shellfish offerings. There are ~ 100 tables and when we arrived there was only one open table. I did not see any foreigners. The fish head soup was really good, as were the other choices (fresh oysters, grilled scallops, grilled shrimp, tom yum goong). Great prices, ~ 15% less than Rut & Lek (Yaowarat Road, previously mentioned). Location is on Rama 3, Chong Nonsi, same side of the road (west side, rama 3 here runs almost due north) as German Tawan Daeng ( a giant brewhouse, also recommended ) but at the next intersection (Wat Chonglam intersection) south.


Hwah Baah Pink Klao (pin gao) – This smaller restaurant is in Pink Klao (pronounced pin gao) on the left as you are coming down the ramp from the bridge. There is an adjacent parallel street with a several shops, this restaurant is roughly in the middle and easily identified. There are ~ 20 tables and a good-sized menu with a focus on seafood. The fish head soup was good, slightly better (imo) than Chong Nonsi, but the overall quality was slightly below, with fewer menu items.

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Old Jul 5, 08, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Sweet Willie
Have read the existing posts on buffets.

Am looking for non-hotel restaurants recommendations. Got any?

I've read about the wonderful meals that some street vendors provide.

Old post, on Sukhumvit Soi 5 there is a Foodland Supermarket, in that supermarket is a nice little restaurant. Daily specials, early bird breakfast prices. Fortuna Hotel just down from the Foodland has an "all you can eat" breakfast buffet that is not too bad. With a buffet you can always get your money's worth with coffee and pastry anyway.

Best buffets in Thailand (my opinion) are in in Pattaya! Lek Hotel, Apex Hotel and lots more have buffets starting around 110 baht.

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Old Jul 6, 08, 1:21 am
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Originally Posted by Sirhalberd
Best buffets in Thailand (my opinion) are in in Pattaya! Lek Hotel, Apex Hotel and lots more have buffets starting around 110 baht.
The person asking about buffets probably isn't looking 7 years later

But just in case, I'll throw in my props for "Rise" on Suk Soi 24.
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Old Jul 7, 08, 10:13 pm
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I had mentioned an open-air Thai restaurant in the Banglamphu/Khao San Road area before. I had a chance to go back Sunday evening so added that to our Google map. It is on Phra Sumen, directly across from the entrance to Wat Bowon Niwet. (This is a famous temple as several Chakri Kings have served their monkhood there; Rama 4 was head abbot for 20 years before assuming the throne, the current King also served his monkhood there. The chedi is huge, and makes a great landmark. It is currently shrouded in scaffolding for repairs.) I think the name of this restauarant is Bowon Niwet Rice Porridge, but don't be misled by the name. At each seat you will find both a bowl of rice and a bowl of rice porridge (jook). There are dining areas immediately ont he left at the entrance, down the alleyway (walk down to the canal) and even an air-con section. A huge variety, all well prepared. Quite busy much of the time I've been there.
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Originally Posted by transpac
I had mentioned an open-air Thai restaurant in the Banglamphu/Khao San Road area before. I had a chance to go back Sunday evening so added that to our Google map. It is on Phra Sumen, directly across from the entrance to Wat Bowon Niwet.
I'm trying to figure out which Wat you're referring to. On Phra Sumen east of Chakrapong? (I don't know if the road is still called Phra Sumen there.) Is it next to a small foot/motorbike bridge across the klong?

There are some great places in this area if you stay away from the drivel they pass as aahaan Thai in the immediate Khao San vicinity.

I am quite fond of Jok Pochana. It is the first (streetside) restaurant on Samsen Soi 2. Order your favorites as the English menu is limited and it's better to know what you want ahead of time. The pad pak boong fai daeng/moo grob is delicious. And they'll serve you beer until... trust me

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Old Jul 31, 08, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by dsquared37
I'm trying to figure out which Wat you're referring to. On Phra Sumen east of Chakrapong? (I don't know if the road is still called Phra Sumen there.) Is it next to a small foot/motorbike bridge across the klong?
Wat Bowon Niwet, aka the Royal Temple as four Chakri Kings, including the current monarch, resided there. Rama IV was the head abbot for 20 years before ascending to the throne.

Yes, east on Phra Sumen from Chakrapong (Bang Lam Phu intersection). Yes, it is still called Phra Sumen. You honestly can't miss the chedi for Wat Bowon Niwet, it is easily the tallest structure in the area. Also, on our Google map I added a yellow pushpin for Wat Bowon Niwet and the standard knife/fork graphic for the restaurant. Both are accurately placed, but don't be mislead by the caption box, zoom in for the actual location.
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Originally Posted by transpac
Wat Bowon Niwet, aka the Royal Temple as four Chakri Kings, including the current monarch, resided there. Rama IV was the head abbot for 20 years before ascending to the throne.

Yes, east on Phra Sumen from Chakrapong (Bang Lam Phu intersection). Yes, it is still called Phra Sumen. You honestly can't miss the chedi for Wat Bowon Niwet, it is easily the tallest structure in the area. Also, on our Google map I added a yellow pushpin for Wat Bowon Niwet and the standard knife/fork graphic for the restaurant. Both are accurately placed, but don't be mislead by the caption box, zoom in for the actual location.
Sat down last night and looked at a map and indeed I was aware of the one you speak about... the Wat that is. Quite hard to miss and on Phra Sumen/Thannon Thanao. I'll get the google map and look it over since I should be getting back down to BKK this coming week (I'm in Issan). Always look forward to good food. And as was said previously by someone, the more you pay the less authentic food you likely will get.
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I might have to get Mr. Megatop to take me to this restaurant the next time I'm in Bangkok, in a few weeks. He and his brother did their monkhoods at Wat Bovornives.
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Bangkok Eating

Chote Chitr
146 Prang Pu Thorn,
Tanao Rd, Bangkok

Ate there twice ... the best food ever, Thai or otherwise!!!

The restaurant has been around some 90 years, prides itself on cooking recipes developed by ancient Thai royal courts, and its wall menu lists hundreds of dishes. These often rely on traditional ingredients tough to find today, and Chote Chitrs cooks say little about how they uncover them. Dodging longtime customers and a small dog in the tiny dining room just five simple rectangular tables packed together and open to the street the chef will bring out a plate of mee krob, crunchy stir-fried vermicelli flavored with a caramelized sauce of palm sugar, ginger, lemongrass and som saa. A fragrant, tart variety of orange now almost extinct in Bangkok, the som saa balances the sticky sweetness ...

http://events.nytimes.com/2008/01/06...06bangkok.html
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I added a placemark for Chote Chitr but since I've never been there I'm not sure if it's placed accurately. Any repositioning would be appreciated.
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Old Aug 1, 08, 9:19 pm
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Originally Posted by transpac
I added a placemark for Chote Chitr but since I've never been there I'm not sure if it's placed accurately. Any repositioning would be appreciated.
I've been there many (MANY) times in the last two years. It has been one of my favorite restaurants in BKK in that time. However, twice in the past two weeks the food was below my (albeit high) expectations. I'm hoping this is a blip and not a trend.

Where is the link to the placemark? I'd be happy to ensure it's in the correct location because it's not the easiest place to find.
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