The Dining Out Team had an overseas visitor with us and we thought hard as where he could be taken. Many great restaurants reviewed recently, but European cuisine in the main. Where could we take a European visitor to experience some genuine Thai food, with a restaurateur willing to explain everything? In the end, it was simple - Somsakdi Restaurant, run by Somsakdi Kavowthong, who will admit to being 75, but he is a very sprightly 75, still with his trademark towel over his left shoulder.
A very interesting restaurant reviewed this week, and one that has an interesting history and a move of about 100 meters! Magg’s Restaurant was named after a Thai lad, and was in a single shophouse in Thepprasit Road about 250 meters from Thappraya Road. Blink twice and you missed it.
When is a café not a café? When it is a fully fledged restaurant such as Blu’s “café”. We reviewed Café des Amis and can assure you from the outset, that it is far more than a café!
The Baan Souy Resort is a boutique resort with around 50 rooms. It describes itself as a ‘Gay’ resort, but by the same token it is also totally ‘straight’ friendly. Run by well-known local entrepreneurs Jim Lumsden and Gordon May the resort is easily found about 50 meters down Soi 15 Thappraya on the right hand side, and has a large parking area just past the resort.
When the Hilton’s Marcom manager Sunday asked me if I would like to review their Horizon restaurant’s promotion of Oysters and Bubbles, how could I say no? Both my weaknesses at the same time! I ask you!
There is a very strong connection between Marco Polo and China. He was not the first European to reach China, but he was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. His book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other explorers. His exploits perhaps also inspired the Montien Hotel to name their Chinese restaurant after him.
The new Siam@Siam at the top end of Second Road is definitely the current “In” place (you would be amazed at the hoteliers I met in there), and their Big Fish restaurant on the 6th floor has the best value buffet in town called the weekend Fire Seafood and BBQ on a Friday and Saturday night.
France really does have itself on at times, and no more so than with ‘champagne’. Claiming naming rights to the wines from the Champagne area was probably a great PR coup, but great ‘champagnes’, or as we are forced to say, sparkling wines made the same way, so they are wines ‘methode champenoise’ can be found in many countries, including Italy, America, Australia and Spain.
The Amari’s Tavern by the Sea is well established these days and is at the opposite end of Beach Road from Walking Street, and you will easily find it having come from the Dolphin Roundabout, passing the Amari main entrance and the Mantra restaurant, and after turning into Beach Road is about 50 meters along Beach Road on your left, and you cannot miss it. Park in the Amari grounds in secure parking lots.
The name Alibaba comes from the tale known as the One Thousand and One Nights which was compiled in the early 1800’s. It has captured the imagination of the world, with many movies depicting the tale of Alibaba, the poor woodcutter who discovers the lair of the 40 thieves and the magic words to open the cave of treasure (more on that later). The latest is a French telefilm starring Gérard Jugnot and Catherine Zeta-Jones screened in 2007.