Showing posts with label night life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label night life. Show all posts

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Above Eleven

When I heard about the concept of Above Eleven, a new restaurant/sky bar opening at Fraser Suites, Sukhumvit, I knew I had to check it out before I leave Bangkok.  After bringing a few friends and checking it out, I was certainly glad I made the right choice.  Above Eleven brings yet another level of  sophistication to nightlife, and a new dining adventure to Bangkok's savvy food scene.    

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Top 10 most popular food after the bar

What are the perfect ingredients for a meal to follow a long night of painting the town red?

From experience, observation and careful research, one can conclude that the major players are:

carbs + dripping grease + tons of sodium + loads of MSG = one satisfying late night meal

Sounds disgusting, but the heart and stomach want what they want.  

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wine Republic

Located at the heart of Thonglor, Wine Republic is one of the go-to wine bar and bistro in Bangkok.  For most people getting to WR (or anywhere in Thonglor actually), the best way to go is buy taxi.  There's very little parking space in this area and when there is, it can be quite expensive.  Valet parking is available for 100 bath, and you get a coupon for a barbecue skewer (yayyy).  

Lamb skewer yum!
Like most bars and lounges at Thonglor, the ambience is appealing to BKK socialites age 20 + and foreigners.  The vibe is mature, yet hip and casual.  I love the atmosphere at WR as it is spacious with 2 levels and a large patio, which often gets filled up fast on the weekends. Around 8 pm there would be a dj spinning live music ranging from old school hip hop, top 40, and techno.  

Since this is a wine bar and restaurant, we had to ask the server, "where's the wine list?"  She replied that they don't offer a wine list, you can go inside to the front entrance of the restaurant which is a bar, as well as a wine store.  There, stood a helpful gentleman who would help you select the wine bottle that would suit your taste.  I guess the point is for the customers to have a unique experience of walking through the selection, shopping, and be advised of the flavours rather than just looking in the menu.  I find it neat, yet tedious at the same time.  With over 170 selections of wine to choose from, I nominated Mz. J, the wine connoisseur to help us pick out a winning bottle for the night.

Happy hour  happens Sunday to Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Everything on the classic cocktail menu is buy 1 get 1 free.  The price range is around 220 - 280 bath.  I tried the lychee martini and lychee mojito.  Definitely fell in love with the lychee mojito which came in a generous size!

The menu consists of tapas and pub fare with selections of pizzas and pastas as well.  I find their food to be tastier than other wine bars and the prices are reasonable.

The caesar salad is a moderate portion with large chunks of bacon pieces.  The dressing is house-made and delightfully rich and creamy.  They don't hold back on the grated parmesan either.  You would think you are being healthy eating a salad, but definitely not this particular one.

I love their pizza! Family-size anchovy fire-oven pizza is obviously an acquired taste.  Most people will either hate or love it.  The pizza itself is delicious, crispy crust with tons of cheese, and they are generous with the ingredients, in this case, anchovy bits on the topping.  Can't choose which one to order?  You can actually order each kind of pizza as half and half in one order.

Their spicy squid-ink spaghetti for 280 bath is to die for.  It is served in a clay pot backed with pizza dough.  Of course, it's not the most appetizing colour to eat and the thought of having black sauce on your lips is not an appealing image.  But the taste is totally worth it.  It's bold and spicy with tons of flavours and seafood such as clams, squid, and shrimp.  Mz. J who is particular with her food, had it for the first time here and said she dreams of this dish and will always come back for more.

My new favourite go-to spot!

Food: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Price: $$$
Service: 3.5/5
Value: 4.5/5

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ladies' night at My Bar Dusit Thani

The DL:
The drinks are free for ladies from 7 to 9 pm every friday night.  Guys pay an entrance fee of 500 bath (excl. tax + gratuity). The entire menu of drink selections includes red and white wine, beer, mojito, cosmopolitan, pink panther, margarita.  Pretty solid for freebies!  There's also a live dj spinning, making the place feels like it is the place to be.

The catch:
They also charge 1000 bath for a table.  If you don't pay, you could go hang out at the bar.  They won't give you chairs though, so you would just have to stand around and feel the segregation.

Also, the cocktails are sugared up to the max.  They make them in large batches so you may be better off sticking to beer or wine.

How to make the most out of it:
1.Go there early and get a table.  The later and busier it gets, the less service you will receive.  Also, if the place is packed, you might have to stand all night without a reservation.

2.Even though they pretty much force you to pay 1000 bath, the amount can be used towards ordering food.  So you can get your money worth and snack while you drink.

Chicken salad with goat cheese
What not to order:
I tried a few of their dishes and they weren't good, especially the nachos.  I came from a place when you order nachos, they are served baked with real cheese.  I thought it was pretty weak for a 5 star hotel grade fare +_+.  The Dorritos didn't impress me either.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ladie's night at St. Regis Bar Bangkok!

 Located right on Ratchadamri Road, St. Regis Bar offers a stunning view of the sunset over Bangkok in a luxurious and intimate setting.  My favourite night is on Thursday when ladies get unlimited bellinis from 6 to 9 pm!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

After missing the chance to go to WD 50 in New York, I made the Bazaar, where I also heard much reputation of their innovative approach to tapas, on my priority list for my one day trip to LA.  Shortly after landing, I made dinner reservation and headed to SLS hotel where the restaurant is located.  

The Bazaar is split into 5 dining sections, each with different  atmosphere, function, and menu.   We were seated in the dining room called Rojo Y Blanca, right in front of the kitchen viewing where the magic happened.  Our charmingly handsome waiter was extremely knowledgable about the cooking process and ingredients used in the dishes.  He was also able to recommend and differentiate between the dishes.  Although it didn't help much with the decision process, he was very helpful since I wanted to try food that are cooked differently than normal.  The modern tapas were not too pricey.  Though the portions are small, they are pretty good value for the type of modern, high end restaurant it carries itself to be.  We selected only 3 tapas from the menu since we just came straight from Roscoe's and were pressed for time before another dinner arrangement.  Of course, I regret that we didn't try anymore when we could've. The nitrogen coconut ice cream, cubed gazpacho...those were the things I opted out on and now living in regret...Y_Y 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Hour at Ozumo

One afternoon, somehow we ended up in Oakland and stumbled upon Ozumo by accident.  A contemporary Japanese restaurant, this was one of Ozumo's three locations aside from San Francisco and Santa Monica.  Without any expectations, we scoped out their menu and found Ozumo ended up being a pretty good find for happy hour.  We walked in around 5 pm and it was rather deserted.  A modernized izayakaya with a nice ambience, the lounge area was spacious with Japanese art integrated with modern interior design.  It somewhat reminds me of Ebisu in downtown Vancouver.  

Aside from a large selection of sake, draft beer such as Asahi, Sapporo and Stella Artois are at $5 a glass while domestic beer such as Bud Light are $4.  The happy hour menu also carries a pretty descent list of tapas to offer.

I really enjoyed these wings but couldn't remember specifically what they were called. They were crispy and coated with tangy flavourful sauce, similar to yangnyum chicken.


Like their sake list, Ozumo has an extensive list of Robata.  Cheezu ($5), 2 bacon wrapped cheese and oyster mushroom skewers came with a side of purple cabbage salad.  They were good, but still pretty small in portion (2 pieces per skewer).

I believe we were able to order 3 types of rolls from the happy hour menu for $12.  They came in fairly small bite size pieces and I could only say they're at the average.  

Overall, I think Ozumo has the passing mark for happy hour.  The food was a good deal for the price, and I must give more credits to the fusion decor and ambience.  The service could've been more attentive.  There were times when we had to walk around looking for our server.  Though when she was around, her service was friendly.  I would recommend this place if you have time to kill or are looking for a place to chill out before dinner.


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Hour in the East Village: Colors and Thailand Cafe

We walked in to a warm and vibrant ambience with a chilled out vibe.  Bounced to the sound Maxwell playing, we seated ourselves at the bar where we could enjoy the happy hour bar menu.  From 5-9 pm, we got to order appetizers at $5 per plate, beer and certain cocktails for $5 which are pretty good deals.  The regular menu is divided into sections; Earth (appetizers), Sea (seafood), Land (meat entrees), Heaven (desserts) and Hell (cocktails).  Anyways, here's what we ordered from the bar menu.

Our bartender was really friendly and chatty.  He also made me a mean mulled wine sangria.  It was stiff, fresh and delicious.  I had to get a second one.

Another deciously stiff cocktail, the Passionita with hornitos plata tequila with passionfruit puree.  We didn't need to order many to get a buzz. 

The first appetizer that arrived, southwest fried chicken lollipop, wasn't anything spectacular.  Of course, I fell for the name "fried chicken lollipop" captivated me when I ordered it.  The batter around the chicken sort of fell right off and was a bit too thick.  It came with caramelized sauteed onions and apples which kind of saved the dish.  They have sweet and salty taste that somewhat remind me of the Japanese shoyu sauce used in katsudon.  

Chilean ceviche with bass, shrimp, salsa verde and grapefruit salsa. This one was my favourite dish here.  It was refreshing in taste and texture.  

Calamari fritto with parmesan, pickled tomatoes and lemon aioli.  It basically met my expectation of how calamari is supposed to taste; not heavily battered, balanced seasoning, and not over cooked.  But it was only okay.  I was actually thinking about the calamari with jalapenos at the Cactus Club when I was eating them.  

Crab enchiladas were packed with crab meat.  More melted cheese would've really added to the whole thing.  The tortillas used were also baked to crisp along side with more crisp fried tortilla chips served on top.  The lime sauce was good but I wish there wasn't enough for all 3.  

Chicken and chorizo paella  with spring peas and topped with lime aioli.  This last dish is a good filler.  It was a bit dry for a paella but good if you think of it as a fried rice instead.  The creamy aioli also masked the fragrant of the saffron a bit.  I liked that the rice was fat and round similar to the japanese rice.  I felt like I was eating a fried rice at an izakaya.

Overalls, Colors offers a solid value of drinks and tapas for their happy hour and is definitely worth a visit.


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Thailand Cafe
The only reason we stepped into Thailand Cafe was because of the 2 for 1 happy hour drinks advertising gloriously outside the front of the store.  The first time we walked in, they sent us away because it was closing time.  The second time we made it in early, right after we were done with Colors.  Since we just had quite a bit of tapas no more than 20 minutes ago, we were planning to just order cocktails, which they had pretty good selections of.  It was my sister's first time ever to voluntarily go to a Thai restaurant outside of Thailand.  From previous experiences, we've come to a consensus that Thai restaurants outside of Thailand make food much too sweet, or salty, and are way too overpriced.  We learned that Thailand Cafe is fairly new and run by Thai people. The place was packed with constant turnover of patrons, the happy hour cocktails must do the trick.  The space looked much more modern and hip with multi colour lightings and decor than most traditional Thai-ed out restaurants.  "Is this place really good/authentic?" A thought came across if Thailand Cafe food would be any different and would change our mind.

Lychee mojito was delicious.  I believe they have 2 kinds of drink specials, buy 1 get 1 and special cocktails (like the lychee mojito for $8 each).  I also tried their Long Island Thai Iced Tea and it was good at the beginning.  But because Thai iced tea is so sweet, I couldn't put up with it for long.

After a few drinks, I wanted to snack on something.  Because of our bias and fear, I hesitated.  Then, I looked at the waiter straight in the eye and asked him what he would recommend in Thai, as if to say "Please don't lie to me. What would taste good for a Thai person"?  He didn't hesitate to point to the softshell crab mango salad.  I love softshell crab and since I had his reassurance, I trusted him and ordered it.  The deep-fried softshell crab arrived whole and spread out over a salad of thick cut mango slices, shallots, basil, red peppers and lettuce.  At first glance, I could already tell that the mango slices are cut way too thick and they won't hold the lime dressing well.  After the first bite, I was disappointed that my already low expectations for Thai food were once again actualized.  In fact, I actually felt cheated by the waiter.  The salad was just plain salty, reeking of fish sauce.  There is no balance of sweetness and tanginess a Thai "yum" or salad is known for.  

My sister's boyfriend ordered the sweet sticky rice and mangoes.   Rich coconut cream, and pandan flavoured sticky rice with random candies sticking out. This one was okay.  

The drinks specials at Thailand Cafe are great for value.  Next time, I will be sure to just stick to the drinks and opt out on the food.


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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lounging @ Buri Tara

Buri meaning city (if my grade 6 Thai serves me correctly) and Tara means river, Buri Tara Bar and Restaurant may have a traditional name but nevertheless a modern and elegant atmosphere. Not to be confused with Buri Tara Resort in Krabi, this join is located in the heart of Bangkok on Rama III Road. When my friend dragged me there to go lounge I wasn't sure what to expect. I've heard that there are lots of trendy restaurant/lounge located by Chao Praya River in Bangkok and I've been to one called Good View the previous year. So when the two of us showed up, all the tables by the river were all taken up, of course. Disappointed, we scooted to the nearest table, hoping a better spot will soon turn up. The place is lit up with orange glow with live music in softly plays in the background, and not to mention a great view of the river and the city at night. Needless to say, it is the perfect spot for a romantic date or just relaxing after a stressful day.