March 08, 2008

Food adventures in Bangkok

Except for the first night where there was a welcome dinner at the hotel, we had all our dinners ourside. The first was Seafood Market & Restaurant where one can choose from no fewer than 40 different creatures of the sea, either live or on ice, to be cooked pronto. One pushes a shopping cart and pick up the items of choice, including vegetables, pay for them at the cashier, before carting them back to the table and giving instructions on how the catch should be cooked.

The next day, we also took a dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya on the boat operated by the Shangri-La Hotel. It was the usual hotel buffet spread but the view of the many wats bathed in light at night was spectacular. Too bad the photos didn't turn out well with my ancient camera.

Baan Khanitha, an award-winning Thai restaurant is the brainchild of Khanitha Akaranitikul, an elegant lady who made her name as a designer of beautiful fashion garments for her Khanitha boutiques. Baan Khanitha, or Khanitha's home, is housed in a traditional Thai-style house. The restaurant is decorated with traditional handicrafts, paintings, plants, and decor, creating a homely ambience. We had the usual Thai fare of mango salad, tomyam kung, prawn cake (instead of the usual fish cake), stir fried asparagus with prawn, fried soft shell crab with garlic, fried fish in curry sauce and pineapple fried rice. We rounded the meal with the traditional tab tim krob and mango with sticky rice.

Newly opened, classy Maha Naga is an oasis of luxury Thai dining in the heart of the Sukhumvit area, 15 minutes walk from Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. The name means, "big snake" or "dragon", with a fountain courtyard surrounded by high-peaked, lavishly decorated, and air-conditioned Thai pavilions. The food is a bold marriage of Thai and Western – deep fried prawn roll with plum sauce for appetizer, tom kha gai (chicken tomyam), stir fried red chilli paste with chicken breast stuffed with straw mushroom and served with white and brown rice for main, and mango with sticky rice for dessert. Though the ambience was perfect, I thought the food was just so-so, maybe because I am partial to authentic Thai food. But the coconut smoothie was heavenly – with unmistakable natural sweetness and fragrance of Thai coconut.

The set menu, table setting and drinks list

Clockwise from top left: appetizer, main course, coconut smoothie, dessert


Mummy to QiQi said...

wai leng, u had such a good time in Bangkok. Mine trip sucks 4 yrs back, partly becoz i was pregnant (damn nausea that i vomit upon smelling of anything (food especially) on the road :(

missed the massage too....WAAAA!!!!!

A Mom's Diary said...

Aiyo! Nevermind, gives you an excuse to go there again. Get hubby to bring you there as your gift for giving birth to your twins.