Monday, September 18, 2017

ไล-บรา-รี่ - Library Cafe (AIS Design Centre)


 This was an unexpected pleasure and Bangkok certainly has a few surprises. After viewing the Game of Thrones - Pencil MicroScuplture in The Emporium at the AIS Design Centre. 



I continued to walk through and came upon a very large open space - with chairs at one end, with a small coffee bar at at the other a library - it really was quite satisfying.



I ordered a cappuccino and simply watched the world - the library was very quiet and the Cappuccino was surprisingly good quality.



I would certainly got to the library if I needed to and the coffee shop at one end was a very good idea  - I would go again.








Friday, September 15, 2017

Tung Ka Cafe (ทุ่งคา-กาแฟ)



Tung Ka Cafe (ทุ่งคา-กาแฟ) is a place which which is situated just North of Phuket Town on the top of Rang Hill.


There has been some recent development which has made Rang Hill even more popular as a wonderful spot for taking a photo - I did - here's some of my visits.


I find the use of the old coat hangers at the front quite entertaining - I did wonder where they had ended up after the introduction of plastic ones.



There is a great selection of food to choose from 



and we are not disappointed with it and there is a lot to choose from. There are also a lot of fancy drinks and deserts - but I am always taken with the coffee.


They seem to have had problems with some tourists clambering into the surrounding area? 


A pleasure to see that they still recognize things of religious importance. 


I did wonder why there were reindeer on the balcony - it wasn't Christmas. It has become more popular with large tour groups which has devalued our visits unfortunately.


Also a lot of monkeys are outside - be careful.

Phone Number: 076 211500
Approximate price: $$$$$ 
Address: Rang Hill, Phuket Town
Hours: 10 am - 11 pm

Previous visits
 1) December 2012 - coffee
 2) November 2011 - coffee
 3) December 2013  
 4) July 2012 
 5) February 2011 
 6) June 2010








Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Backyard Cafe



Backyard Cafe is the third cafe something which has been here on the corner of the road here in the east two years so my first comment would be 'Good Luck'  and I wonder whether it is still there when this is posted?



The decor is really quite interesting to look at but I really would not like to have to clean it all.



I do like these elephants though.


The traditional Thai breakfast was wonderful and I have it every time that I come.



There is also a selection of Western Dishes to have



and of course a coffee... Just read that they do have promotions for the food other Facebook Page.

Phone Number: 095 016 6262
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Phuket Town
Hours: 7:00 - 17:00




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Camp Curry




Not sure If this is open any longer - but I would hope that it wasn't - it put a twist on the normal way of serving food and then another of decorating the restaurant as if I was a Scout all over again and going camping.



BUT the food was nothing like I remember. Choose from a selection of five sauces for your curry - the food comes and then you pour the very hot sauce over your choice.



Then there are a number of extra bits to add - a great spot for a lunch break with your friends.


Phone Number: 02 610 9612
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Siam Paragon - http://www.siamparagon.co.th 
Hours: 10am - 10pm






Monday, August 28, 2017

Factory Coffee - Bangkok


Are you looking for that Cafe dedicated to the coffee? Then I would recommend Factory Coffee - it was a delight from beginning to end - if that's what you want.



It looked interesting from the outside and inside it was cool (not cold) and decorated minimally. I was drawn instantly to the 'slogan' at the back.

I had to stop again for a coffee at Factory Coffee - I had a special this time. The seating was mixed styles and I chose to sit at a bar - I was only having a cake and coffee.

I took my numbered empty Mekhong bottle and waited. There were not the usual collection of people in the coffee shop and there was not the usual chords for the Wi-Fi - in fact I don't think I checked.

"Awarded National Thailand Barista Champion 2017 and Indy Thailand Barista Champion 2016, this coffee bar offers the space for Phaya Thai’s hipsters come here for creative coffee mocktails pawed over by floppy-haired baristas amid raw concrete, vintage Americana and dry floral bouquets paired with homemade bakery or fill up on the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toast, river prawn spaghetti and Caesar salad." - BK.asia-city review


My carrot cake arrived first but I chose to wait for my 'El Brown' - double layer of espresso and chocolate milk. 



Whilst waiting we list to John Coltrane... I was young again - in that bar in the West End in London...



Then the drink came and I took a sip - and was surprise at the quality - I really should stop buying coffee off the street...



The carrot cake was a perfect combination... 



This is certainly worth a stop if you like your coffee or bring some coffee for someone who does.






Tuesday, August 22, 2017

YoYai Restaurant


YoYai Restaurant is a place that we found whilst investigating a reasonable sized shopping mall - Paseo Shopping Mall - near our home. 



YoYai seemed to be a popular place - as we had to walk round twice before we got a seat and on writing this I found that there are a great many outlets - 82 in Bangkok alone.



YoYai is a traditional Japanese Restaurant but we found that it a spark of individuality which we do not always experience - for example - cheese over the gyoza - we went back and found that it was a special.



You could also sit at your table a look at the electronic menu and see what you had ordered and when it would be at the table.



I did love the teapots for the green tea though.

Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Phone Number: 02 346 4196
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: Paseo Shopping Mall (and others) 





Saturday, August 19, 2017

ราชรสติ่มซำ



ราชรสติ่มซำ is certainly one of our favorite places for Dim Sum in Phuket Town.



In fact in all the times that we have visited I have never been disappointed - and we have certainly been there a number of times - in fact this may be our favourite Dim Sum in Phuket.



I would always recommend having the dishes that they are freshly preparing for you at the front.




and of course the Iced Tea.

Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: 117/1-2 Patak Road, KataPhuket Town 
Hours: 6am - 11am (approximately)

Previous Visits
 1) January 2017
 2) August 2016 
 3) December 2015 
 4) September 2015  
 5) June 2015  





Saturday, August 5, 2017

Siangkaen - ร้านส้มตำ เสียงแคน


Siangkaen - ร้านส้มตำ เสียงแคน is a restaurant which is not always the easiest to find but it certainly is worth looking out for if you are looking for some Som Tam.


I do not know how many different versions of Som Tum that they actually have but there is a great amount to choose from - my wife has the version with the small crab in and goodness knows what else - but that's not for me.


We ordered our dishes and then watched some of them being prepared - it was certainly a very bust restaurant for lunch.


I had a different version - certainly spicy though.


The yum pla dook fu (crispy catfish salad) was a Thai salad which was wonderful and certainly freshly made.


Then the pork with the Kaffir lime leaves as also wonderful.

Pervious Visit 
 1) October 2015