No, “nameless izakaya” is NOT the name of this tiny, unassuming eatery inside Sukhumvit 26.
It simply HAS NO NAME (“izakaya” is Japanese word which roughly translates into “drinking place”).
You see those purplish curtains hanging in front of the door? Those curtains typically display the name of the establishment. Except these curtains are BLANK.
And yes, I HAD asked the manager about the name, and his answer was, “This place just has no name.”
Well, name or no name, this place serves really YUMMY Japanese stuff~!! (And some Thai dishes as well~!!). It also offers some “B-Gourmet” food, which is experimental cuisine that’s unique, cheap and tasty, designed for those who are watching their wallets (examples: coffee ramen, fried soba noodles) – a bit of courage might be needed to try some of the “B-Gourmet” stuff hehe~!!
If someday you happen to be in Sukhumvit 26 when the night’s deep already (they’re open til late), don’t forget to try this place (food porn below)~!!
Why are Thai people so snacky?
Because there are snacks EVERYWHERE~!!!!
I’ve been eyeing the very posh-looking TWG tea-focused establishment for some time. Located at the area formerly occupied by the Oriental Cafe on the ground floor of Emporium (Sukhumvit 24), TWG is all yellow and gold:
I’ve heard that TWG is actually Singaporean, but it certainly tries hard to look European. Well, customers seem to not care.
TWG’s got tons (and I mean TONZ~!!!!!!) of kinds of tea~!!
Its tea list is truly exhaustive~!!!
Everybody got dizzy just attempting to make a choice~!!! Continue reading
A very useful video clip explaining the odd-numbered Sukhumvit sois from soi 1 aaaaaaaall the way to soi 19~!!
After the demise of both Heawen for Burger Devils (didn’t get a chance to try it) and Yamagishi (didn’t impress me) in K-Village (Sukhumvit 26):
there’s another Japanese eatery, called Kagonoya (I’d tried the branch in Thonglo Marketplace in Sukhumvit 55 – which was MEH):
(this branch occupies the former space of Yamagishi; the former Heawen space is still boarded up).
NOT. EXCITED. AT. ALL.
Could we PLEEEEEASE quit opening more so-so restaurants from the Land of the Rising Sun on Sukhumvit~??
Young mixologist Bard shows off his cocktail-making skillZ at WXYZ Bar inside Aloft Bangkok (Sukhumvit 11) on Sawasdee Thailand TV Show at Travel Channel.
I can totally tell that foreigners will fall in love with The Local, a Thai restaurant in Sukhumvit 23 which uses organic ingredients and is bedecked with traditional wooden “Thainess”.
First, you’ll be greeted by this oh-so-rustic-and-charming house:
Step inside, and you’ll feel like you’re in a museum:
The main dining hall is open and airy, with soft beige and cream colors:
If you really want to impress, you can also opt for a private room (this room spells S-E-R-I-O-U-S with a capital S~!!):
There’s also outdoor seating:
OK~!! Enough with all the pretty furniture~!! What about the FOOD at The Local~?!?! Continue reading
I can’t drink coffee coz the caffeine keeps me up aaaaaaaaall night. And since I’m already a night person anyway (I’ve been called “vampire”), I actually don’t need caffeine to keep me awake.
So TEA is as far as I can go with caffeine. I do drink alcohol, but that’s for another post. The thing is, I luuurve tea – milk tea, bubble tea, green tea, white tea, black tea, “pulled” tea (teh tarik), whatever tea~!!
I particularly like the milk tea (English Breakfast) at Tom N Toms Coffee inside K-Village in Sukhumvit 26.
Laugh all you want, tea snobs (“Eeeeeh~?! Isn’t Tom N Toms a CHAIN coffee shop~?!”), but I find the taste very comforting, and not too sweet.
I was SO touched when I received my usual milk tea at Tom N Toms today. I noticed this new “thing” on my tray:
(the small plastic container on the left)
At first I was confused – what the heck is THAT~?! Am I supposed to use it for the drinking water? (Coz Tom N Toms gives free drinking water). Continue reading
Vanilla Cafe in Sukhumvit 63 is THE place to be if you’re into retro kitsch and comforting fusion dishes done Japanese-style.
Located within the complex of Vanilla Garden inside Ekamai 12, Vanilla Cafe softly convinces patrons to “stay here, stay here forever” with its comfy furniture, soothing vibes, and comic books.
Outdoor seating is also available:
However, the food and drinks in Vanilla Cafe are quite weak. And they ain’t exactly cheap. Continue reading
Shama Serviced Apartment in Sukhumvit 2 will be holding a Farmers’ Market event in October 21 (Sunday)~!!
There will be organic fruits, vegetables, drinks and oils for sale.
Now if only I can wake up early enough to check it out……
No need to go all the way to the ancient city of Sukhothai to enjoy its noodles – there’s a street shop specializing in kuaytiew sukhothai in Sukhumvit 52, around Onnut area~!!
You can buy ANYTHING in Prakanong (the area around Sukhumvit 71) because it has EVERYTHING~!!
Nirai Kanai specializes in Okinawan food.
As a result of its cultural and geographical (Okinawa is actually closer to Taiwan than Japan!) isolation, Okinawa has its own culture – language, religion, rituals, and yessss… FOOD, glorious food~!!
Nirai Kanai is located in Thonglo 13 (Sukhumvit 55), in a converted house (which actually used to be a fancy French restaurant).
Boy, do I looove their stuff~!!
First of all, Nirai Kanai’s got this very rustic, beachy appearance:
Inside, the casual vibes continue:
Kankokutei is a Korean restaurant inside soi Fuji (Sukhumvit 33/1), run by a very kind Korean lady married to a Japanese man.
It’s too bad that its location is a bit hidden (and you still have to climb some seriously steep stairs), because the food in Kankokutei is absolutely DELICIOUS.
OK, so it’s got no atmosphere:
Just some normal looking furniture and decor…
No inspiring views to whet your appetite (unless you’re into Japanese salarymen… but hey~ whatever floats your boat…) Continue reading
The area around Sukhumvit 3 (Nana) is popular with Africans, South Asians and Middle Easterners. Hell, you won’t even feel like you’re in Thailand when you’re there~!! Nana is where you’ll find Arabic signs, halal restaurants, Muslim fashion, sheesha bars, kebab shops, and yes, even fake and illegal goods if y’know what I mean (*wink wink*) wahahahaaaaa…
Dropping by the Nana area always guarantees an eyeful/earful/noseful adventure~!!
Eggs Benedict at Roast (read about it HERE) in Thonglo 13, Sukhumvit 55…
Aren’t they soooo purdy~??
The community mall trend isn’t slowing down yet.
Proof: a new “Brit-inspired” community mall is being built in Onnut (Sukhumvit 77). Called Pickadaily Bangkok, it’s going to mimic London’s Piccadilly Circus.
Here’s the promo video:
And here’s how it’s supposed to look like:
Hmmmmmmm (*massages chin*)… That fake Big Ben looks just teeeeny tiny lame, IMHO. And what will happen when the dreaded rainy season (which spans several MONTHS) comes~?? You’re gonna get soaking wet trying to walk around… Oh well…
What is Japanese-Peruvian food?
Above Eleven (in Sukhumvit 11) has the answer. Located at the rooftop of Fraser Suites, this bar and restaurant combines breath-taking Sukhumvit views with fusion Japanese-Peruvian fare.
The elevator to reach the rooftop is a bit hard to find (when you get to the lobby of Fraser Suites, go to the back). Look for some jungle-like foliage:
Then press the button to the 32nd floor:
Then climb some stairs:
Finally you’ll be rewarded with some really awesome night views of Sukhumvit:
With a dizzying view like this, you might have to concentrate hard on the menu, especially since it’s quite DARK up there:
(psst, use the flashlight~!!) Continue reading
Here’s a clip of how one of my fave Thai dishes, pad thai, is made in Sukhumvit 38, famous for its street food vendors~!!
I checked out “Gold Curry”, a somewhat new eatery in Sukhumvit 39 which specializes in Japanese curry. This place has a sense of humor. The management is challenging ANYONE to finish eating a dish of curry rice in an allotted amount of time. If you succeed, you either get the dish for free or get cash. If you lose, you’ll have to pay some to the shop.
(you can pick one, or more):
* Finish a dish of 2kg curry rice in 15 minutes, and the dish is FREE. If you fail, you’ll have to pay 699 baht as punishment.
* Finish a dish of 4kg curry rice in 30 minutes, and the dish is FREE. If you fail, you’ll have to pay 1,299 baht.
* Finish a dish of 6kg curry rice in 30 minutes, and you’ll receive 10,000 baht. If you fail, you’ll have to pay 1,899 baht.
* Finish a dish of 8kg curry rice in 45 minutes, and you’ll receive 20,000 baht. If you fail, you’ll have to pay 2,499 baht.
* Finish a MOUNTAIN of 10kg curry rice (OMG~~!!!) in one hour, and you’ll receive 40,000 baht (yummy~!!). If you fail, you’ll have to pay 2,899 baht.
I must say, this pic of the 10kg curry rice is SO INTIMIDATING~~!!!
MY BLOOD RUNS COLD JUST BY LOOKING AT IT~!!! Continue reading
This open-air eatery in Ekamai 6 (Sukhumvit 63) is so cocky it calls itself FAMOUS.
I gotta hand it to them, though, their food is DIVINE. And CHEAP. Plus it’s open ’til late – the perfect place to stop by when you’re starving coz you’ve been shakin’ your booty all night long all over Sukhumvit.
OK, so it’s got ZERO atmosphere.
And NO AIRCON (*gasp*). Continue reading
It’s called Mr. Jones Orphanage, and it’s truly HILARIOUS!!!!
Located in Thonglo 13 (Sukhumvit 55), this “orphanage” is actually a dessert shop (or a “milk bar”, if you want to be more exact hahaha) dressed up like a Dickensian orphanage, complete with miniature furniture, a merry-go-round, tin plates and cups, a giant ceiling clock, toy cars and LOTS and LOTS of teddy bears.
There’s a long row of tables and chairs at the “Dining Hall” section (it’s actually not THAT long – it’s just a trick of the mirror at the back – so clever!!):
If you’re in the mood for some hearty, home-cooked Western style food, I highly recommend Roast, located inside the Seenspace Complex in Thonglo 13 (Sukhumvit 55).
My reasons are as follow: Continue reading
In case you ever get inside Sukhumvit 71 (Prakanong area), get some street noodles~!! You won’t regret trying this very common Thai dish~!! And for those of you who are paranoid about getting diarrhea from eating Asian street food, I got four words for ya: BOILING WATER KILLS BACTERIA. Hah~!!
Khrua Vientiane (or Vientiane Kitchen in English) is a traditional Isan/Laotian restaurant in Sukhumvit 36. It regularly holds dance performances like the one shown here:
I can’t get enough of the gelato in Melt Me in Thonglo 10 (Sukhumvit 55)~!!
There are sooooo… many yummy choices:
Do you think about wine when you think of Thailand? Soon you will, if you believe Luca Appino from La Bottega di Luca (Sukhumvit 49)~!!
Sukhumvit 33/1 has a nickname – Soi Fuji. It’s the unofficial “Little Tokyo” of Sukhumvit Road (OK, so a lame new mall in Ekamai has ambitions of wrestling this coveted title from Soi Fuji, but I say BAH~!!!).
FYI – Fuji is actually the name of the Japanese supermarket inside this soi.
So anyway, apparently there are lots of CHANGES going on inside Soi Fuji~!!
First of all Fuji Supermarket itself is lookin’ quite spiffy now:
Chez Pape in Sukhumvit 11 specializes in comforting, French home-cooked meals. And it does them reeeeeally well~!!
I guess Chez Pape MUST differentiate itself, since its location is in THAT nook in Sukhumvit 11 where there are a lot of other very good and creative restaurants.
The same people who brought Hyde & Seek (NOT on Sukhumvit Road, by the way) to Bangkok have graced my beloved Sukhumvit with their newest offering – Smith (as in “food smith”, get it?), located in Sukhumvit 49).
Smith sticks to a nose-to-tail philosophy – which believes that when an animal is killed, ALL its parts must be eaten (not just the “popular” or “acceptable” ones = more eco-friendly).
I’ve actually passed by its unique facade a couple of times already, but I heard that it’s tough to get a reservation there since it’s still new and so hyped-up.
Well well well… one of my friends managed to squeeze us in, but let me just get to the point here – I was not so impressed. Continue reading
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