Krua Chum Sai

Recently I have been occupied with quarantine in Thailand which resulted in a lot less restaurant hopping. The bright side is that staying home gave me an peaceful opportunity to finish some unread books and hobby.

At the moment, Thailand are starting to recover from quarantine period and restaurant starting to reopen with new set of health regulations so I figured it is a good opportunity to support local restaurant and while doing what I love. For everyone struggling with the effect of this global phenomenal, I wish you, your family and all your good friends all the best and I sincerely believe we will emerge stronger than before.

Krua Chum Sai is a hidden gem of Thai traditional restaurant located in Soi Ratchakru near BTS Aree station. They also provide their own parking space. The restaurant has been opened for more than 30 years and the vibe is like a restaurant where your parents have reunion party with their high school friends.

Menu are mainly traditional Thai cuisine. Prices are ranges around 1xx-4xx THB which is reasonable for their quality and portion. What I like about this place is that they do some spicy food which located in tolerable level of tourist and still spicy enough for Thai taste.

Shrimp & Minced pork Thai style Omelet [180 THB]

Apparently this menu is their signature menu. The texture resides in fluffy yet not too oily side. Flavor wise quite balanced. Comparing to Omelet as a popular around Thai restaurant, this one could be classified as a simple yet impressive one.

Stink Bean/Pakria with Chili, shrimp and minced pork [250 THB]

This is the kind of love it or hate it one since Pakria gives a long-lasting smell to your breath after consumption so it is not an ideal menu for a special date. Some people love it and some people just keep avoiding it. Honestly, the stink bean is so light on this one, pretty good for someone trying out for this first time.

Shrimp paste Set with Fried Fish and Veggies – [220 THB]

Contrary to the previous menu, this shrimp paste are full of strong odor from fermented small shrimp. I did backed down on this menu.

Stir Fried Chili shrimp [250 THB]

Appearance could be super spicy and hot. However, the flavor resides on not too spicy and moderate salty flavor. Shrimp texture are also enjoyable.

Overall, I am quite excited I found this little gem. This place is a good fit for bringing seniors for a nostalgia experience still it is a good place to recommend to tourist for a spicy yet not too spicy experience.

Cast Iron Burgerhaus

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Cast Iron burgerhaus is a recently opened burger place near BTS Aree station. Offering burger, craft beer and milkshake which seems like a trend nowadays. Still, hearing about thick cut bacon and dry-aged burger patty sounds interesting for me and I went for a little adventure.

First of all, I always despise tall chair in restaurant which does not feel comfortable and seems like a challenge when intoxicated. (Not sure if it reminds me when I’m young on a baby seat and have no control over what to eat) However, tall table and chair in this place are well-balance with sufficient area so it’s a good experience for me.

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Bacon Cheeseburger – Patty, double cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, balsamic ketchup

First of all, I look for patty juiciness and seasoning. Both are well-prepped. I would say that the juiciness of patty are quite satisfying for me. Bacon adds a little crunch and balsamic ketchup provide a little sourness kick for appetizing feeling. Another advantage of simple burger is that there is no fall out components and resulted in less messy finished plate.

Steak cut fries with paprika texture are firm and a little bit soft texture. Personally, I like to size the fries like this and paprika is an interesting choice for a flavor.

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Onion rings – Good onion rings, a little bit too much for 2 persons from my personal experiences haha.

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Pork chops steak (300 g) – free range and herb-fed local high welfare pork

To be honest, the visual of this plate are stunning comparing to my recent pork chops in Thailand. Sous-vide cooked pork chops are tender and firm with well-balance seasoning. Served with Jeaw(spicy) and Chimichurri sauce. In my opinion, Jeaw sauce could be more spicy and it could bring more excitement to this plate. Mashed potatoes are quite enjoyable too.

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Overall, the place are quite interesting and the bill came out around 900 THB which seems reasonable for the meal. The staff and owner are attentive. Making this one interesting burgerhaus to visit in Aree.

 

Wraptor

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Wraptor is a recently opened Mexican restaurant around Aree area of Bangkok which promotes using honey in Mexican food. Getting there is not difficult but a bit tricky since you got to cross the road with high intensity of cars all around. Way to pump those adrenaline before trying new stuff.

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The place is full of natural light which is not ideal for a late lunch in Bangkok with excessive amount of sunlight around. Staying there around 2-3 pm is just way too hot for my experience which air conditioner does not help much.

[18/04/2018] The place informed me that they have improved air condition situation. I will observe this statement next time I visit the place.

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Wraptor specialize in wrap as the name clearly suggest. Unfortunately, I’m not in a mood for wrap and decided to go with some alternative choice.

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The secret of this place is NES classic edition and Famicom mini in a secret corner just to bring you back to 8 bit world while waiting for the food.

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Mexican Honey Beef Steak with green Salad

Serving portion seems to be decent. Adding honey brings sweetness with a balance level of sweetness intensity contrary to sugar. The texture of steak are good but, a little bit chewy. Salads and tortilla are standard.

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Say Cheese! (Pork)

My friend ordered this because of her cheese cravings. The cheese are well-melted with spice and seasoning. The texture are enjoyable and not too oily. This prove that simple meal could be satisfying and looks could be deceiving. This menu just became my favorite choice when my next cheese craving comes up.

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They also have honey in the store in case you’re interested.

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