Thailand Tatler Best Restaurants Award 2019

Ever visited restaurant in Thailand and stumbled upon a Thailand best restaurant award? I have been asking those questions for many years and wondering upon the ceremony origin and where the event take place. This year (24th April 2019) I have an opportunity to participate in the event and personally purchased the ticket then got excited before the arrival day.

The event takes place at Zen event on 8th floor. As I was walking into the event, tremendous mouth-watering scent are around with top-tier restaurant presenting their most attractive menu without holding back.

Starting out with Akira Back which have been going strong since last year. Presenting spicy salmon with crispy shell taco packs full flavors and crispiness, Eryngii pizza and custard cake in a bite size. I would say that all of menu are exceptionally impressive.

Eryngii pizza & white truffle oil are amusingly fragrant with soft and tender pizza bread.  Custard cake are soft with precise appropriate texture of chewiness. 

Osha as beautifully presented Thai fusion food showcasing refreshing crab & Ikura crispy rolls, curry paste bite size pastry and spicy Thai salad on crispy rice cracker packing full punch of spiciness with insane herb volume in one tiny bite.

Urbani Truffle Bar & Restaurant coming strong  with truffles scent (literally) Presenting sliced truffle on veal and sliced truffle on caviar and crispy bread.  Both of menu are best suited for intense truffle experience.

Sliced truffle on veal
Sliced truffle on caviar and crispy bread
Taking a sip break with sparkling water from Evain.

Then I proceed to follow a mouthwatering trace of scent to Rossini’s from Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit as contemporary Italian cuisine. And what is better than signature dish perfectly match with the name of your restaurant to showcase your culinary skill.

Pan seared Foie Gras, Tender Veal and baked potatoes. The combination of flavor are amazing with tenderness of veal, strong flavor from Foie Gras and potatoes sweetness.

Tiramisu with smooth and soft texture melted in my mouth with amazing speed.

Taking a break with Johnny Walker gold label reserve with apple juice and soda.

Elements from Okura prestige enchanted visitors with unique sizzling scallops cooking smell. It is a fragrant I could never forget which bring out my nostalgia when living in Hokkaido and Scallops are one of my favorite meal.

Shrimp Shu Mai from LIU (Conrad Bangkok) packs a satisfying touch with Peking duck rolls. I personally felt that the rolls are quite difficult hold and eat gracefully haha.

Taking a change of pace to the most crowded refreshment booth in the event. Tanqueray managed to showcase mocktail of gin, flower blossom syrup, aloe vera juice, lime juice and sparkling water in a fancy cup.

Alexander German eatery have been popping up in my radar for some time. Finally got a chance to try out their roast pork with mashed potatoes.

Vertigo from Banyan tree presenting vivid menu with interesting flavor presentation.

As one of the most renowned Thai restaurant around. Blue elephant pan seared Foie Gras texture and seasoning does not leave any room for disappointment. The texture are perfectly cooked with balanced seasoning.

Jump up to smooth and rich in flavor Singleton whisky.

Rib room & Bar with finally some beef with Australian Sirloin with Béarnaise sauce. The texture of steak are just spot with well-balanced Béarnaise sauce.

Pure luck flies under radar with Kombucha (Fermented infused tea). I have tried out “Better than Cola” the drink are quite refreshing and provide decent amount for acid for digestion.  

Yao from JW Marriott as recently opened Chic Chinese Cuisine with a playful Noodles show for a wow factor.

Benihana serving colorful flavor sushi rolls.

Medici from Hotel Muse Bangkok appear with an eye-catching menu Jelly seafood bite, Fried Lasagna and meringue. I personally love the Fried Lasagna, it was spot on and full of surprise. You can see the unmelted cheese and tomatoes which normally gave a plain texture on crispy base however, the overall experience came out as excellent first impression.

Overall, I personally think that the event are an exceptional opportunity to discover and learn more about top-tier restaurant in Bangkok. The food and refreshment are amazing and participating restaurant does not even hold back on the try out menu. Would love to visit many places in the future to try out their full menu.   

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Kingpower Songkran 2019

Traditional dancing and singing

Songkran is one of most popular holiday as Thai new year. Since Songkran listed in Hot-heated summer. Water fight is a perfect way to enjoy the event and reduce temperature within yourself at the same time. This year I went to King Power in Victory Monument for a festive vibe with some good food.

The event consisted of shops, food vendors, amusement areas and main shows. People are in a fair vibe with some participating in water fight which is very fun to see.

Krua Je Ngor – Steamed Shrimp & Pork Wonton [55 THB] Amazing texture with a choice of spicy seafood sauce or Chinese vinegar
Charcoal-grilled pork shoulder [120 THB] Juicy texture with spicy & sour sauce
Extremely spicy and sour grilled squid [60 THB/stick] this menu are perfect for people who crave paramount level of spiciness.
Isaan Sab Wer grilled beef [100 THB] Juicy texture and well-seasoned with spicy sauce

Jamaican Eatz

Bangkok has officially embraced Summer and it is a wonderful season of sunny day and outdoor experience. I am so excited when I see info about recently opened Jamaican cuisine in W district which is a open space with variety of street vendors to choose from. I have not experienced Jamaica cuisine before. It sounds like a summer sunny chilling kind of food you could enjoy by the beach.

The menu are quite simple with combos of coconut rices, pie, roti, island bean soup, bananas, coleslaw and desserts. I went for a combo plates without banana [280 THB].

The food is served with and extra mini beef pie [40 THB]

Chicken roti are just wonderful. Little sourness just to keep appetizing and some spiciness. Coconut rice texture enchanted with slim coconut odor.

Coleslaw are a decent side dishes. Island bean soup hangs on sweeter kind of soup which is quite a dessert I think.

Chicken and beef pie with BBQ sauce texture are packed with fillings. However, the pastry seems to be too thick for my preference.

After finishing with Jamaican cuisine, my appetizing are still present which I found out a simple Samurai diner serving Karaage chicken (Crispy & Juicy Japanese fried chicken)

The price of chicken are quite reasonable and personally I found that it is one of the best drinking snacks.

I ordered thigh Karaage which came out perfectly juicy and well cooked without any uncooked red meat at all. The texture are overall crispy and perfectly seasoned.

The ambiance are Japanese previous era Yoshoku with Black & White TV and antiques. The waitress are attentive and friendly.

Ended up ordering second order which is so worth it!

Kensaku

Bangkok consists of insane amount of Japanese restaurant with different range of cuisine type and price ranges from reasonable to luxurious. Kensaku is well-presented for unique choice of seafood. Located in residence part of Aree area.

The ambiance are quite comforting and not too formal for a Japanese cuisine.

Three kinds of Sashimi – Well-decorated presentation with fresh and balance Sashimi size
Tendon – One of the most impressive Tempura shrimp texture in Bangkok
Una Don – One of the most recommended menu (Osusume) of this place. The texture of Unagi are just insanely good with homemade sauce and grilling technique.

Tri Tôn

Vietnam is famous as a tourist destination as a vibrant, dynamic south-east Asian country. I have traveled from Ho Chi Min city to Tri Tôn in the southern part of Vietnam. Starting my trip with delicious and full of flavor Beef Pho near my hotel.

Ciao hotel is convenient and close to the airport since I have to catch an early flight in the morning.

Arrived in Rag Gia and had my breakfast at Boulevard cafe. Bánh mì with Pate and sauce on hot plate with outside crispy and soft inside Baguette is such an enjoying way to start my morning.

Hồ đá đồi Tà Pạ is one of the most scenery tourist attraction in Tri Tôn. The landscape were shaped by dynamite explosion in order to extract gravel. I have observed that this place mostly consist of local tourist in Vietnam.

Elephant shape mountain

Tri Tôn are located in southern part and not far away from the sea. Therefore, local seafood are relatively easy to find. We have stop at street vendor with variety of seafood to choose your preference of cooking method.

Every plate are delicious. Still the sauce are not as spicy and sour as Thai seafood sauce
Grilled fish – Very fresh river fish and pork belly in the middle.
Sweet sauce squid and shrimp
Second street seafood vendor next to previous one.
Blue crab and grilled snail
Conch shell taste are good still a little bit too salty though
Finished my trip with Popeye Fried chicken at Ho Chi Min airport

Rising Yakiniku

It’s a new year season which means celebration and party festival are just around the corner. My memory of new year always filled with lots of memorable conversation with good cuisine and beverages. I went to a premium Yakiniku restaurant with a groups of friends from my high school. I would like to give my appreciation for all followers of my blog and hope you have a wonderful and healthy year in 2019 🙂

Pricing are ranges from 599, 1199 and 1499 THB for buffet style and that doesn’t include drinks, Vat and service charge. We went for 1499 THB since we would like to know what luxurious items the place has to offer.

Preparing for the meal with Thai style Yakiniku sauce by adding lime, chili and crunched garlic.

Starting off with premium Premium Beef Tongue. Came in shape similar to famous Sendai Beef Tongue and taste insanely good with salt and little pinch of lime. Make sure you don’t overcook it.

Seasonal Japanese Scallops – Impressive size of scallops. Not the fresh like from the sea but still a good and satisfying quality for the price.

Wagyu Rib Loin – Balance amount of Wagyu goodness with a decent softness.

Taraba Crab – Since Thailand doesn’t have a cool sea environment, Taraba are surely rare and often frozen. The texture are still sweet and good though just don’t expect crazy fresh quality like from a fish market.

Wagyu Karubi – Karubi are often seen as special menu in wide variety of Yakiniku place due to its softness texture. Good Karubi texture but, still some piece are too slim.

Premium Wagyu Loin – Beautiful marble texture. The texture are moderately soft and enjoyable.

Seasonal Japanese fresh Oyster – I haven’t tried this menu. My friends like it so much they go for 2nd round though.

Ended this satisfying meal with Matcha ice cream. Personally, I think this is one of a top place to enjoy good Wagyu/Seafood with controlled budget. Good and fast service and perfect for when Wagyu craving kick in.

Barcelona Gaudi

Spanish food holds a special style of Tapas by serving variety of mouth-watering cuisine in small portion thus giving me a chance to try more types of food. Let’s explore Catalan cuisine at Barcelona Gaudi located in Asoke area near Terminal 21 which is the heart of one of Bangkok business area. 

Bomba – Potatoes, minced pork, onion, allioli & romesco sauce 

Crispy, fragrant and satisfying croquette.

Gambes A L’ALLET – Prawns with garlic & chili in extra virgin olive oil 

Full of flavor prawn with a little touch of spiciness chili thus providing a satisfying appetizing feeling. 

Andalusa – Fried squid 

Simple fried squid with light and crispy batter with a touch of lemon, Just simply good. 

Braves – Fried Potatoes & Sauces 

Not too oily with perfect feeling of crispiness. 

Valencia Paelles – Traditional: prawn, squid, chicken, pork, mussel

I couldn’t try Spanish food without trying Paelles. The texture reside on the juicy side with fresh and aromatic sides. 

Vedella – New Zealand organic beef with Parmesan cheese 

The texture of beef are somehow little chewy. The flavor are salty with a pinch of Parmesan and butter.