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The Tongue

Bangkok Food Disappointment

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Recently had two nights in Bangkok ahead of meeting the entourage off a plane from Khon Kaen. My back had been bad so took myself to Bangkok to relax away from Hua Hin.  I stayed at the Dynasty Grand just off Nana, great hotel, great location.  Apologies to anybody in Bangkok but I was just not going to be good company or traveling distances, I need to do my own thing although I did hit Nana for 2 beers in Mandarin and Rainbow.

Due to my back problems I ventured only to restaurants close by the hotel so I will show you two meals I had and wonder if anybody can guess where I had them.  Straight away I want to say that both meals were big disappointments.  To make things easier to guess, the meals were taken on soi Nana and Soi 8.

1st meal was a Sunday roast of beef. I paid 350 baht which is a fair price but the plate arrived which I rearranged as I didn't like the way it was served.  The cauliflower was cold, the broccoli was warmer but both were not cooked correctly for me.  My mother never uttered the words Al Dente in all the years she cooked for me so I am always disappointed when restaurants (not Italian) under-cook food which they may deem the correct way to serve.  The carrots were nice, the potatoes ok but the beef was quite tough with a few veins of gristle running through the slices.  Yorkshire pudding very crunchy but acceptable.  On the side were gravy, ok, a horseradish sauce, again acceptable for taste, maybe not size and a small dish of what I thought was melted butter with no smell.  It was only later when clearing the plates the waitress told me this was a cheese sauce, I was glad I didn't put it on my plate.  Out of 10 I would give the meal 4. I had a pint of Singha beer for 140 baht (not happy hour). 1st photo as delivered, second rearranged.

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2nd meal was in the evening and was a popular pub nearby. I plonked myself on a chair but waitresses were running around me without noticing i was there to sample their fayre. Eventually the cashier told a girl to serve me and I was offered the menu which looked good.  I fancied fish and chips and noted dory and chips at 299 baht and imported cod and chips at 399 baht.  I opted for the cod and chips.  Again very disappointed when the meal was served, photo shows the dish without being touched.  Peas ok although i could nearly count them, chips slightly starchy but cod was in that batter that just peels off the fish, just was not tasty.  The cod itself was good but just not enough of it for 399 baht.  The tartar sauce almost wasn't there.  I had a soda (the small 8 baht one from 7/11) which was 80 baht.  I ate the meal and still felt empty, it just was not a filling meal and although the price to Bangkokians may be reasonable I thought value for money was poor for what was served.  Out of 10 I would give it a 3.

 

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Any thoughts guys, apologies if there are any clues there if I missed them. Will offer the locations after 24 hours if not guessed..

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the presentation in the first or should i say the food dump is terrible .

the cod , chips and peas is a very sorry looking dish .

id need 3 minimum of them to make a normal sized serving of food .

 

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Sort of looks like Hanrahans. That would dissappoint me. Most 

15 minutes ago, The Tongue said:

Recently had two nights in Bangkok ahead of meeting the entourage off a plane from Khon Kaen. My back had been bad so took myself to Bangkok to relax away from Hua Hin.  I stayed at the Dynasty Grand just off Nana, great hotel, great location.  Apologies to anybody in Bangkok but I was just not going to be good company or traveling distances, I need to do my own thing although I did hit Nana for 2 beers in Mandarin and Rainbow.

Due to my back problems I ventured only to restaurants close by the hotel so I will show you two meals I had and wonder if anybody can guess where I had them.  Straight away I want to say that both meals were big disappointments.  To make things easier to guess, the meals were taken on soi Nana and Soi 8.

1st meal was a Sunday roast of beef. I paid 350 baht which is a fair price but the plate arrived which I rearranged as I didn't like the way it was served.  The cauliflower was cold, the broccoli was warmer but both were not cooked correctly for me.  My mother never uttered the words Al Dente in all the years she cooked for me so I am always disappointed when restaurants (not Italian) under-cook food which they may deem the correct way to serve.  The carrots were nice, the potatoes ok but the beef was quite tough with a few veins of gristle running through the slices.  Yorkshire pudding very crunchy but acceptable.  On the side were gravy, ok, a horseradish sauce, again acceptable for taste, maybe not size and a small dish of what I thought was melted butter with no smell.  It was only later when clearing the plates the waitress told me this was a cheese sauce, I was glad I didn't put it on my plate.  Out of 10 I would give the meal 4. I had a pint of Singha beer for 140 baht (not happy hour). 1st photo as delivered, second rearranged.

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20161120_133507.jpg

 

2nd meal was in the evening and was a popular pub nearby. I plonked myself on a chair but waitresses were running around me without noticing i was there to sample their fayre. Eventually the cashier told a girl to serve me and I was offered the menu which looked good.  I fancied fish and chips and noted dory and chips at 299 baht and imported cod and chips at 399 baht.  I opted for the cod and chips.  Again very disappointed when the meal was served, photo shows the dish without being touched.  Peas ok although i could nearly count them, chips slightly starchy but cod was in that batter that just peels off the fish, just was not tasty.  The cod itself was good but just not enough of it for 399 baht.  The tartar sauce almost wasn't there.  I had a soda (the small 8 baht one from 7/11) which was 80 baht.  I ate the meal and still felt empty, it just was not a filling meal and although the price to Bangkokians may be reasonable I thought value for money was poor for what was served.  Out of 10 I would give it a 3.

 

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Any thoughts guys, apologies if there are any clues there if I missed them. Will offer the locations after 24 hours if not guessed..

Sort of looks like Hanrahans.

Those would disappoint me. Most of the time their weekend roasts, available both Saturdays and Sundays are pretty good.

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3 minutes ago, vpi78 said:

Sort of looks like Hanrahans. That would dissappoint me. Most 

Sort of looks like Hanrahans.

Those would disappoint me. Most of the time their weekend roasts, available both Saturdays and Sundays are pretty good.

Hanrahans is indeed the roast, I was very disappointed but it's location close to my hotel drew me in.  I wouldn't go back for the food.

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7 minutes ago, mulphy said:

the presentation in the first or should i say the food dump is terrible .

the cod , chips and peas is a very sorry looking dish .

id need 3 minimum of them to make a normal sized serving of food .

 

The cod and chips did indeed look sorry for itself and I knew before I ate it that it just would not offer me a decent experience.  The waitress did notice my 'is that really it' stare when she delivered it to my table.

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Soi 4 :

Hanrahans (kind of Irish pub) has very decent food, and is a nice place.  Large second floor with pool tables.

Good service.

Jools used to be good as well, but it has been some time I have not eaten there.

Most of the others places are crap. The one about opposite to Hooters, near the gold shop is a tourist trap. 

Should have tried Hooters ?

 

 

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Hooters is ok for pub grub. Worth a try is the Royal Oak on Soi 33/1 its a good pub, popular and with good food.

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5 minutes ago, som nam na said:

Hooters is ok for pub grub. Worth a try is the Royal Oak on Soi 33/1 its a good pub, popular and with good food.

Still better than the "fish and chips" on the picture.....   :rolleyes:     And nice tottie to look at while eating !

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Both plates of food looked rubbish to me, and i can fully understand your disappointment sir . I sincerely hope you didn't leave a tip ! 

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Over the last 5 years, Bangkok has truly become one the great culinary cities on face of earth. Eating out in Nana area is without question the bottom of the barrel. Dave next time u are up let me know and I will give you a couple of recommendations. And even if you are staying in the sewer of Nana you really don't have to travel far to go to some of greatest little joints around. And no, I am not talking over priced Michelin star bullshit...the places people who live here for a long time go for fantastic perceived value and incredible quality......I never thought I would see the day when BKG is a better restaurant city than Tokyo or Hong Kong....but it is! And most people in the business agree.

 

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Anyone who is looking to try something new in Bangkok, try this place out. Less than 5 minutes from the Nana sewer. Has been open maybe 9 months....getting a hell of a rep, people in industry flying in from around the region to see it as so many are talking about it,...... they just present the whole concept in a very different way and it is WORKING!

 

http://elmercadobangkok.com

 

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3 hours ago, som nam na said:

Hooters is ok for pub grub. Worth a try is the Royal Oak on Soi 33/1 its a good pub, popular and with good food.

I know some like the place but I would never set foot in there,  was in a couple in LA a few years back,,, seems wrong in Asia.. to me anyway..

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Here is another brand new hidden gem,...I would venture to say Assassin probably hasn't even heard of this place yet.........awesome food. Place is tucked away about 4 minutes from the sewer of Nana....in an old shophouse neighbourhood that I think this place is going to start gentrifying.....eaten there about 8 times in last month,...never had anything that wasn't awesome for what it is supposed to be.....great jazz and blues bands at night as well.

 

http://www.bkkmenu.com/restaurant/3-Bears-Craft-Brewery

 

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Last pitch for the day...another little gem that could compete with anyone in world in its class, been open just a few months as well..........very creative throwing a couple of containers in a yard and making a cool little place. Authentic Mexican, not tex mex or cali mex...owner a cool dude from Mexico City via Tokyo......best marinade on carnitas I have tasted since I have been to Mexico City itself....very reasonable price, hidden down a little side soi off THonglor....3 stops from Nana...take maybe 15 minutes to go door to door from Dynasty hotel to Missing Burro.

 

http://bk.asia-city.com/restaurants/bangkok-restaurant-reviews/missing-burro

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Next time you stay on soi 6 walk the other way to soi 8 and try the Kiwi. 

Food is miles better than on soi 4. They serve a decent pint as well. 

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32 minutes ago, STARGAZER said:

Here is another brand new hidden gem,...I would venture to say Assassin probably hasn't even heard of this place yet.........awesome food. Place is tucked away about 4 minutes from the sewer of Nana....in an old shophouse neighbourhood that I think this place is going to start gentrifying.....eaten there about 8 times in last month,...never had anything that wasn't awesome for what it is supposed to be.....great jazz and blues bands at night as well.

 

http://www.bkkmenu.com/restaurant/3-Bears-Craft-Brewery

 

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Since when is soi 22 just 4 minutes away from Nana? 

Could take an hour by taxi round dinner time and it sure aint 4 minutes walking mate :)

Will give it a try in a few weeks though cheers. 

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46 minutes ago, Esco said:

Since when is soi 22 just 4 minutes away from Nana? 

Could take an hour by taxi round dinner time and it sure aint 4 minutes walking mate :)

Will give it a try in a few weeks though cheers. 

Mike if you are staying in Nana you would not go to 22 to get there. You would not even go past Asoke on Sukhumvit. That would be a suicide mission. With the new Marriott about to open Soi 22 is a major traffic cluster f**k and being in a car on 22 can be nightmarish.

 

Pretty sure it would not take more than 4 minutes on a scooter, or  3 minute BTS ride and 4 or 5 minute Taxi...and again, don't even have to cross Asoke on Sukhumvit to get from Nana to 3 Bears...walking I would guess it would take less than 15 minutes to walk from Nana to 3 Bears. 

 

Anyway, the point I was trying to make is when there are so many great places so close by I am dumbfounded why anyone who would be in one of the now great restaurant cities in the world and eat out in the places that once upon a time made Bangkok one of the shittiest restaurant cities in the world and wouldn't know scratch kitchen procedures if it hit em in the face never mind food sanitation standards.

 

KIWI....very hit n miss. Actually I thought that was were his roast picture was from. Was much better place back when it was the Soi 8 Bar & Grill. Irony is the old owner of Soi 8 now owns No Idea Cafe on 22 and that is not a bad joint at all. Has this avocado bruschetta to kill for.

 

BTW....I have only lived in the direct vicinity for 14 years now.....never had anything close to a 30 minute trip in a car from Soi 3 to Soi 22 or back. I dunno, might of made the trip 1000 times. Quite often can be done in 5-7 minutes depending on lights at Asoke.

 

Once you hit some of the great new places in the mid sukhumvit area and thong lo, there is still Ari which is sizzling red hot for cool new restaurants and pubs and you can take BTS there. Not that far from Nana. And Sathorn/Silom.....can't keep up there are so many great new places over there....with Makahan Tower now open a whole new sub F&B district is spouting up and there are hidden gems in back alleys that are mind blowing ..really, it has become one of the greatest restaurant cities in the world. 

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5 hours ago, thai spice said:

Soi 4 :

Hanrahans (kind of Irish pub) has very decent food, and is a nice place.  Large second floor with pool tables.

Good service.

Jools used to be good as well, but it has been some time I have not eaten there.

Most of the others places are crap. The one about opposite to Hooters, near the gold shop is a tourist trap. 

Should have tried Hooters ?

 

 

Sorry but my experience of Hanrahans was very poor, poor in fact that I would not return.

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1 hour ago, Esco said:

Next time you stay on soi 6 walk the other way to soi 8 and try the Kiwi. 

Food is miles better than on soi 4. They serve a decent pint as well. 

Well it may shock you to find that the food in picture 3 was in deed served up in the Kiwi pub on Soi 8, very poor offering for me and again I vote with my feet and won't go back.

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2 hours ago, STARGAZER said:

Over the last 5 years, Bangkok has truly become one the great culinary cities on face of earth. Eating out in Nana area is without question the bottom of the barrel. Dave next time u are up let me know and I will give you a couple of recommendations. And even if you are staying in the sewer of Nana you really don't have to travel far to go to some of greatest little joints around. And no, I am not talking over priced Michelin star bullshit...the places people who live here for a long time go for fantastic perceived value and incredible quality......I never thought I would see the day when BKG is a better restaurant city than Tokyo or Hong Kong....but it is! And most people in the business agree.

 

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Ron, I thought a lot about putting a note on the board about the fact that I would be in Bangkok for a night or two but honestly my back had been giving me such pain that I thought I would not be any good company. In fact the reason I traveled up a night earlier than planned was that my back was so bad I wasn't sure I would be in a fit state to drive. As I was meeting Porn at the airport I thought I would just check the back to see if I could make the journey.  I utilised the bed in the room to it's full potential but I was the only occupant. pottered around the room a bit and drank tea but I did get out twice, once to go to Hanrahans and once to the Kiwi pub, I did have a drink in Rainbow and Mandarin after the Kiwi but on both nights I was home by 10pm.

Next time I will flag it for sure.

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Just now, The Tongue said:

Ron, I thought a lot about putting a note on the board about the fact that I would be in Bangkok for a night or two but honestly my back had been giving me such pain that I thought I would not be any good company. In fact the reason I traveled up a night earlier than planned was that my back was so bad I wasn't sure I would be in a fit state to drive. As I was meeting Porn at the airport I thought I would just check the back to see if I could make the journey.  I utilised the bed in the room to it's full potential but I was the only occupant. pottered around the room a bit and drank tea but I did get out twice, once to go to Hanrahans and once to the Kiwi pub, I did have a drink in Rainbow and Mandarin after the Kiwi but on both nights I was home by 10pm.

Next time I will flag it for sure.

Love to catch up some time....10pm...that is way past my bed time these days my friend. I have absolutely fallen in love living life in the slow lane!

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while obviously not a great place to go alone i went to Tawandang German Brewery with the gf last trip and i have to say i was blown away with the quality of both the food and drink in the place, will definitely go again

I can't remember who recommended it to me but big thanks to you.

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