Pho Kitchen

Recently I had been visiting numerous freshly opened restaurant by passionate and innovative chef around Bangkok. All of these places have one thing in common as they run their business with quality menu which reflects their background to their customers. Pho Kitchen are hidden in Ladphrao soi 29 which could be difficult to access under rush hour. Luckily, the place is not quite far from MRT Ladphrao station.

So what is special about Pho Kitchen? First of all, it took me whole month reservation before my first visit due to seat limitation and since all of their menu are freshly made in an open kitchen (not just an open kitchen with glass protection, this one you can literally smell your menu being cooked). That leads to the second point where you could order your menu and take your time to study and decide menu before visiting the place without pressure.

Organic Salad (Organic Veggies, Chibi Tomato, Fried Banana, Seasonal Veggies) [110 THB]

A generous portion of salad originated from A little farmer in Nakornpathom area of Thailand. More beautiful Veggies are placed in Salad plate when less aesthetic ones are fed to Chicken in their farm which their eggs are also used in this restaurant. All green veggies and tomato are just enjoyable. I like the idea where small spliced banana are presented for a small crunchy kick and still not overpower the salad which is the same for pumpkin portion.

Summer Pasta (Spinach pasta, tomato, onion, bacon mushroom) [135 THB]

I would say this pasta is just suitable for a refreshing summer with a acidity from tomato and sweetness from supporting elements.

Carbonara Pasta (Spinach pasta, cream, Parmesan cheese, Bacon, mushroom, egg yolk) [120 THB]

This menu just amazed me. Normally Carbonara pasta are heavy and packed with cream and cheese which is yummy at first and ended up too fillings sometimes. This alternative twist are just light and refreshing. I ended up finishing the plate without feeling too full at all which is a rare occurrence.

Forest Bacon Pizza (Homemade Marinara Sauce, Bell pepper, Onion, Mushroom and Bacon) [199 THB]

Firstly, that 199 THB is a good deal for this pizza. Remember when I said the kitchen is just next to me? Cooking odor just leave more excited for this pizza. Seasoning are just satisfying for this menu. Only improvement for me is crispier bottom crust.

Overall, I would say reservation are worth the wait and pricing are just net price without any service charge. If you are taller than me I would say watch out for the roof since toilet roof are just same with my height. Khun Gig and Khun Mosh (The owners) are just friendly and passionate about their restaurant.

Krua Bang Ta Boon

Bang Ta Boon are located in western side of Thailand in Petchaburi. It takes about 3 hours driving from Bangkok. The origin of Ta boon came from local mangrove tree name which are abundance in the area. These area are also famous for salt farm and seafood which could be seen in the photos.

Bang Ta Boon are also famous for Bryde’s whale sightseeing which is an quiet interesting, crab industry and fireflies. Researching on these data makes me excited to revisit the place haha. Local business are ranges from seafood to making coal from Ta Boon trees which is famous for their long lasting heat coal.

First, I visit salt farm cafe which is a cafe next to a real salt farm. I would say luckily it is quite cloudy that day which makes salt field photography a more gray scale as I prefer. Since I visited on the weekend, there are lots of people in the cafe though and the cafe does not have any air-condition so make sure you prepare for that too.

Then I went for a lunch at Krua Bang Ta Boon. This place has been around for a long time and has been a popular destination for local and tourist alike. Their style are more on a casual though. There are a small market section in front of restaurant where they prepare seafood of consumption and delivery to other parts of Thailand.

Start with Som Tum Thai (Papaya Salad) for an appetizer. Well balanced sour, spicy and sweetness.

Here comes mute crab, shrimp and blue crab. It is just always a good time when you just have to dig in and get messy with seafood just to get those sweet sweet (not a typo lol) meat under those shell.

Mute crab might looks a bit lackluster at first. I would imagine tiny portion of meat similar to rice filed crab. However, this is just a smaller version of sea crab with their sweetness flavor. Plus they already broke down most of the shell and this just became on of my favorite menu around here.

A good quality blue crab is always one of the most popular menu to enjoy around here. Since there are seafood business around here which prepare and extract seafood for other areas, they had already broke down some part of the crab for our convenient. Just a touch of seafood sauce and you are good to go.

Spicy stir fried catfish is a good way to keep you appetite up. Mix with a rice to balance between spicy and sweetness.

Fried Sea Bass with fish sauce is one of most to go for menu in Thailand due to their portion and flavor. From my past experience, most of the places could provide you a decent quality one similar to this one.

Hoi Cho (dry fried crab meat balls) could be easily founded in sea side areas in Thailand. Originate from Chinese culture in Thailand. This one is alright but not impressive though.

Ended my meal with sweet and juicy shrimp topped with some spicy seafood sauce. I think Bang Ta Boon is an interesting tourist attraction with lots of places to discover and would be excited to revisit again just make sure to prepare enough heat protection too since it could be extremely hot around here

Unatoto

Nowadays Bangkok have been extremely hot which gave a clear sunny day vibe. One of tradition I remember in Japan is eating Unagi (鰻) in summer period since they believe Unagi improves health and heat resistance. Luckily Unatoto is located close by Bangkok in Sukhumvit 33/1 close to BTS Phrom Phong station.

This restaurant is a branch from Japan which serves affordable Unagi with a twist of Thai additional menu such as spicy Unagi Salad. Unadon and Unaju ranges from 1xx to 7xx THB as biggest Bikkuriju. The difference between Unadon (鰻丼) and Unaju (鰻重) could be observed as Unadon (鰻丼) are served in circular bowl when Unaju (鰻重) are served in rectangular box called jūbako (重箱).

They got me at “Unagi Tempura” >_<

Unagi Tempura [195 THB]

Unagi is a commonly found in Japanese restaurant. Unagi Tempura on the other hand is a rare sight since Tempura and Unagi Kabayaki techniques are considered as complicate cooking method in which each restaurant takes pride in their specialties. That is why I just had to try this one out when I got a chance.

Tempura are served crispy and light with a side of salt mixed with Sanshō (山椒) Sanshō is a deciduous aromatic spiny shrub or small tree of the citrus and rue family Rutaceae, native to Japan and Korea. Unagi provides a sweet and juicy texture inside combine with Tempura and little seasoning, I am quite satisfied with this menu.

Karaage Chicken [95 THB]

Resides on juicy yet not too crispy fried chicke with good seasoning. Would prefer more crispy one but that is just my preference.

Hitsuma Bushi L size [310 THB]

Hitsuma Bushi could be enjoyed by three different ways. First, plainly with rice and Unagi. Second, Mix with Negi and toppings and my favorite way by adding some soup making it similar to porridge.

Unagi are chopped into bite size pieces combined with clear soup makes an simple and relaxing meal. There is also a wasabi in case you would like to spice things up.

Finished my afternoon with beautifully decorated Latte art and petite size dessert from D’Ark cafe.