Best meal in Bangkok

Oct 4th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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I think I once read that the majority of restaurants in thailand are owned by chinese. There are a huge number of them in thailand -- many of them have been there for years and many have intermarried. Both Ratt and Poon whom many of us use are chinese albeit they were born in thailand.
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Oct 4th, 2007, 01:54 PM
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Yes, there are an overwhelming # of Chinese Thais there! Its just that the real Thai food is soooo darned good. I am now getting famished just thinking about! I love Yum Pla dook foo, Yum Pla Krab, Isaan barbeque et al!!! I'm starving now! Thank goodness I am married to a great (real) Thai cook!
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Oct 5th, 2007, 08:43 PM
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I don't really think Thai food in the restaurants of Bangkok is all that great-hence, I think that's why you see people here recommending other ethnic cuisine over Thai in Bangkok! I can get pretty decent Thai food where I live here in the US, and I think I've had better Thai food, in most instances, in Honolulu as well as Tokyo than Bangkok.

I thought the lunch at the Oriental's Lord Jim's to be anything but fantastic-pretty much mediocre buffet food-indifferently prepared, had been sitting around a long time, not all that fresh, and quite expensive, for what you got-I think the lunch buffet at the Marriott on the river is far superior to the one at Lord Jim's, more variety, fresher, far more interesting-and it's served outside with river views rather than all enclosed and air conditioned, like Lord Jim's (I'm not a real fan of enclosed, air conditioned rooms-I prefer open restaurants that front the water, or face some interior courtyard or garden of some sort).

For a very special and romantic Thai dinner I would head to Shangri-La's SALATHIP-I really love the elegance, and ambience of this teak pavilion dining space on the water, set in a lush garden area of the hotel, which is so intimate and lovely in the evening with its little white lights and candlelight, with sliding teak doors that open for the water view at night-the Thai food is also quite good, which I like-I had Tiger prawns with tamarind which was excellent, and bananas in coconut milk which was a yummy desert (I don't particularly care for sticky rice as a dessert-I need something more dessert-like and substantial than that). Salathip is just across the river from Peninsula, and there is a free teak boat service from the Peninsula to Shangri-La that takes a few minutes-I think it would make for a much more intimate and more authentic Thai dining experience to go to Salathip rather than Thiptara. Here's a picture of the restaurant from Trip Advisor:

SUPATRA RIVER HOUSE is a quite good Thai dining experience, right on the river, in a two story Thai house (and very convenient, because there is a free ferry service just by the riverbus stop at Maharaj pier)but it is also filled with history-it was a home formerly belonging to one of Thailand's leading women's right's advocates. During the day you can go and watch cooking demonstrations there, and there is a small museum devoted to Supatra. Good Thai food and GREAT sunset views over the water-there's a reason that this restaurant is mentioned in all the guidebooks-it's a very worthwhile place to dine in Bangkok.

However, I have to say, I seem to stick primarily to Thai street food anymore-you are truly missing a great opportunity to have simple, tasty meals at a fraction of the cost if you don't do a little Thai street food tasting-(and I'm NOT talking stir-fried silk worms, either!) all the Thais do-and of course you'll pay many times more for some of the same food at a fancy farang restaurant. I can state that the street food is PARTICULARLY good in Bangkok's Chinatown-I ate at street vendors up one side of the street and down the other-excellent grilled squid on a stick, then fresh papaya, and some other things that I didn't know what it was (a vegetable dish of some sort) very tasty as well-very fun and interesting!
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Oct 6th, 2007, 02:27 AM
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Hi, I've just came back from thailand/indochina on wed. It is difficult to say where to have a great meal but if I were you, I will strongly consider Breezes. It is in the same building as Siroco and not far from the Pen (actually the other side of the river).
The food is Asian (thai with touches of other countries). We had an amazing dinner ( we had 3 starters and 2 mains and dessert), in a beautiful place and one of the best views of Bangkok. Now,,, you also pay for it. I think some 200 dollars. So not cheap, but definitvely worth it! If you are feeling lazy, next door to you, you can eat at the Thai restaurant of the Oriental. My guide told me it was great and then I read in the newspaper there that it is now the best thai restaurant of any hotel... Service is top notch.
Have fun!
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Oct 6th, 2007, 03:54 AM
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So odd how different experiences we all have. I had a very mediocre meal at Supatra River House. Thought it was lovely but I get much better thai food in Chicago that I ate that night. Would never return.
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Oct 6th, 2007, 04:42 AM
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Most all our meals in BKK were very good. La Na Thai at Face was delicious we thought that the chicken and cashews at Harmony was outstanding.

Yet, for sheer remembrance factor, Sirocco was incredible - though we did not eat there and only went upstairs for a drink. I know the food gets mixed reviews, and is on the expensive side, and that is all probably true but, in my view it is a "not to miss" spot, especially since BKK is quite a haul from the East Coast. Go even if only for a drink. The view of BKK from way on high, plus the singer and band standing on a platform jutting into thin air almost, plus the general vibe is outstanding. I will always remember it. One of the best venues we've ever been.

Have fun; BKK is truly a fascinating place.
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Oct 6th, 2007, 05:22 AM
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I've been to the Bed Supper Club several times and have never had a bad or less-than-excellent meal/service there. The entertainment is always interesting and unique as well!! Bed would be high on my list of "best places to eat" in Bangkok. An evening at the Bed, followed by the view at Sky Bar for a nightcap (64th floor State Tower building) would be a wonderful way to remember Bangkok IMO.

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Oct 6th, 2007, 06:01 AM
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Well, I never said Supatra was great, Gloria, my meal was good, but it was the location and the sunset views that I preferred, rather than the food.

And I have to say, the last time I ate at Bed SupperClub was not a good experience-perhaps because I was there right before the kitchen closed. I won't go again for dinner, but will always stop off at the nightclub.

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Oct 6th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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Its funny how reviews are hit or miss about Thai restaurants in Thailand. There are so many variables that exist that produce this result when you think about it. I have NEVER had a bad experience at at a Thai restaurant in my multiple trips there. Perhaps it helps to have a live-in tour guide! (My wife! Get your mind out of the gutter !! :]

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Oct 6th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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The very best meal we have had in Bangkok was at the Pen Restaurant (NOT the Peninsula Hotel), recommended by Johnny Apple before he passed away. It was amazing, but hard to find even for our driver from the Oriental.
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Oct 6th, 2007, 08:33 PM
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Paying more for your food doesn't mean it will taste any better!

Try the Foodland Supermarket in store lunch counter. Sukhumvit Soi 5. Near the Nana Skytrain stop, across from the Amari Boulevard Hotel.

The Foodland restaurant has lots of selections at decent prices. Both Thai's and Farangs (foreigners) eat there. They cook the food in front of you, almost a cooking lesson just watching.

(You can even grab a steak off the meat counter in the store and they will cook it to order for you right at the lunch counter for a small fee.)

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Oct 7th, 2007, 04:15 AM
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I will second a rave for the Pen (not the Peninsula) restaurant but be prepared for non elegance but great food.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 09:08 AM
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Sir HALBERT- You are correct, sir! Just go to the MBK eatery, Tha Siam, street vendors, or any mall eatery. The food is never bad and always pretty good. Go where the Thais eat, not the farang tourists!!!
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